DALLAS — Suiza Foods Corp. and Dean Foods Co. announced April 5 that the two companies will merge to form a national dairy and specialty foods company with nearly $10 billion in annual sales.
The merged company will assume the Dean Foods name and will be headquartered in Dallas, Suiza's corporate headquarters location. Dean Foods presently is based in Franklin Park, Ill.
Suiza posted 2000 sales of $5.8 billion; Dean reported $4.3 billion.
Suiza once was a major blow molder, owning Franklin Plastics and Plastic Containers Inc. In 1999 it combined those holdings with Reid Plastics Inc. to create Consolidated Container Co. LLC, an Irving, Texas, company that ranked No. 2 in Plastics News' 2000 survey of North American blow molders. Suiza owns 43 percent of Consolidated.
Dean is known for its innovative packaging, including the Milk Chug single-serve bottles and also the Grip'n Go single-serve line it acquired when it bought the Land O'Lakes dairy business in June.