While TreeHouse Foods, Inc. was formed in 2005, the history of its key operating company, Bay Valley Foods, LLC, dates back to 1862 with the formation of Alart and McGuire, pioneers in the pickle industry. Over the years, Bay Valley Foods has seen many expansions and changes. Until recently it was known as Dean Specialty Foods, a division of Dean Foods, the Dallas-based dairy company.
In 2005 Dean Specialty Foods was spun off from Dean Foods and became Bay Valley Foods, LLC, a division of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. On June 28, 2005 TreeHouse Foods, Inc. became an independent and public company trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol THS. On April 24, 2006 TreeHouse began what would be the first of seven acquisitions that would take place during its first five years when it acquired the soup business of Del Monte Foods Company. On May 31, 2007, TreeHouse Foods acquired San Antonio Farms' salsa and picante business, followed by the acquisition of E.D. Smith on October 15, 2007. E. D. Smith is the leading supplier of private label salad dressings in Canada and the U.S. E. D. Smith also markets jams, jellies and pie fillings and other private label products in Canada. TreeHouse continued its growth by acquisition on March 2, 2010 when it acquired Sturm Foods, Inc., the leading U.S. supplier of private label sugar-free drinks and instant hot cereals. On October 28, 2010 TreeHouse acquired S.T. Specialty Foods, Inc., a leading producer of private label macaroni and cheese and value-added side dishes. TreeHouse has also acquired several small businesses which compliment its existing products.
TreeHouse Foods, Inc. is led by Sam K. Reed and a team of seasoned food industry executives. This nine person team has well over 100 years of combined industry experience.