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May 25, 2010

General Mills places in the top 5 on Working Mother’s Best Companies for Multicultural Women list

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Working Mother magazine today named General Mills as one of the 2010 Best Companies for Multicultural Women for the seventh consecutive year. General Mills ranks among the Top Five companies on this year’s list.

“Multicultural women make up a vital and growing representation of our employees around the world,” said Ken Charles, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for General Mills. “We understand the tremendous value that embracing diversity brings to our business, and we’re honored that Working Mother has consistently recognized our long-term commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing talented multicultural women.”

Working Mother praises General Mills’ results. “We are pleased to count General Mills as one of the Top 5 Working Mother Best Companies for Multicultural Women,” said Jennifer Owens, senior editor, Editorial Research & Initiatives. “Impressively, more than one-third of all female professionals of color were granted promotions or given lateral assignments to expand their career horizons last year.”

Profiled in the June/July issue of Working Mother magazine, General Mills is featured for its success in advancing women of color and for offering comprehensive resources such as its employee networks, mentoring and flexibility programs, and enriching development opportunities.

The complete 2010 Best Companies for Multicultural Women special report — including profiles of the winning companies and stories on diversity in corporate America — appears in the June/July issue of Working Mother.

Methodology
To be considered for the Best Companies for Multicultural Women recognition, each company applied and supplied Working Mother with data about the hiring, pay and promotion of multicultural employees.   Specifically, questions focus on the representation of multicultural women at the organization; recruitment; retention and advancement programs; and company culture.
For more information on the Best Companies for Multicultural Women, visit www.workingmother.com.

About General Mills
One of the world's leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Häagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2009 global net sales of US$15.9 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

For more information, contact:

Maerenn Jepsen
General Mills
763-764-6364