Kristen Leigh Painter | Star Tribune
Reporter | Food industry

Kristen Leigh Painter covers the food industry for the Star Tribune. She previously covered growth and development for the paper. Prior to that, Painter was a business reporter at the Denver Post, covering airlines and aerospace. She frequently writes about sustainable food production, consumer food trends and airlines.

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.


Sun Country unveils first of a fleet it plans to own

The airline is building a fleet of planes that it owns rather than leases.


Not so subliminal: Pillsbury cinnamon roll smells to be pumped into movie theaters

General Mills revives experience of smelling what's on the screen.


Sun Country wants to move HQ from Eagan into MSP hangar

The project would require reconfiguring the hangar building, turning some cavernous space currently used to shelter airplanes into space suitable for office work.


Coborn's will buy most Hornbacher's stores as Supervalu's new owner begins making grocery deals

UNFI hopes to sell most of Supervalu's retailers to grocery chains that will continue to use Supervalu as their wholesale supplier.


Cargill plans $70M investment in Thai seafood, poultry business

Minnetonka-based firm is aiming to meet demand for protein in Asia.


Big food companies launch 'stealth small brands' to lure consumers

More major companies are marketing to look small. Is it deception, or connection?


Hormel improves on fourth-quarter profit, still waits for turnaround on turkey

The Austin-based foodmaker reported solid profit growth, but Jennie-O is still struggling.


Minnetonka-based Cargill names new head of its largest business

As Todd Hall retires, he will take over the company's largest business.


Jennie-O recalls some ground turkey after salmonella report

The recalled Jennie-O product was produced on Sept. 11 and shipped to 23 states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Schwan's sold to S. Korean firm in $1.8B deal

The Schwan family, descendants of founder Marvin Schwan who started the company in Marshall, Minn., in 1952, will still have 20 percent, and own and run home delivery service.