August 1, 2005
The industry passes a milestone this year, as Dean Foods has realized its promise as the first $10 billion North American dairy processor. And it's not just the top cat that's getting bigger. There are a record number (22) billion-dollar companies in this year's Dairy 100,™ and the majority of them experienced considerable sales growth in 2004, thanks in part to higher prices. The top 10 companies now represent just under $38.5 billion, compared with just less than $30 billion last year.