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Can national milk brand revitalise Dean Foods?

Dean Foods this week announced it was bringing its 31 fluid milk brands under one label - DairyPure - and appears to be pushing the latest "...


Katy Askew | 11 May 2015

Liquid milk is not a category that benefits from significant added value. While milk is on the shopping list, generally speaking, it is not an area where consumers are engaged and brands are valued. Here is just-food's four-point plan for adding value to the milk category.


Dean Best | 11 Sep 2014

General Mills' move for Annie's has further fuelled the belief US natural and organic food companies, including Hain Celestial and WhiteWave Foods, could become takeover targets for mainstream groups searching for growth. But the price General Mills has agreed to pay for Annie's also underlines such deals would likely be expensive.


Dean Best | 17 Apr 2014

Food manufacturers seem to be willing to take more risks on NPD, which is encouraging after seeing years of caution and a focus on nostalgia or new packaging formats. However, for those operating in struggling categories, innovation may not solve the dilemma of how to reignite growth.


Dean Best | 17 Feb 2014

Read the financial statements and listen to the conference calls from US food manufacturers in recent days and it is clear: companies operating there are still facing tough conditions and cautious consumers.

Latest Interviews

Ben Cooper | 17 Sep 2014

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.


Dean Best | 28 Oct 2013

Alpro has had three owners in four years but one executive that has been at the company throughout is CEO Bernard Deryckere. He talks to Dean Best about the success Alpro, now owned by US firm WhiteWave Foods, has had with the recent expansion of its product portfolio.

Latest News

Hannah Abdulla | 10 May 2016

Dean Foods has announced the acquisition of US-based Friendly's Ice Cream's manufacturing and retail operations in a US$155m deal.


Hannah Abdulla | 10 May 2016

US dairy firm Dean Foods has booked increased profits for the first quarter of the year despite a fall in sales on the back of lower volumes sold. 


Dean Best | 29 Mar 2016

Dean Foods is to shut a milk processing site in New Orleans, pointing to a bid to "enhance manufacturing capabilities" in the area.


Katy Askew | 22 Feb 2016

Dean Foods said today (22 February) its operating performance improved after a "very strong year" which saw adjusted earnings swing back into the black. 


Katy Askew | 20 Jan 2016

Dean Foods is expanding its TruMoo chocolate milk line with the launch of TruMoo Calcium Plus, a low-fat chocolate milk, in the US.


Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 2015

This week, Orkla pledged zero-deforestation by 2020. Elsewhere, United Biscuits opened its first e-commerce store in China. just-food spoke to CEO of American Halal Co., Adnan Durrani following the firm's recent acquisition in the plant-protein space and Givesco Bakery acquired cake maker Almondy. Here is the week in quotes.


Dean Best | 9 Nov 2015

Dean Foods CEO Gregg Tanner today (9 November) insisted the "health" of the US dairy category is "probably as good as it has been" in his nine years at the US milk giant after the company reported its third-quarter results.


Hannah Abdulla | 17 Sep 2015

Dean Foods has appointed chief commercial officer Ralph Scozzafava to the position of chief operating officer.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 2015

This week, B&G Foods announced it had acquired General Mills' struggling Green Giant business in a US$765m deal. Elsewhere, Arla Foods struck two joint ventures in Senegal and Nigeria as the dairy group looks to further expand its presence in Africa. Meanwhile, Campbell Soup Co. reported its full year results and issued a 2015/16 forecast above Wall Street estimates. Here is the week in quotes.


Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

Freedom Foods Group has confirmed the interest it and Dean Foods jointly had in A2 Milk Co. has cooled.


Dean Best | 21 Aug 2015

Dean Foods, the US dairy giant, and Australia's Freedom Foods Group have yet to contact A2 Milk Co. again after the New Zealand-based dairy company turned down their takeover interest.


Katy Askew | 14 Aug 2015

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is reportedly investigating former Dean Foods chairman Thomas Davis over allegations that he leaked information regarding the 2012 spin off of WhiteWave Foods from the US dairy giant.


Hannah Abdulla | 13 Aug 2015

Dean Foods has appointed director Jim Turner as non-executive chairman, replacing Tom Davis, whose exit from the US milk supplier was announced last week.


Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

Dean Foods today (10 August) reported a set of mixed second-quarter results with earnings beating Wall Street forecasts but sales missing analyst estimates.


Hannah Abdulla | 10 Aug 2015

Dean Foods has announced the resignation of non-executive chairman Tom Davis.


Dean Best | 24 Jul 2015

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.


Dean Best | 22 Jul 2015

Freedom Foods Group has refused to be drawn on whether it and fellow suitor Dean Foods will table a new expression of interest in New Zealand milk group A2 Milk Co.


Hannah Abdulla | 20 Jul 2015

New Zealand dairy processor A2 Milk Co. has turned down takeover interest from Freedom Foods Group and the Australian group's bid partner, Dean Foods, the US dairy giant.


Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jun 2015

Dean Foods has been revealed as the party that has expressed interest in a joint acquisition with Australia's Freedom Foods of the A2 Milk Co.


Dean Best | 12 May 2015

US milk supplier Dean Foods has insisted its launch of national brand DairyPure fills a gap in a market where liquid milk consumption continues to fall.


Dean Best | 11 May 2015

Shares in Dean Foods jumped today (11 May) despite a reported first-quarter loss as the US milk supplier's underlying earnings beat analyst forecasts.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.

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Dean Best | 13 Aug 2015

Thomas Davis, the former chair of US milk giant Dean Foods, is reportedly being investigated over whether he tipped off a professional gambler - who then told golfer Phil Mickelson - about the company's spin-off of WhiteWave Foods.

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