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Participants
P.I. Aquino VP, IR
Steven Oakland President, CEO & Director
William Kelley EVP & CFO
Kenneth Goldman JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Jon Andersen William Blair & Company
Christopher Growe Stifel, Nicolaus & Company
David Driscoll DD Research
Robert Moskow Crédit Suisse
William Chappell Truist Securities
John Baumgartner Wells Fargo Securities
Robert Dickerson Jefferies
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Operator

Welcome to the TreeHouse Foods Third Quarter 2020 Conference Call. [Operator Instructions]. Please note, this event is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the floor over to TreeHouse Food for the reading of the safe harbor statement.

P.I. Aquino

Good morning and thanks for joining us today.

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Steven Oakland

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William Kelley

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Steven Oakland

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Operator

Instructions]. [Operator

question comes with Goldman JPMorgan. Our the from of Ken first line

Kenneth Goldman

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Steven Oakland

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William Kelley

Sure.

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Steven Oakland

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William Kelley

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Kenneth Goldman

can you And for don't affects guess ability then decision us you as it follow-up, the to observers my is any cheap does repurchase And think way to believe how maybe through this Riviana indicate stock maybe your some at time? that buy your as perhaps I walk stock? Okay. in

Steven Oakland

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of any those take doesn't off table. it the so And options

any want So you Bill, more if that, to comment on but...

William Kelley

Yes.

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Steven Oakland

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Operator

William line Your from the Jon question of next with Andersen Blair. comes

Jon Andersen

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Steven Oakland

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William Kelley

consistent in way, technology more streamline forecast. allow ability will keep further demand Thanks, process us these that to is get our comments, the times, a at to had that demand process just Steve's add add through in will a categories. bit strong we've is these unprecedented customers in their more service moving our And to us in is that integrated and Steve. Jon, What a just I Yes. that other and point even obviously, much to tightening would business stronger to look ranges. help planning do,

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Steven Oakland

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Jon Andersen

the that came adjustment and significantly, away as that? out does the I'll the first guess? stop here? completely, we a go pointed follow-up. in do run Where from you down do year. go losses Maybe rate When And third just talking in The we to carryover relative do when was pricing quarter, half quick -- the of I about

William Kelley

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so kind us. those both of are getting of And behind

clearing come you'll -- and the So fairly new through see quickly of impact away more the here. wins business

Steven Oakland

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Operator

the with Growe question next comes of Your from line Chris Stifel.

Christopher Growe

sales your is the about retail ways I I up were if this. there's think X%, of a have I lot cut to wanted your know number -- you But and if channel look -- to ask that I in little of of your So did what slide, you you retail at that kind one you share? that sales, do think channel? take I'm grew? on slice share looking take just If categories did

Steven Oakland

against but they're tell to you, be know up that weighed you bar of X%, if the I'd orange losses. needs

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nicely. we like held share feel we So

Christopher Growe

this of had over environment, you you've in know place I ahead? all gain share anything you've lot with from competitors think some I move efficiency ability, innovation there's going TreeHouse issues of own you COVID got initiatives, can put the we of forward? market share items the little all of coming, in Would your a last of availability your your the there gaining production be In year been is facilities. that as disruptions to and to product expect

Steven Oakland

fulfill capacity customers you that vendor to what where customers we've we Yes. tell categories that come primary us of in categories, and a have multiple They key us larger Many have large our where we've we vendors. secondary backup I several help. ask had have we in supply. can and and had do of the their can customers can help a ask

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Christopher Growe

in Okay. just quarter. a relation to want the final I question, is fourth which -- And

in that quarter weighing to there -- keep potentially in fourth there's just you EPS have rate. Just a the factors I'm are of prior down year, on the the But the degree mind down. that in earnings is we given mind conservatism relation in what Is lower there to for the benefit, your there keep tax well. -- certainly the It's And performance? year-over-year? items you expect exclude that for as guidance I if earnings tax sure

