Protenergy Natural Foods is a growing and innovative company at the forefront of the evolution of carton and recart broth, soups and gravies, both for private label and corporate brands. Protenergy, which operates a 200,000-square-foot production facility on Woods Road in Cambridge, Maryland, is known in the industry for their Tetra Recart packaging and aseptic packaging.

Oak Brook, Illinois-based TreeHouse Foods acquired Protenergy this past May. Sam Reed, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TreeHouse Foods, said at the time of the acquisition, “We are delighted to welcome Protenergy Natural Foods and its innovative capabilities in premium food and beverage products to the TreeHouse family.” Reed added, “The acquisition of Protenergy is expected to expand our existing packaging capabilities and enables us to offer customers a full range of soup products, both wet and dry.”

The Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development (DBED) announced the $150 million acquisition. “Protenergy has been an outstanding corporate partner and employer on the Eastern Shore, adding to the diversity and caliber of our manufacturing industry in Maryland,” Dominick Murray, Secretary of DBED, said in the release. “We welcome TreeHouse Foods and look forward to working with them to add new jobs and grow in our state.”

The business proudly demonstrates minimal waste associated with their processes which appeals to the environmentally conscious. Currently they employ 185 full-time employees and 73 temporary employees.

“Manufacturing has been the very fabric of Dorchester County’s history. We are pleased with the acquisition of Protenergy by TreeHouse Foods and the jobs added to Dorchester County,” said Keasha Haythe, CEcD, Dorchester County Economic Development Director. “The county looks forward to a long and productive relationship with Treehouse. Additionally, we are thankful for the seamless state and county partnership which served to help facilitate this acquisition.”

It is clear that Protenergy has a bright future in Cambridge. To find out more about TreeHouse Foods, please visit