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2019 Vault Rankings

At a Glance

Uppers

Top breakfast cereal maker in the United States

The company's brands can be found in almost every aisle of the supermarket

Downers

Job security may be an issue in the current economic environment

The Bottom Line

General Mills is a true industrial powerhouse, and a great place to launch a career.

About General Mills, Inc.

General Mills is high in the ranks of consumer-packaged goods companies. Some of its #1 and #2 market-leading brands include Betty Crocker dessert mixes, Gold Medal flour, Pillsbury cookie dough, and Yoplait yogurt. It competes with Kellogg to be the top cereal maker with a brand arsenal that includes Kix, Chex, Cheerios, Lucky Charms, and Wheaties. While most of the firm's sales come from the US, General Mills is working to extend the reach and position of its brands globally and has facilities across five major continents. General Mills also owns the Haagen-Dazs ice cream brand in the US.

Operations

General Mills divides its operations into five reportable segments: North America Retail, Convenience Stores & Foodservice, Europe & Australia, Asia & Latin America, and Pet.

The majority of the firm's sales (about 60%) come from North America Retail, which markets cereals like Cheerios, packaged meals such as Hamburger Helper, the Pillsbury and Yoplait brands, snacks like Nature Valley granola bars, baking products such as Betty Crocker, a subsidiary that offers organic brands Cascadian Farm and Muir Glen.

Convenience Stores & Foodservice generates about 10% of sales and delivers baking mixes and flour to bakeries and grocery store bakeries; branded cereals, snacks, backed goods, and yogurt to schools, restaurants, and hotels; and a variety of products to convenience stores and vending machines.

The two internationally focused segments, Europe & Australia and Asia & Latin America both generate about 10% of sales. They comprise the retail and foodservice businesses in their specific regions and offer products similar to those found in North America.

The Pet segment also accounts for around 10% of sales and offers dry and wet food and treats for dogs and cats.

General Mills also owns interest in two joint ventures: Cereal Partners Worldwide with Nestlé (which sells such breakfast cereals as Chocapic, Nesquick, Shreddies, and Uncle Toby's) and Häagen-Dazs Japan (which operates ice cream cafés in that country).

U.S. Retail accounted for about 75% of the company's net sales in fiscal 2020 (May year-end) and the International segment, nearly 25%.

By product, General Mills makes about 20% of sales from snacks, more than 15% from cereal, about 15% from convenient meals, more than 10% from yoghurt, about 10% each from baking mixes, dough, and pet, and the remaining revenues from premium ice creams and others.

Geographic Reach

General Mills sells its products in more than 100 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. The US is its largest market, accounting for about 75% of sales.

In addition to its consolidated operations, the company has about 50% stake in two strategic joint ventures that manufacture and market food products sold in more than 130 countries worldwide.

The company operates more than 45 facilities for the production of a wide variety of food products. Of these facilities, about 25 are located in the US, less than 5 in the Greater China region, and in Canada, about 10 in Europe/Australia, and in Latin America.

The company headquarter is located in Minnesota.

Sales and Marketing

General Mills' primary customers are grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership club stores, natural food chains, commercial and non-commercial foodservice distributors and operators, in addition to restaurants, convenience stores, and drug, dollar, discount chains, and pet stores. Wal-Mart accounts for about 20% of the company's net sales and is General Mills' largest customer.

Advertising and media expenses around the $691.8 million, $601.6 million and $575.9 million for the years 2020, 2019, and 2018 respectively.

Financial Performance

Over the last five years General Mills' revenue declined for two years then grew for another two years.

In 2020 (ended May 26) the company's sales grew 5% to $17.6 billion. This is primarily due to the higher contributions from volume growth and favorable net price realization and mix, partially offset by unfavorable foreign currency exchange.

Net income rose 24% to $2.2 billion in fiscal 2020.

General Mills' cash on hand grew $1.2 billion during fiscal 2020, ending the year at $1.7 billion. The company's operations generated $3.7 billion, while its investing activities used $486.2 million and its financing used $1.9 billion. The company's main cash uses were capital expenditures, long-term debt payments, and dividends.

Strategy

General Mills' principal strategies for competing in each of its segments include unique consumer insights, effective customer relationships, superior product quality, innovative advertising, product promotion, product innovation aligned with consumers' needs, an efficient supply chain, and price. In most product categories, the company competes not only with other widely advertised, branded products, but also with regional brands and with generic and private label products that are generally sold at lower prices. Internationally, General Mills competes with both multi-national and local manufacturers, and each country includes a unique group of competitors.

General Mills, Inc.

1 General Mills Blvd
Minneapolis, MN 55426-1348
Phone: 1 (763) 764-7600

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Publicly Owned
Stock Symbol: GIS
Stock Exchange: , NYSE
CEO: Jeffrey L. Harmening
EVP and COO, International: Christopher D. O'Leary
Chairman: Kendall J. Powell
Employees (This Location): 1,000
Employees (All Locations): 35,000

Major Office Locations

Minneapolis, MN

Other Locations

Rogers, AR
Glendale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ
Berkeley, CA
Carson, CA
Fontana, CA
Glendale, CA
Lodi, CA
Tulare, CA
Vernon, CA
Boulder, CO
Englewood, CO
Washington, DC
Doral, FL
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Covington, GA
Social Circle, GA
Carlisle, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
American Falls, ID
Blackfoot, ID
Idaho Falls, ID
Newdale, ID
Belvidere, IL
Calumet City, IL
Galesburg, IL
Montgomery, IL
Fishers, IN
West Monroe, LA
Kalamazoo, MI
Reed City, MI
Chanhassen, MN
Duluth, MN
Hopkins, MN
Minneapolis, MN
Joplin, MO
Kansas City, MO
Great Falls, MT
Havre, MT
Sweetgrass, MT
Albuquerque, NM
Buffalo, NY
Cincinnati, OH
Mason, OH
Toledo, OH
Wellston, OH
Vinita, OK
Dresher, PA
Palmyra, PA
Bristol, TN
Germantown, TN
Murfreesboro, TN
Addison, TX
Austin, TX
Houston, TX
Roanoke, TX
Round Rock, TX
Sedro Woolley, WA
Milwaukee, WI
Brasilia, Brazil
Campo Grande, Brazil
Curitiba, Brazil
Pato Branco, Brazil
Anjou, Canada
Calgary, Canada
Dartmouth, Canada
Midland, Canada
Sherwood Park, Canada
Surrey, Canada
Winnipeg, Canada
Argenteuil, France
Feuchy, France
Givors, France
Le Mans, France
Mitry Mory, France
Moneteau, France
Ressons Sur Matz, France
Saint Jory, France
Vienne, France
Wissous, France
Oinofyta, Greece