Columbia Management Comments on General Mills
We closed our position in General Mills (GIS) during the quarter. The diversified food products maker is a high-quality name, but management addressed the explosion in demand for the Greek yogurt too late in our view. (Yogurt is approximately 9% of sales at General Mills.) Additionally, rising input costs for cereal and increasing competition in the category have been squeezing net margins. With declining potential for stock gains, we elected to close the position.
From Columbia Wanger’s fourth quarter commentary.