Cost Efficiency: General Mills

It's become an unfortunate reality for food manufacturers in recent years — input costs continue their relentless rise, but U.S. consumers are still pinching pennies in a stagnant economy. Passing along those rising costs has become a difficult proposition, but inaction is out of the question.

• Holistic Margin Management system is expected to result in $4 billion in supply chain productivity savings during the coming decade.
• Since 2010, packaging reduction on two major brands alone has cut the company's plastic use by 600,000 pounds per year, and its paperboard use by 6 million pounds per year.
• Computerized transportation management system reduced the company's transport fuel usage by 15% in its first year.

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