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Dean Foods to Close Colorado Dairy

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 1:00pm

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — Dean Foods says it's closing is Meadow Gold milk-processing plant in Delta, citing a decision by grocery store chain City Market to open its own dairy.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Thursday the closure means the loss of about 38 jobs.

Ten positions from the Delta plant will be transferred to a distribution operation in Grand Junction 40 miles northwest. It wasn't immediately clear if those jobs were among the 38 being cut in Delta.

Dean Foods said it's closing the dairy because City Market is opening its own processing plant. Kroger Co., which owns City Market, said the plant will be in Denver and will help keep prices competitive.

The Delta plant has been operating since 1951. Production is expected to be phased out within three months.

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Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com

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