Under a new alliance, Baskin-Robbins' independently owned-and-operated franchised stores throughout the United States will purchase ice cream products from Dean Foods Co.

"We are extremely pleased that Baskin-Robbins has chosen to align with Dean Foods nationally. Baskin-Robbins is the leading ice cream store chain in the U.S. with a strong franchisee base, terrific brand recognition and a loyal consumer following,” said Howard Dean, chairman and chief executive officer of Dean Foods Company

One of the nation's leading dairy processors and distributors, Dean Foods produces a full line of branded and private-label products, including fluid milk, ice cream and extended shelf life products, which are sold under the "Dean's" and other regional brand names.

As the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty stores, Baskin-Robbins creates and markets its innovative, high-quality premium ice cream, specialty frozen desserts and beverages in more than 4,500 retail stores around the globe.