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Lightning Round: General Mills and Pumpkin Peach Ales

Six months after its acquisition by General Mills, Annies Inc. president John Foraker took to the General Mills blog to talk about how the merger is g...

Frazer Jones
|Mar 8|magazine5 min read
  • Six months after its acquisition by General Mills, Annie’s Inc. president John Foraker took to the General Mills blog to talk about how the merger is going—and according to Foraker, it’s going very well, with General Mills respecting and upholding the Annie’s mission. As far as General Mills’ overall position in the organics space, Foraker expresses confidence that “the positive impact that Annie’s will have upon General Mills is significantly underestimated,” and that “in the years ahead, General Mills will be much more successful in this space than most people think.” Definitely an update worth checking out. ~ General Mills Blog
  • The New York Times has a think piece up about the identity crossroads that McDonald’s is currently at, and new CEO Steve Easterbrook needs to focus if he truly ants sales at the franchise to start turning around. ~ New York Times
  • Another Tesco executive is out: this time it’s Michael Holmes, chief executive of new food experiences in charge of in-store restaurants and cafés like Harris + Hoole and Giraffe. ~ Telegraph
  • Here’s that video of Guy Fieri making Donkey Sauce nachos in a trash can we all definitely asked for. You’re welcome. ~ Eater
  • The grand irony of Budweiser’s anti-craft beer ad was that its recent acquisition Elysian Brewing Co. has made pumpkin peach ale. But once the ad was out, it was only a matter of time before other craft breweries stepped up to the plate to take a crack at the flavor combination. We’re not at all surprised that a San Diego craft brewery is one of them. This week, shots were fired from Amplified Ale Works in Pacific Beach. ~ YouTube