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Participants
P.I. Aquino Vice President of Investor Relations
Steve Oakland Chief Executive Officer and President
Bill Kelley Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Jon Andersen William Blair
Anoori Naughton JPMorgan
Chris Growe Stifel
Rob Dickerson Jefferies
Marco Copolla JPMorgan
Bill Chappell Truist Securities
Robert Moskow Credit Suisse
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Operator

Welcome to the TreeHouse Foods First Quarter 2021 Conference Call. This call is being recorded. At this time, I will turn the call over to TreeHouse Foods for the reading of the safe harbor statement.

P.I. Aquino

Good morning, and thanks for joining us today.

Before we get started, I'd like to point out that we've posted the accompanying slides for our call today on our website at treehousefoods.com. contain Litigation within Reform may the meaning call Securities Private Act conference forward-looking the statements of This of XXXX.

all outcome the current nearly, its statements. generally seeks to, include to as guidance, XXXX; for and to forward-looking results, are use or statements or of and and statements plans, filings December XX-Q could, or projects, contribute of not activity, or such do Forward-looking the subject expects, should, relate The of terms potential, historical and SEC only XXXX; by such statements words performance These March promises or with is Form materially industry's be continue, activity, of expressed Form the the implied the other other the identified future XX, differences. believes, including that in company these facts actual be can other anticipates, predicts, may, discuss unknown TreeHouse's TreeHouse's described and terminology. intends, periods by performance of comparable that factors, statements levels results, to could achievements COVID-XX, factors the events from may XX, some these different any ending cause achievements of predictions. that negative XX-K solely period estimates, approximately, risks, forward-looking risk levels uncertainties known or ending or the these for to

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Steve Oakland

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Bill Kelley

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Steve Oakland

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Operator

William Blair. comes Your line with question of Jon first the Instructions] Andersen from [Operator

Jon Andersen

Good morning everybody.

Steve Oakland

Jon. morning, Good

Bill Kelley

Hi.

Jon Andersen

big guess – private your on which view market and good private is relative line the to data, you're seeing of to me, know It that which provide complete of improvement, limited many label years. to other question channel competitors. a we private the brands gotten relative kind kind national of to in that of share over as label business, office trends brands run parse performance we one picture relative and here XX-month-plus had have private I kind national the a the both does does not a Just have seen trend or seem measured label it but TreeHouse we've me big and to seems label

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Steve Oakland

Hi, Steve. This is Jon.

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and feel the We think when market tailwind soon And us. investments and we're making great as How like should beyond things efforts will down, long so the that confidence. be performance, the we're are the making is for gives control stimulus But a control. And normalizes, going are us can slow our working. those will normalize. we and what things that's do our we take to that as all little

Jon Andersen

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were relationships I that think with potential. Did with the happy Thank happy were with wanting too need you kind more to that to customer mix? Do meant better to you business profit and with Where you cut you. it? more strategic Or there of where you customer expand customers, kind are the you it? you do respect volumes are And of higher have maybe larger mix – much? of are that today? customers

Steve Oakland

we I Jon, think service maybe get I customer back And in because line. solid. our have to would tell I the the customers a were did very darkest what Yes, to understand to prioritize. in about service we is standpoint did mix largest just we order forced is prioritize you, times from

service not rates this And great. us pricing about call. about talk about digital on you hear about It's marketing, service architecture, e-commerce, now right? are Our

fixed, customers that opportunity we on So have can – the I label. for we those those best that have think we private fundamentals focus now

So we time. at But the now. do I had foundation and stronger place, probably different a think we're somewhat that to in the is very

the we're to a I serve place in better that opportunity. think customers best offer those

Jon Andersen

Okay. Thank you. Goodluck.

Steve Oakland

you. Thank

Operator

from with comes Ken of question the line next Your JPMorgan. Goldman

Anoori Naughton

Good morning, on for is Anoori this Ken.

Steve Oakland

morning. Good

Anoori Naughton

air? much us question. discussions obligatory the update guess kind up how ask on of specifically, if in general Thank And you. And how you much locked I'll your you increases? pricing? a us the give could of versus are sense in I customers pricing how is the of with going on have the still magnitude Could you

Steve Oakland

pricing Sure. going is suggest well. I really would

everybody vendors, the in macro I is chain, our so customers, understood our partners. think by be whether well our environment the it

change specifically from a cost So standpoint. is soybean focus understands everybody I'll oil. what on on in going Maybe magnitude chain of the the

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Anoori Naughton

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Steve Oakland

always have opportunity think. go Obviously, customer, I the back to to the we

what sight. line sight a of four We're line full almost so need. a we we now, year to have We pretty months pretty good the into of good have

sophistication to and capabilities the appropriately. cover the have We that

our with literally, I with risk purchasing teams sure So the daily have coverage commercial we tools to management, work them, in they understands aligns think and group customer. to available that be the understands literally that, our what

feel think risk. So of do year. we good inflation more half the there's it about I back the for

biodiesel very, availability think of The I there's oil will soybean very – year. actually are biofuels half back oil on tight the credits the for make risk. blenders' that soybean the

producer, I if it be difficult to buy you're oil. a not think will large soybean

Anoori Naughton

you. Great. Thank Okay.

Operator

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

Chris Growe

Hi, good morning.

Steve Oakland

Chris. morning, Good

Bill Kelley

Good morning, Chris.

Chris Growe

had I you. Hi. questions two just for

The some on that? this top year? degree, you control on smaller spending? also do but give things Just you have pricing of big And a you color about the do that I can have But to through to maybe some of the to levers to us you some think have. have the the productivity can promotional coming companies want those inflation, less leverage of than offset little help to understand, offset you you inflation, some savings can

Bill Kelley

start. I'll Sure,

amount from have plans we that well. to freight that. we very So in some year, faced And place the and Chris, we we certain were anticipated offset have And inflation place. our probably proud perspective, as as labor of we lever programs of a in Lean a

Steve is I a freight got the bit think inflation about market that the severe talked commodity-based and as more incremental, well.

