Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune

Brooks Johnson

Star Tribune

Duluth, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Brooks:

University of Minnesota survey: 1 in 5 Americans prefer plant protein over meat

Omnivores will be hunting for more plant protein in the coming years, driving demand for alternatives. → Read More

Hormel braces for bird flu impact on Jennie-O business, plans more price hikes

The Minnesota company said latest bird flu outbreak will cause "large supply gaps" for the Jennie-O turkey brand this year. → Read More

Formula shortage could ease by late June, but feels far off to many Minnesota caregivers

Minnesota parents expressed exhaustion, desperation over on infant formula shortage Thursday at the Capitol in St. Paul. → Read More

FDA says it's moving quickly to fix persistent infant formula shortage

The agency says it is streamlining processes to combat empty shelves that are creating stress for parents and caregivers who rely on the nutrition to feed their babies. → Read More

Minnesota parents still struggling to find infant formula amid shortages

Abbott's Similac recall complicated an already tight supply of the crucial infant nutrition. → Read More

Shakopee's Rahr Corp. joins effort to diversify craft beer

The malt company announced at this week's Craft Brewers Conference in Minneapolis that it's committing $100,000 to fund the Harriet Baskerville Incubation Program's first year. → Read More

Locally raised halal meat presents new opportunities for Minnesota producers

Most halal goat meat now comes frozen from Australia and New Zealand, but there's an effort afoot to create a fresh, local supply. → Read More

Are Lucky Charms actually making people sick? General Mills finding no link.

Neither General Mills or the FDA have found any link between the cereal and recent reports, but the federal agency continues investigating consumer complaints. → Read More

Twin Cities inflation hit record 8.2% last month, with groceries and gas prices up

While prices are up, the metro area's inflation rate on food and fuel were less severe than the national average. → Read More

Greed or good business? A look at food company profits over the past year

Some big food and beverage companies have pushed up profit margins along with price increases, while others are just passing along the increased cost of doing business. → Read More

For the second year, Minnesota farmers saw profitability improve in 2021

Adjusted for inflation, last year was the second-most-profitable on record. It was also the second straight year of improved profitability for the state's farmers after seven years of barely breaking even. → Read More

General Mills tweaks formulas to stay ahead of supply chain woes

Profits were up 11% and sales were flat in the quarter ended Feb. 27. → Read More

General Mills, LeBron James foundation team up on Old El Paso taco restaurant

The Taco Shop by Old El Paso had its soft opening in Akron, Ohio, last month. → Read More

Minnesota hemp industry applauds legal fix to CBD question

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy on Wednesday returned legal clarity to CBD sales and possession in the state. → Read More

Can a new 3M technology help climate-proof our buildings?

3M's passive radiative cooling film used in SkyCool rooftop systems is now at use in several pilots, including North Market in Minneapolis. → Read More

Minnesota's birds, poultry industry at risk as avian flu closes in

Cases in Iowa, South Dakota flocks means outbreak likely in Minnesota, but it's possible to avoid a worst-case scenario. → Read More

Duluth's Allete buys solar developer for $165 million

Allete is acquiring New Energy Equity, a Maryland company that focuses on small-scale projects. → Read More

JonnyPops expands with Elk River plant as popsicle company hits 10 years

The Minnesota maker of frozen treats invests in a major expansion, aiming for faster growth over the next decade. → Read More

Toro acquires Spartan Mowers maker for $400 million

Arkansas-based Intimidator Group has "strong brand recognition" in the South, Toro said. → Read More

Cloth masks are out, N95s are in. Here's what you need to know.

Many experts now encourage the general public to use N95 and KN95 masks. Supplies, from 3M and others, aren't scarce any longer. → Read More