International ratings service Fitch Ratings has initiated coverage of the new Dean Foods Co, assigning a 'BB+' secured credit facility rating and 'B-' trust convertible preferred securities rating. Fitch's rating of the senior unsecured notes that were outstanding prior to Suiza Foods Corp acquisition, and on Rating Watch Negative have been downgraded to 'BB-' from 'BBB+'. Fitch has also withdrawn the old Dean Foods commercial paper rating of 'F2', which was also on Rating Watch Negative. The Rating Outlook is Stable