Reporter | Food industry

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 makes biggest bioindustrial deal yet, spends $1B on unit of U.K's Croda chemical firm

The Minnesota agribusiness is buying the UK-based business to expand its industrial product offerings derived from plants.


These Sun Country top bosses went 'undercover' as flight attendants

CEO Jude Bricker and COO Greg Mays got flight attendant certification to keep in touch with crews and passengers.


Hormel CFO Sheehan to retire, will be succeeded by Smiley

Jim Sheehan spent 43 years with Hormel, helping to guide corporate strategy and taking a conservative approach to its finances.


Animal rights group accuses Minnesota's Jennie-O and Butterfield of mistreating birds

Animal Welfare Institute asks local county attorneys to prosecute firms where turkeys and chickens died in trucks.


Sun Country, Landline will offer car pickup and dropoff service to fliers in the Twin Cities

Landline will use four-passenger SUVs to shuttle passengers between their homes and the Sun Country hub at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.


State sues big Minnesota egg producer, accusing it of price-gouging in pandemic

Minnesota joins other states in suing egg producers, but Sparboe and other farmers wonder if prosecutors understand economics.


General Mills continues its pandemic-era growth despite inflation, supply chain pressures

The Minnesota maker of Cheerios is still riding the pandemic's tailwinds despite Wall Street's concern over inflation and higher supply chain costs.


Beef prices are surging, but processors are benefiting more than farmers

Four companies control processing and distribution of 80% of U.S. beef, a choke point that is drawing scrutiny from Washington.


Cargill establishes new carbon measures and money to farmers using soil health practices

Climate scientists, food companies and many farmers see the potential of a better soil health system, but debate how — or even if — large-scale farming can actually transition.


As new competitors arrive at MSP, Sun Country reminds Minnesotans that it's one of them

The Twin Cities airline is adding Caribou Coffee and other local foods as it counts on Minnesotans for growth.