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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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Old Country Buffet abruptly closes 74 stores, 7 in Twin Cities

Old Country Buffet abruptly closes 74 stores, 7 in Twin Cities

The Twin Cities has just three Old Country Buffet restaurants left after its parent company abruptly shut down seven locations Thursday part of a national restructuring that closed a total of 74 restaurants.
Buffalo Wild Wings misses on fourth-quarter expectations

Buffalo Wild Wings misses on fourth-quarter expectations

The Golden Valley-based restaurant chain missed on analysts' expectations.
Supervalu names grocery executive Mark Gross as new CEO

Supervalu names grocery executive Mark Gross as new CEO

Eden Prairie-based Supervalu has been looking for a new leader for the past few months after current CEO Sam Duncan announced plans to retire.
Judge bars Chobani ads critical of other yogurts after General Mills suit

Judge bars Chobani ads critical of other yogurts after General Mills suit

General Mills filed a false advertising suit against the yogurt competitor.

Phaseout of Cargill's Black River Asset Management completed

The new Garda Capital Partners will take over fixed income hedge fund business.
University of Minnesota study says farmers may have aided bird flu's spread

University of Minnesota study says farmers may have aided bird flu's spread

A study from the U cites the use of wash stations, tilling nearby fields as possible epidemic aids.

Police investigating four armed robberies near University of Minnesota

Minneapolis police are now investigating four armed robberies near the University of Minnesota in less than a week, the latest occurring at 1:45 a.m. Saturday.…

Twin Cities janitors authorize strike if no pact reached by Feb. 14

Stalled negotiations led to Saturday's unanimous vote, the union said.
Cargill's foray into Ukrainian banks cautionary international business tale

Cargill's foray into Ukrainian banks cautionary international business tale

It appears Cargill was able to divest itself of any interest in Delta Bank before its failure, but the company's Ukrainian banking foray offers a cautionary tale of international business risk.

A strong finish for Minnesota employment in December

State gained 9,100 jobs during December, and added more than 42K for all of 2015.

Cargill closing London transportation office

Global shipping business conditions forced the move, company said.
Schwan teams with up-and-coming chefs to update menu

Schwan teams with up-and-coming chefs to update menu

Schwan, best known for delivering frozen meals to consumers' doorsteps, has assembled a team it calls the "future stars of the culinary world" to help introduce new products and update existing ones.
Annie's yogurt another milestone for natural foods division of General Mills

Annie's yogurt another milestone for natural foods division of General Mills

Natural, organic food company has grown since General Mills acquired it.
Supervalu stock takes hit for second day in a row

Supervalu stock takes hit for second day in a row

Analysts issued critical reviews and the company's stock plunged again on Thursday.
Sales fall in Supervalu units, but profit comes in line with expectations

Sales fall in Supervalu units, but profit comes in line with expectations

Stock dropped 15 percent as investors reacted to the third-quarter posting.

General Mills invests in Texas natural foods company

General Mills is the lead investor in a $3 million financing round for a Texas company known for its kale chips and other natural and…
General Mills sues Chobani over ad that likens Yoplait to bug spray

General Mills sues Chobani over ad that likens Yoplait to bug spray

Lawsuit says an advertising campaign falsely claims Yoplait Greek 100 contains a pesticide.

Cargill changes hiring policy following dispute involving Muslim workers

Ex-employees can reapply for work sooner now after the dispute in Colorado.

Supervalu lays out some terms of a Save-A-Lot spinoff

The company would keep about a 20 percent stake.
Cargill's adjusted profit falls for its second quarter

Cargill's adjusted profit falls for its second quarter

Two big sales bumped the bottom line as trouble hit the company elsewhere.
General Mills buys Texas maker of snack bars with meat in them

General Mills buys Texas maker of snack bars with meat in them

Epic Provisions, known for mixing meat with fruit and nuts for creative combinations, will operate under Annie's.

