TreeHouse Foods will close Minneapolis plant, lay off 120 workers

The plant produces snack nuts and trail mix.
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TreeHouse Foods will be closing its Minneapolis snacks facility this year, with 120 employees losing their jobs as a result.

The company, which is based in Chicago, is a private-label food brand that manufactures and distributes an assortment of premade food and drink products to retailers. The Minneapolis plant produced snack nuts and trail mix. 

TreeHouse announced the closure Thursday, saying it will come by the end of the third quarter. The company said it announced the decision now to give employees as much time as possible to plan ahead.

TreeHouse Foods has two other facilities in the state. One in Lakeville that makes bars and fruit snacks, and one in Fridley that's an in-house bakery.

But a piece of TreeHouse will move to Minnesota

On the same day the plant closing was detailed, Post announced it had agreed to buy TreeHouse's ready-to-eat cereal business. And once the deal is finalized, it will be integrated into Post's existing cereal business, Post Consumer Brands, which is based in Lakeville, Minnesota.

They produce cereals such as Honey Bunches of Oats, Raisin Bran, the various Flintstone-themed Pebbles, Grape Nuts and more, as well as the entire Malt-O-Meal line.

What that may mean for jobs or other aspects of the business isn't known right now. But TreeHouse currently has two cereal facilities, in Ohio and Nevada, which Post will ultimately own.

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