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General Mills, Mars make Fortune's 2014 "Best Companies to Work For" List

Mars Fortune Best Places to Work For

NEW YORK -- Snack, food and candy makers General Mills Inc. and Mars Inc. were among the convenience store industry companies that ranked on Fortune magazine's "Best Companies to Work For" list for 2014, joining retailers QuikTrip and Sheetz.

Each company earned its place on the list for its workplace practices, policies and procedures, and from employee feedback on company culture and work environment that Fortune gathered through independent surveys.

General Mills

Minneapolis-based General Mills placed at No. 64 on this year's list. It has made the list 11 times since first appearing in 1998.

"We believe investing in talent is a key ingredient to our organization's success," said Mike Davis, executive vice president of global human resources for General Mills. "Without a doubt, workplace culture and business performance go hand-in-hand, so we strive to develop our employees by giving them opportunities both inside and outside of the company to stretch and grow. By doing so, we encourage employees to achieve their best while ensuring strong leadership for the future."

Click here to read the "inside story" on General Mills' "Best Companies" ranking, including detail on perks and hiring, as well as to read what employees say about their company.

General Mills, with fiscal 2013 worldwide sales of $17.8 billion, is one of the world's leading food companies. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki and more.


McLean. Va.-based Mars ranked at No. 76 for 2014; in 2013, it took the No. 95 slot.

"Great people build great businesses. Our Mars Associates are behind our winning culture, the success of our iconic brands and our generations of growth as a company," commented Paul S. Michaels, president at Mars. "We want to give Associates the opportunity to have a long, rewarding career at Mars, so we invest seriously in growth and development. This pays dividends in the talent and abilities of our team and the retention of the best and the brightest. We are honored to be recognized by Fortune magazine for our Associates' continued dedication in making a Mars a great place to work."

Click here to read the "inside story" on Mars' "Best Companies" ranking, including detail on perks and hiring, as well as to read what employees say about their company.

Based in McLean, Va., Mars Inc. has net sales of more than $30 billion and six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience. Mars brands include Chocolate: M&M's, Snickers, Dove, Galaxy, Mars, Milky Way and Twix; Petcare: Pedigree, Whiskas, Sheba, Cesar and Royal Canin; Wrigley: Orbit, Extra, Starburst, Doublemint and Skittles; Food: Uncle Ben's, Dolmio, Ebly, Masterfoods and Seeds of Change; Drinks: Alterra Coffee Roasters, The Bright Tea Co., Klix and Flavia; and Symbioscience: Seramis, Cirku and Cocoavia.