Argentem Creek Partners first to spin off from Cargill's Black River Asset Management

The first of three companies to be split off from Cargill’s Black River Asset Management has opened for business under the name Argentem Creek Partners.…

Sauk Rapids meat processor recalls beef sold at Wal-Mart stores

The beef may have been contaminated during production in late November and early December.
Cargill fires 180 Somali workers in Colo. over prayer dispute

Cargill fires 180 Somali workers in Colo. over prayer dispute

The Somali employees at a large beef processing plant in Fort Morgan walked off the job after claiming that Cargill wasn't allowing some workers to take prayer breaks.
Cargill selling crop insurance agency to Silveus Insurance Group

Cargill selling crop insurance agency to Silveus Insurance Group

The deal marks the end of a year filled with several transactions.
Famous Dave's lifts investor Adam Wright from interim CEO to permanent chief

Famous Dave's lifts investor Adam Wright from interim CEO to permanent chief

Wright, 37, a founding partner for a major investor in the food business, is now full-time CEO.
General Mills buys Brazilian yogurt maker Carolina

General Mills buys Brazilian yogurt maker Carolina

General Mills said Wednesday that it has acquired a regional Brazilian yogurt maker for an undisclosed price. The Golden Valley-based packaged food maker bought privately…
Famous Dave's ends difficult year on sour note

Famous Dave's ends difficult year on sour note

Stock has dropped and the restaurant chain's credit is restricted
Changing tastes force companies like General Mills to change — fast

Changing tastes force companies like General Mills to change — fast

Firms like General Mills embrace consumer tastes.
General Mills' sales sag in the second quarter

General Mills' sales sag in the second quarter

The second quarter didn't meet Wall Street's projections as some consumers continue to move away from processed foods.
General Mills makes progress in cutting salt from its products

General Mills makes progress in cutting salt from its products

Sodium has been reduced by 20 percent in seven of 10 key food categories.

Mary Twinem, CFO of Buffalo Wild Wings, is retiring

Mary Twinem has been with the chain based in Golden Valley since 1994.
American Crystal Sugar tells union to prepare for possible labor dispute

American Crystal Sugar tells union to prepare for possible labor dispute

Union has refused to extend contract over a year in advance.

Supervalu names Eric Claus of Red Apple Stores the CEO of Save-A-Lot

Eric Claus, the new executive, now runs Red Apple Stores in Canada.
Poultry exhibits will return to Minnesota State Fair as avian flu subsides

Poultry exhibits will return to Minnesota State Fair as avian flu subsides

Ban is lifted because bird flu is at bay for now.
Obituary: Edgar Lechner was longtime dentist and Gophers football great

Obituary: Edgar Lechner was longtime dentist and Gophers football great

Edgar Lechner played on two Minnesota Gopher football teams that won national championships in the 1940s, and even played a year of pro football. But…
Hormel employees will share $17.8 million in profit-sharing pool

Hormel employees will share $17.8 million in profit-sharing pool

The company also announced a two-for-one stock split.
Lunds & Byerlys has voluntarily 'withdrawn' certain fresh turkeys

Lunds & Byerlys has voluntarily 'withdrawn' certain fresh turkeys

Chain says it voluntarily withdrew Fresh All-Natural Brined Whole Turkeys after spot checks found off odor.
Hormel's profit growth exceeds expectations, optimistic targets set for 2016

Hormel's profit growth exceeds expectations, optimistic targets set for 2016

Sales of pork products, along grocery items like chili and stew, lifted Hormel to a better-than-expected profit.
Minnesota's hard-hit turkey growers can still find reason for thanks

Minnesota's hard-hit turkey growers can still find reason for thanks

Bird flu has not returned and state flock numbers coming back.
Cargill slims down leadership team

Cargill slims down leadership team

CEO says change is aimed at increasing speed of decisionmaking

Workers at the Wedge Co-op vote to unionize

The move is the first within the Twin Cities co-op labor movement.

Janel Haugarth retiring after almost 40 years with Supervalu

Janel Haugarth, one of Supervalu's top executives, will retire Dec. 26 after almost 40 years with the company.Haugarth is in charge of Supervalu's wholesale food…

Supplier to Hormel taking 'corrective measures'

Undercover video showed questionable treatment of pigs at Quality Pork Processors slaughterhouse.
Two of Cargill's top leaders are retiring

Two of Cargill's top leaders are retiring

Meanwhile, spokesman says no big layoffs planned despite report.

Steven Markusen, Archer Advisors ordered to pay over $800,000 for defrauding customers

Steven Markusen and his company defrauded investors, judge found.
USDA investigating Hormel supplier's treatment of pigs

USDA investigating Hormel supplier's treatment of pigs

Undercover video shows possible mistreatment at Quality Pork Processors.
Lawsuit alleges General Mills' Cheerios Protein doesn't live up to name

Lawsuit alleges General Mills' Cheerios Protein doesn't live up to name

General Mills says it is fully compliant with labeling rules.
Cargill acquisition means a large and growing presence in salmon feed

Cargill acquisition means a large and growing presence in salmon feed

Cargill Inc. is big in aquaculture feed, and salmon makes up one of the world's biggest aquaculture markets. But the fish feeder and the pink-fleshed fish haven't been in the same boat — until now.
NLRB rules against Target in Brooklyn union case

NLRB rules against Target in Brooklyn union case

The NLRB rejected the retailer's request to nullify a vote by pharmacy workers to unionize at one store in Brooklyn.
Turmoil at Famous Dave's as results turn negative, credit issue emerges

Turmoil at Famous Dave's as results turn negative, credit issue emerges

Same-store sales fell 9.8 percent at company-owned restaurants and the company warned about credit trouble.

