Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) yesterday announced that it is exploring the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary, DFC Transportation Company, located in Huntley, Illinois. This business provides transportation services for some of Dean Foods’ product lines and serves the logistics needs of other premier food processors and independent companies.

DFC Transportation provides logistics services across the 48 continental United States through a national network of five branches and 15 freight brokerage agents. The business maintains a fleet of approximately 140 refrigerated trailers and utilizes approximately 50 independent drivers.

While DFC Transportation provides important internal services, its divestiture will allow Dean Foods to more intensely focus on its core competencies as a leading producer and marketer of dairy foods and other specialty foods. In the future, Dean Foods will rely primarily on third party distribution and transportation companies to replace the services provided by DFC Transportation. Some DFC Transportation employees may be transferred to positions in other Dean Foods business units.

The sale of DFC Transportation is not expected to have a material effect on the financial results for Dean Foods. Since the Company is in the early stages of investigating and exploring the sale of this business, any transaction will be announced at a later date.

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.

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from expectations as of the date of this press release. These risks include, but are not limited to, the ability to integrate acquisitions, adverse weather conditions resulting in poor harvest conditions, raw milk and resin costs, interest rate fluctuations, competitive pricing pressures, the effectiveness of marketing and cost-management programs and shifts in the market demand.