A history of goodness that dates back to 1925.

A long history fueled by dairy

Dairy has been nourishing people for more than 10,000 years and, while we got here a little later, we’re proud of our own history that stretches back more than nine decades.

What matters is that we’ve done business with a spirit of goodness, growing from a single small milk business to a trusted source of some of the nation’s favorite food and beverages.

  • 1925


    Samuel E. Dean Sr.

    Samuel E. Dean Sr. purchases the Pecatonica Marketing Company, an evaporated milk processing facility located in northwestern Illinois.

  • 1927


    A new name in dairy

    The company changes its name to Dean Evaporated Milk Company, starting a lasting relationship between the Dean name and wholesome, healthy sources of nutrition. In 1929, the name would be changed again to Dean Milk Company.

  • 1961


    Going public

    With plans for growth, Dean Milk Company completes its first public offering of common stock to 1,800 shareholders.

  • 1963


    Dean Foods Company

    Celebrating decades of success, the company is renamed (again). Dean Foods Company is born.

  • 1981


    Listed on the NYSE

    Following the acquisitions of several dairies, Dean Foods is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘DF’.

  • 1993


    Bringing the dairy industry together

    Meanwhile, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Suiza Foods makes its first dairy acquisition, marking a new era in the highly fragmented dairy industry. By 2000, Suiza Foods would become the nation’s largest dairy processor and distributor.

  • 2001


    Suiza Foods acquires Dean Foods

    Suiza Foods acquires Dean Foods, soon adopting the much-loved Dean Foods brand.

  • 2002-2005


    A growing portfolio of wholesome food and beverages

    In just a few short years, Dean Foods acquired White Wave, Inc. (maker of Silk®, the nation’s leading refrigerated soymilk), acquired Horzon Organic Holding Corporation (maker of several organic milk and dairy products) and launched TreeHouse Foods (NYSE:THS) to focus on pickles, dips, dressings and foodservice products

  • 2006


    Taking goodness beyond the pail

    Dean Foods issues its first corporate responsibility report, taking a spirit of goodness and authenticity to business processes and practices.

  • 2012


    WhiteWave spin-off and Sale of Morningstar Foods division

    Dean Foods refocuses on growing its core diary business.

  • 2016


    Bringing dairy to every moment

    Expanding our range of brands, Dean Foods acquires Friendly’s® and embarks on a successful joint venture with Organic Valley®.

  • 2017


    Expanding our products

    Dean Foods invests in Good Karma®, Steve’s Ice Cream® and Uncle Matt’s Organic®, growing our portfolio of great-tasting foods and beverages.

Today, we combine our proven reputation for goodness with a drive to do more. We’re poised to continue our growth and keep nourishing lives for generations to come.

Our Thought Leadership for Retailers

At Dean Foods, we aim to be the most trusted source of wholesome, delicious dairy products for every occasion. We never forget how fortunate we are to be invited into your home. And we earn our place by holding ourselves to the highest standards.

A healthy future

Beyond enriching lives, we believe Dean Foods can play an important role in enriching communities, good causes and the environment.

Environmental sustainability

We’re driven to do right by the environment by committing to large-scale sustainability efforts.

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Social responsibility

From dairy stewardship to employee safety, the goodness goes far beyond the products we sell.

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Corporate philanthropy

Through the Dean Foods Foundation, we take our responsibility to communities seriously.

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