General Mills: Environmental Responsibility

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General Mills: Environmental Responsibility

By setting goals that push the company to do more, we demonstrate leadership in establishing aggressive goals within the food industry. 

For example, because we set goals: 

  • General Mills burns oat hulls left over from the milling process to reduce one of our plant's carbon footprints by about 21 percent. 
  • We have an irrigation process that uses 50 percent less water than conventional furrow irrigation, and also reduces electricity and pesticide use. 

Our fact sheets contain these and other interesting details. 

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Annie’s Cereal Package Uses Recycled Plastic, but It’s the Consumer Messaging That Wins for Innovation
By Rachel Cernansky Recycling rates in the U.S. are dismal, and Patrick Keenan, principal engineer - Annie’s packaging R&D, said the company wanted to help fix that. “What we wanted to do was figure out a way to create value for the recycling collection process, which would then drive up the recovery rates and the access for consumers,” he said. “One way was by...
Jun 13, 2019 10:35 AM ET
The Business Case for Clean Power
General Mills began milling grain with water power from the Mississippi River 150 years ago. Now, the Fortune 500 company is using wind to power operations and cut its carbon footprint. But what's the business incentive for going with 100 percent renewable power? John Church — the chief supply chain and global business solutions officer at General Mills — explains. ...
May 21, 2019 9:30 AM ET
General Mills Meets U.S. Department of Energy “Better Plants Challenge” Goal Four Years Ahead of Schedule
MINNEAPOLIS, May 17, 2019 /3BL Media/ – In 2012, General Mills set a 10-year goal to improve energy efficiency in the company’s 26 largest U.S.-based plants by 20 percent (from FY12-FY22). Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that General Mills achieved its goal four years ahead of plan, with a total efficiency improvement of 20.4 percent since fiscal year 2012.   “We...
May 17, 2019 12:00 PM ET
General Mills Buys Wind Energy And Consumer Goodwill
Following a barrage of announcements celebrating advances in environmental stewardship from food producers in honor of Earth Day, General Mills just announced that they have signed a 15 year purchase agreement with Roaring Fork Wind, LLC based in Central Texas. This, alongside the company's existing wind power agreement, will offset 100% of General Mills’ annual electricity use from their...
May 16, 2019 10:00 AM ET
General Mills Signs Its Largest Wind Power Agreement
General Mills, Inc. has signed a virtual 15-year power purchase agreement for 200 megawatts of the Maverick Creek wind project of Roaring Fork Wind, L.L.C., a joint venture between Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and Steelhead Americas. Read more here...
May 9, 2019 9:00 AM ET

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