A Taste of General Mills
The podcast about the people, projects and brands of General Mills.
The podcast about the people, projects and brands of General Mills.
April 10, 2019
46 - What is Kernza?
“This is literally what the future tastes like.” Those are the words of our first guest in this episode, Fred Iutzi, president of The Land Institute (1:20). He joined us to prov...
March 21, 2019
45 - Food entrepreneurs
We talked with several partners of our 301 INC unit, at Natural Products Expo West, who provide lessons about failure and success. Plus, they offer advice for other startups loo...
March 07, 2019
44 - Serious about cereal
For National Cereal Day 2019, this episode features a conversation with three people who help lead the cereal brands at General Mills. Hear their thoughts on cereal taste, innov...
March 04, 2019
43 - Breakfast in school
School breakfast is changing - for the better - to close the hunger gap for kids. In this episode we talk about the state of school breakfast today to understand why it’s import...
February 28, 2019
42 - Animating Lucky
We talked with Sean Henry and Wayne Brejcha of Calabash, a production studio that has worked on many animation projects for General Mills brands over the years - including the m...
February 05, 2019
41 - Go-GURT
An inside look at the creation of Go-GURT, which made its debut 20 years ago. Find out how we came up with our yogurt in a tube concept - and what it actually started as. Also, ...
December 04, 2018
40 - Our soil scientist
Steve Rosenzweig has a unique job in the food industry. He’s a soil scientist, working to help farmers in the General Mills supply chain improve the health of the soil on their ...
November 28, 2018
39 – Holiday cookie hacks
Holiday cookie baking season is officially here. From intricate to easy, there is a recipe just right for home cooks of all kinds. In this episode, we talked to Cathy Swanson Wh...
October 24, 2018
38 - Styling our Monsters
Manny Galán and Pat Giles talk with us about their time working on designs, and a style guide, for our Monster Cereals: Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Fruity Yummy Mum...
August 15, 2018
37 - Internships
Internships at General Mills are an opportunity for college and graduate students to display their skills and capabilities. They also help the company evaluate interns as a pros...
July 18, 2018
36 - Future Farmers of America
Did you know the National FFA Organization is one of the largest youth leadership organizations in the world? It’s not just about creating “future farmers.” We talked with two o...
June 18, 2018
35 - Being a beekeeper
Tara Chapman, founder of Two Hives Honey in Austin, Texas, talks about the importance of bees to the food system, the beekeeping industry and also clears up some misconceptions ...
May 01, 2018
34 - Feeding Better Futures
Hear from the five finalists in the inaugural General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program, an initiative aimed at solving food accessibility problems by highlighting y...
April 26, 2018
33 - Rube Goldberg Machine Contest
Sure, there are much simpler ways to pour a bowl of cereal. But they’re not nearly as fun and creative as the methods that we saw at the 2018 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in Ch...
March 05, 2018
32 - No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. It helps schools across the U.S. serve breakfast to their students - not just in the cafeter...
February 24, 2018
31 - 48th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest
A “bejeweled” recipe won the 48th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Hear from grand prize winner Amy Nelson, of Zionville, North Carolina, as she talks about the inspiration for her r...
February 04, 2018
30 - Taste of the NFL
The premiere party in the state that hosts “The Big Game” each year is Taste of the NFL, which donates a portion of its proceeds to food banks and hunger relief organizations in...
January 23, 2018
29 - The Mill City Museum
On the site where General Mills got its start, on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Mill City Museum tells the story of the city of Minneapolis. Dave Stevens, the interim ...
December 05, 2017
28 - Soil health
General Mills is focused on how farmers think about the ground they use to grow their crops. As we mark World Soil Day (Dec. 5), we consider what’s being done on the farm to imp...
November 13, 2017
27 - Whole grain
How much is enough whole grain in your diet? A study from Cereal Partners Worldwide says consumers around the world know that whole grain is important, but most aren’t sure whic...
October 16, 2017
26 - Partners in Food Solutions
Africa’s food companies and entrepreneurs are getting a boost from Partners in Food Solutions, an organization that is working across the continent to strengthen food security, ...
September 26, 2017
25 - Made at home
Pillsbury’s new marketing campaign focuses on families and the moments in homes that are centered around food. Hear what led to “Made at home” and from one of the families featu...
August 02, 2017
24 - Rescuing food
As a global food company, General Mills is deeply committed to ensuring that food systems are sustainable. So with billions of pounds of food wasted every year around the world,...
