Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Reports Of A Settlement Between Dean Foods And Northeast Dairy Farmers

“This case has been a constructive development for the future of our dairy industry.  Vermont dairy farmers, like dairy farmers across the country, are struggling, and we cannot allow collusion among larger dairy conglomerates to continue at the expense of our locally owned and operated dairy farms.  These companies should be put on notice that there is a price to pay for anti-competitive practices.  Reports of this settlement are welcome news but also a reminder that the Justice Department must keep a close eye on future proposals from Dean Foods and others.  This case, and the added scrutiny that economic concentration in agriculture is beginning to receive at several other levels, will give pause to big companies when they consider anti-competitive actions that hurt farmers and consumers.”

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