"We serve the world by making food people love."

Despite the fact that General Mills has been around for a long time— celebrating its 150th year in 2016—the company has always been forward-looking and future-focused. As General Mills has grown and expanded the company has always taken seriously the responsibility of big companies to do “big good.” Today, that big good is visible in the many communities where General Mills is located around the world. The General Mills Foundation, the charitable arm of the company, is focused on increasing food security and advancing sustainable agriculture, along with strengthening hometown communities. Its partnership with Partners in Food Solutions checks all of those boxes.

PFS actually began as an internal employee volunteer program at General Mills in 2009. The idea was that General Mills could have the biggest impact on reducing food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa by leveraging the expertise and experience of their highly skilled workforce to address some of the underlying contributors to the problem—in this case, strengthening Africa-based small and growing food companies.

General Mills sees a dual benefit in the practice of “intellectual philanthropy”—the sharing of know-how. It’s a wonderful way to have a positive impact on our world, and it is also a great way to develop their employees. The company knows that the time and energy spent on PFS enriches their employees, helping them to sharpen and refine their skills. They know that volunteering with PFS develops better leaders, communicators, and project managers, it gives their employees global exposure, and it can even be used as a recruiting incentive. They know that these experiences will come back to benefit the company.

General Mills
General Mills, the founding member of Partners in Food Solutions, is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 150,000 people in 70 countries.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, in particular production technologies and services for producing foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a over 10,000 employees worldwide.
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, PA, is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks.
Ardent Mills
Ardent Mills is dedicated to helping our customers innovate and grow, with the industry’s broadest range of flours, mixes, blends and specialty products.
Inspired by more than 120 years of business success and five generations of family leadership, The J. M. Smucker Company makes food that people and pets love. The Company’s portfolio of 40+ brands, which are found in 90 percent of U.S. homes and countless restaurants, include iconic products consumers have always loved such as Folgers, Jif and Milk-Bone plus new favorites like Café Bustelo, Smucker’s Uncrustables and Rachael Ray Nutrish.