Dean Foods Issues 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report

            Dean Foods Issues 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report

Highlights Include Progress Toward 2020 Environmental Sustainability Goals,
Animal Welfare and Dairy Stewardship Updates, and New Web-Based Reporting
Format on DeanFoods.com

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 18, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Foods (NYSE: DF) today announced
the release of its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report. The report details
the company's efforts to incorporate sustainable and responsible business
practices that benefit the company as well as consumers, retailers, employees,
communities and the environment. The company previously published reports in
2008 and 2010 and this year has moved to a web-based format to provide a
greater level of detail and allow for more regular updating of its CSR
reporting.

"We take pride in our role as a responsible corporate citizen," said Gregg
Tanner, CEO of Dean Foods. "We know that doing the right thing is the best
thing for our business. From reducing our carbon footprint to improving the
safety of our employees, we are committed to keeping corporate responsibility
an integral part of our work."

Highlights from the 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report include:

  oContinued reduction of greenhouse gases, energy use, water use, and solid
    waste in Dean Foods operations. The company announced revised
    environmental sustainability goals in mid-2012, and detail on yearly
    progress and reduction methods are available in the report.
  oEmployment of advanced technology and innovative methods to reduce the
    environmental impact of the Dean Foods transportation and distribution
    fleet, one of the largest refrigerated fleets in the nation.
  oAchievement by 18 Dean Foods processing plants of the ENERGY STAR®
    Challenge for Dairy in just two years, meeting the five-year goal to
    reduce energy use by 10 percent three years early.
  oAdvancements made in the company's dairy stewardship program, including
    the formation of an industry-leading Animal Welfare Advisory Council that
    includes expert veterinarians, farmers, scientists, educators, customers
    and employees.
  oExpanded detail of food safety and product quality programs, including
    internal improvement initiatives, supplier requirements, third-party
    audits, and adherence to federal regulations.

The 2012 Dean Foods Corporate Responsibility Report is available online at
http://www.deanfoods.com/responsibility.

ABOUT DEAN FOODS

Dean Foods is a leading food and beverage company in the United States. The
Company's Fresh Dairy Direct segment is one of the nation's largest processors
and direct-to-store distributors of fluid milk marketed under more than 50
local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Fresh Dairy Direct also
distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, bottled water and
other products. Morningstar Foods is a leading warehouse delivery dairy
business that produces and sells traditional and specialty dairy items,
including cultured dairy products, ice cream mixes, coffee creamers, aerosol
whipped toppings, traditional and value-added milks, and blended iced
beverages to retailers and foodservice providers nationwide. Dean Foods also
holds a majority interest in The WhiteWave Foods Company, which produces and
sells an array of nationally and internationally branded plant-based foods and
beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and premium dairy products.
WhiteWave brands - including Silk®, Horizon Organic®, International Delight®,
and LAND O LAKES® - are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the
pan-European leader in branded soy food and beverage products with the Alpro®
soya and Provamel® brands. For more information about Dean Foods, visit
www.deanfoods.com.

CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Jamaison Schuler, +1-214-721-7766; or
Investor Relations, Barry Sievert, +1-214-303-3438

SOURCE Dean Foods
 
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