Friday, 26 October 2007

Dean Foods Appoints Gregg A. Tanner EVP and Chief Supply Chain Officer

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Friday, 26 October 2007

DALLAS, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF)
announced today the appointment of Gregg A. Tanner, Executive Vice President
and Chief Supply Chain Officer, effective November 5. Reporting directly to
Gregg Engles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tanner will lead the
effort to optimize Dean Foods manufacturing and other supply chain systems.

“Dean Foods is fortunate to have an experienced supply chain executive to
further strengthen our competitive advantage,” stated Engles. “Gregg’s strong
track record and his unique food and beverage background will be a tremendous
asset to Dean Foods as we work to lower costs, accelerate productivity
initiatives and deliver outstanding customer service throughout the
organization.”

With over 20 years of experience, Tanner spent the last two years at The
Hershey Company where he was Senior Vice President, Global Operations. His
responsibilities included leading a supply chain transformation that is
expected to deliver over $190 million in savings while increasing customer
service levels and reducing inventory.

Prior to joining Hershey, Tanner was Senior Vice President, Retail Supply
Chain at CONAGRA, where he directed the entire supply chain for retail
products. In this role, he restructured the distribution and manufacturing
network resulting in $90 million in savings. In addition, Tanner held
positions of increasing responsibility at the Quaker Oats Company and Ralston
Purina.

About Dean Foods

Dean Foods Company is one of the leading food and beverage companies in
the United States. Its Dairy Group division is the largest processor and
distributor of 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 markets and sells a
variety of well-known dairy and dairy-related products, such as Silk(R)
soymilk, Horizon Organic(R) milk and other dairy products and International
Delight(R) coffee creamers. WhiteWave Foods’ Rachel’s Organic(R) brand is the
largest organic milk brand and second largest organic yogurt brand in the
United Kingdom.

SOURCE Dean Foods Company

CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Marguerite Copel, +1-214-721-1273, or
Investor Relations, Barry Sievert, +1-214-303-3437, both of Dean Foods
Company

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