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.

Sun Country adds Nashville routes, another step in building presence beyond MSP

The leisure passenger-focused airline is moving beyond its reliance on MSP as a hub.

Woman sues Pepperidge Farm, New Ulm whey supplier over tainted Goldfish cracker

Woman says tainted Goldfish made her ill; New Ulm producer recalled whey last month.

Sales of plant-based foods grow sharply as regulators dig in on labels

Plant-based sources of protein are becoming mainstream foods.

General Mills will change cereal boxes to settle dispute on Cheerios Protein

An interest group said General Mills tricked consumers.

Buyer of Supervalu is a key player in fast-growing organic foods industry

United Natural Foods Inc., (UNFI) created in a 1996 merger, has been the primary wholesale supplier to Whole Foods Market for nearly 20 years.

$3 billion deal for Supervalu puts Cub stores up for sale

Eden Prairie-based Supervalu, which has 23,000 employees and owns Cub Foods, has seen its stock price languish for years and was under pressure from an activist investor.

After troubles at MSP, contractor and Sun Country part ways

Airline executives still want to outsource the groundwork at MSP.

Hy-Vee recalls pasta salad linked to illnesses in Minnesota, four other states

The grocer said the pasta salad was sold across its eight-state region, including Minnesota.

Delta begins push to attract more pilots in training

With a shortage looming, one of the nation's biggest airlines outlines a partnership with aviation schools and an internal program to boost qualified applicants.

Nine food-related startups begin work at Farm to Fork program in St. Paul

Techstars accelerator pairs food and ag-based ventures with mentors.