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Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. said it will sell the two dairies it operates to Southeast Milk Inc. The plants are in Plant City, Fla. and Hammond, La. Both facilities will remain in full production.
"We have concluded that the sale of our dairies is in the company's best interest as we continue to sharpen our focus on the retail operation of our business," said Peter Lynch, president, c.e.o. and chairman of Winn-Dixie. The Southeastern grocer operates 521 stores.
Southeast Milk is a Florida-based cooperative of more than 300 family-owned farms in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. Southeast is the largest co-op of dairy farmers in Florida and supplies milk to most of the southeastern United States.
"Our purchase of these dairies from Winn-Dixie provides a wonderful opportunity for our family-owned dairy farms to better serve consumers throughout the southeastern United States," said Calvin Covington, ceo of SMI. "Southeast Milk remains committed to providing fresh, locally produced milk to consumers."