Dean Foods came under fire after announcing its intention to purchase two milk processing plants owned by Foremost Farms, USA. The Department of Justice belies the purchase would lessen competition. The markets in question sell milk to schools and to grocery chains, restaurants and other retail outlets.
Now, lawyers for Dean Foods has filed a request that a federal judge in Milwaukee reject the charge affecting the supply for non-school fluid milk sales. The argument is the government failed to define the –relevant geographic market- where competition would be affected.
According to Dean, most customers in that area of Minnesota purchase milk from processing plants located within 150 miles.