Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food giant General Mills (NYSE: GIS) has earned a coveted five-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 $24.5 billion
Industry Packaged foods and meats
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $16.2 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Kendall Powell
Vice President/CFO Donal Mulligan
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 25.4%
Cash/Debt $486.1 million / $7.6 billion
Dividend Yield 3.2%
Competitors Danone
Seneca Foods

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,142 members who have rated General Mills believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bulls, All-Star TMF1000, tapped General Mills as a particularly tasty defensive selection:

They pay a $1.22 annual dividend. I feel it is one more good one to help stabilize a portfolio during rough times. It provides multi-decade inflation fighting element. It also only went down 33% during the Great recession. This will add some protection.

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