Southeast Milk to buy dairies from Winn-Dixie
February 27, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. — Southeast Milk, Inc. is buying two dairies from Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. The dairies are located in Plant City, Fla., and Hammond, La., and 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, chief executive officer and chairman of Winn-Dixie. "We are pleased that S.M.I. recognizes the value of our dairies and the associates who work there, and we look forward to a successful partnership."
After the transaction is complete, Winn-Dixie will operate one manufacturing plant, which is located in Fitzgerald, Ga.
"Our purchase of these dairies from Winn-Dixie provides a wonderful opportunity for our family-owned dairy farmers to better serve consumer throughout the southeastern United States," said Calvin Covington, chief executive officer of S.M.I. "Southeast Milk remains committed to providing fresh, locally produced milk to consumers. The addition of these two dairies will help us to do that more efficiently."