Apr 16, 2013 • By

CNBC’s ‘Street Signs’ stops in Minneapolis

Growing General Mills’ businesses around the world is a “tremendous opportunity for us,” said Ken Powell, chairman and CEO of General Mills, during a live interview on CNBC TV’s “Street Signs” program last Thursday.

Street Signs was broadcasting live from our hometown of Minneapolis as part of a feature series called “Opportunity USA” where CNBC visits different cities across the U.S. to talk to local business leaders about the economy and the innovation their cities are known for. San Diego and Houston were the previous stops on last week’s three-city tour.

Co-anchor Brian Sullivan interviewed Powell on General Mills’ growing international business, the economy, and our commitment to developing talented employees around the world.

Powell highlighted the company’s businesses in emerging markets such as China, Brazil and India, where the rising number of middle class consumers has created big opportunities for global food companies.

So why did Street Signs decide to visit Minneapolis for a series called “Opportunity USA?”

During the show, Sullivan highlighted the strengths of the Minneapolis-St. Paul local economy, including the high number of FORTUNE 500 companies headquartered in the area, an unemployment rate below the national average, and a productive workforce.

Other guests on the program included Janel Klein, anchor/reporter at KARE 11 News, R.T. Rybak, the mayor of Minneapolis, Carol Schlief, regional chief investment officer at Abbot Downing, and Richard Brown, chairman and CEO of JNBA Financial Advisors.

Can any of you Minnesota-based readers of A Taste of General Mills guess the iconic downtown Minneapolis location of the interviews?