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Nov 19, 2010

General Mills to acquire Mountain High Yoghurt from Dean Foods

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - General Mills announced today its agreement to purchase the Mountain High Yoghurt business and the Mountain High brand from Dean Foods. 

Mountain High all-natural yoghurt is a leading large-size yogurt brand in the Western United States.

General Mills will continue to operate the Mountain High business, and will retain the trusted Mountain High name.  Mountain High will become part of General Mills’ Yoplait USA division in the United States. 

"Mountain High is an exceptional all-natural yogurt brand that brings with it a strong heritage of quality," said Becky O’Grady, president of General Mills’ Yoplait division. "We are excited about this opportunity to double our large-size yogurt business with this strong brand – and we are committed to maintaining the great-tasting, all-natural Mountain High Yoghurt products that consumers love.”

Mountain High was founded in Boulder, Colo., in 1976, and is currently based in Englewood, Colo.  Mountain High Yoghurt products are sold in major retail outlets across the Western United States.  Mountain High produces all-natural original-style, low-fat, and fat-free yogurt in 32-oz., 64-oz., and 6-oz. sizes in a variety of flavors including plain, vanilla, strawberry, lemon, and raspberry. 

The transaction is expected to be completed early in 2011, subject to customary closing conditions and necessary regulatory approvals.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2010 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

For more information, contact:
Kirstie Foster
General Mills
763-764-6364