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Dean Foods Company

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Dean Foods reported dismal fourth-quarter 2014 earnings and provided a cautious outlook for 2015 due to uncertain industry dynamics. While the company is encouraged by the decline in raw milk prices since Dec 2014, it remains concern about the volatile dairy commodity environment. Further, the company’s volume performance continues to be impacted by higher input costs. However, Dean Foods expects 2015 results to improve substantially from 2014 given the successful elimination of structural costs from its system and the numerous benefits that are expected to follow lower raw milk costs. Moreover, the company’s ongoing strategic initiatives focused on improving price realization, cost productivity and volumes at margins, position it well to generate enhanced returns.

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