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General Mills Completes Plan To Cut About 800 Jobs

General Mills says that it has completed a plan to eliminate about 800 positions. The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

03/18/2015

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Green Giant Might Be Waving Goodbye To Minn.

The iconic Jolly Green Giant may soon be moving out of Minnesota. General Mills isn’t commenting publicly on the matter, but a source told Reuters it’s looking to sell the widely-recognized brand as early as this summer.

03/11/2015

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Little O’s, Yellow Box: A Look Back At 74 Years Of Cheerios At General Mills

General Mills launched the cheerios brand back in 1941 as Cheeri Oats. The name was changed a few years later to what it is today, Cheerios. Seventy four years later, it is still the bestselling brand of ready-to-eat cereal on American breakfast tables.

02/23/2015

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General Mills Announces Cheerios Will Be Gluten-Free

Golden Valley-based General Mills just announced they’re going to start making Cheerios gluten free. General Mills announced Wednesday that Cheerios are made of oats, which they say are naturally gluten-free.

02/12/2015

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General Mills Tops 2Q Profit Forecasts

General Mills Inc. (GIS) on Wednesday reported earnings of $346.1 million in its fiscal second quarter. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 56 cents per share.

12/17/2014

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French Toast Crunch Returns As Cereal Sales Slide

General Mills is bringing back popular ’90s cereal French Toast Crunch in a nod to nostalgia and in the hopes of boosting its weak cereal sales.

12/08/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: 10-24-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee!

Click the link above to listen to Dave Lee’s Podcasts from Friday!

10/24/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee JOHN HINES In For Dave 10-1-14

Miss something from a HUMP DAY version of the WCCO Morning News? Click the link above to hear John Hines Fleetwood Mac Concert Review and more…….

10/01/2014

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General Mills Plans To Cut About 700 To 800 Jobs

General Mills plans to cut 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it’s trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company wrestles with a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals. The Minneapolis company expects about $135 million to $160 million in restructuring charges.

10/01/2014

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General Mills Misses Wall Street 1Q Forecasts

General Mills Inc. on Wednesday reported profit of $345.2 million in its fiscal first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 55 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and restructuring costs, were 61 cents per share.

09/17/2014

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General Mills Buying Mac And Cheese Maker Annie’s

Packaged food giant General Mills is buying Annie’s, the maker of rabbit-shaped mac and cheese, adding to its natural and organic packaged offerings as consumers’ tastes change. General Mills Inc., the company behind Pillsbury dough, Progresso soups, Yoplait yogurts and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, is trying to cut cost and has tweaked its recipes as sales stagnate.

09/08/2014

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General Mills’ Recipe For Higher Sales: Add Fiber, Cinnamon

General Mills hopes a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of fiber will be a recipe for stronger sales. The Minneapolis-based company is doing things like adding more cinnamon to its Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and rolling out fiber-packed “better for you” cookies to boost the performance of its brands, which include Pillsbury dough, Betty Crocker baking mixes and Progresso soups.

07/09/2014

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General Mills Unveils 150 New Products, Healthy & Otherwise

Gluten-Free, high-protein and “total indulgence”, those are the phrases of inspiration for General Mills’ newest groceries. The Twin Cities-based company just launched its newest line of products.

07/08/2014

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University Of Minnesota Food Scientist Dies

A University of Minnesota food scientist has died, nine days after he was pulled from a private pool during a Memorial Day gathering in St. Louis Park. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Friday that 48-year-old Koushik Seetharaman died Tuesday at Hennepin County Medical Center. The cause of death was a lack of oxygen to the brain. Doctors believe he suffered a cardiac arrest in the pool.

06/07/2014

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Wander Minnesota: Toys

The fun factor is pretty high at the exhibit that just opened at the Minnesota History Center: Toys of the 50s, 60s and 70s (or as a History Center staffer put it, “From the Cold War to Star Wars”).

05/27/2014

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Talking Points: General Mills Reverses Lawsuit Change

It is rare that big business news breaks on a Saturday night before a holiday. But that is what happened at 10 p.m. last night when General Mills chose to announce it was reversing a days-old policy, in which the company tried to get consumers to give up their right to sue.

04/20/2014

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General Mills Reverses Its No Lawsuit Policy

A Minnesota company drew a firestorm of criticism for changing their legal terms. So now, they’re changing them back.

04/20/2014

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Cheerios Get No Lift From GMO Switch

Plain old Cheerios are no longer made with genetically modified ingredients, but the switch hasn’t yet translated to a boost in sales. General Mills, the company that makes the cereal, in January announced it would start making its plain Cheerios without GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

03/19/2014

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Rough Winter Hurts General Mills 3Q Sales

Rough winter weather took a bite out of General Mills’ fiscal third-quarter sales, and the cereal maker’s results missed Wall Street expectations. The maker of Cheerios, Yoplait and Betty Crocker products said Wednesday that its fiscal third-quarter net income rose 3 percent.

03/19/2014

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General Mills Issues Weak Fiscal 3Q Outlook

General Mills, whose brands include Cheerios, Yoplait and Betty Crocker, on Friday issued a lower-than-expected profit prediction for its fiscal third quarter, citing lower demand for its products in developed markets.

03/14/2014

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More Trains Carrying Oil Causes MN Grain Shortage

A boom in using trains to ship oil to Minnesota could cause a shortage at the breakfast table. The Wall Street Journal reports that Canada is months behind in grain shipments, as railroads have been shipping more oil instead.

03/03/2014

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Cheerios’ Super Bowl Ad Ranks Among Viewers’ Top 10

General Mills’ Super Bowl commercial was ranked among audiences ten favorite ads from Sunday evening. The ad for Cheerios brought back the fictional interracial family who first appeared in a commercial last year.

02/03/2014

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Cheerios Brings Back Interracial Family For Super Bowl Ad

Cheerios is bringing back an interracial family to star in its Super Bowl ad. They were featured in an ad last year that made headlines after it sparked ugly comments online. But the negative remarks were followed by an outpouring of support for the fictional family.

01/29/2014

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Minn. Leaders Talk Civil Rights Battles On MLK Day

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and tributes for the late civil rights leader were held across the country.

01/20/2014

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General Mills 2Q Results Fall Short Of Wall Street

General Mills’ fiscal second-quarter net income rose 2 percent, helped by lower expenses. But the Minneapolis company’s performance fell short of Wall Street’s expectations. Its stock declined more than 2 percent in Wednesday premarket trading.

12/18/2013

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