THE MILL MIKE HUGHLETT
General Mills reducing greenhouse emissions
General Mills' goal of slashing greenhouse gas emissions will cost the company $100 million over several years, but it will ultimately depend on the actions of others, from suppliers to farmers.
The Golden Valley-based packaged foods giant Monday laid out plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025.
About 14 percent of General Mills' "greenhouse gas footprint comes within our four walls," said John Church, executive vice president of global supply chain for General Mills. The rest starts at the farm and extends to the grocery shelves.
"Our goals are outside of our control. It's about causing collaboration and leadership to make it happen," Church said in an interview with the Star Tribune.
Fortunately, many other players in the food and agriculture industry — including Minnetonka-based Cargill Inc. — are also moving to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and for the same self-interested motives. Their businesses could be hurt by climate change.
THE MILL PATRICK KENNEDY
Chef Andrew Zimmern coming to Evine Live
Reality TV star and chef Andrew Zimmern and butcher Pat LaFrieda are partnering with Evine Live to provide the digital retailer with a new line of meat products.
Evine CEO Mark Bozek took over last year after a proxy battle between activist investors and previous management. Since then he has renamed the Eden Prairie-based company from ValueVision Media, returned the network to 24-hour live programming and launched a slew of new celebrity partnerships.
Central to Bozek's turnaround plans has been to create proprietary products that can't be found elsewhere. So far the company has some successful product launches with celebrities Lisa Vanderpump, Paula Deen and Todd English.
The company has been trying to become less dependent on its luxury watch and jewelry categories. Last week the company reported better than expected second-quarter results after it took a more balanced approach to its airtime mix of product categories than it had in the first quarter.
Minnesota-based Zimmern isn't offering any of the more obscure items from the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern" program but will be offering eight handcrafted, limited-edition cuts of meat.
Partnering with his friend LaFrieda, a meat purveyor to some of the best and well-known restaurants across the country, Zimmern has created eight unique items for Evine Live, including Italian sausages, bratwurst and Sierra Cut steaks.
Zimmern will introduce the products Sept. 8 on Evine Live.