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May 6, 1989
The Defense Department made no move to save the canceled V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft despite urging from Congress and two major defense firms to go ahead with the $28-billion Marine Corps program . . . The sale of Alta-Dena Certified Dairy Inc., a major Southern California milk producer, to a subsidiary of Bongrain SA of France, has been completed, the dairy said.
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March 16, 1999 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The country's largest dairy processor and distributor, Dean Foods Co., said Monday that it will buy Alta Dena Certified Dairy for an undisclosed sum, another signal that food distribution is consolidating alongside that of the country's giant supermarket chains. Alta Dena, which since 1989 has been owned by Bongrain North America, processes and distributes milk and other dairy products throughout Southern California, with sales of about $200 million.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 13, 1985
The decision by our dairy to go to court to challenge a critic of raw certified milk products is an effort to present scientific evidence, not silence it, as indicated by your editorial. The $110-million suit is not a move to intimidate but rather to serve notice that the dairy suffers financially from irresponsible statements made by those in a position of responsibility. We agree with the obligation of scientists to share their findings, but when the statements are biased to scare rather than inform they cannot go unchallenged.
NEWS
September 17, 1992
Elmer A. Stueve, one of the three brothers who started Alta-Dena Certified Dairy in 1945 with 61 cows and a milk wagon, died Monday in El Monte of the complications of a stroke. A family spokeswoman said he was 78 and also had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Stueve was the eldest of 17 children and the first of his family to come to California, in 1936, from Missouri. He found work at a dairy in Azusa.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1989
M. Richard Wadley has been named president and chief executive of Alta-Dena Certified Dairy Inc., which was bought by Zausner Foods Inc. on May 5. The dairy products company is headquartered in City of Industry and employs about 700 people. Wadley joined Zausner Foods last year as senior vice president. Working from the firm's New York office, he handled the purchase of Alta-Dena, which he said will be managed and operated locally.
NEWS
April 10, 1989 | DAN MORAIN and DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writers
Alta-Dena Certified Dairy has run a 35-year campaign of "sometimes downright dangerous" false advertising about its raw milk products and must place a strong warning on raw milk cartons for the next decade, a Superior Court judge in Oakland ruled today. After a 54-day trial Alameda County Superior Court Judge John Sutter said in the 34-page opinion that there is "overwhelming evidence" that Alta-Dena raw milk "frequently contains dangerous bacteria which cause serious illness." Acting in a suit by Consumers Union, the American Public Health Assn.
NEWS
September 17, 1992
Elmer A. Stueve, one of the three brothers who started Alta-Dena Certified Dairy in 1945 with 61 cows and a milk wagon, died Monday in El Monte of the complications of a stroke. A family spokeswoman said he was 78 and also had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Stueve was the eldest of 17 children and the first of his family to come to California, in 1936, from Missouri. He found work at a dairy in Azusa.
NEWS
December 6, 1985 | RONALD L. SOBLE, Times Staff Writer
On the eve of a critical meeting to determine the cause of California's biggest food poisoning case--this year's Jalisco cheese listeriosis epidemic--a state Agriculture Department official Thursday released test results from France that could lead to criminal charges against the now-shut Artesia cheese firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1985 | RONALD L. SOBLE and DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writers
A decade-old argument over whether the raw milk produced by Alta-Dena Certified Dairy contains illness-causing bacteria was rekindled Tuesday when a coalition of consumer groups and health professionals filed a suit accusing the firm of "false and misleading" advertising about the safety of its raw milk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury Friday found that Alta-Dena Certified Dairy will not have to share financial liability for nearly $100 million in unsettled claims filed by victims of a listeriosis epidemic that killed 48 people and sickened hundreds of others in 1985. In an 11-1 verdict reached after 3 1/2 days of deliberations, the jury spurned arguments by now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court jury Friday found that Alta-Dena Certified Dairy will not have to share financial liability for nearly $100 million in unsettled claims filed by victims of a listeriosis epidemic that killed 48 people and sickened hundreds of others in 1985. In an 11-1 verdict reached after 3 1/2 days of deliberations, the jury spurned arguments by now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, in a trial that started last week, will attempt to solve a mystery that has stymied the best medical investigators in the nation: Exactly how did deadly listeria bacteria get into a batch of cheese that sickened hundreds of Southern Californians, killing 48 in 1985? The decision will hinge on the past performance of two firms--the now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. of Artesia, which produced the tainted cheese, and Alta-Dena Certified Dairy of the City of Industry, which supplied the raw milk to Jalisco to make the cheese.
NEWS
June 26, 1989 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury, in a trial that started last week, will attempt to solve a mystery that has stymied the best medical investigators in the nation: Exactly how did deadly listeria bacteria get into a batch of cheese that sickened hundreds of Southern Californians, killing 48 in 1985? The decision will hinge on the past performance of two firms--the now-defunct Jalisco Mexican Products Inc. of Artesia, which produced the tainted cheese, and Alta-Dena Certified Dairy of the City of Industry, which supplied the raw milk to Jalisco to make the cheese.
BUSINESS
May 18, 1989
M. Richard Wadley has been named president and chief executive of Alta-Dena Certified Dairy Inc., which was bought by Zausner Foods Inc. on May 5. The dairy products company is headquartered in City of Industry and employs about 700 people. Wadley joined Zausner Foods last year as senior vice president. Working from the firm's New York office, he handled the purchase of Alta-Dena, which he said will be managed and operated locally.
BUSINESS
May 6, 1989
The Defense Department made no move to save the canceled V-22 tilt-rotor aircraft despite urging from Congress and two major defense firms to go ahead with the $28-billion Marine Corps program . . . The sale of Alta-Dena Certified Dairy Inc., a major Southern California milk producer, to a subsidiary of Bongrain SA of France, has been completed, the dairy said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1989 | VICTOR MERINA, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Milk Commission is a little-known panel with an obscure mission: regulating the production, distribution and sale of raw or unpasteurized milk. Its commissioners are paid $25 per meeting, but what has been a low-profile job turned public this week when a Northern California judge accused the six-member county panel of kowtowing to the lone company it regulates--Alta-Dena Certified Dairy. In strongly worded ruling against Alta-Dena, the nation's largest raw milk producer, Alameda County Superior Court Judge John Sutter claimed the company has run a "misleading and sometimes downright dangerous" advertising campaign touting the health benefits of unpasteurized milk.
NEWS
May 11, 1986 | GEORGE STEIN, Times Staff Writer
Carl Sorenson wastes no time when he delivers milk. He brings his battered milk truck to a curb, sets the brake with a yank, grabs the order--a gallon of milk, a quart of juice, a package of hot dogs or a loaf of bread--and hops out. Baseball cap on his head, a toothpick in his mouth, the Bellflower resident cuts straight across sidewalks, lawns, steps, porches, avoiding dogs and their residue--a familiar, purposeful figure cut out of a Norman Rockwell painting.
NEWS
April 11, 1989 | DAN MORAIN and DANIEL P. PUZO, Times Staff Writers
Alta-Dena Certified Dairy has run a 35-year campaign of "misleading and sometimes downright dangerous" advertising about the health benefits of raw milk and must place warnings on such products for the next 10 years, a Superior Court judge ruled Monday. After a 54-day trial in a false advertising suit, Alameda County Superior Court Judge John Sutter also ordered that Alta-Dena, the nation's largest raw milk producer, stop using its motto, "The Dairy That Cares About Your Health, Naturally."
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