Dean Foods saw its H1 profits plummet 40.8% to US$57.1m

Dean Foods saw its H1 profits plummet 40.8% to US$57.1m

Dean Foods has booked a drop in first-half profits, hurt by the cost of its out-of-court settlement with dairy farmers in the south-east of the US.

For the six months to the end of June, profits plummeted 40.8% to US$57.1m, the firm reported today (4 August). Operating profit dropped 13.9% to $221.m.

Sales in the period, however, edged up 7.4% to $6.35bn.

For the second quarter, profits slid 39.6% to $32.3m, while operating profit fell $114.3m. Sales amounted to $3.3bn, an 11.8% increase on the prior-year.

"In many ways the second quarter of 2011 is a continuation of the trends we have seen over the last several quarters," said Dean Foods chairman and CEO Gregg Engles. "WhiteWave-Alpro again posted strong results and Fresh Dairy Direct-Morningstar continued to make progress toward profit stability against a backdrop of weak industry volumes. We continued to execute our plan to drive costs out of the business, and progress in this area has been solid."

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