Milk firms and producers in three-way deal

Two milk marking companies and a dairy cooperative have announced a collaboration that will include the sale of a Costa Rica processing plant to a Mexican firm.

Florida Ice and Farm Co.’s Florida Bebidas is selling a plant in San Ramón de Alajuela to Grupo LaLa, a large Mexican dairy firm.

Both Florida Bebidas and Grupo LaLa sell milk under the MU! Brand. A release said they each would continue to do so independently, although Florida Bebidas will be distributing  Grupo LaLa products within Costa Rica.

Grupo La La has expanded into the United States where it acquired the Borden brand among others.

The Coopeleche  cooperative will increase its milk production, the release said. The firm is based in  San Ramón and has producers in Zarcero, San Carlos, Guatuso, Miramar, Esparza, Guayabo de Bagaces and Tilarán, said the announcement.

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