Mar 09, 2012 • By

News Bites – March 9, 2012

A new way to “take a hike,” how to tell if the food you have in your kitchen is going bad and something to make for your basketball-watching this weekend.

We have a good mix of news items today as we bring you another edition of “News Bites,” 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 makes Cheerios a serial business” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

*A look at innovation in the Cheerios franchise.

“Marketers Promoting a Granola Bar Hit the Trails in National Parks” – The New York Times

*The launch of Nature Valley Trail View – an interactive way to explore three national parks – is covered in this story from Andrew Adam Newman. We also blogged about Trail View, yesterday. This video gives you a preview.

“US food groups tailor recipes to Hispanics” – Financial Times

*Alan Rappeport reports on how food companies are increasingly looking to Hispanics with tailored products and additional advertising investment.

“When do food items really go bad?” – Fox News

*Tips from Jay Weinstein, a culinary professor at The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City, on what to look for with some of the most popular items in our kitchens.

“Almost half of millennials tweet while they eat, survey says” – CNET

*Do you pull out your smartphone and jump on Twitter when it’s time to eat? Chris Matyszczyk offers his thoughts on a survey from The Hartman Group that said 47 percent of millennials tweet while they eat.

Notable posts from various General Mills communities:

“Basketball Cupcakes” – Tablespoon

*Michelle Palm from Minneapolis (Pretty Fluffy Chicken) has a great treat for your college basketball parties. You also can find some appetizer ideas in “Betty Brackets – Magnificent Munchies.”

“Tips for healthy grocery shopping” – Valley Report (Green Giant)

*Advice for finding the right ingredients and foods for your family’s meals.

“Celebrating National Nutrition Month” – The Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition blog

*Michelle Tucker outlines some events for National Nutrition Month, including a LinkedIn live chat on March 21 with Dr. Robert Post, the Deputy Director of the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.

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

What would you like us to write about on “A Taste of General Mills”? Is there someone we should interview, inside or outside of General Mills? Is there a topic you’d like us to cover?

Let us know at

You can subscribe to posts from “A Taste of General Mills” via RSS or email.

Also, follow our updates and connect with General Mills on TwitterGoogle+LinkedIn and