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Column: It's not child's play for TreeHouse

After a largely smooth decade for TreeHouse Foods since its inception in 2005, the largest private-label supplier in the US has found it tou...

TreeHouse's own-label woes – 6 things to learn

TreeHouse Foods lowered its full-year earnings forecast, sending shares in the US own-label supplier tumbling. The company said it was force...


Katy Askew | 3 Nov 2015

TreeHouse Foods confirmed what many suspected yesterday (2 November) when it announced a deal to acquire ConAgra's private brands business for US$2.7bn. The acquisition will almost double TreeHouse's size, creating an enlarged business with sales of around $7bn spanning more than 20 categories. Here are ten key points to take away from the deal.


Katy Askew | 1 Jul 2015

ConAgra Foods announced that it will sell off its loss-making private label business yesterday (30 June) in a move that, the company said, will help unlock value for its shareholders. But selling off private brands is about more than offloading an asset that is a challenging turnaround story. New CEO Sean Connolly insists it is about putting ConAgra back on the road to growth. Katy Askew reports.


Dean Best | 3 Jul 2014

Since the inception of TreeHouse Foods in 2005, the US private-label group has snapped up businesses supplying the centre of the store. Now, the company has used M&A to secure a foothold in the perimeter - with the potential for further deals.


Dean Best | 22 Apr 2014

Desperate for growth in a moribund trading environment, there are signs some food manufacturers operating in the US are using acquisitions to bolster their presence in more vibrant parts of the industry. Should others follow?

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Dean Best | 28 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods will become the largest own-label firm in the US with an acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings but there are concerns over whether it can manage brands and private label. There are also questions over the potential private label has for further growth in the US. Doug Knudsen, president of sales at ConAgra, tells Dean Best why the company is upbeat about the deal, its ability to grow brands and own label and the private label sector.

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just-food.com | 17 Nov 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.


Andy Coyne | 2 Nov 2017

US private-label giant TreeHouse Foods is searching for a new CEO after Robert Aiken resigned from his position as president of the company despite only taking up the role in June.


Simon Harvey | 3 Aug 2017

TreeHouse Foods plans to close some of its operations as part of a restructuring programme the US own-label supplier has drawn up to make it more competitive and improve its margins.


Simon Harvey | 3 Aug 2017

TreeHouse Foods, the biggest private-label supplier in the US, is revising its full-year earnings per share guidance lower amid "adverse" market conditions, pressure from commodity costs increases and lower volumes.


Katy Askew | 14 Jun 2017

TreeHouse Foods has appointed former US Foods CEO Robert Aiken to the post of president and chief operating officer.


Dean Best | 25 Apr 2017

TreeHouse Foods, the US private-label supplier, has offloaded its soup and infant feeding business to Riverbend Foods, a new company set up by private-equity firm Insight Equity.


Katy Askew | 29 Mar 2017

US private-label food maker TreeHouse Foods is aiming to "capitalise on growth opportunities" with a management reshuffle that has signalled an increased focus on healthy snacking and the "emerging" online sales channel. 


Hannah Abdulla | 9 Feb 2017

TreeHouse Foods has recorded a full-year loss after booking an impairment charge related to North American retail grocery unit Flagstone Foods. 


Katy Askew | 3 Nov 2016

TreeHouse Foods said that it has struggled to integrate the private brands business that it acquired from ConAgra Foods, which "fell short" of expectations during the third quarter. 


Katy Askew | 3 Nov 2016

TreeHouse Foods has revealed plans to close a Canadian production facility in British Columbia and reduce its manufacturing capacity at a site in the US state of Michigan. 


Katy Askew | 3 Nov 2016

TreeHouse Foods, the US own-label group, today (3 November) announced two senior management changes - the resignation of president Chris Sliva and the appointment of a new CFO.


Dean Best | 4 Aug 2016

TreeHouse Foods, the US private-label group, today (4 August) announced Dennis Riordan was stepping down as CFO and a decision to hand the role of company president to COO Chris Sliva.


Dean Best | 4 Aug 2016

TreeHouse Foods, the US private-label group, today (4 August) reported half-year results shaped by the company’s recent acquisition of the bulk of ConAgra Foods’ own-label business.


John Shepherd | 10 Jun 2016

ConAgra Foods has announced its intention to sell its national food ingredient sourcing and distribution company JM Swank, the US group's latest move to dispose an asset to focus on its consumer-facing business.


Katy Askew | 25 May 2016

TreeHouse Foods has announced plans to close two manufacturing facilities that it attained as part of its US$2.7bn acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business.


Katy Askew | 5 May 2016

TreeHouse Foods reported a first-quarter loss as costs associated with its acquisition of the ConAgra Foods private brands business weighed on profitability. 


Katy Askew | 6 Apr 2016

TreeHouse Foods plans to close its Bay Valley Foods production site in Ayer, Massachusetts, as part of an ongoing production review. 


Hannah Abdulla | 29 Mar 2016

TreeHouse Foods has confirmed it is bumping up the number of natural and organic food items it produces and plans to sell them through the acquired ConAgra Foods private-label unit.


Dean Best | 11 Feb 2016

TreeHouse Foods, the US private-label group, saw sales decline in the last three months of 2015 amid pressure on volumes and moves on prices.


Katy Askew | 15 Jan 2016

Shares in TreeHouse Foods rose after the bell yesterday (14 January) on the back of expectation-beating full-year guidance. 


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jan 2016

US group Hain Celestial this week cut its forecasts for annual sales and earnings amid pressure on its domestic business. The company's management also presented at the ICR investment conference, where it sought to be upbeat about Hain's prospects. Staying in the US, Danone warned it could pursue legal action over Chobani's "misleading and deceptive marketing" which targeted its Light & Fit brand. Elsewhere, Irish dairy co-op Ornua announced the acquisition of Chinese group Ambrosia. And we analysed General Mills' recent acquisitions of Brazilian yoghurt maker Carolina and US meat snacks firm Epic Provisions. Here is the week in quotes.


Hannah Abdulla | 14 Jan 2016

TreeHouse Foods has announced it will hire another 140 permanent employees from ConAgra Foods as part of the deal for the latter's private-label food business.


Dean Best | 21 Dec 2015

The creation of Kraft Heinz was the stand-out M&A story of the year, although there were plenty of other significant deals, including JBS's move for European meat group Moy Park, the sale of Quorn Foods to Philippines-based Monde Nissin and Nomad Foods' two transactions in European frozen food. Elsewhere, Nestle was rocked by the Maggi recall in India, while it and a number of other companies - including Hershey - suffered amid China's economic slowdown.

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Katy Askew | 2 Feb 2016

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector.

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