OAK BROOK, Ill., May 2, 2019 (PRNewswire) — TreeHouse Foods, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its ready-to-eat (RTE) cereal business to Post Holdings.
The business is based in St. Louis, Missouri. Sales of the business were approximately $260 million in 2018. Financial terms of the sale were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2019.
"The ready-to-eat cereal category represents nearly $9 billion in revenue at retail, and therefore, the business has a long runway for growth. We believe that the RTE business has a wonderful opportunity to flourish under Post's ownership," said Steve Oakland, CEO and President of TreeHouse Foods. "Selling the ready-to-eat cereal business allows us to bring greater focus to the TreeHouse organization and represents another step on our portfolio optimization journey."
TreeHouse acquired the ready-to-eat cereal business from ConAgra Brands as part of the Private Brands transaction in 2016. The business has three manufacturing plants — Lancaster, Ohio; Sparks, Nevada; and Battle Creek, Michigan. TreeHouse previously announced it is closing the Battle Creek, Mich. plant, which is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2019. There are approximately 400 hourly and 100 salaried employees who will transition from TreeHouse Foods to Post Holdings. Both companies are committed to a smooth transition for employees, customers and consumers.