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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.
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General Mills, with Nestle, is trying to make cereal bigger overseas

General Mills, with Nestle, is trying to make cereal bigger overseas

General Mills Inc.’s global cereal partnership with Nestlé, Cereal Partners Worldwide, turns 25 years old this year, and is as important as ever.
Hormel CEO sees fall as 'wild card' because of bird flu

Hormel CEO sees fall as 'wild card' because of bird flu

Hormel’s other businesses, from bacon to muscle milk, are performing well and its latest profit rose solidly.
Twin Cities grocers have temporary egg shortages because of bird flu

Twin Cities grocers have temporary egg shortages because of bird flu

Temporary supply gaps hit Cub Foods — the metro area’s biggest grocer — and Lunds & Byerlys and Kowalski’s.
Famous Dave's sees profits, revenue decline after ending discounts

Famous Dave's sees profits, revenue decline after ending discounts

The barbecue chain’s first-quarter earnings slid 62 percent, missing analysts’ expectations.
Jennie-O idles 233 Minn. workers as bird flu cuts turkey supplies

Jennie-O idles 233 Minn. workers as bird flu cuts turkey supplies

The division of Hormel Foods cited bird flu for the reduction, which takes effect May 26.
Minn. farm with 1.1M hens, largest yet, gets bird flu

Minn. farm with 1.1M hens, largest yet, gets bird flu

Lethal virus found at egg farm in Nicollet County with 1.1 million hens.
Rembrandt Foods egg farm could be largest hit by bird flu

Rembrandt Foods egg farm could be largest hit by bird flu

The bird flu has struck an egg-laying operation in Iowa owned by prominent Minnesota businessman Glen Taylor, with an estimated 5.5 million birds.
Buffalo Wild Wings stock takes a beating after earnings disappoint

Buffalo Wild Wings stock takes a beating after earnings disappoint

Some investors fled after higher chicken, labor costs hurt first-quarter earnings
Bird flu strikes 11 additional turkey farms in Minnesota

Bird flu strikes 11 additional turkey farms in Minnesota

The bird flu has surfaced at 11 more Minnesota turkey farms, bringing to 67 the number of state poultry flocks afflicted by the virus, state…

Supervalu shares tumble after big shareholder begins sale

Private equity firm is now free to sell grocer’s shares.
Lunds and Byerly's stores get new name: 'Lunds & Byerlys'

Lunds and Byerly's stores get new name: 'Lunds & Byerlys'

The re-branding will kick off Thursday at the Byerly’s store in Woodbury, when new signage will be revealed, new employee uniforms and grocery bags will carry the new name.
Supervalu's stock down after posting a mixed quarter

Supervalu's stock down after posting a mixed quarter

Cub’s owner beat Wall Street estimates, but stock sank more than 7 percent.
Buffalo Wild Wings shares tumble after weak quarter

Buffalo Wild Wings shares tumble after weak quarter

The company's shares fell 13% in early trading this morning.

Michael Foods egg supply hit by bird flu

About 10 percent of the Post-owned company’s eggs were affected.
New bird flu cases push state's losses to over 3 million birds

New bird flu cases push state's losses to over 3 million birds

The H5N2 virus also hit four more Iowa egg-laying operations.
Bird flu epidemic takes toll on health of Hormel's Jennie-O

Bird flu epidemic takes toll on health of Hormel's Jennie-O

At least 29 turkey suppliers to the Hormel unit have been hit by the virus, forcing cuts in production.
Loss of flock from bird flu is a shock to Minn. turkey farmer

Loss of flock from bird flu is a shock to Minn. turkey farmer

"You realize they are sick, and three days later they are dying and you can’t do anything about it. It’s a helpless feeling,” John Burkel said of the bird flu ravaging Minnesota birds.
Wise responders to recession

Wise responders to recession

How did top employers cope with the recession? By sharing the pain while preserving their workplace cultures.
Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu

Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu

A third-generation egg producer in northwestern Minnesota has been hit by the bird flu, marking the first time since this outbreak began that the disease has been detected in the state in commercially-raised chickens.
Minn. turkey deaths to top 2M with new outbreaks

Minn. turkey deaths to top 2M with new outbreaks

Three more farms in Minnesota were hit on Tuesday.
Federal scientists working on bird flu vaccines

Federal scientists working on bird flu vaccines

The work on a human vaccine is purely a preventive measure.
5.3 million hens to be destroyed as bird flu spreads to NW Iowa chicken farm

5.3 million hens to be destroyed as bird flu spreads to NW Iowa chicken farm

About 5.3 million chickens will be lost. Also, Hormel warned that turkey losses could hurt profits.
Caribou Coffee launches mobile app that benefits repeat customers

Caribou Coffee launches mobile app that benefits repeat customers

The coffee chain’s customers can also get updates on loyalty program features.
Caribou Coffee finally launched a mobile app

Caribou Coffee finally launched a mobile app

Customers can pay by phone and see new features of loyalty program.
Bird flu may persist for several years in Minnesota, rest of U.S.

