Thursday, 8 September 2005

Dean Foods Announces Succession Plan for Dean Dairy Group President

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Thursday, 8 September 2005

Current President to Become Company’s Vice Chairman, Current Regional Chief Operating Officer to Become President

DALLAS, Sept 08, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF)
today announced its succession plan for the President of Dean Dairy Group.
Effective January 1, 2006, Alan Bernon, Chief Operating Officer of Dean Dairy
Group’s Northeast Region and member of the Dean Foods board of directors since
1997, will assume the role of President. Pete Schenkel, President of Dean
Dairy Group and a member of the company’s board of directors since
January 2000, will become vice chairman of Dean Foods’ board of directors,
taking an active role in ensuring a smooth transition of leadership for the
company’s largest segment.

“We are deeply grateful to Pete for his countless contributions to Dean
Foods Company over the past five years,” said Gregg Engles, chairman and chief
executive officer. “Pete has more than 50 years of dairy industry experience
and provides unmatched expertise and invaluable leadership for our
organization. He has strong relationships with our customers and our
employees and will work closely with Alan during this transition. We look
forward to Pete’s continued presence on our board of directors and the
integral role he will continue to play in our organization.”

Schenkel, 69, joined the company in 2000 in connection with the
acquisition of Southern Foods Group. While under his leadership, the Dairy
Group has become the nation’s leading dairy processor, growing to more than
100 processing plants nationwide and encompassing more than 50 regional dairy
brands. Schenkel also was instrumental in consolidating the company’s dairy
operations following the merger of Dean Foods and Suiza Foods Corporation in
2001.

Bernon, 51, has served as chief operating officer of the Northeast Region
of the Dairy Group and a member of Dean Foods’ board of directors since 1997,
when Dean Foods acquired Garelick Farms, based in Franklin, Mass. As the
third generation to work in the family business, he joined Garelick Farms, the
largest dairy plant in the country, in 1976, serving in various operational
roles until he became president in 1985. Under Bernon’s leadership, Dean
Foods’ Northeast Region has acquired and successfully assimilated seven
dairies, including Tuscan Dairy and Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, in addition to
the northeast operations of Legacy Dean Foods.

“We are confident that Alan’s 30 years of industry experience, as well as
his service to Dean Foods as a board member and regional chief operating
officer, make him uniquely qualified to assume leadership of Dean Dairy
Group,” Engles said. “He has grown the Garelick business and our presence in
the Northeast exponentially and we believe his expertise will translate
effectively to his new role. He is a respected leader within our company, in
the dairy industry and in his community. I believe his experience, commitment
and enthusiasm will ensure an efficient transition and continued success for
this vital part of our business.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Dean Foods in this role,”
Bernon said. “The Dean Dairy Group has experienced tremendous growth under
Pete’s guidance, and I believe we are well positioned for the future. I look
forward to working with Pete and our talented management team to build on the
Dairy Group’s recent progress and continue its leadership in the industry.”

Bernon will relocate to Dean’s corporate headquarters in Dallas and will
continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. Dean Dairy Group
employs more than 25,000 people and had sales of approximately $8.6 billion in
2004.

ABOUT DEAN FOODS

Dean Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United
States. Its Dairy Group is the largest processor and distributor of fresh
milk and other dairy products in the country, with products sold under more
than 50 familiar local and regional brands and a wide array of private labels.
The company’s WhiteWave Foods subsidiary is the nation’s leading organic foods
company. WhiteWave Foods markets and sells a variety of leading dairy and
dairy-related products, such as Silk(R) soymilk, Horizon Organic(R) dairy
products and juices, International Delight(R) coffee creamers and LAND
O’LAKES(R) creamers and cultured products. Dean Foods Company also owns the
fourth largest dairy processor in Spain and the leading brand of organic dairy
products in the United Kingdom.

Contact: Barry Sievert

Senior Director, Investor Relations
               214-303-3437

SOURCE Dean Foods Company

Barry Sievert, Senior Director, Investor Relations of Dean Foods Company,
+1-214-303-3437

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