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.

Hormel hits record sales, profits, as bacon and lunch meats thrive

Hormel Foods Corp. is still taking a beating from America's oversupply of turkeys, but executives say the end is in sight.The Austin, Minn.-based foodmaker reported…

Sun Country remodeling eliminates first class, adds slimmer seats

The changes will boost the passenger-carrying capacity of Sun Country's planes.

Mosaic leaves for Florida to cut costs, move closer to mines

The company, once part of Cargill, is a giant in the fertilizer business but employs only about 150 people in Minnesota.

For Minnesota businesses, much riding on state tax code rewrite

Businesses are watching last-minute deal making closely for winners, losers.

General Mills is spending on organic ingredients that customers can trace

Organic and natural sourcing led to a push for healthier soil.

Twin Cities tourism climbed 2.5 percent to new high in 2017

More than 33 million tourists visited the region and spent $7.8 billion. The numbers do not include visitors who came to the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl since it happened in February.

JetBlue arrives at MSP, starting with round trips to Boston

Airport officials have been trying to attract the lower-cost airline for years.

Cargill operations at Nebraska beef plant back to normal a day after walkout

The situation highlights ongoing challenges large meatpackers face in staffing slaughter and processing positions across the U.S.

Angie's, Grandma Edna's, Old Dutch and others pop up new snack ideas

Consumers are increasingly replacing meals with snacks as convenience continues to be an attribute shoppers value.

Craft brewers' preference for western barley leads Cargill to close N.D. malting plant

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness cited falling demand in the beer industry for six-row barley.