View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. News
March 29, 2016

Dean Foods to close US dairy plant

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

By Dean Best

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

The US dairy giant said production at the Brown’s Dairy plant will be “phased out over the next several months”.

A “significant portion” of the production will move to another factory in Louisiana in the city of Hammond. Brown’s-branded products will still be available in New Orleans, as well as other existing markets including south-eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and parts of southern Alabama.

Around 185 staff at the Brown’s dairy in New Orleans will be affected. “The decision to eliminate jobs in any part of our business is never an easy one. This move does not reflect the quality of work performed by our Brown’s Dairy employees, but the need to enhance our capabilities,” Dean Foods told just-food. “We will certainly make everyone aware of open positions throughout Dean Foods and encourage them to consider applying.”

Last month, Dean Foods reported its profitability improved in 2015 but said sales fell on a decline in fluid milk volumes. The company said fluid milk volumes fell 3.1% in 2015. Dean Foods forecast a further “low single-digit” drop in milk volumes for the first quarter. 

Related Companies

Topics in this article:
NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Friday. The industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every other month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy


Thank you for subscribing to Just Food