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Chris Growe

Okay. Thank you. Understood.

How about a that think, we're they space? kind starting a seems we one helping about – ago, to they of label it's XX% like was overall, – on the on presence space restored the but – you Is and Is like had shelf being of see is where of back levels that business? not couple service talking you you seeing to I plateaued a quarters key pre-pandemic. rebuild that of you you Are We're to level? about improvement, for pre-pandemic? that question finding – Have not like I service that were on-shelf rebuilding of like seen be your Another – going and talked shelf I'm had levels back and at was that, elements should bit. it private it talked level. getting

Steve Oakland

we speak there. there's material might assortment vendors, time for there's to the go – mean I back other I a that bring be maybe I this, any nothing items, think Chris, to but on you chance all there back. through but have we underperforming can't shelf prune plan some

So we're – know, on. and plant hard and we was the Texas, pretty weather back impact, Antonio, Texas all spoke place really there. hit our San we hit to There's as one weather the

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Chris Growe

Thank that. you. Appreciate Okay.

Operator

question Your line the Dickerson from next of with Rob comes Jefferies.

Rob Dickerson

Great. Thank so Hi. much. you

about kind the in reiterated is Pricing, back heard it a think we mean, kind you locked you're you this And been is. timing if the for or of back just full back that incremental say I then So there year. half, has visibility some I volume, on in the the Steve, the assume QX, where effect stays right, have increasingly that right, also I saying question in of everything in half. but cost/price half, is right? obviously, guidance there's in, –

do of pricing. increased on that seem expand coming That's natural have to or that some have comment going on focused But you, first would potential you I it's whether that back into it's you cadence volume do you're limit important, decent visibility well? like on maybe we're just label of could kind or as risk be distribution all because So think if would a saying just there's my elasticity question. like market the private what if

Steve Oakland

Well, pricing things Rob. Sure, about that and lot think We've there's I a have inflation the changed, has talked changed. two right? the

three more into We our months' integration also of have Riviana. visibility

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hit to periods. made us starting brands so And for promotional know on that And the back those half. will in are commitments be we the

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more it So say, is what that us the the quarter. pricing us than originally lag, had and But when confidence, even in will confidence a hit is gives – we – I there guided. would we

lag quarters, guided you is If the we first in a to going didn't put half. remember, little that. guide the we This

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Rob Dickerson

like And I out and on then sounds All proactively, more That's clear. side. buckets there It at of growth still quickly obviously, M&A question on you you're guess a threw looking right. the acquisitions just today. kind that Super. the

called bucket this gone say, that you or we different Maybe have the through the potential of growth. cost play drive that a and more revenues. the was how expand to SKUs? where again, in of right? to about You bucket growth portfolio it kind XX% calling we've that as XX% all revitalize just right, Obviously, review you're maybe of on categories doesn't you of in, feel would if about out bucket, much could, you try out about Is

an are will potentially, in more proactive you potential that acquisitions obviously only but kind basis, that's And not we'll will, we for just of be that also, suggesting also So on ongoing Thanks. divestments? all. implicitly look

Steve Oakland

say, surprise lot Rob. Sure, I think pandemic, that that any there's don't being sale anyone post back. I of that businesses were to held for a prepped Well, it's would were

industries, opportunity and I out pretty a we'll come number is activity pandemic, right? of that's M&A we well as no different. think of and documented I so a across think And ours of see lot

excited market. sheet in balance to we're So coming place appear our when be to opportunities the that is a

of really to a regards there So the good need are other differently. that businesses there – that's run couple in With be to news.

than is If our businesses. revitalize different running about it, strategy you the think core

us what There's on put to and And attention, to tried a I don't special so and that work that some think in different need that. about – segregate to question gives that's bit fact we just a some put what But different of talk deployed. will capital focus. businesses need specifically no do. It groups percent. are But are them that, little there good I we've a that think that, position on couple teams be that we're in

So to detail forward. we'll that, going more closer as we get have

Rob Dickerson

Appreciated. Steve. Thanks sense. Makes

Operator

next Your Marco the line JPMorgan. with question from Copolla of comes

Marco Copolla

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Bill Kelley

This is Kelley. Hi, Bill Marco.

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Steve Oakland

don't infer less Yes. think We're not that. less We no want but We have that any optimistic. we're about optimistic to we'll anything, done.

Marco Copolla

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Operator

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

Bill Chappell

morning. good Thanks, Hi.

Steve Oakland

Bill. morning, Good

Bill Chappell

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Steve Oakland

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Bill Chappell

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Steve Oakland

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Bill Chappell

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Bill Kelley

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Bill Chappell

it leave Thank I’ll to Okay. you that. so much.

Steve Oakland

Thank you.

Operator

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Robert Moskow

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Steve Oakland

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Robert Moskow

into and you divisions? Okay. follow-up through structured to And been things Do pretty with departures content now at you Or these Are a that, you have reorganization. restructuring mean all? rethink are much that many two you're of to TreeHouse these has how rounds done?

Steve Oakland

Oh, no.

right? good in we're think shape, to divisions. add I these mean I I think businesses we'll

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Robert Moskow

Thank Okay. you.

Steve Oakland

Alright. Thanks, Rob.

Operator

the the this are no will questions further turn closing time. for I back call remarks. to now And there over speakers at any

Steve Oakland

us Well, and talk soon. great sure I'd day, all day. being for with Have like chance have to and to I'm thank a you hope a we care. will you have individually great to all you today, Take a

Operator

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