General Mills Joins Kannapolis Research Campus

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General Mills is the latest company to become a tenant at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The Research Campus is a public-private partnership between David Murdock and the University of North Carolina System. The Research Campus sits on 350-acres just north of Charlotte, NC. Other tenants on the Campus include: Dole Food Inc, Monsanto, NC State University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC A&T State University, RCCC, LabCorp, ASU, UNC Greensboro, NC Central University, Mallard Creek Polymers and Sensory Spectrum.

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We are excited to pair our more than 70 years of agricultural research experience with the cutting edge technology and expertise offered by the North Carolina Research Campus.

Officials from the North Carolina Research Campus formally announced today that General Mills will be the latest industry partner to establish a presence at the Kannapolis Center. The Research Campus officially opened for business in the fall of 2008 with the intent on being a new hub for agricultural, human health, and nutrition research.

“Having strong technical talent from companies like General Mills at the Campus is important to achieving our mission of producing new knowledge that will help people lead a healthier existence. Their dedication to health, wellness, and nutrition research is uniquely aligned with goal at the Research Campus,” says David Murdock, Chairman, Dole Food Inc., Castle & Cooke Inc., and founder of the North Carolina Research Campus.

“We see this partnership as a unique opportunity to collaboratively uncover solutions that could improve the nutrition of food, including whole grains and vegetables,” said Lane Johnson, director of agricultural research for General Mills. “We are excited to pair our more than 70 years of agricultural research experience with the cutting edge technology and expertise offered by the North Carolina Research Campus.”

General Mills has been leading the food industry with a whole host of positive changes.

Since 2005, the company has improved the health and nutrition profile of products representing 50 percent of its U.S. Retail business. General Mills has reduced the number of calories in its products, reduced fat, sugar and sodium, added vitamins, calcium, whole grain, and increased fiber. The company now has more than 640 U.S. retail products with 130 calories or less per serving, and 460 U.S. retail products with 100 calories or less per serving.

“Partners like General Mills have been our focus since the NC Research Campus was first envisioned and we are extremely excited to add another outstanding corporate partner to our list of industry collaborators,” says Clyde Higgs, Vice President, Business Development for the Research Campus.

About the NC Research Campus
The Campus is a public-private partnership on 350-acres of real estate in Kannapolis (Charlotte); it combines the research power of nine world-renowned universities and colleges, as well as the DHMRI in a single campus setting. In addition to General Mills, other companies that have a presence today at the Campus include Monsanto, LabCorp, Dole Food Inc, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, Carolinas Medical Center, and Sensory Spectrum. This mission of the Campus is to improve the human health, by transformational research at the intersection of agriculture, nutrition, and human health.

About the David H. Murdock Research Institute
The David H. Murdock Research Institute is a nonprofit organization established to support and develop ground breaking collaborative research and development activities at the NC Research Campus. Established from a private grant by David H. Murdock, the DHMRI, with its state of the art facilities and capabilities, is the catalyst in the development of NC Research Campus.
To learn more, visit: http://www.ncresearchcampus.net and http://www.dhmri.org

About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2009 global net sales of US$15.9 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

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