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.


Expensive avocados ding Hormel's bottom line, bacon buoys sales

Refrigerated food sales offset the decline also exacerbated by African swine fever, trade.


Sun Country announces MSP winter flights to Sarasota, Bahamas

Routes to Sarasota and Bahamas part of airline's strategy of more destinations, less frequency.


Del Monte will close 89-year-old Minn. plant, lay off all workers

The California-based fruit and vegetable packaged food company will shut down the plant in Sleepy Eye in October.


Two big exits at General Mills: CFO Mulligan to retire, Blue Buffalo's Bishop steps back

Kofi Bruce, a finance exec with a 10-year record at the firm, was named the company's next CFO.


Rodney Ebersviller, wounded and captured in WWII, dies at age 94

Once deployed, it didn't take long for Ebersviller to see combat.


Environmental group drops criticism of General Mills

It came after the company acknowledged pesticides are a problem in food supplies and outlined steps to reduce their use.


Minnesota's Compass Airlines loses deal as a Delta regional carrier

The company declined to say how it intends to make up the revenue loss or how the contract loss could affect employees.


From Minnesota to Africa, local nonprofit connects food experts worlds apart

Minnesota-based Partners in Food Solutions connects U.S. food experts with smaller African companies looking for new ways to feed large populations.


One of Cargill's most visible leaders has left the ag giant

Devry Boughner Vorwerk shaped the ag giant's public image and directed government lobbying.


Blue Buffalo's hard-charging boss gets used to life at General Mills

Billy Bishop helped get Blue Buffalo off the ground; General Mills is taking the next step.