This week’s free-publicity windfall goes to TreeHouse Foods, a Westchester, Ill.-based company whose products range from salsa to pie fillings. Its name appears on the Obamas’ tax returns, which the Obama campaign made public this week. As a CNN.com item explains, Michelle Obama was on the company’s board for a couple years, and was paid $51,200 in 2006. The company’s Web site says, “TreeHouse believes it is the largest manufacturer of pickles and non-dairy powdered creamer in the United States based on sales volume.” If Barack Obama becomes president and pickles start gracing the table at White House banquets, you’ll know why.
—Posted by Mark Dolliver