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General Mills, Inc.

General Mills, Inc. (GIS)

General Mills, Inc., incorporated on June 20, 1928, is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods and pet food products sold through retail stores. The Company is a supplier of branded and unbranded consumer food products to the North American foodservice and commercial baking industries. It also provides pet food products through its subsidiary Blue Buffalo Pet Products Inc. The Company has four segments: U.S. Retail, International, Pet operating, and Convenience Stores and Foodservice. The Company offers a range of food products with a focus on categories, including ready-to-eat cereal; convenient meals, including meal kits, ethnic meals, pizza, soup, side dish mixes, frozen breakfast and frozen entrees; snacks, including grain, fruit and savory snacks, nutrition bars and frozen hot snacks; yogurt, and super-premium ice cream. The Company's other product categories include baking mixes and ingredients, and refrigerated and frozen dough. The Company's products are marketed under various brands, which include Annie's, Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Bugles, Cascadian Farm, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, Fiber One, Food Should Taste Good, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, Gardetto's, Go-Gurt, Gold Medal, Golden Grahams, Haagen-Dazs, Helpers, Jeno's, Jus-Rol, Kitano, Kix, La Saltena, Larabar, Latina, Liberte, Lucky Charms, Muir Glen, Nature Valley, Oatmeal Crisp, Old El Paso, Pillsbury, Progresso, Raisin Nut Bran, Total, Totino's, Trix, Wanchai Ferry, Wheaties, Yoki and Yoplait. It also provides food products for dogs and cats through its subsidiary.

U.S. Retail

The Company's U.S. Retail segment reflects business with a range of grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, drug, dollar and discount chains, and e-commerce grocery providers operating throughout the United States. The U.S. Retail segment consists of product categories, including ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, soup, meal kits, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grain, fruit and savory snacks, and a range of organic products, including meal kits, granola bars and cereal.

International

The Company's International segment consists of retail and foodservice businesses outside of the United States. The International segment consists of product categories, including ready-to-eat cereals, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, meal kits, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza snacks, refrigerated yogurt, grain and fruit snacks, and super-premium ice cream and frozen desserts. The Company sells super-premium ice cream and frozen desserts directly to consumers through retail shops. Its International segment also includes products manufactured in the United States for export, mainly to Caribbean and Latin American markets, as well as products it manufactures for sale to its international joint ventures.

Pet Operating

The Company through its newly owned subsidiary is engaged in providing food products for dogs and cats. The Company provides pet foods on the basis of life stage; type of food, which include dry foods, wet foods and treats. It also provides meat-rich products, diet foods, natural and grain-free food products for dogs and cats. 

Convenience Stores and Foodservice

The Company's Convenience Stores and Foodservice segment's product categories include ready-to-eat cereals, snacks, refrigerated yogurt, frozen meals, unbaked and fully baked frozen dough products, and baking mixes. It sells to distributors and operators in various customer channels, including foodservice, convenience stores, vending and supermarket bakeries. The Convenience Stores and Foodservice segment's operations are located in the United States.

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Year Amount Change
2006 0.0c
2007 0.0c 0%
2008 0.0c 0%
2009 0.0c 0%
2010 0.0c 0%
2011 30.5c 100%
2012 129.5c 324.6%
2013 71.0c (45.2%)
2014 158.0c 122.5%
2015 170.0c 7.6%
2016 182.0c 7.1%
2017 193.0c 6.0%
2018 196.0c 1.6%
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Ex-Div Date Pay Date Year Type Frequency Status Amount
06 Jan 2012 01 Feb 2012 2011 Interim Quarterly Paid 30.5c
05 Apr 2012 01 May 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 30.5c
06 Jul 2012 01 Aug 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 33c
05 Oct 2012 01 Nov 2012 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 33c
08 Jan 2013 01 Feb 2013 2012 Interim Quarterly Paid 33c
08 Apr 2013 01 May 2013 2013 Interim Quarterly Paid 33c
08 Jul 2013 01 Aug 2013 2013 Final Quarterly Paid 38c
08 Oct 2013 01 Nov 2013 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 38c
08 Jan 2014 03 Feb 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 38c
08 Apr 2014 01 May 2014 2014 Interim Quarterly Paid 41c
08 Jul 2014 01 Aug 2014 2014 Final Quarterly Paid 41c
08 Oct 2014 03 Nov 2014 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 41c
08 Jan 2015 02 Feb 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 41c
08 Apr 2015 01 May 2015 2015 Interim Quarterly Paid 44c
08 Jul 2015 03 Aug 2015 2015 Final Quarterly Paid 44c
07 Oct 2015 02 Nov 2015 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 44c
07 Jan 2016 01 Feb 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 44c
07 Apr 2016 02 May 2016 2016 Interim Quarterly Paid 46c
07 Jul 2016 01 Aug 2016 2016 Final Quarterly Paid 48c
05 Oct 2016 01 Nov 2016 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 48c
06 Jan 2017 01 Feb 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 48c
06 Apr 2017 01 May 2017 2017 Interim Quarterly Paid 48c
06 Jul 2017 01 Aug 2017 2017 Final Quarterly Paid 49c
06 Oct 2017 01 Nov 2017 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Jan 2018 01 Feb 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Apr 2018 01 May 2018 2018 Interim Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Jul 2018 01 Aug 2018 2018 Final Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Oct 2018 01 Nov 2018 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Jan 2019 01 Feb 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Apr 2019 01 May 2019 2019 Interim Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Jul 2019 01 Aug 2019 2019 Final Quarterly Paid 49c
09 Oct 2019 01 Nov 2019 2020 Interim Quarterly Declared 49c
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