Privileged and Confidential
 
                         MANAGEMENT CONTINUITY AGREEMENT
 
         THIS AGREEMENT is entered into by and between General Mills, Inc., a
Delaware corporation (the "Company"), and ______________ (the "Executive"), as
of the 11th day of December, 1995.
 
         The Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board"), has determined
that it is in the best interests of the Company and its shareholders to assure
that the Company will have the continued dedication of the Executive,
notwithstanding the possibility, threat or occurrence of a Change of Control (as
defined below) of the Company. The Board believes it is essential to diminish
the inevitable distraction of the Executive by virtue of the personal
uncertainties and risks created by a pending or threatened Change of Control and
to encourage the Executive's full attention and dedication to the Company
currently and in the event of any threatened or pending Change of Control, and
to provide the Executive with compensation and benefit arrangements upon a
Change of Control which ensure that the compensation and benefits expectations
of the Executive will be satisfied and which are competitive with those of other
corporations. Therefore, in order to accomplish these objectives, the Board has
caused the Company to enter into this Agreement.
 
         NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:
 
         1. Certain Definitions. (a) The "Effective Date" shall mean the first
date during the Change of Control Period (as defined in Section 1(b)) on which a
Change of Control (as defined in Section 2) occurs. Anything in this Agreement
to the contrary notwithstanding, if a Change of Control occurs and if the
Executive's employment with the Company is terminated prior to the date on which
the Change of Control occurs, and if it is reasonably demonstrated by the
Executive that such termination of employment (i) was at the request of a third
party who has taken steps reasonably calculated to effect a Change of Control or
(ii) otherwise arose in connection with or anticipation of a Change of Control,
then for all purposes of this Agreement the "Effective Date" shall mean the date
immediately prior to the date of such termination of employment.
 
         (b) The "Change of Control Period" shall mean the period commencing on
the date hereof and ending on the third anniversary of the date hereof;
provided, however, that commencing on the date one year after the date hereof,
and on each annual anniversary of such date (such date and each annual
anniversary thereof shall be hereinafter referred to as the "Renewal Date"),
unless previously terminated, the Change of Control Period shall be
automatically extended so as to terminate three years from such Renewal Date,
unless at least 60 days prior to the Renewal Date the Company shall give notice
to the Executive that the Change of Control Period shall not be so extended.
 
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         2. Change of Control. For the purpose of this Agreement, a "Change of
Control" shall mean:
 
         (a) The acquisition by any individual, entity or group (within the
meaning of Section 13(d)(3) or 14(d)(2) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended (the "1934 Act")) (a "Person") of beneficial ownership (within the
meaning of Rule 13d-3 promulgated under the 1934 Act) of 20% or more of either
(i) the then outstanding shares of common stock of the Company (the "Outstanding
Company Common Stock") or (ii) the combined voting power of then outstanding
voting securities of the Company entitled to vote generally in the election of
directors (the "Outstanding Company Voting Securities"); provided, however, that
for purposes of this subsection (a), the following acquisitions shall not
constitute a Change of Control: (i) any acquisition directly from the Company;
(ii) any acquisition by the Company; (iii) any acquisition by any employee
benefit plan (or related trust) sponsored or maintained by the Company or any
corporation controlled by the Company; or (iv) any acquisition by any
corporation pursuant to a transaction which complies with clauses (i), (ii) and
(iii) of subsection (c) of this Section 2; and provided, further, that if any
Person's beneficial ownership of the Outstanding Company Voting Securities
reaches or exceeds 20% as a result of a transaction described in clause (i) or
(ii) above, and such Person subsequently acquires beneficial ownership of
additional voting securities of the Company, such subsequent acquisition shall
be treated as an acquisition that causes such Person to own 20% or more of the
Outstanding Company Voting Securities; or
 
         (b) Individuals who, as of the date hereof, constitute the Board (the
"Incumbent Board") cease for any reason to constitute at least a majority of the
Board; provided, however, that any individual becoming a director subsequent to
the date hereof whose election, or nomination for election by the Company's
shareholders, was approved by a vote of at least a majority of the directors
then comprising the Incumbent Board shall be considered as though such
individual were a member of the Incumbent Board, but excluding, for this
purpose, any such individual whose initial assumption of office occurs as a
result of an actual or threatened election contest with respect to the election
or removal of directors or other actual or threatened solicitation of proxies or
consents by or on behalf of a Person other than the Board; or
 
