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General Mills is an international food company. Founded by Cadwallader C. Washburn and James Ford Bell in 1866, General Mills is a public company, listed on the New York Stock Exchange as GIS. The head office for General Mills is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

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Katy Askew | 26 Sep 2016

General Mills booked a 7% drop in first-quarter net sales last week, with sales down 4% on an organic basis. The US company has repeatedly insisted it is taking action to address problem areas in its portfolio, such as yogurt and cereal. But this latest set of numbers underline the challenges the group faces. Here are just-food's key takeaway's from General Mills' first-quarter results. 


Ben Cooper | 22 Sep 2016

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Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2016

General Mills is the owner of US legacy food brands that have been hard hit by sweeping changes to consumption. The company, which has tried break into growth areas such as natural and organic, revealed yesterday (29 June) it will start to prioritise its investment behind the 75% of its portfolio it has identified as "growth businesses". Will this approach prove effective? Katy Askew investigates. 


Ben Cooper | 11 May 2016

Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign reflects the increased responsibility global food companies are now expected to assume for working conditions, wages, safety and workers’ rights in their agricultural supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.

Latest Interviews

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Mar 2016

John Haugen, vice president and general manager of General Mills' investment arm 301 Inc., speaks to Hannah Abdulla about how backing start-ups helps the US food giant shape its future growth portfolio and why the first two companies it is supporting - Rhythm Superfoods and Good Culture - are deemed the perfect fit.


Hannah Abdulla | 20 Mar 2016

Last year, General Mills announced it was refocusing innovation unit 301 Inc. from developing in-house brands to centre on providing capital to emerging food brands and create "breakthrough innovation in the food space". Since then the unit has made two significant investments with plant-based snacks firm Rhythm Superfoods, and this month, cottage cheese maker Good Culture. In a two-part interview with Hannah Abdulla, 301 Inc.'s VP and general manager John Haugen tells us what prompted these investments and more about the direction in which the investment vehicle is headed. 

Latest News

John Shepherd | 29 Nov 2016

There is "a shocking difference in levels of salt and sugar" in breakfast cereals sold in nearly 30 countries by Kellogg and Cereal Partners Worldwide, a study published today (29 November) has claimed.


Dean Best | 25 Nov 2016

General Mills-backed yogurt business Yoplait has made changes to the recipe of its Petits Filous line on sale in the UK.


John Shepherd | 18 Nov 2016

Fifteen companies have been named as members of the "inaugural class" of US Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions – a national campaign to recognise US businesses and organisations pledging concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations by 50% by 2030.


John Shepherd | 15 Nov 2016

General Mills is targeting health-conscious adults in the UK with the launch under its Yoplait brand of the low-sugar Super Fruitii yogurt line.


Katy Askew | 9 Nov 2016

Shares in US food majors including Mondelez International and General Mills rose yesterday (8 November) after Brazilian reports suggested investment firm 3G Capital is raising US$8-10bn to fund more acquisitions. 


Dean Best | 3 Nov 2016

General Mills' moves to restructure its international manufacturing network is to take in the US group's operations in Australia, with a plant in the country to close by next June.


John Shepherd | 28 Oct 2016

UK family-run baking firm Country Style Foods has bought the former Jus-Rol production facility in the English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed from General Mills.


Dean Best | 14 Oct 2016

Chris O'Leary, the head of General Mills' operations outside the US, is to leave the Old El Paso and Cheerios maker at the end of the year.


Dean Best | 10 Oct 2016

General Mills is to increase production of breakfast cereals at a plant in the US.


Katy Askew | 27 Sep 2016

A coalition of 40 institutional investors representing US$1.25trn in funds is urging 16 multinational food companies – including Kraft Heinz, Unilever, General Mills and Nestle – to take action on the "material risks" posed by industrial animal production. 


Dean Best | 22 Sep 2016

General Mills has added to its under-pressure soup range in the US with the launch of Good Natured, which the company says will help boost vegetable consumption among shoppers.


Katy Askew | 21 Sep 2016

General Mills reported lower first-quarter profit today (21 September) as sales failed to meet the company's expectations. 


Katy Askew | 20 Sep 2016

US cottage cheese maker Good Culture has secured additional funding from existing investor 301 Inc. – the investment vehicle of General Mills. 


Dean Best | 19 Sep 2016

General Mills has confirmed it will shut a factory in the US manufacturing soups sold under the Progresso brand.


John Shepherd | 14 Sep 2016

Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR), led by the former managers of an investment arm of US food group Boulder Brands before its acquisition by Pinnacle Foods, has raised more than US$55m for a new fund to invest in natural products start-ups across the US.


Mandy Kovacs | 8 Sep 2016

Canadian dairy processors have expressed their concern regarding the imposition of another increase in the minimum price they must pay for butter and skimmed milk powder


Dean Best | 30 Aug 2016

General Mills is targeting so-called "tweens" in the US with a Yoplait line that has been rolled out into the country's retail and foodservice channels simultaneously.


Dean Best | 5 Aug 2016

General Mills has expanded its The Good Table range in the US a year after launching the "meal solutions" brand.


John Shepherd | 1 Aug 2016

A patent application by US cereal giant General Mills on a method and system designed to establish gluten-free oats has been published in the US.


Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2016

General Mills is launching Fibre 1 cheesecake bars in Canada. 


Katy Askew | 22 Jul 2016

Over 1,400 jobs are at risk as part of General Mills’ restructuring plans to close and sell factories in the US and overseas.


Katy Askew | 21 Jul 2016

Cereal brand Cheerios is going gluten free in Canada and offering five different varieties this summer.

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 26 Aug 2016

General Mills is reportedly preparing long-time executive Jeff Harmening to succeed Ken Powell as CEO.


Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2016

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