Dean Foods Announces Bankruptcy

Source:  Rockford Register Star,  Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press, Nov. 13, 2019.

On the Waterfront, color promotional brochure/card – 2011

Source:  Promotional card/flyer produced through On The Waterfront Inc




Union Dairy, Freeport

See article in Rockford Magazine, July 1988, pp 24, 44-46, by Kim Kiser

at corner of Douglas St. and Adams Ave., Freeport

Conrad Kaiser turned his first batch of ice cream in 1932. Now (1988) Dean Foods makes the ice cream to Union Dairy specifications.

Began in 1917 selling raw milk, not ice cream.  A surplus of cream lead to making ice cream. Last year the Dairy produced around 90,000 gallons.  At its peak, the dairy produces 200,000 gallons.  It is distributed within 50 miles of Freeport.

Lee Holthaus bought the dairy from Jepson and Kaiser’s sons in 1981 to supplement his small Madison, WI-based ice cream and restaurant program.