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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 | 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.


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.

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. 

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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.


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.

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

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

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