General Mills

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Location

General Mills
P.O. Box 770
Wilton CT 06897
United States
General Mills is a North American manufacturer and marketer of consumer foods and pet food; entering the pet food market in 2018 with the acquisition of Blue Buffalo. Blue Buffalo is manufactured in the U.S. through a hybrid network of owned and contracted facilities. The company's dry formulas include LifeSource Bits, a blend of nutrients and antioxidants.

Milestones

2019 (May): Blue Buffalo and Petco Foundation award a US$250,000 grant to Morris Animal Foundation to fund feline cancer studies. As of May 2019, the partnership has invested US$15 million in pet cancer research and treatment since 2010. 2018 (April): General Mills acquires Blue Buffalo. 2015 (July): In its initial public offering, Blue Buffalo raises US$677 million for market cap of US$5.3 billion. Renaissance Capital deems it the fifth-largest IPO of the year to date. 2014 (September): The company begins manufacturing operations at its Heartland facility in Joplin, Missouri, USA, which is expected to meet most needs for dry food production for the next several years. 2014 (May): Purina sues Blue Buffalo for false advertising. 2012 (July): Blue Buffalo Pet Products is formed as a Delaware, USA, corporation, and a corporate reorganization exchanged the stock of Blue for the stock of BBPP. Additionally, BBPP established another Delaware corporation, Blue Pet Products, Inc., which then became the sole shareholder of Blue. 2006 (December): The company converts into a corporation under the name Blue Buffalo Company, Ltd. 2002 (August): The Blue Buffalo Company, LLC, is founded.

Brands

Basics, Wilderness, Freedom, Life Protection Formula, Natural Veterinary Diet

Geographic markets served

North America, Asia Pacific

Key product categories

Dry Dog Food, Cat Treats Snacks, Wet Dog Food, Wet Cat Food, Dog Treats Snacks, Dry Cat Food

  • 2019
    Name Value
    Annual Revenue 2019 $1,430,000,000
    Production Plants 2019 1
    Total Facilities 2019 5
    Employees 2019 1800
  • 2018
    Name Value
    Annual Revenue 2018 $1,300,000,000
    Production Plants 2018 1
    Total Facilities 2018 5
    Employees 2018 1800
  • 2017
    Name Value
    Annual Revenue 2017 $1,275,000,000
    Production Plants 2017 1
    Total Facilities 2017 5
    Employees 2017 1800
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