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July 12, 2018

DFA To Shift Milk From Closing Dean Foods Plants, Protect Members

 |  By: Anna-Lisa Laca

This week alone we’ve learned of two more Dean Foods plants closing their doors by the end of the year. According to Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), their members who might have been shipping to that plant are not at risk of losing the market for their milk.

“It’s unfortunate that Dean Foods plans to close several of its milk processing plants later this year,” says John Wilson, senior vice president and chief fluid marketing officer, DFA. “While business decisions that affect people’s lives are never easy, closings are a reality of doing business today.”

Wilson says DFA is working to identify alternative markets for the DFA members who supply milk to the Illinois and Kentucky Dean plants set to close in September.

“Ultimately, our farmer members will still have a market for their milk,” Wilson says. “One of the biggest benefits of a cooperative, like DFA, is that we provide farmers with a secure milk market and thus a more reliable milk check.”

Were you shipping milk to the Huntley or Louisville Dean Foods plants? Have you heard anything from your cooperative or been notified by Dean Foods? Leave us a note in the comments or email me directly at alaca@farmjournal.com.

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