Swiss Valley Farms Sells Dubuque Facility
Buyer Licenses Brand
06/02/2009

Dubuque, Iowa --- Swiss Valley Farms, Co., a four-state cooperative owned and controlled by dairy producers, announces the sale of its Dubuque milk bottling plant.
"As our customer base continues to consolidate to gain market share and improve operating efficiencies, our dairy beverage business has been challenged to supply customers who have a significant regional or national market presence. The Dubuque plant will become part of a larger network of facilities owned by Prairie Farms, another successful farmer-owned co-op," said Don Boelens, CEO, Swiss Valley Farms. "As a result, Swiss Valley Farms' products will be positioned well for future growth and success in significant regional and national markets."
Swiss Valley Farms licensing agreement with Prairie Farms will maintain the company's producers, standards and labeling. "There won't be change at all for our excellent producer-owners, or for our loyal customers," Boelens said, "and the remainder of our business model is still very strong. This transaction will allow us to place additional resources and focus on our cheese business. For all of our 50-year history, Swiss Valley Farms has been and remains farmer-owned; we're involved in the communities in which we serve, and our heritage is very much about people and delivering a premium product to consumers. None of that will change."

About Swiss Valley:
Swiss Valley Farms is a dairy cooperative based in Davenport, IA with approximately 1000 members. The company has cheese manufacturing plants in Luana, Iowa, Mindoro and Platteville, Wisconsin and a cheese packaging plant in St. Olaf, Iowa. Swiss Valley Farms operates a wholly-owned subsidiary, Rochester Cheese, with plants located in Dalbo, Rochester and Spring Valley, Minnesota.
Swiss Valley Farms has 560 employees and annual sales of $520 million.

About Prairie Farms:
Prairie Farms and its subsidiaries manufacturers and markets a full line of dairy food products out of its own 24 plants and 13 joint venture plants throughout the Midwest and Mid-South. Prairie Farms' line includes a wide variety of fluid milk products; juices and drinks; cultured dairy products including dips, sour cream, cottage cheese and yogurt; and the creamy pleasure of Prairie Farms ice cream, including a premium brand, Prairie Farms Old Recipe.