Bird flu may persist for several years in Minnesota, rest of U.S.

USDA, state officials testified before Minnesota House agriculture committee on Thursday.
Bird flu has become 'epidemic,' with 1.4M Minn. turkeys affected

Bird flu has become 'epidemic,' with 1.4M Minn. turkeys affected

Highly lethal bird flu is taking on epidemic proportions, hitting eight more Minnesota turkey farms and bringing the number of birds affected in the state to more than 1.4 million.
Wisconsin chicken farm hit by bird flu afflicting Minnesota turkeys

Wisconsin chicken farm hit by bird flu afflicting Minnesota turkeys

It’s the first case in Wisconsin; three more Minnesota turkey farms have confirmed cases.

Coborn's grocery chain buying Marketplace Foods in Wisconsin

The St. Cloud-based Coburn’s will gain four stores.
Minnesota turkey farmers could take devastating hit from bird flu

Minnesota turkey farmers could take devastating hit from bird flu

Minnesota, home of the nation’s largest turkey industry, is the epicenter of the worst U.S. outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu in at least 30 years. The outbreak baffles scientists.
Minnesota's food expertise reaches across the ocean

Minnesota's food expertise reaches across the ocean

General Mills and Cargill workers are spearheading Partners in Food Solutions, an effort to improve food production and distribution in Africa.
Bird flu hits four more Minnesota farms, three new counties

Bird flu hits four more Minnesota farms, three new counties

Outbreak spreads to three more counties, with 13 farms affected in all
Hormel farm in Meeker County is latest in Minnesota with bird flu

Hormel farm in Meeker County is latest in Minnesota with bird flu

The highly lethal bird flu has struck a ninth Minnesota farm in the most deadly outbreak yet, upping the total turkey death count in the state by 91 percent.
Eighth Minnesota turkey farm hit with bird flu

Eighth Minnesota turkey farm hit with bird flu

It is the second farm hit in Kandiyohi County, the state's largest turkey-producing county.
Bird flu hits two more Minnesota turkey farms; total now at 7

Bird flu hits two more Minnesota turkey farms; total now at 7

Two more turkey farms — including another in Stearns County — have been hit by bird flu, bringing to seven the number of Minnesota farms afflicted by the virus, state animal health officials announced Monday.
Bird flu hits biggest Minnesota turkey farm so far

Bird flu hits biggest Minnesota turkey farm so far

The farm was the fifth hit in Minnesota and the second in Stearns County.
Bird flu strikes another commercial turkey facility in Minnesota

Bird flu strikes another commercial turkey facility in Minnesota

The fifth case adds a second Stearns County operation; 170,000 birds have been destroyed already.
Famous Dave's founder is opening a new barbecue restaurant

Famous Dave's founder is opening a new barbecue restaurant

Famous Dave Anderson isn’t Famous Dave anymore. And he’s launching a new restaurant — Jimmie’s Old Southern Smokehouse BBQ — to prove it.
"Famous Dave" Anderson opening new BBQ restaurant

"Famous Dave" Anderson opening new BBQ restaurant

Famous Dave Anderson isn’t Famous Dave anymore. And he’s launching a new restaurant — Jimmie’s Old Southern Smokehouse BBQ — to prove it.
General Mills looks to put a fresh face on its Green Giant brand

General Mills looks to put a fresh face on its Green Giant brand

Rumored to be on the block, Green Giant is looking to get in on the nation's rekindled romance with vegetables.
Bird flu hits second Minnesota turkey farm

Bird flu hits second Minnesota turkey farm

Regulators have quarantined a farm in Lac qui Parle County, where the disease wiped out a flock of 66,000 birds.
What does the Heinz-Kraft deal mean for General Mills?

What does the Heinz-Kraft deal mean for General Mills?

General Mills Inc. doesn’t have to worry about 3G Capital and Warren Buffett taking a run at it anytime soon, analysts say. The long term…
General Mills tops third-quarter profit forecast

General Mills tops third-quarter profit forecast

After a rough six months for the Golden Valley food giant, it could be turning the corner.
General Mills' Yoplait yogurt business looking healthier

General Mills' Yoplait yogurt business looking healthier

A cut in sugar is the latest in changes to improve General Mills’ yogurt business.

Report: General Mills putting Green Giant on sales block

The company is working with investment bank Rothschild, Reuters says.

Cargill affected by spread of bird flu

The virus has hit Minnesota, Missouri and Arkansas.
Minnesota lost jobs in January, but rate stayed steady

Minnesota lost jobs in January, but rate stayed steady

New data also led Minnesota’s economic agency to lower its figures for job growth for 2014.

Cargill settles with former executive in trade-secrets case

Cargill had sued after Jason Kuan jumped to competitor JBS.
Famous Dave's aims to woo millennials with less kitsch, more tacos

Famous Dave's aims to woo millennials with less kitsch, more tacos

A new CEO is overhauling Famous Dave’s.