         (c) Consummation of a reorganization, merger or consolidation or sale
or other disposition of all or substantially all of the assets of the Company (a
"Business Combination"), in each case, unless, following such Business
Combination, (i) all or substantially all of the individuals and entities who
were the beneficial owners of the Outstanding Company Voting Securities
immediately prior to such Business Combination beneficially own, directly or
indirectly, more than 60% of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of
common stock and the combined voting power of the then outstanding voting
securities entitled to vote generally in the election of directors, as the case
may be, of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination (including,
without limitation, a corporation which as a result of such transaction owns the
Company or all or substantially all of the Company's assets either directly or
through one or more subsidiaries) in substantially the same proportions as their
ownership, immediately prior to such Business Combination of the Outstanding
Company Voting Securities, as the case may be, (ii) no Person
 
 
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(excluding any corporation resulting from such Business Combination or any
employee benefit plan (or related trust) of the Company or such corporation
resulting from such Business Combination) beneficially owns, directly or
indirectly, 20% or more of, respectively, the then outstanding shares of common
stock of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination or the
combined voting power of the then outstanding voting securities of such
corporation except to the extent that such ownership existed prior to the
Business Combination and (iii) at least a majority of the members of the board
of directors of the corporation resulting from such Business Combination were
members of the Incumbent Board at the time of the execution of the initial
agreement, or of the action of the Board, providing for such Business
Combination; or
 
         (d) Approval by the shareholders of the Company of a complete
liquidation or dissolution of the Company.
 
         3. Employment Period. The Company hereby agrees to continue the
Executive in its employ, and the Executive hereby agrees to remain in the employ
of the Company, subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, for the
period commencing on the Effective Date and ending on the second anniversary of
such date (the "Employment Period").
 
         4. Terms of Employment. (a) Position and Duties. (i) During the
Employment Period, (A) the Executive's position (including status, offices,
titles and reporting requirements), authority, duties and responsibilities shall
be at least commensurate in all material respects with the most significant of
those held, exercised and assigned at any time during the 120-day period
immediately preceding the Effective Date and (B) the Executive's services shall
be performed at the location where the Executive was employed immediately
preceding the Effective Date or any office or location less than 35 miles from
such location.
 
                  (ii) During the Employment Period, and excluding any periods
of vacation and sick leave to which the Executive is entitled, the Executive
agrees to devote reasonable attention and time during normal business hours to
the business and affairs of the Company and, to the extent necessary to
discharge the responsibilities assigned to the Executive hereunder, to use the
Executive's reasonable best efforts to perform faithfully and efficiently such
responsibilities.
 
         (b) Compensation. (i) Base Salary. During the Employment Period, the
Executive shall receive an annual base salary ("Annual Base Salary"), which
shall be paid at a monthly rate, at least equal to twelve times the highest
monthly base salary paid or payable, including any base salary or portion
thereof which has been earned but deferred, to the Executive by the Company and
its affiliated companies in respect of the twelve-month period immediately
preceding the month in which the Effective Date occurs. During the Employment
Period, the Annual Base Salary shall be reviewed no more than 12 months after
the last salary increase awarded to the Executive prior to the Effective Date
and thereafter at least annually. Any increase in Annual Base Salary shall not
serve to limit or reduce any other obligation to the Executive under this
Agreement. Annual Base Salary shall not be reduced after any such increase and
the term Annual Base Salary as utilized in this Agreement shall refer to Annual
Base Salary as so increased. As used in this Agreement, the term
 
 
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"affiliated companies" shall include any company controlled by, controlling or
under common control with the Company.
 
