DALLAS, Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A press release and video were issued today by an organization called Animal Recovery Mission ("ARM") falsely stating that Dean Foods Company owns or controls McArthur Farms, a Florida dairy farm. We want to make it clear that Dean Foods does not own or control any dairy farms. We proudly own the McArthur Dairy brand and dairy processing plant located in Miami. We purchased the farm's processing plant in 1980 and kept the name and logo for our local milk brand, which is likely contributing to any confusion. Dean Foods has no ownership interest and is in no way involved in the management of McArthur Farms.
Any queries regarding McArthur Farms should be directed to McArthur Farms or the Southeast Milk Cooperative.
However, we are still very engaged in the animal welfare issues highlighted in ARM's video because McArthur Farms is part of the Southeast Milk Cooperative ("SMI") and is consequently in our milk supply. Dean Foods is appalled at the behaviors shown in the video released by ARM. We believe that providing for the health and welfare of dairy cows is the right thing to do, and we expect all farmers to ensure their animals are being cared for and handled according to sound animal welfare principles. We acknowledge that SMI is taking proactive steps with their members to address animal welfare on their farms.
SOURCE Dean Foods Company