May 10, 2016

Dean Scoops Up Friendly's Ice-Cream Assets for $155 Million

 |  By: Bloomberg News

Dean Foods Co., the largest U.S. dairy processor, agreed to buy the manufacturing and retail operations of Friendly’s Ice Cream LLC for $155 million to add another consumer brand and help build its business beyond commodity fresh milk.

The deal includes Friendly’s trademark and intellectual property, Dallas-based Dean said late Monday in a statement. The company will retain Friendly’s senior management team. It doesn’t include the Friendly’s chain of more than 260 restaurants -- those will continue to be owned and operated by an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc., which will license the trademark from Dean.