Feb 17, 2012 • By

News Bites – February 17, 2012

Ready for Mardi Gras? We’ve got some tips for your own party in this week’s “News Bites.” Also, are more men grocery shopping? Plus, hologram coupons are catching on. This is our weekly roundup of a few links that cover the food industry, General Mills and our blog categories. We also highlight content from other General Mills blogs and websites.

“General Mills, Target among ‘most reputable’ brands” – Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

*Katherine Grayson recaps the recent Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ) study, which asked consumers about the reputations of large U.S. companies.

“Gluten Free: Friend of Fad?” – FoodProcessing.com

*Eileen P. Acello examines the gluten-free trend concerning food manufacturers, retailers and consumers. (We have a post about the gluten-free trend coming on Monday Feb. 20, with GlutenFreely.com contributor Danna Korn.)

“Schnucks: More Men Shopping Stores” – Supermarket News

*Schnuck Markets says six percent more men are doing the primary grocery shopping in their household versus five years ago, mainly for more routine and immediate needs trips than women.

“CPGmatters: CPG Marketers Ready to Roll with Holograms” – RetailWire

*Dan Alaimo reports that most consumer packaged goods marketers will issue coupons bearing a special standardized hologram sometime in the coming months.

Notable posts from various General Mills communities:

“10 Best Mardi Gras Party Finds” – Tablespoon

*Tablespoon contributor Eden, from Los Angeles (“Sugar and Charm”), has a great list of things to keep in mind for your own Mardi Gras party.

“Save Time and Money by Batch Cooking” – Betty Crocker

*It sounds daunting, but Cheri Liefeld (“Adventures in the Kitchen”) can help you plan and create a month’s worth of meals, to eventually save you time in your day-to-day, busy family life.

“The Green Giant Valley Visit: Highlights from the event” – Valley Report (Green Giant)

*Last fall, Green Giant invited bloggers to Le Sueur, Minn. to see how they do what they do. From the farm to the research center, this post and video shares what that experience was like.

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