Kraft and Hughes bought them in 1986 after Knudsen filed for Chapter 11. Their milk plant was located at 1965 Santee Street and the milk operation at some point was renamed Santee Dairy. Stater Bros bought out Kraft's interest in 1987. Kraft kept the non-milk side of the business.klkla wrote:That sounds similar to Knudsen. Weren't they 50% owned by Hughes Markets and 50% owned by Stater Bros at one point? I think this happened after Kraft bought them out but spun off the SoCal milk operation.
Stater Bros bought out the Santee operation outright using the windfall from the 2003-2004 strike, buying out Kroger's 50% stake, which they picked up from the Hughes/Ralphs/Fred Meyer merger. The company is now Heartland Farms but they license the Knudsen name.