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.


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CEO Howard Friedman sees growth despite changes in Americans' breakfast habits.


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Cargill reorganizes animal nutrition unit, adds health products to feed-oriented business

The moves should simplify product ordering for farmers, Cargill says.


General Mills CEO Harmening's bold first-year bets are paying off

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Shakopee-based Cameron's Coffee sold for $113 million

The coffee roaster and distributor's headquarters and operations are to remain in Minnesota after sale to Colombian food conglomerate.