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Dean Foods Announces Distribution Ratios For Spin-Off Of The WhiteWave Foods Company

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The distribution of shares of WhiteWave Class A common stock and WhiteWave Class B common stock will be made in book entry form, and no physical share certificates of WhiteWave will be issued. An information statement describing the distribution will be mailed to Dean Foods stockholders. Dean Foods stockholders will not be required to pay cash or other consideration for the shares of WhiteWave Class A common stock and WhiteWave Class B common stock to be distributed to them or to surrender or exchange their shares of Dean Foods common stock to receive the distribution.

When the distribution is complete, Dean Foods will continue to own 34,400,000 shares of WhiteWave Class A common stock but will no longer own a controlling interest. Dean Foods expects to dispose of its retained shares of WhiteWave Class A common stock within 18 months of the distribution in one or more tax-free transactions.

ABOUT DEAN FOODS

Dean Foods is a leading food and beverage company in the United States. The Company 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. The Ongoing Dean Foods segment 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.

Forward-Looking Statements Some of the statements in this press release are "forward-looking" and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These "forward-looking" statements include statements relating to, among other things, the spin-off and other dispositions of Dean Foods' remaining ownership interest in The WhiteWave Foods Company.  These statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from the statements set forth in this press release.  The disposition of Dean Foods' remaining ownership interest in WhiteWave in one or more tax-free dispositions after the spin-off would be subject to various conditions, including the receipt of any necessary regulatory or other approvals, the existence of satisfactory market conditions, and Dean Foods' maintenance of the private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service.  For other risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, see the "Risk Factors" section of Dean Foods' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.  The forward-looking statements in this press release speak only as of the date of this release.  Dean Foods expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to such statements to reflect any change in its expectations with regard thereto or any changes in the events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

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

SOURCE Dean Foods Company

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