Why Are All the Dairy Companies Going Bankrupt?

For starters, people stopped drinking milk

A milk truck pulls away from the Garelick Farms manufacturing plant in Lynn, MA. The plant closed in fall of 2018.
Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Boston Globe/Getty Images

“The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy”

A brief history of dairy processing (1900–1950)

Dairy is a unique industry from an operational point of view.

Technical disruption (1950s — 1980s)

Consolidation lays the groundwork for Dean Foods’ bankruptcy (1980s — on)

Changing consumer tastes

The bottom drops out

It’s clear the company had nowhere to go but down.

The competitive framework of Dean Foods’ bankruptcy

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