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THS Treehouse Foods

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Steve Oakland President and Chief Executive Officer
Bill Kelley Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jon Anderson William Blair
Robert Moskow Credit Suisse
Rob Dickerson Jefferies
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Operator

Welcome to TreeHouse Foods Fourth Quarter 2020 Conference Call. All participants will be in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] Please note, this event is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the call over to TreeHouse Food for the reading of the safe harbor statement.

Unidentified Company Representative

Good morning and thanks for joining us today.

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Steve Oakland

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Bill Kelley

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Steve Oakland

Bill. Thanks,

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Operator

question from Jon first comes Instructions] Anderson William Blair. with [Operator The

is line Your open.

Jon Anderson

everybody. morning, Good

Steve Oakland

Jon. morning, Good

Bill Kelley

Good morning, Jon.

Jon Anderson

private as XXXX Couple for sales label categories. And there throughout with you. underlying your questions key even of about to I'm target performance deal importantly, you lot shelf. contemplated how know growth was of back you're your of a expect. to was your wondering thinking you guidance, I one more assortments which that share on SKUs that rate work the the XXXX, perhaps get fuller

private label share we back and how you're So, maybe about on with market kind on just assortments fuller as XXXX start? trends, update of an where are thinking to move you respect Thanks. getting through to the shelf,

Bill Kelley

good Bill. your morning. for Jon Thanks It's Hi, question.

with First share. comment I’ll just your on start

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we're we think strong. we're think performing on we back scanning, is So, pretty shelf, and

Steve Oakland

I thing beginning say else morning, only noise in is at The would is, good some this last thing is pandemic. the year's the numbers Yeah, only there Jon. the – Steve, of

If pretty you dramatically. share early pandemic remember, everything jumped, in actually but private the label jumped

April. of couple lap there'll when on, noise early March, some of probably those So, we weeks last couple weeks be first

to we'll real the get have before doing. look work So, at consumer we is a what through that

Jon Anderson

point. Fair point, fair

to pricing need where is have know, capabilities what or it question know, costs and bit in increased several cost? taken have pricing, to view? year, you and given as ago price, respect between You a versus where implement freight, a discussions? your longer, changed Second TreeHouse’s respect this may to may have with lag a there of implement little you ingredient maybe And with bit are those on costs the both to maybe price been years has

Steve Oakland

question, Sure. That's a good Jon.

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out question. heard you've much also suggest understand customer to what that better. here. armed would retailers need is and I it, no relationship calls the our Pricing, with that. but there's you've Our from been is couple teams from that do I The are mean of as have it, with so about the they all read already

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that. last So have relationships we have have have systems and that we time did data, we we we didn't

in half, remarks, but impact So, the back we need as to when of prepared his see most guided the Bill it. in that's we'll

in it expect go than gone past. we differently So, to it's the much

Jon Anderson

Thanks much. so

Operator

Robert comes Suisse. from question next Credit The Moskow with

Your line is open.

Robert Moskow

Hi. think tone Steve, categories more for the about the on Thanks thinking question. I than the is shifting. It's portfolio how much depths in definitely you're breadth. about rather

think, being much re-evaluated, divesting any still range accept time? regarding of you of there XX% Is to how and over could kind or the XX% dilution willing So, to the earnings to as needs are the as of you business much foresee much how divested? be accretion you that's portfolio, as

Steve Oakland

we I part. know skew divested You the – would didn't I over hope

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Robert Moskow

we quarter. first some first you like can And us seems also, last sense roughly, to it. year. I just give typically quarter? And for didn't like see that give unless growth in organic I the easy a you guidance an here, expect missed comparison some Okay. it Can

of comparing first in are gate So, the how out quarter? the we

Bill Kelley

XX-XX piece, It's year, going Bill. at not of We on first the – half, morning. Rob. weeks EPS QX half. in Hi, more How where in that numbers, the to did COVID to think we April to the takeout last Good in lap are overall? basis, We about be from it's an two about March terms think those guide split last and growth and going significant won't two and in year. weeks Those QX probably first pandemic. the watch those your organic that here. can. go we'll second basis point over and make that over sure did still And things call we in year, in because in, full-year think quarter. the We We up our crawl that's than and more as down about but there half as very the we that out be can it it directly this. for want add much – This and of we're the only when this you up and guide Riviana organic slightly are to us will piece we more

