Kristen Leigh Painter | Star Tribune
Reporter | Food industry

Painter has had a diverse reporting career, interviewing dignitaries in Tokyo, rebel leaders in Sudan and slaughterhouse workers in Nebraska. She has a master's of arts in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and bachelor of science degree in history from the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, daughter and an energetic Labrador retriever named Luna. In her free time, Painter likes to run, read fiction and plan her family's next trip or outdoor adventure.


Cargill recalls 132K pounds of beef after illnesses, 1 death likely from E. coli

The company recalled 132,600 pounds of beef, building on a 25,000-pound recall four weeks ago.


Delta raises baggage fees to $30 for first bag, $40 for second

Delta joins rivals United and JetBlue in charging more for checking bags.


Cargill buys Konspol, sizable poultry business in Poland

The deal includes a feed mill, five farms and two processing facilities.


Unicorns work magic on General Mills cereal sales, but investors want more

The company said its organic sales, those not affected by acquisitions and sales of businesses, grew in the summer months.


Aer Lingus to launch nonstop flights between Dublin and MSP

The Irish capital will be the sixth nonstop destination between here and Europe.


Seneca Foods to close Rochester vegetable-canning factory

The first round of layoffs is expected in early November, the company said.


Sun Country to fly tourists from MSP to Belize, St. Kitts and Nevis

Warm-weather routes on winter Saturdays will start around holidays.


For online recipe hunters, Basketful bridges the gap between eyes and stomach

Two recipe sites have added service started by General Mills alums.


General Mills expands its parental leave policy, adds caregivers paid time off

Parents will get extra paid weeks with their babies; caregivers also will get paid time off.


Cargill recalls some ground beef from Colorado plant after a positive E. coli test

The processor is taking back about 25,000 pounds of beef sent to grocery distributors in Colorado and California.