Dean Foods Company Achieves The ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry At Eighteen Plants Nationwide

    Dean Foods Company Achieves The ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry At
                          Eighteen Plants Nationwide

Leading Dairy Company Commits to Reducing Total Energy Use 20% By 2020

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2013

DALLAS, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In a positive step toward improving
energy efficiency, Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) has met the requirements for
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "ENERGY STAR Challenge for
Industry" by reducing its energy intensity by 10 percent or more at 18
manufacturing locations nationwide.

Dean Foods enrolled 72 of its plants in the EPA's ENERGY STAR Challenge.
Across the entire dairy industry, 148 dairy plants have taken the challenge,
but only seven other non-Dean plants have met the goal so far.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge is a national call-to-action to improve energy
efficiency of America's commercial and industrial buildings. The U.S.
manufacturing industry is responsible for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas
emissions in the United States and spends almost $100 billion annually on
energy. Under the umbrella of the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, EPA is
working with Dean Foods and other companies to fight climate change through
improvements in energy efficiency.

"We are pleased to be part of the ENERGY STAR Challenge and very proud of the
work we've done company-wide to help protect the environment by improving our
energy performance," said Gregg Tanner, Dean Foods Chief Executive Officer.
"The recognition we've received from the EPA is a tangible way to demonstrate
the progress we're making toward our goals to reduce our environmental impact
and operating costs – as well as improve our efficiency – by 2020."

In its efforts to meet the ENERGY STAR Challenge, Dean Foods has employed a
number of environmentally friendly initiatives ranging from the use of high
efficiency lighting and controls to solar heating and thermal recovery and
re-use.

Dean Foods manufacturing plants in the following cities met the ENERGY STAR
Challenge:

· Athens, Tennessee   · Houston, Texas
                                              · Spartanburg, South Carolina
· Belvidere, Illinois · Le Mars, Iowa
                                              · Thief River Falls, Minnesota
· Billings, Montana   · Livonia, Michigan
                                              · Tulare, California
· Boise, Idaho        · Mount Crawford,
                        Virginia              · Waukesha, Wisconsin* (*plant
· Bridgeton, New                            divested in 2011)
Jersey                  · Rensselaer, New
                        York                  · White Bear Lake, Minnesota
· El Paso, Texas
                        · Salt Lake City,   
· High Point, North   Utah
Carolina

Dean Foods is an Energy Star Partner and has ranked as one of the top consumer
products companies on the Carbon Disclosure Project's Leadership Index for
three of the past four years. The company first published environmental
sustainability goals in 2009. Earlier this year, the company released new 2020
environmental sustainability goals which include reducing greenhouse gases 25%
and energy use 20% by 2020.

About Dean Foods

Dean Foods is a leading food and beverage company in the United States. The
Company's Fresh Dairy Direct segment is the nation's largest processor and
direct-to-store distributor 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. 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.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based
partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.
Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of
products as well as new homes and buildings. Products that have earned the
ENERGY STAR designation prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict
energy-efficiency specifications set by the government. In 2009 alone,
Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, prevented 45 million metric tons of
greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to the annual emissions from 30 million
vehicles—and saved nearly $17 billion on their utility bills. For more
information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free
1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

Contact: Maya Zisbrod
mzisbrod@hunterpr.com
212.679.6600 x275

Sayeda Mahler
sayeda_mahler@deanfoods.com
214.721.7766

SOURCE Dean Foods Company

Website: http://www.deanfoods.com
 
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