The Board of Directors of Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF), at its regularly scheduled Board Meeting held today, approved a quarterly dividend payment of 22.5 cents per share, which will be paid on December 14, 2001 to shareholders of record as of November 23, 2001. If the closing date for the merger with Suiza Foods Corporation is prior to November 23, 2001, the dividend will not be paid, as there will not be any shareholders of record on that date. If the closing date is on or after November 23, 2001, the dividend will be paid on December 14th.