                  (ii) Annual Bonus. In addition to Annual Base Salary, the
Executive shall be awarded, for each fiscal year ending during the Employment
Period, an annual bonus (the "Annual Bonus") in cash at least equal to the
average of the Executive's bonuses paid under the Company's Executive Incentive
Plan, or any comparable bonus under any predecessor or successor plan, for the
last three full fiscal years prior to the Effective Date (annualized in the
event that the Executive was not employed by the Company for the whole of such
fiscal year) (the "Average Annual Bonus"). Each such Annual Bonus shall be paid
no later than the end of the third month of the fiscal year next following the
fiscal year for which the Annual Bonus is awarded, unless and to the extent that
the Executive shall elect to defer the receipt of all or a portion of such
Annual Bonus.
 
                  (iii) Incentive, Savings and Retirement Plans. During the
Employment Period, the Executive shall be entitled to participate in all
incentive, savings and retirement plans, practices, policies and programs
applicable generally to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies, but in no event shall such plans, practices, policies and programs
provide the Executive with incentive opportunities (measured with respect to
both regular and special incentive opportunities, to the extent, if any, that
such distinction is applicable), savings opportunities and retirement benefit
opportunities, in each case, less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most
favorable of those provided by the Company and its affiliated companies for the
Executive under such plans, practices, policies and programs as in effect at any
time during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or if
more favorable to the Executive, those provided generally at any time after the
Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.
 
                  (iv) Welfare Benefit Plans. During the Employment Period, the
Executive and/or the Executive's family, as the case may be, shall be eligible
for participation in and shall receive all benefits under welfare benefit plans,
practices, policies and programs provided by the Company and its affiliated
companies (including, without limitation, medical, prescription, dental,
disability, employee life, group life, accidental death and travel accident
insurance plans and programs) to the extent applicable generally to other peer
executives of the Company and its affiliated companies, but in no event shall
such plans, practices, policies and programs provide the Executive with benefits
which are less favorable, in the aggregate, than the most favorable of such
plans, practices, policies and programs in effect for the Executive at any time
during the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more
favorable to the Executive, those provided generally at any time after the
Effective Date to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.
 
                  (v) Expenses. During the Employment Period, the Executive
shall be entitled to receive prompt reimbursement for all reasonable expenses
incurred by the Executive in accordance with the most favorable policies,
practices and procedures of the Company and its affiliated companies in effect
for the Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately preceding
the Effective Date or, if
 
 
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more favorable to the Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter
with respect to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated
companies.
 
                  (vi) Fringe Benefits. During the Employment Period, the
Executive shall be entitled to fringe benefits, including, without limitation,
tax and financial planning services, payment of club dues, and, if applicable,
use of an automobile and payment of related expenses, in accordance with the
most favorable plans, practices, programs and policies of the Company and its
affiliated companies in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-day
period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the
Executive, as in effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other
peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.
 
                  (vii) Office and Support Staff. During the Employment Period,
the Executive shall be entitled to an office or offices of a size and with
furnishings and other appointments, and to exclusive personal secretarial and
other assistance, at least equal to the most favorable of the foregoing provided
to the Executive by the Company and its affiliated companies at any time during
the 120-day period immediately preceding the Effective Date or, if more
favorable to the Executive, as provided generally at any time thereafter with
respect to other peer executives of the Company and its affiliated companies.
 
                  (viii) Vacation. During the Employment Period, the Executive
shall be entitled to paid vacation in accordance with the most favorable plans,
policies, programs and practices of the Company and its affiliated companies as
in effect for the Executive at any time during the 120-day period immediately
preceding the Effective Date or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in
effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other peer executives of
the Company and its affiliated companies.
 
         5. Termination of Employment.(a) Death or Disability. The Executive's
employment shall terminate automatically upon the Executive's death during the
Employment Period. If the Company determines in good faith that the Disability
of the Executive has occurred during the Employment Period (pursuant to the
definition of Disability set forth below), it may give to the Executive written
notice in accordance with Section 12(b) of this Agreement of its intention to
terminate the Executive's employment. In such event, the Executive's employment
with the Company shall terminate effective on the 30th days after receipt of
such notice by the Executive (the "Disability Effective Date"), provided that,
within the 30 days after such receipt, the Executive shall not have returned to
full-time performance of the Executive's duties. For purposes of this Agreement,
"Disability" shall mean the absence of the Executive from the Executive's duties
with the Company on a full-time basis for 180 consecutive business days as a
result of incapacity due to mental or physical illness which is determined to be
total and permanent by a physician selected by the Company or its insurers and
acceptable to the Executive or the Executive's legal representative.
 
