TreeHouse To Hire More ConAgra Employees

\"TREEHOUSELate last week TreeHouse Foods announced that it will hire an additional 140 permanent employees from ConAgra, doubling the previously planned Omaha employee base. In total, 9,500 employees, including more than 280 Omaha-based employees, are expected to transition to TreeHouse from ConAgra Private Brands upon the close of the sale in Q1 2016. TreeHouse is committed to retaining skilled employees familiar with the private label food business who will aid in facilitating a smooth integration of the combined company.

TreeHouse also announced today that it will open a new office facility in Omaha, Neb., later this year. Site selection is underway now with the exact office location still to be finalized. Key functions to support ConAgra Private Brands\’ customers will be housed in Omaha and will include Customer Service, Finance, Information Technology, Research & Development and Supply Chain.

\”This will mark TreeHouse\’s first office location in Omaha and will allow us to have all of our new Omaha-based employees together in one building. We recognize that customer service and business infrastructure are critical to serve existing customers and to drive the success of the business,\” said Sam K. Reed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TreeHouse Foods.

\”Our transformational acquisition will establish an industry leader in customer brands and custom products with significant scale, scope and skill and will enable us to extend our reach in the grocery store by over 10 shelf stable and refrigerated food categories. Importantly, the combination will also strengthen our ability to support our customers\’ efforts to build their corporate brands and offer consumers the best combination of choice and value. We\’re thrilled to welcome all of our new team members from ConAgra Private Brands to the TreeHouse family and look forward to learning from and working with our new colleagues when the transaction is complete,\” Mr. Reed continued.

TreeHouse Foods will continue to be headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill. Upon close, in addition to TreeHouse\’s current offices, the company will also maintain a strong presence in Downers Grove, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., with approximately 150 and 240 employees based in these locations, respectively. The combined company will have more than 50 manufacturing facilities and more than 16,000 employees.

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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.