A Look Inside General Mills Tour. Take a tour inside of the headquarters of this big food brand! #PlatefullBloggerRetreat. Disclosure ~ I received an epic all-expense paid trip provided by General Mills. All opinions are 100% my own
A Look Inside General Mills Tour #PlatefullBloggerRetreat
I think I said “Thank You” about a million times. And I was constantly pinching myself the whole trip.
General Mills invited me….ME to be a part of their first ever Platefull Blogger Retreat. I joined 15 other amazing superstar bloggers on an amazing journey to Minneapolis, Minnesota to take a sneak peek behind the family company of General Mills. There was so much to be learned, seen and and of course….EAT! To say that I was abundantly blessed and so fortunate to be invited would be an understatement. So what does one do on an all-expense paid trip to General Mills?
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You Get Pampered
This was completely foreign to me. I do NOT get pampered, spoiled and get expensive ANYTHING paid for me. And when I do, it’s hard not to feel uncomfortable and stop myself from whipping out your wallet. Trying hard to focus on the positive instead of the price tag, I was amazed at the lengths the General Mills folks went to make us feel important, special and loved.
Spoiled with gifts
Breathtaking views from the 17th floor of a premiere hotel
Professional hair & make up session
Limo service everyday
Private car to and from the airport
You Eat….and Eat…and when you think there is no more food…you get competitive while you eat.
Breakfast in bed everyday
Gourmet dinners in some of the finest Minneapolis restaurants
An exclusive Platefull Blogger Retreat “Chopped” Challenge. Our mission was to grab one of the new General Mills products. Then be randomly put into teams of 3 and cook a dish inspired by our products. Sounds simple, right? WRONG! Thanks goodness I was surrounded by 2 professional cooks on my team. I wouldn’t have gotten very far on my recipe at all! With my amazing team we created Chicken Fingerlings Wrapped in Bacon with Blueberry BBQ Sauce thanks to General Mills’ new Nature Valley Blueberry Bars, Nature Valley Coconut Bars and Food Should Taste Good Peppercorn Crackers. While we didn’t win the grand prize (uh yeah, iPad minis!), we certainly felt like winners! I couldn’t stop smiling!
You take home the knowledge of General Mills’ mission and purpose.
The highlight of my trip was getting a behind the scenes tour of the General Mills facility. HUGE expanses of skyscraper buildings filled with rich history, loved products and most importantly, passionate people.
I had no idea how much General Mills cares about PEOPLE.
Their workers….grocery store, credit union, beautiful artwork cycled throughout the year, even treadmills to walk on WHILE you work.
Their consumers….constant research for the next best thing, 19 kitchens to test their products and retest, providing families with NOT just food or meals, but memories.
And at the end of the day, you realize that General Mills is just an amazing company.
This trip was so much more than a behind-the-scenes General Mills tour for me.
It was my first EVER all-expense paid trip. It reaffirmed for me that I am not just a blogger, but a darn good blogger. And having General Mills in my corner is just an amazing testimonial to the work I am doing.
WOW…what amazing, unforgettable memories in three short days! So for the millionth + 1 time, THANK YOU, General Mills!
Disclosure ~ I received a once in a lifetime epic all-expense paid trip by General Mills. I was seriously so blessed to even be chosen. While the trip was free, the opinions are 100% my own and the memories are priceless! Be sure to follow Saving Said Simply via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube for more reviews, giveaways and more.
Christina S says
What a great trip! And I’m sure it’s only your first of many all-expense paid pampered trips you’ll get to receive as an awesome blogger!
Hello lucky lady! That is a very awesome opportunity. Can I have a treadmill at my desk? What a cool thing they are doing. I can only hope to be cooking in their test kitchen one day!
What a cool trip so you are lucky you got to attend this! All that food looked amazing!
What a great trip! Who doesn’t love being pampered like that!
Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says
Holy wow, it sure seems like they treated you guys right! Look at all that amazing looking food-that gorgeous looking cupcake definitely captured my attention right off the bat 😉 LOL
Cam | Bibs and Baubles says
What a cool opportunity and the food!!!! Goodness, the food!!! Yum!
Carly Bellard says
How nice to get pampered! I would be heading home in my stretchy pants!
Liz Mays says
They make so many products that we use on a daily basis and love. I’m glad you had a great time!!!!
This looks like a lot of fun! I had a few friends who were invited to attend this! I’m so glad you were able to go!
Oh this looks amazing! What an amazing experience! I’m sure you had a blast!
Looks like you had an amazing time. I followed you on social media 🙂
Amanda Her says
I had no idea General Mills was headquartered in MN. Looks like a fun trip!
I’m so excited for you. I’d love to have done that. It must have been amazing.
Candy @ Candypolooza says
What a fablous trip!! Congrats on getting invited! Love General Mills!!
Looks like you had a wonderful time. I wish I could have gone. I always love eating.
That chopped challenge sounds fun and that food looks yummy! You definitely had a great trip!! 🙂
What an AWESOME trip! We love General Mills, and I am so jealous. The food looks DELICIOUS!