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.


Cargill argues in front of Supreme Court in child labor case

A 15-year-old lawsuit alleges Cargill and Nestlé abetted child slave labor on cocoa farms in W. Africa.


Cargill makes another investment in fast-growing wellness sector

Cargill is hoping to quickly ramp up its ability to offer its food and beverage customers ways to incorporate functional wellness attributes into products.


Cargill loses title of largest private company in U.S.

The Minnetonka-based agribusiness was supplanted by Koch Industries on the Forbes annual list.


Hormel Foods reports lackluster results as COVID continues to takes its toll

Shuttered restaurants and closed schools continue to dampen sales for the Austin, Minn.-based food company.


This week could be busiest for airports since the pandemic began

Passenger volume at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is expected to be 65% below last year's Thanksgiving week.


Jennie-O partners with football star Thielen's turkey giveaway

Player's foundation helps to provide 2,000 birds to Salvation Army this year.


In a major slimdown, SunOpta sells its organic ingredients business

Edina-based organic products firm sells off ingredients business.


Minnesota food companies rejoice: Cereal's not just for breakfast anymore

With many not rushing to the office during the pandemic, breakfast cereal is back in vogue, and Post Consumer Brands and General Mills are reaping the benefits.


With rituals upended, Minnesotans rethink Thanksgiving

Sarah Branion's seven-year Friendsgiving streak is coming to an end.With her extended family all living in Minnesota where she grew up, she and her family…


Amid high stakes and record early turnout, Minnesota voters reflect as polls close

Minneapolis turnout surpasses 2016 as line stretches four blocks in Farmington.