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.

A better French fry, but will American consumers buy it?

Part 4: Many Americans remain skeptical of GMOs as scientists tout their role in improving the environmental quality, diversity and sustainability of agriculture.

Part 2: Skyrocketing sales of grass-fed beef are forcing the industry to change

Part 2: Consumers looking for healthier, more environmentally friendly options are putting pressure on conventional producers.

More shoppers are demanding ethical treatment of animals

Part 3: Farmers and major food suppliers are feeling pressure from consumers to eliminate abuses.

Changing consumers igniting food revolution in Minnesota

Are you buying more organic groceries these days? You're not the only one, and our food systems are changing because of it. Demand for socially responsible options is transforming the state's grocery stores, food companies and economy

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.