global overview

General Mills is the world's sixth-largest food company, with offices or manufacturing facilities in more than 30 countries.

We strive every day to live our mission of Nourishing Lives. We do this through our branded products, the communities that we serve, and the way we work to preserve the environment for future generations.

Our corporate philanthropy in fiscal year 2009 reached $91 million, or 5 percent of the company's pretax profit.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States, our annual net sales are $15.9 billion.

More than 30 of our 100-plus U.S. consumer brands generate annual retail sales in excess of $100 million.

Our global brand portfolio includes:

Häagen-Dazs
Old El Paso
Green Giant
Betty Crocker
Pillsbury
Cheerios

We also market strong local brands, such as Jus-Rol in the United Kingdom, Diablitos meat spread in Venezuela, Latina pasta in Australia and La Salteña dough in Argentina.

Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW), our 50-50 joint venture with Nestlé, is a leading producer of breakfast cereal with brands such as Cheerios, Zucosos, Chocapic, Nesquik and Shreddies.

General Mills also is a leading supplier of baking and other food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries.