Environmental Sustainability Update

At TreeHouse Foods, our philosophy on sustainability means doing the right things and doing things right for our customers, consumers, employees, suppliers, shareholders, and communities. We are committed to conducting our business operations and manufacturing in a safe and secure manner that also conserves energy and water, minimizes waste and emissions, and promotes the conservation of natural resources. We take our sustainability commitment very seriously, and understand that achieving environmental sustainability is a continuous improvement process.

Treehouse Foods is committed to continually improving safety and security in every aspect of our business while promoting environmental stewardship. We understand that we must continue to embrace new ideas, actively seek out and employ more environmentally sustainable practices, and insist on promoting sustainable practices among our suppliers and contractors. We realize that our current efforts to improve sustainability represent a step toward meeting the on-going challenge of an environmentally sustainable future. Treehouse Foods has and will continue to face that challenge with concrete actions that speak to our resolve.

Sustainability Committee
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Water Conservation

We are committed to water conservation with 6% reduction in water intensity through 2020 (2016 baseline).


We are increasing our recycling and have targeted 75% of our plants to reach Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status through 2020


We are maximizing energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases by reducing energy intensity by 9% through 2020 (2016 baseline).


We are improving packaging processes to eliminate superfluous packing material and leverage eco-friendly materials.


Understanding that sustainability is a continuous improvement process, we have integrated our program with the TreeHouse Management Operating Structure (TMOS).


We support sustainable agricultural practices among our growers that simplify our supply chain and reduce our environmental footprint. We expect our suppliers to share our commitment to honest and ethical conduct.

Our 2018 efforts were focused on advancing our culture of sustainability by increasing engagement within our manufacturing operations. We know that the biggest drivers in our efforts to increase efficiency and eliminate waste start with our behaviors and operating practices. In 2018 (vs 2017) the Company experienced a normative reduction in absolute energy and water usage but saw a marginal increase in intensities due to softening volumes. In 2019 and the future, we will continue to manage towards intensity improvements and are working to deliver on our 2020 goals.

Challenges in the plastics recycling market have made our zero-waste-to-landfill efforts more difficult but we continue to look for opportunities to increase diversion. While the Company was not able to increase the number of zero-waste-to-landfill plants, we did see an overall increase in company-wide landfill diversion.



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Although water intensity increased over 2017 by 2.8%, the Company saw a net decrease in water consumption of 87 million gallons.

San Antonio, TX

The plant saw an 11% water intensity reduction through formation of a plant water team. Improvements included operational efficiencies and cleaning practice optimizations to reduce water consumption.

Womelsdorf, PA

After reviewing historical data, the plant noticed an increasing trend in water intensity. The plant assembled a team to investigate. While the plant does not use a significant amount of water, they did find several opportunities to reduce water consumption by more than 50%


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Audited 26 of our manufacturing facilities to find opportunities for increased landfill diversion. Over 2018, company-wide diversion increased from 65% to 79%.

Manawa, WI

The plant implemented a program to divert ~50 tons per month of by-product to a facility which converts the material to fuel.


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While the Company did see a slight increase in greenhouse gas emissions intensity by less than 0.5% in our manufacturing operations, there was a net decrease in CO2 emissions by nearly 32,000 tonnes. The Company is continuing to look at ways to reduce carbon emissions though proven energy efficiency opportunities.


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Although energy intensity increased over 2017, the Company saw a net decrease in energy consumption of 85 million kWh.

Carrollton, TX

The plant completed an employee led Energy Treasure Hunt to identify low and no-cost energy savings opportunities. The team identified 10% annual energy savings by managing equipment use and identifying more efficient operating practices.

Faison, NC

In addition to utility upgrades and lighting improvements, the plant established an Energy Team which identified air and steam leaks (among other opportunities) and saw a 24% reduction in their energy intensity.

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Operations in Ogden UT, Princeton KY, South Beloit IL, and Tonawanda, NY were recertified under the US EPA Energy Star program.


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TreeHouse Foods joined the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in 2015, an organization dedicated to promoting the growth and use of sustainable palm oil products through credible global standards and the engagement of stakeholders. TreeHouse Foods supports the principles of the RSPO and their efforts to encourage and certify sustainable palm oil production practices. Twenty-four of our manufacturing plants are currently RSPO Supply Chain Certified to meet or exceed customer needs. Additionally, TreeHouse is collaborating with the Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certification programs to expand our sustainability footprint for coffee and cocoa products for our customers.