Net sales in the coffee creamers and beverages platform, which includes coffee creamers under the International Delight®, Land O'Lakes®, Silk® and Horizon Organic® brands, as well as International Delight Iced Coffee, increased by nearly 20 percent in the second quarter, driven by continued strong growth of International Delight Creamers and Iced Coffee.
Net sales in the premium dairy platform, which includes Horizon Organic® branded milk and other products, increased mid-single digits. Alpro net sales increased high-single digits on a Euro currency basis and declined mid-single digits after currency conversion.
A culture of efficiency and expense control at WhiteWave-Alpro leveraged 11 percent top-line growth to deliver 31 percent operating income growth in the second quarter. For the quarter, WhiteWave-Alpro operating income was $58 million, versus $44 million in the second quarter of 2011.
Fresh Dairy Direct delivered another quarter of strong performance, driven by continued volume outperformance of the industry, a favorable commodity environment, effective price realization and strong expense control. For the second quarter, Fresh Dairy Direct fluid milk volumes were essentially flat on a year-over-year basis, excluding the impact of divestitures. This compares to the balance of the industry that experienced a volume decline of approximately 2.5 percent on a year-over-year basis, based on USDA data and company estimates.
Fresh Dairy Direct net sales were $2.2 billion, a 10 percent decline from $2.4 billion in net sales for the second quarter of 2011, reflecting the pass-through of lower dairy commodity costs. The second quarter 2012 average Class I Mover, a measure of raw milk costs, was $15.58 per hundred-weight, a decrease of 21 percent from the second quarter of 2011.
Second quarter Fresh Dairy Direct operating income was $125 million, a 41 percent increase from $89 million in the second quarter of 2011.
Second quarter Morningstar volumes increased 10 percent, reflecting continued growth in foodservice and retail channels. Core volume growth, offset by the pass-through of lower dairy commodity costs, drove Morningstar net sales of $345 million, essentially flat with the year ago period. Morningstar operating income increased 19 percent in the second quarter to $32 million, from $27 million in the second quarter of 2011.
"Looking ahead at Q3 and the balance of the year, we expect continued strong performance across the business," continued Engles. "We expect first half momentum to continue at WhiteWave with strong volume-driven net sales growth and operating leverage.
"At Fresh Dairy Direct, we will continue to focus on the fundamentals of the business. Volume performance, price realization, and cost efficiency. We expect to continue to post solid year-over-year growth despite expectations for a rising dairy commodity environment. We expect mid to high-teens full year operating income growth at Fresh Dairy Direct.
"At Morningstar, solid customer growth, new product innovations, and a focused approach are expected to drive continued success for the segment over the balance of the year, resulting in mid-teens full year operating income growth.
"In total, strong operating segment performance, and a continued focus on efficiency and leverage reduction should drive continued strong operating income and EPS growth. For the third quarter, we expect adjusted diluted earnings per share to be between $0.25 and $0.30. Given our strong performance in the first half, and expectations for continued momentum over the balance of the year, we are increasing our full year guidance for adjusted diluted earnings per share to a range of $1.18 to 1.28 per share under our current corporate structure."