Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) yesterday announced that Richard E. Bailey, President and Chief Operating Officer, would resign effective April 30, 2001. In light of the previously announced merger of Dean Foods and Suiza Foods, Mr. Bailey has decided to pursue other options for future career opportunities. Howard M. Dean, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will assume Mr. Bailey's responsibilities. "I would like to thank Dick for his contributions and wish him well in his future endeavors," said Mr. Dean.

Dean Foods is one of the nation's leading dairy processors and distributors producing a full line of branded and private label products, including fluid milk, ice cream and extended shelf life products, which are sold under the Dean's and other strong regional brand names. Dean Foods is the industry leader in other food products including pickles, powdered non-dairy coffee creamers, aseptically packaged foodservice products, and refrigerated dips and salad dressings.