Acquisition will support growth of important organic juice brand, underscores Dean Foods’ commitment to healthy foods
DALLAS, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Dean Foods Company (“Dean Foods”) (NYSE: DF) announced today that it has acquired Uncle Matt’s Organic®, a leading organic juice company. Uncle Matt’s Organic will continue operating the business out of its offices in Clermont, Florida, as a subsidiary of Dean Foods Company.
Uncle Matt’s Organic is the nation’s oldest organic juice company offering a wide range of organic juices, including probiotic-infused juices and fruit-infused waters. Founded by Matt McLean, the real-life uncle to ten nieces and nephews, Uncle Matt’s Organic is committed to producing the highest quality juices, using only premium 100% organically grown fruit that is free from GMOs, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
In addition to the brand, Uncle Matt himself – Matt McLean – will be joining Dean Foods to continue his leadership of this brand into the future.
“Joining Dean Foods allows me to continue to nurture the brand I started nearly 20 years ago,” said McLean. “Our mission has always been to produce the highest quality organic juices. Becoming part of Dean Foods will allow us to bring organic to consumers at a scale that supports the organic farming community and increasing consumer interests at the same time.”
“I am pleased to welcome Uncle Matt’s Organic into the Dean Foods family. As a strong brand in an adjacent category, Uncle Matt’s will play an important role in our growing portfolio of healthy products,” said Ralph Scozzafava, Dean Foods CEO. “Dean Foods is committed to supporting Uncle Matt’s product innovation efforts and their ongoing development and growth in the natural channel. Moreover, our core strengths in selling and distribution will enable consumers unprecedented access to Uncle Matt’s delicious, on-trend line of products. Not only is the brand a great complement to our conventional portfolio, it further underscores our commitment to the organic space following our announcements of our partnership with Organic Valley and our recent investment in Good Karma’s plant-based beverage portfolio.”
About Dean Foods
Dean Foods® is a leading food and beverage company and the largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk and other dairy and dairy case products in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Dean Foods portfolio includes DairyPure®, the country’s first and largest fresh, white milk national brand, and TruMoo®, the leading national flavored milk brand, along with well-known regional dairy brands such as Alta Dena®, Berkeley Farms®, Country Fresh®, Dean’s®, Garelick Farms®, Friendly’s®, LAND O LAKES® milk and cultured products*, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms®, Mayfield®, McArthur®, Meadow Gold®, Oak Farms®, PET®**, T.G. Lee®, Tuscan® and more. Dean Foods also has a joint venture with Organic Valley®, distributing fresh organic products to local retailers. In all, Dean Foods has more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Dean Foods also makes and distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, and bottled water. More than 16,000 employees across the country work every day to make Dean Foods the most admired and trusted provider of wholesome, great-tasting dairy products at every occasion. For more information about Dean Foods and its brands, visit www.deanfoods.com.
*The LAND O LAKES brand is owned by Land O’Lakes, Inc. and is used by license.
**PET is a trademark of Eagle Family Foods Group LLC, used under license.
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SOURCE Dean Foods Company