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.

Thanksgiving travel will be busy but dry

More than 50 million people will make a road trip between Wednesday and Sunday, AAA says.

Sun Country drops plan for Cuba flights, citing politics

The local airline had rights to fly directly from MSP to Matanzas and Santa Clara, but not Havana, the country's capital.

Powell's retirement will complete General Mills' chairman transition

Ken Powell, who led the food giant since 2007, will exit as board chairman at the end of the year.

Cargill fined $10M for hiding value of swap trades

The ag giant said it also will change its customer reporting procedures after findings by CFTC. It agreed to pay the fine, but "neither admits nor denies the finding."

Hormel Foods to buy deli meat maker Columbus, its largest acquisition ever

Minnesota food giant buys millennial-focused maker of artisanal deli meats for $850M.

Sun Country sets bag, seat fees; carry-ons will cost the most

Passengers who book tickets for flights in the New Year will have to select between three baggage "bundles" depending on whether they want to carry-on, check or not bring luggage on a flight.

JetBlue says it will begin MSP-Boston flights starting in May

Airport officials say they worked for several years to persuade the low-fare carrier to enter the Twin Cities market.

Cargill takes new steps to ensure integrity of cocoa supply

The giant agriculture processor is trying to halt child labor and deforestation practices on African farms.

Cargill's profit jumps 14 percent amid growth in beef and chocolate

Demand for beef helped Cargill overcome pressure on grains and other commodities.

Post sues General Mills over the look of bagged cereal displays

Firm says its bigger rival is taking advantage of its success in bagged cereals.