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Bay Valley Foods Celebrates Reopening of New Hampton, Iowa Plant

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May. 14, 2009-- Bay Valley Foods, a division of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. (NYSE:THS), today celebrated the reopening of the Company’s New Hampton, Iowa plant with an official ribbon cutting ceremony. The facility, damaged by a second-story fire about 18 months ago, employs 50 people and is one of the larger employers in New Hampton.

The plant is one of three Bay Valley Foods locations that produce non-dairy powdered creamers and other dry powdered products. The second floor of the building underwent a 14-month reconstruction that included state-of-the-art fire prevention systems and an improved overall design.

“We are both excited and grateful to bring all of our employees back and to continue to provide our customers with the high-quality products they have come to expect from Bay Valley Foods,” said Bob Sanford, New Hampton plant manager. “Once again, our sincere gratitude goes out to the New Hampton Volunteer Fire Department, neighboring fire departments and the Chickasaw County Emergency Management Team for their prompt and skilled response in containing and extinguishing last year’s fire.”

By all accounts it was business as usual for the plant’s customers during reconstruction. Production was supplemented by Bay Valley Food’s Wayland, Michigan and Pecatonica, Illinois plants and outside suppliers. During the reconstruction, New Hampton employees continued to receive benefits and wages.

The New Hampton facility opened in 1995 and is located in an industrial park in town. The fire in February 2008 damaged the second floor of the two-story building and was quickly controlled by local fire officials. Bay Valley Foods is the largest manufacturer of powdered creamer in the United States based on sales volume.

About TreeHouse Foods

TreeHouse is a food manufacturer servicing primarily the retail grocery and foodservice channels. Its products include non-dairy powdered coffee creamer; private label soup, salad dressings and sauces; salsa and Mexican sauces; jams, jellies and pie fillings under the E.D. Smith brand name; pickles and related products; infant feeding products; and other food products including aseptic sauces, refrigerated salad dressings, and liquid non-dairy creamer. TreeHouse believes it is the largest manufacturer of pickles and non-dairy powdered creamer in the United States based on sales volume.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements.” Forward-looking statements include all statements that do not relate solely to historical or current facts, and can generally be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “should,” “could,” “expects,” “seek to,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “intends,” “predicts,” “projects,” “potential” or “continue” or the negative of such terms and other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions. The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company or its industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

Source: TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

for TreeHouse Foods, Inc.
Christine Woolsey
Ron Bottrell