         (b) Cause. The Company may terminate the Executive's employment during
the Employment Period for Cause. For purposes of this Agreement, "Cause" shall
mean:
 
 
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                  (i) the willful and continued failure of the Executive to
         perform substantially the Executive's duties with the Company or one of
         its affiliates (other than any such failure resulting from incapacity
         due to physical or mental illness), after a written demand for
         substantial performance is delivered to the Executive by the Board or
         the Chief Executive Officer of the Company which specifically
         identifies the manner in which the Board or Chief Executive Officer
         believes that the Executive has not substantially performed the
         Executive's duties, or
 
                  (ii) the willful engaging by the Executive in illegal conduct
         or gross misconduct which is materially and demonstrably injurious to
         the Company.
 
For purposes of this provision, no act or failure to act, on the part of the
Executive, shall be considered "willful" unless it is done, or omitted to be
done, by the Executive in bad faith or without reasonable belief that the
Executive's action or omission was in the best interests of the Company. Any
act, or failure to act, based upon authority given pursuant to a resolution duly
adopted by the Board or upon the instructions of the Chief Executive Officer or
a senior officer of the Company or based upon the advice of counsel for the
Company shall be conclusively presumed to be done, or omitted to be done, by the
Executive in good faith and in the best interests of the Company. The cessation
of employment of the Executive shall not be deemed to be for Cause unless and
until there shall have been delivered to the Executive a copy of a resolution
duly adopted by the affirmative vote of not less than three-quarters of the
entire membership of the Board at a meeting of the Board called and held for
such purpose (after reasonable notice is provided to the Executive and the
Executive is given an opportunity, together with counsel, to be heard before the
Board), finding that, in the good faith opinion of the Board, the Executive is
guilty of the conduct described in subparagraph (i) or (ii) above, and
specifying the particulars thereof in detail.
 
         (c) Good Reason. The Executive's employment may be terminated by the
Executive for Good Reason. For purposes of this Agreement, "Good Reason" shall
mean:
 
                  (i) the assignment to the Executive of any duties inconsistent
         in any respect with the Executive's position (including status,
         offices, titles and reporting requirements), authority, duties or
         responsibilities as contemplated by Section 4(a) of this Agreement, or
         any other action by the Company which results in a diminution in such
         position, authority or duties or responsibilities, excluding for this
         purpose an isolated, insubstantial and inadvertent action not taken in
         bad faith and which is remedied by the Company promptly after receipt
         of notice thereof given by the Executive;
 
                  (ii) any failure by the Company to comply with any of the
         provisions of Section 4(b) of this Agreement, other than an isolated,
         insubstantial and inadvertent failure not occurring in bad faith and
         which is remedied by the Company promptly after receipt of notice
         thereof given by the Executive;
 
 
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                  (iii) the Company's requiring the Executive to be based at any
         office or location other than as provided in Section 4(a)(i)(B) hereof
         or the Company's requiring the Executive to travel on Company business
         to a substantially greater extent than required immediately prior to
         the Effective Date;
 
                  (iv) any purported termination by the Company of the
         Executive's employment otherwise than as expressly permitted by this
         Agreement; or
 
                  (v) any failure by the Company to comply with and satisfy
         Section 12(c) of this Agreement.
 
For purposes of this Section 5(c), any good faith determination of "Good Reason"
made by the Executive shall be conclusive.
 
         (d) Notice of Termination. Any termination by the Company for Cause, or
by the Executive for Good Reason, shall be communicated by Notice of Termination
to the other party hereto given in accordance with Section 13(b) of this
Agreement. For purposes of this Agreement, a "Notice of Termination" means a
written notice which (i) indicates the specific termination provision in this
Agreement relied upon, (ii) to the extent applicable, sets forth in reasonable
detail the facts and circumstances claimed to provide a basis for termination of
the Executive's employment under the provision so indicated and (iii) if the
Date of Termination (as defined below) is other than the date of receipt of such
notice, specifies the termination date (which date shall be not more than thirty
days after the giving of such notice). The failure by the Executive or the
Company to set forth in the Notice of Termination any fact or circumstance which
contributes to a showing of Good Reason or Cause shall not waive any right of
the Executive or the Company, respectively, hereunder or preclude the Executive
or the Company, respectively, from asserting such fact or circumstance in
enforcing the Executive's or the Company's rights hereunder.
 
