Mike Hughlett

Reporter | Food industry
Phone: 612-673-7003
Mike Hughlett covers the food industry for the Star Tribune,.including General Mills and Supervalu. Previously, he was a food reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

Recent content from Mike Hughlett

Feb. 21: Minnesota has fewer – but bigger – farms

The number of Minnesota farms continue to fall, while farms generally get bigger and farmers grayer, new federal data shows.

Updated: May 02, 2014, - 08:43 PM

Number of farms shrinks in state

A USDA census finds that there were 74,542 Minnesota farms as of 2012, with an average of 349 acres.

Updated: May 02, 2014, - 08:42 PM

A large side of sticker shock with your beef, pork, bacon?

The price spikes are rooted in a shrinking supply of beef and pork. The U.S. cattle herd is the smallest in decades, a problem anchored in drought. Meanwhile, a virulent virus is sweeping the hog industry, killing piglets at an alarming rate.

Updated: April 27, 2014, - 04:04 PM

Land O'Lakes looks to sell its egg operations

The Minnesota-based farmers’ cooperative has been losing money in eggs, and new rules could make the business even more difficult.

Updated: April 27, 2014, - 06:23 AM

Supervalu gains momentum, beats profit forecasts; stock rises

The grocery company and wholesaler finished its fiscal year with a quarterly profit as the new CEO’s restructuring took hold.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 05:36 AM

SpartanNash’s Edina presence to be ‘robust’

Nash Finch’s former headquarters in Edina will remain a significant employment hub for the Michigan company that acquired Nash last...

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 09:16 PM

Post to buy Michael Foods for $2.45B

With its $2.45 billion purchase of Michael Foods, Post is aiming to get a broader slice of the breakfast business.

Updated: April 17, 2014, - 10:23 PM

Butter's comeback is churning big sales for Minnesota firms

Per capita U.S. butter consumption has hit highs not seen in about 40 years. The once demonized fat is downright de rigueur in cooking circles, a star on celebrity chef shows. It has become a natural food darling.

Updated: April 14, 2014, - 06:34 AM

Cargill’s quarterly profits dip 28% after trading loss

China’s corn rejection and a harsh winter crimped earnings at the company.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 08:17 PM

Lunds goes after growth in a high-end niche with new concept store

While others fight for price-focused shoppers, Lunds and Byerly’s is opening new locations and experimenting with a new store concept: About a third of the size of a conventional store, this one focuses on prepared foods and features a large restaurant complete with beer and wine.

Updated: April 05, 2014, - 08:14 PM

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