Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)


12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2019
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  
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In January 2020, the Company acquired the remaining 57.5 percent stake in fairlife, LLC ("fairlife") and now owns 100 percent of fairlife. fairlife offers a broad portfolio of products in the value-added dairy category across North America. Value-added dairy products have been one of the fastest-growing nonalcoholic beverage categories in the United States, with fairlife being a large contributor to sales growth. fairlife's success has been supported by new product innovations, ranging from lactose-free, ultra-filtered milk with less sugar and more protein than competing brands, to high-protein recovery and nutrition shakes and drinkable snacks. A significant portion of fairlife's revenues is already reflected in our consolidated financial statements, as we have operated as the sales and distribution organization for certain fairlife products. Under the terms of the agreement, we paid $1.0 billion upon the close of the transaction and are subject to making future milestone payments which are contingent on fairlife achieving certain financial targets through 2024. These milestone payments are based on agreed-upon formulas related to fairlife's operating results, the resulting value of which is not subject to a ceiling. We are currently in the process of finalizing the accounting for this transaction, including the valuation of the expected milestone payments and the remeasurement of our previously held equity interest. We expect to complete these valuations, as well as our preliminary allocation of the purchase consideration to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed, by the end of the first quarter of 2020.