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General Mills to invest in "growth businesses"

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...

Companies' duty for supply chain workers growing

Oxfam's Behind the Brands campaign reflects the increased responsibility global food companies are now expected to assume for working condit...

Ben Cooper | 11 May 2016

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.

Katy Askew | 5 May 2016

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream have finalised plans to combine their ice cream businesses. The new joint venture brings a number of benefits and is likely to see an increased focus behind Nestle's ice cream brands. Katy Askew reports.

Ben Cooper | 23 Feb 2016

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was, in its early days, hailed as a model of inter-stakeholder collaboration but has faced mounting criticism as the years have gone by - not least in a stinging letter from a number of food companies last summer. The organisation has a new set of criteria - RSPO Next - that it says strengthen standards. But, as Ben Cooper reports, the new benchmarks have attracted disapproval.

Ben Cooper | 28 Jan 2016

In recent months, a series of major companies in the US have announced they will switch to cage-free eggs - but how interested are consumers? 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

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.

John Newton | 20 Jul 2016

The onus on food companies to engage in reformulation and increase the availability of healthier food choices has never been greater, according to a new report from just-food.

Helen Arnold | 13 Jul 2016

Increasing consumer interest in wellness, as well as a desire for convenience and an increase in snacking are three key trends that are driving a raft of new product launches from General Mills this summer.

John Shepherd | 12 Jul 2016

A summer line-up of products designed to meet growing appetites for "wellness, convenience and snacking" has been unveiled worldwide by General Mills.

John Shepherd | 12 Jul 2016

General Mills has recalled two of its Betty Crocker cake mix flavours "out of an abundance of caution" as it continues to work with US health chiefs to investigate a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O121 connected to several brands of flour.

Katy Askew | 11 Jul 2016

Danone's takeover offer for WhiteWave Foods – which received the unanimous backing of the WhiteWave board – is to be probed by lawyers representing WhiteWave investors. 

Helen Arnold | 30 Jun 2016

US cereal giant General Mills is to team up with South Dakota State University (SDSU) in a research project aimed at improving the nutritional makeup of oats, developing varieties with larger yields and increasing sustainability.

Katy Askew | 29 Jun 2016

General Mills lifted its cost-cutting and margin expansion targets today (29 June) on the back of guidance-beating full-year earnings. 

Katy Askew | 28 Jun 2016

General Mills has revealed plans to launch a range of seven Yoplait yoghurts made from goat and sheep milk in the French market. 

Dean Best | 23 Jun 2016

General Mills has created the role of company chief operating officer, naming Jeff Harmening, the head of its US retail - and largest - business, to the position.

Dean Best | 15 Jun 2016

Cereal Partners Worldwide, the breakfast cereal venture between Nestle and General Mills, has called for scientists to develop global guidance on how much whole grain consumers should eat.

Katy Askew | 9 Jun 2016

General Mills has entered a "strategic sourcing partnership" with US-based Organic Valley in a move the Annie's maker said will support its expansion in the US organic yoghurt category.

John Shepherd | 6 Jun 2016

General Mills today (6 June) announced the launch of Tiny Toast, the first cereal brand it has developed for the US market for over a decade.

Dean Best | 2 Jun 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration has outlined plans to cut salt intake in the country by almost a third in ten years, releasing voluntary targets in 150 categories, which are now up for consultation. Here's a flavour of the reaction to the announcement.

Dean Best | 2 Jun 2016

General Mills has revamped the Nature Valley Protein bars sold in the UK, adding more protein to the products and converting them to gluten-free.

Dean Best | 20 May 2016

General Mills has invested in another fledgling US food group, with the giant's 301 Inc. arm moving to back Kite Hill, a maker of nut-based dairy products.

Hannah Abdulla | 17 May 2016

Global food firms including Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kellogg and Mars Inc. have announced a new pledge to phase out industrially produced trans-fats from their foods by 2018.

Katy Askew | 20 Apr 2016

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexican baker, has entered into an agreement to acquire General Mills' frozen bakery and foodservice business in Argentina. 

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2016

US cereal giant Kellogg's revealed plans to open a cafe in New York City, located at a prime location on Broadway.

Dean Best | 2 Jun 2016

Flour produced by the US food giant at a plant in Missouri is the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that made people ill across 20 states, food safety officials have announced.

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