DFA wins $433 million bid to buy bankrupt Dean Foods facilities

Last week, we reported that the bankrupt Dean Foods, the country’s biggest dairy processor, had dropped a contentious $425 million “stalking horse” acquisition deal with Dairy Farmers of America, the biggest milk co-op. As it turns out, DFA went on to place and win a higher $433 million bid instead, and is still intent on buying most of Dean’s facilities. FERN reports that the merger faced vocal opposition from numerous dairy industry stakeholders, from farmers to retailers to other dairy co-ops, who expressed fear the merger could create a milk monopoly. The deal is still contingent on approval from the bankruptcy court and Department of Justice.

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