LE MARS, Iowa — Kemps, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based subsidiary of the Dairy Farmers of America, announced in October that would take over the Dean Foods dairy plant in Le Mars.
The acquisition of the Le Mars plant was part of a large sale of assets in the aftermath of Dean Foods’ collapse in 2019.
Dean, the biggest U.S. milk producer, declared bankruptcy in November 2019, during a long-term slump in milk demand. Dean had lost money in eight of the 10 fiscal quarters before the bankruptcy, and posted declining sales in seven of the previous eight quarters.
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