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.


General Mills continues to grow in pandemic, executives aim to make it last

The Golden Valley-based food company says it's capitalizing on a "once-in-a-generation" opportunity to get new customers.


Dozens protest at General Mills HQ over company's plant on West Bank

The activists say the foodmaker's factory supports Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.


Delta will resume long international flights at MSP, first with Amsterdam

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Cloquet Carlton County Airport gets $1.2M grant to expand pilot training facilities

The expansion is expected to reduce program's five-month wait time by more than half.


Cargill joins regenerative agriculture movement, sets goal for 10 million acres

Cargill says it can help farmers reduce risk in crucial early stages of regenerative farming practices.


Delta won't furlough flight attendants, ground workers

The airline says it may still have to reduce its pilot corps.


Key for General Mills is to keep market-share gains from pandemic

As the health crisis wears on, consumer behavior appears to be moderating.


Changing your flight plans? No charge, the big airlines now say

The pandemic-induced collapse in travel demand hastened end of roundly disliked charge.


Why Minnesota-based Sun Country is 'outperforming' rest of airline industry

Decisions made in March, such as flying cargo for Amazon, are paying off.


Hormel's sales soar at grocery stores, drop at restaurants

As Americans settle into life during a pandemic, Hormel's product mix is being reshaped.