Cargill closing Pennsylvania chocolate plant

Production will be moved to more efficient factories and administration to Milwaukee and Minnesota.

Buffalo Wild Wings' stock hammered after report

The stock fell 17 percent after earnings missed analyst estimates.
Buffalo Wild Wings third-quarter profit misses targets

Buffalo Wild Wings third-quarter profit misses targets

The company's shares plunged 15 percent in after-hours trading.
Laid-off General Mills workers win right to be heard in court

Laid-off General Mills workers win right to be heard in court

Judge rules that court must decide whether arbitration is appropriate in age discrimination suit.

Minnesota's meat industry responds to cancer report

"This report did not look at the benefits of meat consumption," a statement from Hormel said.
Cargill selling stake in North Star BlueScope Steel for $720 million

Cargill selling stake in North Star BlueScope Steel for $720 million

A $720 million deal is the latest big maneuver by the agribusiness giant.
Jack Link's enjoys ride as jerky king while keeping its family roots

Jack Link's enjoys ride as jerky king while keeping its family roots

The Wisconsin-based company has capitalized on the protein and snack trends to become an industry leader while remaining a family operation.
Famous Dave Anderson coming back to Famous Dave's of America

Famous Dave Anderson coming back to Famous Dave's of America

But there's no word yet on the role for Famous Dave's founder.

General Mills will start investing in small food companies

The idea is to allow young companies to tap into Mills' knowledge.
Supervalu misses profit forecasts

Supervalu misses profit forecasts

The supermarket company's turnaround stalled as sales, profit were short of forecasts.
Schwan to eliminate artificial ingredients

Schwan to eliminate artificial ingredients

High-fructose corn syrup is also on its way out.
Hormel names James Snee as new president

Hormel names James Snee as new president

James Snee now oversees the international division.
Rembrandt Foods joins movement toward cage-free egg production

Rembrandt Foods joins movement toward cage-free egg production

Rembrandt Foods is latest big player to join movement toward cage-free egg production.

Southwest Minnesota beef plant to shut down

  The latest victim of overcapacity in the U.S. beef processing industry, PM Beef in southwestern Minnesota will close and eliminate about 300 jobs. PM…
Cheerios gluten-free misstep prompts quick actions by General Mills

Cheerios gluten-free misstep prompts quick actions by General Mills

General Mills invested millions in gluten-free Cheerios, but tainted batch led to massive recall.
General Mills recalling gluten-free Cheerios made with wheat flour

General Mills recalling gluten-free Cheerios made with wheat flour

The recall covers about 1.8 million boxes made at a California plant in July.

Barrel O'Fun sold to Ohio snack maker

Owner KLN Enterprises has been in the snack business since 1973.
Bird flu fears in Minnesota pick up as waterfowl head south

Bird flu fears in Minnesota pick up as waterfowl head south

All of the state's turkey farms are expected to be back in business by year's end, but industry output won't be back to normal until at least the end of 2016's first quarter.
FDA says it received 125 complaints about gluten-free Cheerios before recall

FDA says it received 125 complaints about gluten-free Cheerios before recall

General Mills said it knows how the gluten got into its flour and has taken steps to prevent it.

General Mills, other food companies speak out on climate change

General Mills Inc. has joined nine other food companies in addressing climate change before a large United Nations gathering on the issue later this year.In…
Supervalu CEO Sam Duncan to retire

Supervalu CEO Sam Duncan to retire

The Eden Prairie-based grocery company also promoted Bruce Besanko to chief operating officer.
Fresh Thyme brings new dynamic to Twin Cities grocery market

Fresh Thyme brings new dynamic to Twin Cities grocery market

The fast-growing chain out of Chicago is trying to capitalize — particularly in the Midwest — on increasing demand for natural and organic food.

No freebies at this year's General Mills annual meeting

In the past, shareholders received snack bars, coupons and cake mixes.

Cargill spinning out Black River financial operations

Some asset management operations will be spun off into three new companies.
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