The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) selected General Mills as the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Black Pearl Award. The honor is given annually to one company for its efforts in advancing food safety and quality through consumer programs, employee relations, educational activities, adherence to standards, and support of the goals and objectives of IAFP.
As described in the IAFP release: With iconic brands like Cheerios, Annie’s, Yoplait, Nature Valley, La¨rabar, Pillsbury, Blue Buffalo and more, General Mills has been making food people love for more than 150 years. The company is proud to offer something for everyone, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. It works with farmers to source raw materials, produce food across more than 100 brands, and distribute that food to customers in retail, e-commerce, and convenience and foodservice settings, landing in the homes of consumers across 100 global markets. Throughout this process, General Mills generates $17 billion in sales annually. Food safety is its priority every step of the way.
General Mills also makes it their business to strengthen its communities and the planet. With 38,000 employees, the company believes in using its size as a force for good, and it is doing so by advancing sustainable farming, combating climate change, fighting hunger and supporting local schools.
Sponsored by F&H Food Equipment Company, the Black Pearl Award will be presented at IAFP’s Annual Meeting in Louisville, Ky., in July.