I arrived at General Mills so excited I was nearly crying. Then the tears actually did spill out when I was greeted with a lei made of cereal. I’ll take Minneapolis over Hawaii any day.
Lucky (The Leprechaun) and Erin Macmillan of General Mills. Lucky gave me a big, soft hug and I felt like I was home.
We took the elevator up to the Cereal Floor, where all the teams that work on cereal sit. Could these elevators be more perfect?
Giant statues of various characters and bright, fun cereal information adorn the walls.
A Day In The Life
A reccurring theme throughout my entire trip was just how much fun General Mills employees have. The cereal floor is covered with toys, boxes and other memorabilia, things like this little crew having breakfast.
Good old Frankenberry, just hanging out.
After the cereal floor, we took a walk through General Mills HQ, a truly incredible place. It’s kind of like a small town; people know each other and each other’s families. Many people have worked there for 10, 20, even 30 years. The campus has a daycare, hair salon, bank and a gym, among other perks.
These “Cheerios” are just one example of the very cool art and landscaping all around the grounds. When it snows, they transform into Frosted Cheerios.
A Bake-Off Is Brewing...
We passed by a window to the Betty Crocker kitchens, where the staff was vetting recipes for the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off. More on that later.