Friday, 21 September 2001

Suiza Foods Corporation Wins Shareholder Approval for Dean Foods Merger

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Friday, 21 September 2001

DALLAS, Sep 21, 2001 /PRNewswire/ — Suiza Foods Corporation (NYSE:
SZA), the nation’s leading dairy processor and distributor, announced today that
its shareholders approved the company’s pending merger with Dean Foods Company
(NYSE: DF). A special shareholder meeting was held today to vote on three
proposals relating to the company’s pending merger. All of the proposals were
approved by a requisite number of votes.

“We are pleased to have won shareholder approval for the merger and the related
proposals and to move another step closer to completing our transaction with
Dean Foods,” said Gregg Engles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Suiza
Foods. “Having submitted all of the requested information, we believe we are on
track to receive regulatory approval in the coming months and close the
transaction by the end of this year.”

Suiza Foods Corporation, based in Dallas, is the nation’s leading dairy
processor and distributor, producing a full line of company-branded and
customer-branded products. National brands include International Delight(R),
Second Nature(R), Naturally Yours(R), Mocha Mix(R), Sun Soy(TM), kidsmilk(TM)
and fitmilk(R). Regional brands include Adohr Farms(R), Barbe’s(R),
Broughton(R), Brown’s Dairy(TM), Country Delite(R), Country Fresh(R), Dairy
Gold(R), Dairymens(R), Flav-O-Rich(R), Garelick Farms(R), Hygeia(R), Lehigh
Valley Farms(R), London’s(R), Meadow Gold(R), Model Dairy(R), Oak Farms(R),
Poudre Valley(R), Robinson(R), Schenkel’s All Star Dairy, Schepps(R),
Shenandoah’s Pride(R), Suiza Dairy(R), Swiss Dairy(TM), Louis Trauth Dairy(R),
Tuscan(R) and Velda Farms(R), as well as Celta(R) in Spain. Suiza also sells
products under partner or licensed brands in certain regions, including
Borden(R), Foremost(R) and Pet(R). Additionally, the company owns approximately
43% of Consolidated Container Company, one of the nation’s largest manufacturers
of rigid plastic containers.

Forward-Looking Statement

The statements in this press release regarding when the company expects to
complete the pending transaction with Dean Foods is “forward-looking” and is
made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Securities Litigation Reform
Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties which may cause
results to differ materially from the statements set forth in this press
release. The company’s ability to close the proposed transaction on the terms
and in the timeframe contemplated depends primarily on the company’s ability to
obtain regulatory approval for the transaction on the terms and within the
timeframe contemplated. The company’s ability to obtain regulatory approval
within the expected timeframe depends on a number of factors, many of which are
beyond the company’s control. Other risks relating to the proposed merger with
Dean Foods are identified in the joint proxy statement/prospectus of the company
and Dean Foods filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission
on August 10, 2001 and in the company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the
quarter ended June 30, 2001. The forward-looking statements in this press
release speak only as of the date of this release. Suiza expressly disclaims any
obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to such
statements to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any
changes in the events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement
is based.

SOURCE Suiza Foods Corporation

CONTACT: Cory M. Olson, Vice President and Treasurer, +1-214-303-3645,
or P.I. Aquino, Assistant Treasurer, +1-214-303-3437, both of Suiza Foods
Corporation

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