Kristen Leigh Painter | Star Tribune
Reporter | Food industry

Kristen Leigh Painter covers the food industry, including General Mills, Cargill and Hormel. She also writes about airlines, and previously was a business reporter for The Denver Post. She can be reached at or 612.673.4767.

Diving puppies and ice cream: General Mills welcomes Blue Buffalo and summer

Despite near-perfect weather, not every dog wanted to go for a swim.

General Mills takes stake in probiotics specialist GoodBelly

Move seen as an effort to boost product innovation.

General Mills rolls out high-protein, low-sugar yogurt — and it's not Greek

YQ by Yoplait plays to the high-protein, lactose-free crowd.

Delta announces nonstop flights from Twin Cities to Seoul

The move gives the Twin Cities greater access to Asia and helps Delta fortify its presence at its new Korean hub.

Farmers push for stricter definitions of foods like meat and milk

When "meat" and "milk" aren't meat and milk, farmers push for new marketing rules.

Izzy's Ice Cream will begin distribution beyond Twin Cities

A favorite in the cities since 2000, Izzy's has a deal with Sysco to extend its reach.

Dean Foods to close Thief River Falls milk plant, lay off 52 workers

The plant, which also processes milk for Land O'Lakes, will close by Oct. 15.

Sun Country Airlines to paint its airplanes, asks employees to pick design

The Eagan-based carrier asks for input on design, ideas on modernized logo.

Innovation: St. Paul specialty food market tests new model

On St. Paul's Grand Avenue, a maker of Hmong meal kits has created a place for other local growers and food innovators to reach customers and, possibly, make a living from their craft

Tariffs will pack a punch in Minn. if trade war comes to life

As Canada and Mexico fire back against new U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, a wide range of Minnesota-made products could get hit in the retaliation.