         (e) Date of Termination. "Date of Termination" means (i) if the
Executive's employment is terminated by the Company for Cause, or by the
Executive for Good Reason, the date of receipt of the Notice of Termination or
any later date specified therein, as the case may be, (ii) if the Executive's
employment is terminated by the Company other than for Cause or Disability, the
Date of Termination shall be the date on which the Company notifies the
Executive of such termination and (iii) if the Executive's employment is
terminated by reason of death of Disability, the Date of Termination shall be
the date of death of the Executive or the Disability Effective Date, as the case
may be.
 
         6. Obligations of the Company upon Termination. (a) Good Reason; Other
Than for Cause, Death or Disability. If, during the Employment Period, the
Company shall terminate the Executive's employment other than for Cause or
Disability or the Executive shall terminate employment for Good Reason:
 
                  (i) the Company shall pay to the Executive in a lump sum in
         cash within 30 days after the Date of Termination the aggregate of the
         following amounts:
 
 
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                           A. the sum of (1) the Executive's Annual Base Salary
                  through the Date of Termination to the extent not theretofore
                  paid; and (2) the product of (x) the higher of (A) the Average
                  Annual Bonus (or, in the case of a new Executive who has not
                  yet received one full year's bonus, an amount equal to the
                  Executive's maximum annual bonus that could be payable under
                  the Executive Incentive Plan for the fiscal year that includes
                  the Effective Date) or (B) the Executive's annual bonus for
                  the last fiscal year (such higher amount being referred to as
                  the "Higher Annual Bonus") and (y) a fraction, the numerator
                  of which is the number of days in the current fiscal year
                  through the Date of Termination, and the denominator of which
                  is 365; (the sum of the amounts described in clauses (1) and
                  (2) shall be hereinafter referred to as the "Accrued
                  Obligations"); and
 
                           B. the amount equal to the product of (1) three and
                  (2) the sum of (x) the Executive's Annual Base Salary and (y)
                  the Higher Annual Bonus; and
 
                           C. an amount equal to the excess of (a) the actuarial
                  equivalent (utilizing actuarial assumptions no less favorable
                  to the Executive than the most favorable in effect under the
                  Company's qualified defined benefit retirement plan (the
                  "Retirement Plan") and any excess or supplemental retirement
                  plan in which the Executive participates (together, the
                  "SERP"), at any time since the day immediately prior to the
                  Effective Date) of the benefit under the Retirement Plan and
                  the SERP which the Executive would receive if the Executive's
                  employment continued for three years after the Date of
                  Termination assuming for this purpose that all accrued
                  benefits are fully vested, and, assuming that the Executive's
                  compensation in each of the three years is that required by
                  Section 4(b)(i) and Section 4(b)(ii), over (b) the actuarial
                  equivalent of the Executive's actual benefit (paid or
                  payable), if any, under the Retirement Plan and the SERP as of
                  the Date of Termination;
 
                  (ii) until the earlier to occur of (A) the date three years
         after the Executive's Date of Termination, or (B) the first day of the
         first month next following the Executive's 65th birthday, the Company
         shall continue benefits to the Executive and/or the Executive's family
         at least equal to those which would have been provided to them in
         accordance with the plans, programs, practices and policies described
         in Section 4(b)(iv) of this Agreement if the Executive's employment had
         not been terminated or, if more favorable to the Executive, as in
         effect generally at any time thereafter with respect to other peer
         executives of the Company and its affiliated companies and their
         families, provided, however, that if the Executive becomes reemployed
         with another employer and is eligible to receive medical or other
         welfare benefits under another employer provided plan, the medical and
         other welfare benefits described herein shall be secondary to those
         provided under such other plan during such applicable period of
         eligibility; and further subject that if at the Date of
 