July 19, 2017
23 - The first team on a Wheaties box
General Mills honored its hometown Minnesota Twins with a historic first in October 1987, after they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The decision to put a ...
June 19, 2017
22 - Protecting pollinators
The Xerces Society is on the forefront of protecting pollinators in the U.S. and we’re proud to partner with them. In this episode, you’ll hear about their mission from Eric Lee...
May 17, 2017
21 - Our food truck
Food trucks are everywhere. So it makes sense that we now have one too. But we use ours - named Crosby & Cad’s - a bit different than your favorite food truck. Find out how ...
April 18, 2017
20 - Oat power
The oats that we make Cheerios with have some other uses you might not be aware of, beyond your breakfast bowl. They also power one of our plants, an energy provider serving tho...
March 06, 2017
19 - Let's celebrate cereal!
Another National Cereal Day is here, so it's a perfect time to dedicate an episode of our show to one of the world's favorite foods. Meet Adam Naide, who says he typically has a...
February 27, 2017
18 – DC Comics cereal boxes
We’re bringing the Justice League to the cereal aisle in a whole new way. Six Big G Cereals are getting a superhero makeover with DC Comics on the front, back and inside of spec...
January 05, 2017
17 - Amanda Freitag
Amanda Freitag, celebrity chef and food television personality, talks to us about her career, the restaurant industry and her role in the 2017 Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Cont...
December 14, 2016
16 - Homemaker of Tomorrow
Chances are you know someone who took the test in The Betty Crocker Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow. In this episode, we tell you all about the program and its imp...
November 09, 2016
15 - Friendsgiving
From traditional to takeout, the rules for the unofficial food-filled holiday of Friendsgiving are whatever you make them. In this episode, we talk to Food Network chef and cook...
October 27, 2016
14 - Gaming and food
Millions of Americans play some type of video game every day, on a variety of devices. In this episode, we take you to an event hosted by a team at General Mills that helps make...
September 29, 2016
13 - Multisensory science
Our experience with food goes well beyond how it tastes. Our brain puts all of our senses to work as we consider the look, feel, smell and sound too. In this episode, you’ll hea...
August 31, 2016
12 - Convenience store trends
The convenience store looks a lot different today. While fuel and tobacco remain the big revenue drivers, food also now figures into customer satisfaction and c-store growth. In...
July 14, 2016
11 - A Wall Street morning
History is alive, both inside and out, at the New York Stock Exchange. On July 13, 2016, we celebrated our 150th anniversary with our latest Investor Day on Wall Street. In this...
June 20, 2016
10 - Our 150th birthday party
We just threw our biggest 150th birthday party, as thousands of our employees brought their families to the Minneapolis riverfront - the company’s birthplace. We take you to the...
May 23, 2016
9 - Andrew Zimmern
A conversation between Andrew Zimmern ("Bizarre Foods") and John Haugen, vice president and general manager of 301 INC. They discuss how General Mills is responding to changes i...
April 01, 2016
8 - The Helper Mixtape
When marketers for Helper decided to have some fun and create hip hop music for the brand’s newest promotional campaign, they turned to some up-and-coming, talented college st...
March 15, 2016
7 - Expo West 2016
There's more interest than ever in natural and organic products. That was evident at Natural Products Expo West, which just wrapped up its latest show in Anaheim, California. In...
February 01, 2016
6 - Big Game commercials
The commercials in the Big Game (aka Super Bowl) are always worth watching. But only a few might still be talked about years from now. Still, we all gather in front of the TV to...
January 12, 2016
5 - The Washburn legacy
To kick off our 150th anniversary, we focus this episode of the show on Cadwallader Washburn and the early years of flour milling in Minneapolis. Washburn is considered the foun...
December 15, 2015
4 - Food fails
The rise of social media has led many people to share their "fails" in the kitchen. When recipes don't quite work out, we all get to see it. So in this episode, we talk with two...
November 05, 2015
3 - The Pillsbury Doughboy
Rudy Perz had a great idea back in 1965 for a character that would pop out of a can of Pillsbury refrigerated dough - the Pillsbury Doughboy, now 50 years old! Perz died earlier...
October 21, 2015
2 - The Monster Cereals
We devote this show to your favorite Monsters - Boo Berry, Count Chocula, Franken Berry, Frute Brute and Fruity Yummy Mummy! We cover the history, and hear from fans just like y...
September 23, 2015
1 - An unlikely commercial star
Phil Zietlow capped his 50+ year career with General Mills with the project of a lifetime - the creation of gluten-free Cheerios. So it's fitting that he's featured in the comme...
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