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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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Dean Best | 27 Mar 2018

General Mills caused grumbles on Wall Street last week with another downward revision to its forecast for a key profit metric - the second change announced in a month. The US group "feels good" about its top-line performance but knows it needs to work on its profitability, even if it insists some of the factors affecting its bottom line are sector-wide. How General Mills reacts will be keenly watched by investors and industry. Dean Best reports.


Ben Cooper | 1 Mar 2018

In just-food's latest deep dive into the market pull for more sustainable food, Ben Cooper looks in-depth at the US market.


Dean Best | 27 Feb 2018

Three days after signalling more M&A was likely, General Mills on Friday announced a move into pet food with the acquisition of US firm Blue Buffalo Pet Products. The US$8bn deal appears pricey but should give General Mills' top line a boost and the company is confident its new asset can continue to grow. Some in the market, however, raised questions. Dean Best reports.


Dean Best | 22 Feb 2018

In General Mills' most recent financial year, the Cheerios-to-Yoplait owner saw its net sales tumble 4% on an organic basis - and that decline followed two successive years of its sales by that metric being flat. However, company veteran and now CEO Jeff Harmening believes General Mills can get back to growth and, at this year's Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference, outlined why. Here are the top takeaways from the group's presentation.

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Katy Askew | 1 May 2017

D's Naturals has developed rapidly from its inception just two years ago. Today, the US plant-based protein bar maker generates around US$10m in sales and has attracted investment from General Mills investment arm, 301 Inc. Founder Daniel Katz – or D as he is also known – spoke to just-food's Katy Askew about the development of the business and its prospects.


Katy Askew | 24 Mar 2017

US firm Farmhouse Culture produces what – at first glance – might sound like a traditional product: fermented or pickled vegetables. But, in re-imagining the production method, first developed primarily as a preservation technique, Farmhouse Culture – which has recently secured investment from General Mills – has updated the concept in a way that is proving appealing to US consumers. Katy Askew spoke to Farmhouse Culture director of marketing Marc McCullagh to find out more. 

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Dean Best | 11 May 2018

Nestlé is shaking up the recipes for the breakfast cereals it markets in Spain.


Dean Best | 10 May 2018

Nestlé is to enter India's breakfast cereals market this year.


just-food.com | 27 Apr 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Dean Best | 5 Apr 2018

J.M. Smucker is mulling the future of its domestic baking business, a move the US food group announced alongside a deal to acquire another pet-food company in the country.


just-food.com | 22 Mar 2018

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Dean Best | 22 Mar 2018

General Mills today (21 March) cut its forecast for a key profit metric, sending shares in the US food group tumbling in pre-market trading in New York.


Simon Harvey | 20 Mar 2018

Environmental pressure group Greenpeace International says some global food companies such as Kraft Heinz, Kellogg, Ferrero and J.M. Smucker are failing to disclose their sources of palm oil despite an initiative to clamp down on deforestation by producers before the end of the decade.


Andy Coyne | 7 Mar 2018

US food giant General Mills has signed a sourcing agreement with Gunsmoke Farms to convert 34,000 acres of conventional farmland to certified organic acreage by 2020. 


Andy Coyne | 26 Feb 2018

A number of food companies have taken the opportunity to highlight new product development (NPD) at the important Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) investor conference in Boca Raton in the US. Here we round up the most eye-catching initiatives.


just-food.com | 23 Feb 2018

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Dean Best | 20 Feb 2018

General Mills chairman and CEO Jeff Harmening today (20 February) indicated the US food giant will continue to revamp its portfolio through M&A and the sale of more of its own assets.


Dean Best | 20 Feb 2018

General Mills today (20 February) narrowed upwards a target for annual sales but raised the possibility a key operating profit metric could fall year-on-year.


Stuart Todd | 24 Jan 2018

US food giant General Mills plans to invest EUR17m (US$21) in a new production line at a plant making Häagen-Dazs ice cream in northern France. 


Andy Coyne | 18 Jan 2018

Urban Remedy, a California-based plant-based food company, has closed a US$17m fundraising round with the lead investor being 301 Inc, the business development and venturing arm of US food giant General Mills.


just-food.com | 21 Dec 2017

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just-food.com | 4 Dec 2017

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Andy Coyne | 16 Nov 2017

Top cocoa-producing nations Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and major confectionery companies have agreed to take action to help eliminate deforestation.


Simon Harvey | 9 Nov 2017

US-based food group General Mills has announced chief executive Jeffrey Harmening will take on the additional role of chairman when the new year kicks in as Ken Powell retires.


Dean Best | 2 Oct 2017

Cereal Partners Worldwide, the international breakfast venture between Nestle and General Mills, is to introduce the UK's colour-coded nutritional labels on its product packaging next month.


Simon Harvey | 14 Sep 2017

General Mills is introducing white corn tortillas under its Old El Paso brand in the UK to cater to allergy-conscious consumers amid a growing market for Mexican food. 


Dean Best | 13 Sep 2017

John Foraker, the former CEO of US food group Annie's, has joined fledgling local baby food business Once Upon a Farm as its chief executive.


Dean Best | 13 Jul 2017

General Mills' recently-installed CEO Jeff Harmening has set out four "priorities" for the US food group as it tries to improve its "top-line growth trends" in its new financial year, 12 months in which the Yoplait maker has forecast sales will fall.

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Dean Best | 23 Feb 2018

This week, General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening told an audience of investors and analysts in the US the "reshaping" of the Cheerios-to-Yoplait maker's portfolio would involve M&A and disposals - and be central to improving the growth profile of the business. Today, the US food giant made a significant move on that front.


Katy Askew | 26 Aug 2016

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

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