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.


Delta suspends MSP flight to Seoul through April, citing lower demand due to coronavirus

Delta suspends nonstop flights from MSP to Seoul through April, citing lower demand due to virus


General Mills' venture arm invests in company that delivers fresh-cooked meals for dogs

301 Inc. leads funding round for Pet Plate, a maker of high-end "kettle cooked" dog dinners.


Lobbyists fight surge of bills targeting plastic packaging

Faltering recycling systems and concerns about ocean plastics have spurred state lawmakers from California to Maine to propose new rules targeting plastic waste, particularly from packaging. Many prompt a visit from Ameripen, a decade-old nonprofit that now has registered lobbyists in eight states.


Hormel Foods to buy Texas barbecue company for $270 million

The deal for Sadler's Smokehouse is the latest expanding the company's deli and food service business.


First of Minnesota's largest companies confirm coronavirus will affect bottom line

General Mills, Medtronic, Ecolab talk about how the outbreak is affecting their businesses during investor events.


General Mills temporarily closes nearly half its Häagen-Dazs shops in China due to coronavirus

The Golden Valley-based food maker reaffirmed its optimistic full-year guidance Tuesday despite challenges in Asia.


Canada antitrust officials probe Cargill, other firms in dealings with tech startup

Canadian officials examine whether seed giants are restraining a tech newcomer.


Cargill nears completion of huge new test kitchen in Savage

The company will develop ingredients for cakes, cookies and chocolates.


General Mills to relaunch Dunkaroos, selling 1990s nostalgia

The Minnesota food giant will start selling the cookie-and-frosting snack in U.S. stores this summer.


Discovery in an Iowa factory led Cargill to work with Goop

Workers at a plant in Cedar Rapids, a maker of animal supplements from fermented ingredients, simply weren't getting sick as often as their spouses or the company's office workers.