Oak Brook, Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods Inc. entered into a definitive agreement on Jan. 10 to sell two of its in-store bakery facilities located in Fridley, Minnesota, and Lodi, California, to Rich Products Corp., a family-owned food company with more than 11,000 associates, operating on six continents, in more than 100 countries.
The Fridley and Lodi plants manufacture breads, rolls and cakes for in-store retail bakeries and foodservice customers. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by April 10. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“The sale of the Fridley and Lodi facilities allows us to sharpen our focus at TreeHouse, and importantly, creates an opportunity for these plants to thrive under Rich Products’ ownership,” said Steve Oakland, CEO and president of TreeHouse Foods. “We continue to be committed to delivering great customer service within the in-store bakery category through our frosted sugar cookies and Lofthouse branded business.”
“The facilities we are acquiring from TreeHouse enhance our current dessert and bakery product portfolios and align well with our long-term growth strategies,” said Ray Burke, president and COO of Rich’s U.S.–Canada region. “These added capabilities will also allow us to provide greater fully finished and artisan product options, which are in high demand among our customers.”
TreeHouse acquired the in-store bakery business from ConAgra Brands as part of the Private Brands transaction in 2016. There are approximately 338 hourly and 45 salaried employees who will transition from TreeHouse Foods to Rich Products.
TreeHouse Foods manufactures and distributes private label packaged foods and beverages and has more than 40 production facilities in the U.S., Canada and Italy.