General Mills: Environmental Responsibility

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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INFOGRAPHIC | General Mills Triple Bottom Line Operating Unit
In 2018, Annie’s, Cascadian Farm, EPIC Provisions, and Muir Glen joined together as a new Operating Unit within General Mills. We proudly named our group of brands after our fierce collective commitment to mission: The Triple Bottom Line Operating Unit is committed to driving positive outcomes for the planet, people, and profit. Accounting for the triple bottom line helps our operating...
Dec 30, 2019 12:00 PM ET
General Mills Breaks Ground on Second Wind Project, Maverick Creek, to Offset 100% of Domestic Power
General Mills broke ground this week on the Maverick Creek Wind Project in Eden, Texas, in partnership with Kimberly-Clark, Renewable Energy Systems, Vestas, Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. and members of the local government. Once it is operational in October 2020, Maverick Creek and our first wind farm, Cactus Flats (pictured) will offset 100% of the electricity used annually at our...
Nov 21, 2019 11:30 AM ET
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

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