 
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         Termination the Executive would not qualify for post-retirement
         benefits under the plans and programs then in effect for the reason
         that the Executive had not reached age 55, the Executive shall
         nevertheless be entitled to such benefits equal to the benefits the
         Executive would have received if the Executive was age 55 at the Date
         of Termination. For purposes of determining eligibility (but not the
         time of commencement of benefits) of the Executive for retiree benefits
         pursuant to such plans, practices, programs and policies, the Executive
         shall be considered to have remained employed until three years after
         the Date of Termination and to have retired on the last day of such
         period;
 
                  (iii) the Company shall, at its sole expense as incurred,
         provide the Executive with outplacement services the scope and provider
         of which shall be selected by the Executive in his or her sole
         discretion; and
 
                  (iv) to the extent not theretofore paid or provided, the
         Company shall timely pay or provide to the Executive any other amounts
         or benefits required to be paid or provided or which the Executive is
         eligible to receive under any plan, program, policy or practice of
         contract or agreement of the Company and its affiliated companies (such
         other amounts and benefits shall be hereinafter referred to as the
         "Other Benefits").
 
         (b) Death. If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason of the
Executive's death during the Employment Period, this Agreement shall terminate
without further obligations to the Executive's legal representatives under this
Agreement, other than for payment of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment
or provision of Other Benefits. Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the
Executive's estate or beneficiary, as applicable, in a lump sum in cash within
30 days of the Date of Termination.
 
         (c) Disability. If the Executive's employment is terminated by reason
of the Executive's Disability during the Employment Period, this Agreement shall
terminate without further obligations to the Executive, other than for payment
of Accrued Obligations and the timely payment or provision of Other Benefits.
Accrued Obligations shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within
30 days of the Date of Termination.
 
         (d) Cause; Other than for Good Reason. If the Executive's employment
shall be terminated for Cause during the Employment Period, or if the Executive
voluntarily terminates employment during the Employment Period, excluding a
termination for Good Reason, this Agreement shall terminate without further
obligations to the Executive, other than for Accrued Obligations and the timely
payment or provision of Other Benefits. In such case, all Accrued Obligations
shall be paid to the Executive in a lump sum in cash within 30 days of the Date
of Termination.
 
         (e) By the Company more than two years after the Effective Date. If the
Company shall terminate the Executive's employment for any reason other than for
Cause or Disability at any date that is more than two years after the Effective
Date, the Executive shall be entitled to receive the benefits specified under
clauses (i), (ii),
 
 
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(iii) and (iv) of paragraph (a) of Section 6, except that the word "three" in
subclause B. of clause (i) and the words "three years" in subclause C. of clause
(i) and clause (ii) shall be replaced with "one" and "one year," respectively.
 
         (f) By the Executive during the Window Period. Anything in this
Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding, a termination by the Executive for
any reason during the 30-day period immediately following the first anniversary
of the Effective Date shall be deemed to be a termination for Good Reason for
all purposes of this Agreement, and the Executive shall be entitled to receive
the benefits specified in paragraph (a) of Section 6, except that the word
"three" shall be replaced with the word "two" in each place where it appears in
said paragraph (a) of Section 6.
 
         7. Non-exclusivity of Rights. Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent
or limit the Executive's continuing or future participation in any plan,
program, policy or practice provided by the Company or any of its affiliated
companies and for which the Executive may qualify, nor, subject to Section
13(f), shall anything herein limit or otherwise affect such rights as the
Executive may have under any contract or agreement with the Company or any of
its affiliated companies. Amounts which are vested benefits or which the
Executive is otherwise entitled to receive under any plan, policy, practice or
program of or any contract or agreement with the Company or any of its
affiliated companies at or subsequent to the Date of Termination shall be
payable in accordance with such plan, policy, practice or program or contract or
agreement except as explicitly modified by this Agreement.
 
         8. Full Settlement. The Company's obligation to make the payments
provided for in this Agreement and otherwise to perform its obligations
hereunder shall not be affected by any set-off, counterclaim, recoupment,
defense or other claim, right or action which the Company may have against the
Executive or others. In no event shall the Executive be obligated to seek other
employment or take any other action by way of mitigation of the amounts payable
to the Executive under any of the provisions of this Agreement and such amounts
shall not be reduced whether or not the Executive obtains other employment. The
Company agrees to pay as incurred, to the full extent permitted by law, all
legal fees and expenses which the Executive may reasonably incur as a result of
any contest (regardless of the outcome thereof) by the Company, the Executive or
others of the validity or enforceability of, or liability under, any provision
of this Agreement or any guarantee of performance thereof (including as a result
of any contest by the Executive about the amount of any payment pursuant to this
Agreement), plus in each case interest on any delayed payment at the applicable
Federal rate provided for in Section 7872(f)(2)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code
of 1986, as amended (the "Code").
 
