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General Mills Quarterly Dividend Declared
Company Holds 82nd Annual Shareholders Meeting


The General Mills Board of Directors today declared a quarterly dividend at the prevailing rate of $.28 per share, payable Nov. 1, 2010, to shareholders of record Oct. 11, 2010. General Mills (NYSE: GIS) and its predecessor firm have now paid dividends without reduction or interruption for 112 years.

In actions at General Mills' 82nd annual meeting held today in Minneapolis, shareholders elected the 14 directors nominated, approved the Executive Incentive Plan, ratified the appointment of KPMG LLP as the company's independent auditor, and provided an advisory vote supporting the company's executive compensation practices.

SOURCE: General Mills

General Mills
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"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this press release regarding General Mills, Inc.'s business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report or Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.