1 Sally Preston, Katy Dickson, me, Kris Wenker, Lisa Gersh,On the other side of the table: Cheryl Welch, Ami Anderson, Mark Addicks, Marc Belton, Helen Kurtz
2 This is STONE and not Cheerios! Some of the art located around the grounds of the General Mills headquarters
3 Here is a sustainability garden on top of one of their garage roofs, which saves a lot of money on the heating bill.
4 One of the posters displayed around General Mills advertising my visit. Due to popularity, they had to limit it 'by invitation only' for their Marketing community.
5 Who knew refrigerated dough turned 80 this year?
6 Here are some of the famous Wheaties boxes that have been created over its 75-plus years.
7 Cheerios celebrates its 70th birthday this year!
8 Betty Crocker celebrates her 90th birthday this year. Her promise stays the same, but her face has changed over the years.
9 In 1936, Betty was supposed to be an ageless 32, but back then, people aged earlier. She also looks quite serious. This portrait made its first package appearance on Softasilk cake flour, and it was used in the WWII booklet.
10 This is the 1955 postwar Betty.
11 1965 was the Jackie Kennedy era and the beginning of a more youthful look. This Betty looks 10 to 15 years younger and 10 to 15 pounds lighter.
12 In 1969, Mary Tyler Moore was a very popular actress, and you could say that this Betty reflects that look. Betty's hair became less puffy and she took her pearls off.
13 In 1972, with more women graduating from college and taking on careers and becoming active in politics, Betty became more businesslike.
14 In 1980, the '72 Betty seemed out of date, and General Mills was trying to target a 30-something look.
15 1986 was the yuppie era and Betty took on a professional appearance of approachable, friendly, and competent. They wanted Betty to look comfortable in a dining room as well as in a board room.
16 1996 - This portrait was done as a 75th anniversary essay contest. General Mills launched a nationwide search for 75 women who reflected the 'spirit of Betty Crocker.' This portrait was painted from a digital blending of their faces.
17 The Pillsbury Doughboy, aka Poppin’ Fresh, is another very recognizable character from General Mills.
18 CPW is Cereal Partners Worldwide which is a joint venture with Nestles outside the USA. In Europe it is Nestles Cheerios – not General Mills’ Cheerios.
19 The Green Giant brand and character have also evolved over the years. Also pictured here is a Norman Rockwell painting that the company owns.
20 Some of Green Giant’s frozen foods
21 Here is a recent cookbook from Betty Crocker kitchens about everyone's favorite dessert—cupcakes!
22 Here are some samples from the You be the Judge Popcorn Mix recipe from Betty Crockers’ Fan Fare campaign, featuring fun food ideas linked to favorite TV shows! Check them all out at bettycrocker.com/fanfare
23 Here is the Martha Meets Betty logo that themed the day on the breakfast table.
24 A pretty way to display roses
25 Mark Addicks, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer on stage kicking off the meeting with 'Headlines'
26 There were nearly 400 people in attendance. The meeting was also shown live to 17 of General Mills’ global offices.
27 Here I am on stage.
28 Not really!
29 But look whose face is on the spoon!
30 Mark presented me with my own Wheaties box!
31 Here I am with Ken Powell, Chairman of the Board/CEO General Mills.
32 With the Betty Crocker Kitchen Staff - Renae Pellett, Jann Atkins, Marilyn French, Mary Kaye Sahli, Lori Fox, Marica Brinkley, Julie Turnbull, Adriana Amione, Kathy Saatzer, Livia Calvo, Mary Goetz, Maria Ingalls, Polly Schmitz, Ann Stuart, Kristen Olson
33 With Judy Gregoire, who is General Millls integrated Sales Director in Chicago
34 And posing with – Andy Swarbrick, Kelly Wilbur, Chuck Nields, Nanci Dixon, Carol Grones, Cindy Lund, Sue Heairet, Wendy Wortman, Val Bourassa, Joel Godin, and Patty Gabbert
35 With Gail Gerber, Ad Min for Marc Belton, EVP
36 Before lunch, I was given an overview of Betty Crocker, her brands and how she has evolved over the years. Did you know that Betty Crocker has over 1 million Facebook fans?
37 Kathy Saatzer – Food Creative
38 A very delicious, quick, and easy appetizer - caramelized onion and peppered bacon flatbread made with a Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust with diced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and garnished with chopped basil.
39 Look for these at your grocery store checkout.
40 Julie Turnbull – Food Creative
41 A wonderful roasted beet salad with orange slices, chopped walnuts, and goat cheese with a fresh herb vinaigrette from the brand new 11th edition of the signature Betty Crocker cookbook in stores now!
42 Livia Calvo – Food Technician preparing tamales
43 Adriana Amione – Food Creative - serving tamales with oaxaca cheese and jalapeño filling - This recipe is from Que Rica Vida, a magazine geared towards Latina moms in the US.
44 These drinks were called Skinny Cocktails, made with gin, elder flower liqueur, fresh clementine juice, lime juice, club soda, and garnished with a slice of clementine. This was a sneak preview of a brand new recipe that will be a part of Betty Crocker’s Red Hot Holiday Trends coming out in November.
45 Ann Stuart – Food Creative
46 Lori Fox – Food Creative
47 Dessert was tiramisu cupcakes decorated with tiny chocolate curls.
48 They were made with Betty Crocker gluten-free yellow cake mix. They were quite yummy.
49 Special desserts were lemon brulée tarts, made especially for me, and cream wafer lemon stacks - a modernized version of a classic Betty Crocker recipe adding blueberry jam and lemon curd.
50 Mary Goetz – Food Creative
51 This is where the team stores their props for the many photo shoot they conduct in their in-house studios.
52 And this is one of the monitors showcasing one of the recipes from the day’s photo shoot .