Mosaic to invest another $1.35 million in Saskatchewan mine

The money is on top of an earlier $1.2 billion investment.
Famous Dave's overhaul includes changes to menu, restaurants

Famous Dave's overhaul includes changes to menu, restaurants

A new CEO is making changes at Famous Dave’s, and activist hedge funds are eager for results
About 40 countries ban imports of Minnesota turkeys after avian flu outbreak

About 40 countries ban imports of Minnesota turkeys after avian flu outbreak

Forty countries have banned imports from Minnesota, the nation’s largest turkey producer.
14 Cargill heirs on Forbes' annual list of billionaires

14 Cargill heirs on Forbes' annual list of billionaires

The family earns the distinction of having the most members make the worldwide list.
Obituary: Joseph Cecere, 78, founder of Giuseppe's restaurant

Obituary: Joseph Cecere, 78, founder of Giuseppe's restaurant

Joseph Cecere sailed to America from Italy in 1952 with little more than a lemon in his coat pocket as a home remedy for seasickness.…
First union formed in Minnesota's medical marijuana industry

First union formed in Minnesota's medical marijuana industry

St. Paul-based UFCW Local 1189 organized six workers in Minnesota Medical Solutions.
Famous Dave's posts weak results for fourth quarter

Famous Dave's posts weak results for fourth quarter

The restaurant chain’s stock fell 9 percent.
Hormel profits up, boosted by Jennie-O turkey

Hormel profits up, boosted by Jennie-O turkey

The Austin-based company beat profit estimates.
General Mills cutting sugar in Yoplait Original by 25 percent

General Mills cutting sugar in Yoplait Original by 25 percent

General Mills on Tuesday said it is reformulating its yogurt brand, to hit store shelves next month with fewer calories.
Granite City Food & Brewery is looking for sale, merger or other deal

Granite City Food & Brewery is looking for sale, merger or other deal

The restaurant chain is set to explore strategic transaction.
Rebound in cereal sales critical for General Mills

Rebound in cereal sales critical for General Mills

Company officials are upbeat about the forecast for packaged foods.

Hormel, General Mills among food companies fighting label changes

Minnesota’s food giants are fighting an FDA proposal to list “added sugars” separately on nutrition labels.

General Mills' Cheerios will be gluten-free by July

A new process will eliminate the presence of non-oat grains.
Buffalo Wild Wings misses profit expectations

Buffalo Wild Wings misses profit expectations

Though the quarter missed expectations, 2015 is off to a good start.
Post buys Lakeville-based maker of Malt-O-Meal for $1.15B

Post buys Lakeville-based maker of Malt-O-Meal for $1.15B

Post Holdings will buy the maker of Malt-O-Meal, Lakeville-based MOM Brands, for $1.15 billion. The deal, announced Monday morning, combines the nation's third- and fourth-largest makers of cereal.
Mary Twinem of Buffalo Wild Wings: Customer service, technology draw 20-somethings

Mary Twinem of Buffalo Wild Wings: Customer service, technology draw 20-somethings

Customer service, technology advances are key ingredients to moving Buffalo Wild Wings forward.
That's how the cracker crumbles: RyKrisp going away, Minneapolis factory to close

That's how the cracker crumbles: RyKrisp going away, Minneapolis factory to close

Owner ConAgra has decided to exit the rye cracker business.
Cargill says conversion to more humane sow farms is complete

Cargill says conversion to more humane sow farms is complete

It moved away from gestation crates into “group housing.”

Post, MOM Brands combo may help companies as cereal market declines

The combined Post-Mom Brands business may be able to weather the decline in the cereal sector better than they would as separate companies.
Cargill trying to get more of the fish feeding frenzy

Cargill trying to get more of the fish feeding frenzy

Fish need to eat, and that’s an opportunity for Cargill — one of the world’s largest animal feed producers.
Target Canada marred by poor management, experts say

Target Canada marred by poor management, experts say

Canadians saw higher prices, inferior selection
Cargill: Plastic found in Japan McNuggets didn't come from us

Cargill: Plastic found in Japan McNuggets didn't come from us

Cargill investigated its operations and concluded the piece of chicken with plastic in it did not originate from the company.
Grain, meat drive big profit jump at Cargill

Grain, meat drive big profit jump at Cargill

While quarterly revenue was down for the food processing giant, profit jumped 41 percent.

General Mills to close factories in Indiana, Ontario

The cuts in Indiana and Ontario are in response to conditions in the food industry; other cuts happening in Twin Cities.
Supervalu's profit rises sharply as all units thrive

Supervalu's profit rises sharply as all units thrive

Quarterly results beat expectations as all company’s businesses improve
Cargill apologizes for McNugget problem in Japan

Cargill apologizes for McNugget problem in Japan

After plastic popped up in McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets sold in Japan, Cargill is extending all apologies. That’s because the suspect nuggets were supplied by Cargill’s chicken processing operations in Thailand.

Humane Society targets Minnesota chicken processor for animal cruelty

SW. Minn. company complies with all industry guidelines, attorney says.
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