Dec 16, 2011 • By

News Bites – December 16, 2011

Yoplait is extending its global reach, grocery shoppers are planning ahead more before they go to the store, and we decorated 2,000 sugar cookies in the Betty Crocker Kitchens.

Those stories are included in today’s “News Bites” for Dec. 16, 2011:

“Yoplait hits store shelves with local partner and flavours” –

*Manoj Nair has the details on how Yoplait and Abu Dhabi’s Agthia Group are bringing Yoplait products to the United Arab Emirates.

“Governor Cuomo Announces that General Mills will Donate Thousands of Boxes of Cereal and Cans of Soup to Food Banks as Part of “Help Your Neighbor” Initiative” – N.Y. Governor’s office

*New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced our donation of Big G cereals and Progresso soup to food banks in New York.

“General Mills Pilots Hispanic Online Sampling Effort to Reach Consumers with New Product Sneak Preview” –

*A General Mills website for Hispanic families in the U.S. – Qué Rica Vida – just announced a way for members to sample new products before they are available in stores.

“The Why Behind the Buy” – Progressive Grocer

*A new report says grocery shoppers are taking an extremely prepared and educated approach to the grocery trip.

“Some holiday foods are nutritious and low in calories” – USA Today

*Nanci Hellmich passes along some holiday party tips from nutrition blogger Bonnie Taub-Dix.

Notable posts from various General Mills communities:

“Two Thousand Christmas Cookies” – Andi’s blog

*Andi Bidwell includes some great photos in her blog post about a recent project in the Betty Crocker Kitchens to decorate cookies for local food shelves.

“Rainbow Pinwheel Cookies” – Tablespoon

*Michele Palm (Jelly Shot Test Kitchen) created one of the most colorful cookies I’ve ever seen.

“Delicious appetizers for holiday entertaining” – Valley Report (Green Giant)

*Green Giant shares recipes for Baked Spinach Artichoke Dip, Beer-Cheese Fondue and Mushroom Olive Bruschetta.

“Sharing Our Expertise to Nourish Lives: General Mills’ Efforts In Africa” – The Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition blog

*Indra Mehrotra writes about her involvement with Partners in Food Solutions, as one of more than 300 General Mills employee volunteers who are donating their time and expertise to help solve technical issues for small and medium size millers and food processors in Africa.

Editor’s note: Is there a blog or website we should be reading, and including on this weekly list?

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