Borden Is The Latest U.S. Dairy Producer To File For Bankruptcy

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Borden Is The Latest U.S. Dairy Producer To File For Bankruptcy
Borden is the second major dairy company to file for bankruptcy protection in recent months.
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Borden Dairy Co. filed for bankruptcy Monday, becoming the second major milk producer to do so in recent months.

The company says it can't afford its large amount of debt and pension obligations. This comes just two months after America's largest milk producer, Dean Foods, also filed for Chapter 11 protections and cited similar reasons. 

Cow milk consumption has lagged in recent years as consumers have gravitated to dairy-free options such as soy, almond and oat beverages.

Borden noted that a dwindling number of American dairy farmers has also crippled the industry. It says nearly 3,000 U.S. dairy farms shut down last year.

The company said it saw net sales just north of $1 billion in 2018, but with that came a net loss of nearly $15 million. That loss grew to more than $40 million the following year, according to the filing.

CEO Tony Sarsam said in a statement, "Despite our numerous achievements during the past 18 months, the company continues to be impacted by the rising cost of raw milk and market challenges facing the dairy industry."

Borden currently employs about 3,300 people, but the company says it plans to continue normal operations as it reorganizes through the courts.