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General Mills: Insight Into a Wonderful Company

General Mills HQI am sure some of you have already read my Day 1 of the 2 day General Mills Table Talk Event.  In case you haven’t you can read all about it in this post.  General Mills brought about 25  bloggers to meet with execs, get to know them and spend a day inside General Mills.   Everything from talking with the company to cooking in the Betty Crocker kitchens was part of the wonderful experience we had with this amazing company.

Upon entering the General Mills headquarters we got to see a bit of the General Mills History, it was wonderful to see boxes and charachters of the past to the present.  Everything from Green Giant to Betty Crocker and Bisquick to Wheaties was along what I will refer to as “History Row”.  Reading facts and seeing how things have come along since the start of General Mills was awesome, it’s wonderful to see the progression of products.  Here are a few pictures of General Mills “History Row”

101_0116101_0117101_0118IMG_0373I think my favorite part had to be the Betty’s:

101_0120After our history lesson, we headed down stairs to the meeting room where General Mills generously provided us with breakfast (and later samples, lunch, samples and more samples).  It was great.  One thing I noted right off was the huge white paper with an amazing artist drawing on it.  I learned that she would be taking notes, quotes and using them on these papers to do some visual learning for those who may tend to space out when the power points are pulled out.  It was an amazing addition to an already great experience.  The finished Visual Learning board was amazing and the finished product was beautiful:

GMills2_E-1Table Talk Visual

The day started with some learning about General Mills, new products and future ideas.  It was such an informative time and I learned so much as well as got to give input into future things, current workings and what could be tweaked a bit.  Some of the things we learned during the day spent with General Mills:

  • Betty Crocker was actually born from a Saturday Evening Post
  • There was 27 years of the Betty Crocker radio show
  • Green Giant was founded in 1903 in Minnesota
  • Green Giant is the #3 ad icon in the 20th century
  • There are 28 billion dollar in vegetable sales each year, 77% of that is fresh veggies, 12 % canned and 11% frozen.

After learning much more about the company (this post would be ages long if I listed everything) all the attendees broke into teams to head into the Betty Crocker Kitchens.  We each had a recipe to cook.  It was a once in a lifetime experience, how many can say they got to cook in THE Betty Crocker Kitchen.   After all the groups had finished the recipe they had we headed over to the presentation area to share our recipes and thoughts.  The food was delicious.  My team consisted of Mandy from Mommy Mandy, Nicole from Frugal is Fab, Melanie from My Little Patch of Sunshine, and of course yours truly here.  We had to prepare the Oven-Fried Chicken Tenders and not to toot our horn, they were FABULOUS!  Here are  a few pictures of our experience:

IMG_0375101_0125101_0126101_0127101_0128Oven Fried Chicken Tenders

After our wonderful experience of cooking and tasting all the other recipes.  We headed back in for lunch and a bit more talk on different areas such as the Betty Crocker website, whether Green Giant should tweet or not, the importance social media plays with companies and how we (the bloggers) are a big part of them moving forward.  As I stated earlier this visit was wonderful and informative and gave us a great insight into a company that most americans use products from on a daily basis.

IMG_0383As I mentioned we got to sample some of the General Mills products through our visit.  With veggies and smoothies, soup and oriental the day left me with a belly full of wonderful food.  A few of my favorites were the Veggie Steamers Garden Vegetable Medley, Just for One Corn and Peas in Basil Sauce, Wanchai Ferry Orange Chicken and Yoplait Triple Berry Smoothie.  Check out General Mills Brand Page for all the brands of product they carry as well as nutrition information on my favorites.

All in all this trip was very informative, tasty and a wonderful time to get to know the company and the people behind the company.  I have always loved General Mills and this trip and working with them has sealed what a great company they are in my mind.

General Mills brings fun, health and taste to the dinner table and bring out the Betty Crocker in all of us.

*Travel and accommodations and gift cards to cover travel expenses (luggage, taxi’s, etc) were provided courtesy of Coyne PR and General Mills.
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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!

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    How fun!!! Looks like you guys had a great time!
    .-= A Frugal Friend´s last blog ..The Children’s Place Clothes – 99 cents and up =-.

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    I passed along the Kreativ Blogger Award to you! http://senilemomentia.com/2009/09/yippee-kreativ-blogger-award/
    .-= Kat @ For the Love of Chaos´s last blog ..Yippee… Kreativ Blogger Award!! =-.

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