William Kelley

higher, a demand further what side to make network and there if extent, is more even grow. obviously, is opportunity it and there COVID To our ability can Chris, on have So resurgence. the an leverage certain and a COVID we

issues of plants and like the risk people to you some as been the keeping COVID-related COVID-related the our elder kind of deal various and building. care contemplate to care, most space been that about of impacted outside of So working is through child our the issues, right? labor think really have running. impacted by just in we've have to related up disruption I with manufacturers good have been the We've issues

adjusted So that have some worry contemplate in in P&L. to be we included of those higher, to run the the were to our If guidance. about costs have will bit that we a

Steven Oakland

terms, of the we a is back guidance when of Chris, in $X.XX the $X.XX. We a midpoint over-performed back the simplest third half. the in time, for were of here last quarter. guided half we The new

quarter So third third half, it in a over-performance the of -- in in which little back of the the overtime, says, over-performance -- and get bit first up quarter. second of is kinds things. half eaten in that bit probably of those wages well, Well, in that cost little excuse the the a first quarter the or me,

the We potential right? goes. happen, see for how have We'll to it that

William Kelley

to see your to coming well. And you we wanted transparent through that opportunity, about tax be point, the so as

Operator

Your of David with the Driscoll next comes DD question from Research. line

David Driscoll

acquisition and to the related then just a I question. picture question had bigger follow-up a

your capacity On your assets. XX% now running I the on utilization you're script, XXX% pasta running pasta operations the were said, of operations, you current acquisition and think to Steve, and pasta that to prior COVID, XX% in over your within capacity

You manufacturing you had. all bought company, that a the they didn't buy pasta but

acquiring. there plant pasta plants -- not some bought that you and said the in X that are of were You was Ebro you produced

understand you're it all. don't make to I actually going So how

you I'd me of something, out question not -- XXX% you're making you're if missed where to got and a more make completely manufacturing if this your pasta do I'm sorry like that bigger assets? have in acquiring -- existing you've you And their If I how acquisition, then And stuff help ask. this all do buying you're I and but there. than bought right you picture

Steven Oakland

Sure, No. David.

of that. transitions, and we As COVID transition to kinds to agreement is with contract a have plenty and do they've pack surges through capacity side agreement in of demand we common got a have them their the these services of get on us

we've long access one we've current system. think to we So have this based interim, toll on we've plenty is run in the their we run term term that capacity. done -- we load we what of and the the better acquisition But to acquired think need, model long

David Driscoll

bills right yesterday. label there out it's, for sizable to for it was on is Okay. watch on you towards something private the products to right. as That there's more TreeHouse see makes bill light? Would you bill, think was we private middle-income, towards people All revenues talk to I different bigger year. this, a money, like of do -- purchases? lot they you versus stimulus in seem Is sense. to be yesterday by stimulus now, the hate a Mitch question or When the stimulus McConnell, get fact, have agree negative talking, say branded And these low-income then that that brands a a about consumers but drive seemingly about when data have that we trending your food that it on that of end it McConnell in is the a if, brands. label. wanting more Does tell that

Steven Oakland

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Operator

question the Moskow of with Crédit Robert from line comes Your next Suisse.

Robert Moskow

would name, end on I times. these I Mitch guess are earnings up McConnell, was hoping that but unusual this call,

can expanding during from So read to your to are retailers the work given because expand the supply what that limitations supply chain with trying COVID, of restraints. the number upside to they label chain I out retailers you of flexibility do them more vendors I'm that your private guess the I with for business provide balance trying to from

those you asking you are business? And longer-term So that when you ask take them relationships? to determine that they incremental for strategic how do for your do Is supply? incremental customers the whether who this business to for push response

Steven Oakland

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more So I think that lately. we've seen of

Robert Moskow

can half to I consumers to the message year, of David's a if I income. bit. go of little don't question trade And label. package, there's They've thought sense just the down just in benefit lot the stimulus was of the to the gotten a disposable the urgency the of first back private have

feel like So why Is now? happening do market you balance? more that brands back what's things coming are -- still Or share. that's into took and