         9. Certain Additional Payments by the Company.
 
         (a) Anything in this Agreement to the contrary notwithstanding and
except as set forth below, in the event it shall be determined that any payment
or distribution by the Company to or for the benefit of the Executive (whether
paid or payable or distributed or distributable pursuant to the terms of this
Agreement or otherwise, but determined without regard to any additional payments
required under this Section 9) (a "Payment") would be subject to the excise tax
imposed by Code Section 4999 or any interest or penalties are incurred by the
Executive with respect to such excise tax
 
 
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(such excise tax, together with any such interest and penalties, are hereinafter
collectively referred to as the "Excise Tax"), then the Executive shall be
entitled to receive an additional payment (a "Gross-Up Payment") in an amount
such that after payment by the Executive of all taxes (including any interest or
penalties imposed with respect to such taxes), including, without limitation,
any income taxes (and any interest and penalties imposed with respect thereto)
and Excise Tax imposed upon the Gross-Up Payment, the Executive retains an
amount of the Gross-Up Payment equal to the Excise Tax imposed upon the
Payments.
 
         (b) Subject to the provisions of Section 9(c), all determinations
required to be made under this Section 9, including whether and when a Gross-Up
Payment is required and the amount of such Gross-Up Payment and the assumptions
to be utilized in arriving at such determination, shall be made by KPMG Peat
Marwick LLP or such other certified public accounting firm as may be designated
by the Executive (the "Accounting Firm") which shall provide detailed supporting
calculations both to the Company and the Executive within 15 business days of
the receipt of notice from the Executive that there has been a Payment, or such
earlier time as is requested by the Company. In the event that the Accounting
Firm is serving as accountant or auditor for the individual, entity or group
effecting the Change of Control, the Executive shall appoint another nationally
recognized accounting firm to make the determinations required hereunder (which
accounting firm shall then be referred to as the Accounting Firm hereunder). All
fees and expenses of the Accounting Firm shall be borne solely by the Company.
Any Gross-Up Payment, as determined pursuant to this Section 9, shall be paid by
the Company to the Executive within five days of the receipt of the Accounting
Firm's determination. Any determination by the Accounting Firm shall be binding
upon the Company and the Executive. As a result of the uncertainty in the
application of Code Section 4999 at the time of the initial determination by the
Accounting Firm hereunder, it is possible that Gross-Up Payments which will not
have been made by the Company should have been made ("Underpayment"), consistent
with the calculations required to be made hereunder. In the event that the
Company exhausts its remedies pursuant to Section 9(c) and the Executive
thereafter is required to make a payment of any Excise Tax, the Accounting Firm
shall determine the amount of the Underpayment that has occurred and any such
Underpayment shall be promptly paid by the Company to or for the benefit of the
Executive.
 
         (c) The Executive shall notify the Company in writing of any claim by
the Internal Revenue Service that, if successful, would require the payment by
the Company of the Gross-Up Payment. Such notification shall be given as soon as
practicable but no later than ten business days after the Executive is informed
in writing of such claim and shall apprise the Company of the nature of such
claim and the date on which such claim is requested to be paid. The Executive
shall not pay such claim prior to the expiration of the 30-day period following
the date on which he or she gives such notice to the Company (or such shorter
period ending on the date that any payment of taxes with respect to such claim
is due). If the Company notifies the Executive in writing prior to the
expiration of such period that it desires to contest such claim, the Executive
shall:
 
                  (i) give the Company any information reasonably requested by
         the Company relating to such claim,
 
 
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                  (ii) take such action in connection with contesting such claim
         as the Company shall reasonably request in writing from time to time,
         including, without limitation, accepting legal representation with
         respect to such claim by an attorney reasonably selected by the
         Company,
 
