Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food giant General Mills (NYSE: GIS) earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at General Mills' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

General Mills facts

Headquarters (founded)

Minneapolis (1928)

Market Cap

$22.86 billion

Industry

Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$14.88 billion

Management

CEO Kendall Powell (since 2007)

CFO Donal Mulligan (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

26.6%

Cash/Debt

$566.3 million / $7.05 billion

Dividend Yield

3.1%

Competitors

Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB)

Kellogg (NYSE: K)

PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,020 members who have rated General Mills believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include BlaiseAdams and taylor4u.

Just last week, BlaiseAdams tapped the stock as a tasty opportunity: "General Mills is the best in its class of major food manufacturers. Food companies will do well as the world economy continues to suffer."

General Mills' rock-solid financials and market-leading brands continue to support its four-star CAPS rating. Over the past three years, General Mills has even grown its bottom line at a faster pace (11.7% per annum) than rivals like Campbell (-0.6%), Kellogg (3.6%), and PepsiCo (0.9%), as well as other food giants like ConAgra (NYSE: CAG) (-0.6%) and H.J. Heinz (NYSE: HNZ) (3.1%).

CAPS member taylor4u elaborates on the bull case:

General Mills has been great at streamlining costs without just slashing costs to meet the numbers. There seems to be stable growth in the US Retail and International segments. Europe is the only weak spot but I think Europeans will continue to buy cereal no matter what financial shape their government is in or what their retirement age is.

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