Steven Oakland

would would it Slide the people that folks that a are over the who'd left entered know, came they lot they to folks are consumption. And And higher left it's a on grocery brands the a suggest years data for not store brands, X as income our we they surprise of you when I -- think the and of the a food came foodservice, the grocery of store the and grocery in last bought who'd folks them other that brand. went lot lot that showed back right? alternatives store, same for and folks back because, bought The data back, right? the decline XX older suggest

don't people bought think I the I'm those that of of stimulus this bought or maybe So all label who I the who down. that. before think brands was haven't the sure stopped recession before to But would some trade hit the forced private been suggest made. there data label buying typically with private

don't but taken sense. think away, So lift, makes gotten we incremental I it's if that core haven't our the customer

William Kelley

to just there. think, I And piece one add just

requests, partners their we is to working thing other of the SKUs. consider our have kind right with retail that we The and prioritize

well kind that's well. back and way of on its right, As working see you'll our demand our better, online, we kind SKUs and pull of bring through

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Operator

the next Chappell question comes of with Your Securities. from Truist Bill line

William Chappell

this the the business? not confidence correctly, FTC of quick kind of Because question pasta kind the a in X or passes remember I acquisition. I that mean just tribulations consolidated X on you cereal. market and if trial different players of is whole fairly cereal First, amongst what in that of light the share gives from and

you this does cereal the what confidence this and that did? quickly gives understand same that by issues administration, that doesn't goes to maybe as trying have just -- change, as or -- in So current

Steven Oakland

are market deal that showed manufacturer. map if I label against didn't that remarks of our in brands. is brand. regional share we right, markets you sense the Mueller's market label cereal there did our which buy the brand. to was good buy Well, We my brand, business isn't we in a that other gives a up Only trying private Ronzoni private not lines you XX% manufacturer share. have in overlap, hope buy that we remember, a These where the

our and that didn't that those legal in staff then a are category laying Barilla De staff both think legal remember, there's there and any very business capable -- capable out Cecco trip laying in and very I competitor a out -- So the number were Ebro pasta of transaction of concerns. today. careful other in folks the there's you big international is in and a pasta great, if in the there And

William Chappell

Got it.

as see you issue? don't it So an

Steven Oakland

No.

William Kelley

many And in think there that competitors to just the I market, are pasta point.

Steven Oakland

be the that sense but thought well, brands, should a we it map the that. lays pretty didn't I out, buy We all lot put into clear, give a think to you of regional the way good

William Chappell

as the expected we fall asking all same like top you And did Okay. we just I or question, the of but understand or we've goalpost organic faster-than-category It get up to gains other's I then growth faster moved think second, and growth I fall again. guess, were the or think you into trying this all understand because moved line growth, on expecting we're feels I Rob the that questions, David and. kind distribution

understand our feel the gains private metrics distribution Or you we you not steady, see And and to further more in pushing because hard data does most is that is that give so just running? excitement I it this just just that confidence some month? recent point have there were label further trying intuitively that off how you out? any keeping we're we're the good mean now just say you can gaining like October, -- and about

William Kelley

direction. that those in trends all of there here they're building the and challenged the points up. We're distribution Snacking at we're Beverages I segments the different we And -- the the the back one, given I & the COVID. challenges think we've was are get strong And early, business, other that in is idea online. Takeaway nicely. very growth to to I pointing that's think environment, back this and distribution total we in is to right but that is managing few categories, point pickles made We're here the pretty those the our that may But showed new. any if category the through -- getting of a be we back going concern is but up. points happening coming. a difficult fundamental don't the some we're have getting SKUs retailer slide It's think in is Obviously, by level.

Steven Oakland

flattish. Yes. a back quarter showed XXX guided the that third I'd slide. We smaller be the we is coming That to to back base. on grew distribution in now, go distribution we as basis points say you base

get we'll that that's we So the back that originally growth to we guided feel rates why good to.

Operator

Your comes of Wells next Baumgartner Fargo. the John from with question line

John Baumgartner

private guess, TDPs environment here. sequentially. through It thinking though Steve, recovering the just looks I label off, are first as

COVID that So into speak hearing how more you already? that seeing than away to bidding share of is into going sticky relations how what can shying market you. to makes retailers in XXXX and be the ahead it uncertainty that Just curious opportunities you And Are active or have of terms may ties because you're environment? relative the levels? for normalized

Steven Oakland

I it's to trying Sure. say would normalize.

