General Mills joins NC Research Campus

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- General Mills is joining the North Carolina Research Campus where it will work with other companies on agricultural and nutrition issues.

Multiple media outlets reported General Mills says two employees will begin working in June at the Kannapolis biotech complex. A spokeswoman for the Minneapolis maker of products including Cheerios says the workers will focus their research on vegetables and whole grains.

Billionaire Dole Food owner David Murdock's $1.5 billion, 350-acre campus is made up of five buildings. General Mills has leased a 1,500-square-foot space in one of the buildings.

Other companies on the campus include Monsanto, LabCorp and Dole. Public colleges include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, N.C. State University and Duke, among others.

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