Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Dean Foods Congratulates Ron Kirk on His Appointment as United States Trade Representative

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Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Kirk Resigns from Dean Foods Board of Directors

DALLAS, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF)
extends its congratulations to Ron Kirk on his appointment by President Barack
Obama as United States Trade Representative.

In connection with this appointment, Kirk resigned from the Dean Foods
Board of Directors.

“We regret that Ron will be leaving our board and we will miss his counsel
and insight,” said Gregg Engles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I am
confident that Ron will excel in the role of United States Trade
Representative.”

Added Engles, “We appreciate the many years of valuable service that Ron
has given to Dean Foods and wish him success as the nation’s top trade
negotiator.”

ABOUT DEAN FOODS

Dean Foods is one of the leading food and beverage companies in the United
States. The Company’s DSD Dairy segment 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-Morningstar segment markets and sells
a variety of nationally branded dairy and dairy-related products, such as
Silk(R) soymilk and cultured soy products, Horizon Organic(R) milk and other
dairy products, International Delight(R) coffee creamers, LAND O’LAKES(R)
creamers and other fluid dairy products. Our WhiteWave-Morningstar segment’s
Rachel’s Organic(R) dairy products brand is the fourth largest organic yogurt
brand in the United Kingdom. Additionally, our WhiteWave-Morningstar segment
markets and sells private label cultured and extended shelf life dairy
products through our Morningstar platform.

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

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

Web Site:
http://www.deanfoods.com

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