it down so, kinds run things. or I concerned those of item everybody They really new We business. X they're that's get think the spoke months cracker business. very of successful think been of commercialization, of did Bill his to were script first in I But about things, was one normalized. their through trying a them hunkered cookie to in trying and this couple the to actually

normal have. So I normally be the think opportunities for there'll that us we

side. normal I concerning, by would levels. I on Nothing either will is unless to everything see of back we first COVID normalized quarter coming be a the it nothing conditioned but that, So big 'XX, Obviously, think have it spike. in a

William Kelley

the results Yes. been I before add good have the you just mean, leave topic. to bid The our -- in process.

commercializing well. positive, process. Our doing every to there, I in think I we be customer good bid we it's in turnover and feedback a we're really odd to want protect There think have chance win always will the this has in them been some success profitability. of very and environment. strong don't because We have But single one very COVID

John Baumgartner

of coming natural the in portfolio, term then of surprised COVID? how the out back think on the or the some the this part of to in space maybe I impacting start-up is extent opportunities NOL I ties in been stimulus are sort that what of terms longer the year. any in mean the Great. given that benefits beneficial specifically that distribution of sticks seeing But with and brands portfolio are for in any you been the has first the dialogue Okay. the out we've of it of of half changes And growth organic year, disruption part acceleration there, challenges strong to you portfolio? that there

Steven Oakland

of in I those doing retailers those So tiers private would suggest our or tied retailers organic a premium strength well. them or a retailer, is organic one is with some of more offering are that natural traditional It's the e-comm. that cases, couple e-comm, of natural pretty label well to strong in and right? true have So doing have and right?

are say for would a It's have private things I anything key don't by seen been I opportunities. been that on if label. couple But of who those focused besides So you've retailers that. driven really know, else Bill,

William Kelley

would space. categories that of say have in offering we also an breadth is here the in Yes. I helpful our just such our

So I there. think some benefit there's it's --

Operator

Dickerson last today comes question line the The of with Rob Jefferies. for from

Robert Dickerson

just I performance we've margins. -- Obviously, margins had Snacking question in explaining broader and and profitability & Beverages. Meal bit for then on but a a down very in impressive Preparations been

with could incremental all obviously, parts, offsetting giving labor COVID-driven then time also hoping on months, understand, costs, Preparation. the but there side, recover right, Meal right, think some you're as on I'm on fixed into, So absorption. I cost assuming say, try some some, profitability to not XXXX while curious these business there's lift XX the we guidance, the had you to moving but be let's to I'm & just given you're at much that Beverage same margin of capture the XX piece, that forward going the to some, next If Snacking

the I'm forward you has can what to be try keep given the seen do with just back. as some sure to it. it you've that go you I'm to That's understanding where profitability curious uptick sticky like So

William Kelley

about we're Steve expand operations can how Maybe giving But very be as with think manufacturing year, and not pleased things the environment effective our can this this margins. the there up Yes. guidance. programs some been lean our really stood to we don't and think environment, the this to get our way not have efficiencies helpful. we'll we're some an has point. first and drive The to to, all, evolve TMOS inflationary just to back at get profile, of I efficient of long-term of add. -- right, start We margin ability your will point, opportunities to back We'll program our our that in incremental and commodity continue

to So be very forward. here margin some that will always things an to we kind that opportunity but we'll order to as so to we'll think drive come regard, we there's And in back maintain expansion go have to continue capability, investments think us we in efficient. make of

Steven Oakland

plants. The say to that weighing a of division them. and so it's important Home Meal on are the from only in other of Food remember on Prep under-absorbed that number costs overhead weigh the That's thing declines the Away that's I would is bulk

making business they're So is and & great, I think the Snacking Beverage great progress.

from assume Meal will can what environment, picture if comes more that back, see Home I true just some materially Away it think off should And of even Prep's deliver. if you'll that a we in back, margins. normalized take Food a comes business pressure of it

Operator

back remarks. would This like Steve closing for our to Oakland to concludes question-and-answer session. now turn I the conference

Steven Oakland

to Take And all stay a here and just your and would healthy couple thank I questions, hope care. of safe, you appreciate hope and I the all to and you forward holiday today look for months. well for Well, and stay next being we'll we season. clean like

Operator

conference today's concludes This call.

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