Dean Foods Company operates as a food and beverage company in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Fresh Dairy Direct, WhiteWave-Alpro, and Morningstar. The Fresh Dairy Direct segment manufactures, markets, and distributes various branded and private label dairy case products, including milk; ice cream, ice cream mix, and ice cream novelties; creamers and other extended shelf life fluids; half-and-half and whipping cream; butter, cheese, eggs, and milkshakes; and fruit juices, fruit-flavored drinks, and iced tea, as well as offers water. This segment sells its dairy case products to retailers, foodservice outlets, distributors, educational institutions, and governmental entities. The WhiteWave-Alpro segment manufactures, develops, markets, and sells various branded dairy and dairy-related products, such as milk and other dairy products; organic dairy products; plant-based beverages, such as soy, almond, and coconut milks; and coffee creamers, and creamers and fluid dairy products. It also provides soy, almond, and hazelnut drinks; and food products under the Alpro and Provamel brands in Europe. This segment sells its products to various customers comprising grocery stores, club stores, natural foods stores, mass merchandisers, convenience stores, drug stores, and foodservice outlets. The Morningstar segment manufactures and sells extended shelf life creams and creamers, beverages, and cultured dairy products, such as half and half and whipping cream, ice cream mix, value-added milks, sour cream, and cottage cheese. This segment sells its products under private labels and the Friendship brand name to foodservice and private label retail customers. The company was formerly known as Suiza Foods Corporation and changed its name to Dean Foods Company in 2001 as a result of merger between the former Dean Foods Company and Suiza Foods Corporation. Dean Foods Company was founded in 1925 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.