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Stater Bros. Markets, the wholly owned subsidiary of Stater Bros. Holdings, Inc., has completed the sale of its Santee Dairies division to Dean Foods, the United State’s largest processor and distributor of milk and other dairy products.
“The future growth of Santee Dairies products was limited because most potential customers are competing supermarket chains that already operate their own dairies,” noted Jack H. Brown, chairman, president and CEO of San Bernardino, Calif.-Based Stater Bros. Holdings. “At Stater Bros., we try to do the ‘Right Thing … for the Right Reason.’ The right thing is to sell Santee Dairies to Dean Foods to ensure the continued growth of Santee. The right reason is to protect the future of the Santee ‘Family’ of Employees.”
Selling products under over 50 familiar local and regional brands, Dallas-based Dean Foods manufactures products in 100-plus facilities in 40 states and employs more than 26,000 people.
“Stater Bros. Markets will continue to purchase Santee’s fine dairy products, including Stater Bros. Milk, ValuTime Milk, Knudsen Milk and Arnold Palmer tea products,” said Brown.