Steve Oakland

just more over the would that that statement crust, a I and that, February think itself. we that enough know and but right, significant We can to was a is will March, Thanksgiving will can at business would our tough business. Yeah, We suggest January just right, your right? second, should sell mentioned, don't we That's that be anybody I mentioned a XX-XX that and business. count Rob, over right? right? think cadence, this, Bill at crawl seasonal looking maybe I for right, on pie quarterly crust March of I I that add March, in say, Christmas comp right. pre-XXXX crawling I pie is those don't numbers, look and Bill have I just number think,

kinds We are back have a those that of lot businesses of half weighted.

will our our like So, it strong, seasonality be will I be would historic suggest seasonality. historic more but

Bill Kelley

Rob, – One this And mean. just one Yeah. I we leave topic. before point sorry, I'm

other the around inflation is the piece and pricing. The

you I end XX, half those kind that you'll half, but think the first their inflation towards where between day don't points build out. is half, day on of pricing up XX throughout back this the see year all one, one longer come We will year. Steve’s and split are more come second on that so base to together will seeing historical

Robert Moskow

follow-up. one Maybe

of you the business are quarter those those wins in new last some you quarter I Are been you said that gotten had there that all delayed, base expected think wins expected? you've and the still of now had or delays? have third

Steve Oakland

there. in is that of Most Yeah.

but be here first but still at the the maybe there in the commercialization quarter, stuff now quarter, They'll the of first in quarter, right? So end they're in in quarter, is first is quarter. the some the happening happening but process first be The on they'll track. first

Robert Moskow

Great. Thank you. Okay.

Steve Oakland

Rob. Thanks,

Operator

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Rob Dickerson

what relative much. soft your categories seems for also a somewhat we once commentary these to I in had Steve, so potentially about one around you're just the XXXX the sales like guidance to to target factor getting some organic thanks then Great, top-line maybe playing kind low-single-digit of and longer-term mid-single-digit and expectations acquisition growth a two of contribution. growth to in of general question

still but that that net-net, the upside these So, seems QX, on line know I this is guess later, more you of kind it might in categories top then XXXX. the saw upside momentum we have we like, versus XXXX building with seeing phase continue in

get Thanks. a for better So, the sales bit as why I'm QX? to a growth wouldn't be kind you're just organic saw to sense trying XXXX than in implying given what little you of momentum

Bill Kelley

Hi, Bill. Rob. It's

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basis. So, reported and number get organic we'll on be to basis on stronger slightly a a up

focus XXXX and is we X% you'll we Our organic still rate X% to that as point. of growth you long-term exit algorithm top-line back your where to to get think

Steve Oakland

think for we we sat a I thought call, went the build going efforts real grow about quarter first you growth, that the year, come not right? was to the happened. We as distribution good this quarter use we and And That's what that why but When gave is actually right. the over just those we Rob, year number year about all if the base in base We we've world to just be quarter And we promise to a that as the or a made us so see the the turn COVID all It’s that we think guided the guided current Underlying years to strong. fourth to volume. Yeah. through ago, a on, year for think company talked numbers a on. on guidance would to, really company quarters we right. year And look ago the pre-COVID, we that's what guided fourth the it all was didn't two half four XXXX right? did fruition. you of was our this saw, where we the

So, as look at we XXXX. base, gave the a for guidance

Rob Dickerson

enough. And costs. quickly fair then Okay, on COVID-related the just

to I maybe did the about you quarter, per I for XX think in XX thought quarter by had you mentioned, XX XXXX.

I hit any that's business year the is business are as some the cost the bounce seems progress relation assuming the should mentioned you cadence be parts a come foresee to it And that question pickle XXXX, Steve, in through materially of that's there guess that COVID like we and can of And had added then in back So, the actual there assumption the the as first down, coming I that in year think later but being is, back bit progresses? or really you I'm contribution of XXXX? that coming Thanks. down somewhat would back. little that kind it.

Steve Oakland

things hopefully right. workforce Sure. sort I be I like comment. it Bill seasonal you hope think into to bring cucumbers, able can and Yes, can that then to speak to pickles, we know,

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Bill Kelley

Yeah. as kind lot back particularly expect you better their are a and get disruption for normal Steve's to a online margin I and so of to – XX that first the back that things, perspective, your [starts], that part, that our around is the go people did quarter get gross a all million numbers schools to it to our point, of through the million in put that point away, some is drag mean plan us lives year. on XX midway to gets from COVID that our happens. me home say, down – if and the between you expenses that absorbed pandemic business virus – kind the to That and if probably calms we vaccinations I all recover see in kind have of that planned related and better we From happen P&L. we

losses half those So, guidance would in in the at cut we midpoint. our expect XXXX to

will are better. be be to us, gets those than numbers if our so And opportunities that for better

Rob Dickerson

Thanks so much. right. All Super.

Steve Oakland

Thanks, Rob.

Operator

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

Steve Oakland

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