                  (iii) cooperate with the Company in good faith in order to
         effectively contest such claim, and
 
                  (iv) permit the Company to participate in any proceedings
         relating to such claim;
 
provided, however, that the Company shall bear and pay directly all costs and
expenses (including additional interest and penalties) incurred in connection
with such contest and shall indemnify and hold the Executive harmless, on an
after-tax basis, for any Excise Tax or income tax (including interest and
penalties with respect thereto) imposed as a result of such representation and
payment of costs and expenses. Without limitation on the foregoing provisions of
this Section 9(c), the Company shall control all proceedings taken in connection
with such contest and, at its sole option, may pursue or forgo any and all
administrative appeals, proceedings, hearings and conferences with the taxing
authority in respect of such claim and may, at its sole option, either direct
the Executive to pay the tax claimed and sue for a refund or contest the claim
in any permissible manner, and the Executive agrees to prosecute such contest to
a determination before any administrative tribunal, in a court of initial
jurisdiction and in one or more appellate courts, as the Company shall
determine; provided, however, that if the Company directs the Executive to pay
such claim and sue for a refund, the Company shall advance the amount of such
payment to the Executive, on an interest-free basis and shall indemnify and hold
the Executive harmless, on an after-tax basis, from any Excise Tax or income tax
(including interest or penalties with respect thereto) imposed with respect to
such advance or with respect to any imputed income with respect to such advance;
and further provided that any extension of the statute of limitations relating
to payment of taxes for the taxable year of the Executive with respect to which
such contested amount is claimed to be due is limited solely to such contested
amount. Furthermore, the Company's control of the contest shall be limited to
issues with respect to which a Gross-Up Payment would be payable hereunder and
the Executive shall be entitled to settle or contest, as the case may be, any
other issue raised by the Internal Revenue Service or any other taxing
authority.
 
         (d) If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount advanced by the
Company pursuant to Section 9(c), the Executive becomes entitled to receive any
refund with respect to such claim, the Executive shall (subject to the Company's
complying with the requirements of Section 9(c)) promptly pay to the Company the
amount of such refund (together with any interest paid or credited thereon after
taxes applicable thereto). If, after the receipt by the Executive of an amount
advanced by the Company pursuant to Section 9(c), a determination is made that
the Executive shall not be entitled to any refund with respect to such claim and
the Company does not notify the Executive in writing of its intent to contest
such denial of refund prior to the expiration of 30 days after such
determination, then such advance shall be
 
 
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forgiven and shall not be required to be repaid and the amount of such advance
shall offset, to the extent thereof, the amount of Gross-Up Payment required to
be paid.
 
         10. Confidential Information. The Executive shall hold in a fiduciary
capacity for the benefit of the Company all secret or confidential information,
knowledge or data relating to the Company or any of its affiliated companies,
and their respective businesses, which shall have been obtained by the Executive
during the Executive's employment by the Company or any of its affiliated
companies and which shall not be or become public knowledge (other than by acts
by the Executive or representatives of the Executive in violation of this
Agreement). After termination of the Executive's employment with the Company,
the Executive shall not, without the prior written consent of the Company or as
may otherwise be required by law or legal process, communicate or divulge any
such information, knowledge or data to anyone other than the Company and those
designated by it. In no event shall an asserted violation of the provisions of
this Section 10 constitute a basis for deferring or withholding any amounts
otherwise payable to the Executive under this Agreement.
 
         11. Supplemental Trust. The Company has established a Supplemental
Benefits Trust with Norwest Bank Minnesota, N.A. as Trustee to hold assets of
the Company under certain circumstances as a reserve for the discharge of the
Company's obligations under this Agreement and certain plans of deferred
compensation of the Company. In the event of a Change of Control as defined in
Section 1 hereof, the Company shall be obligated to immediately contribute such
amounts to the Trust as may be necessary to fully fund all benefits that may
become payable under Sections 6(a), 6(e) or 9 of the Agreement. Executives shall
have the right to demand and secure specific performance of this provision. All
assets held in the Trust remain subject only to the claims of the Company's
general creditors whose claims against the Company are not satisfied because of
the Company's bankruptcy or insolvency (as those terms are defined in the Trust
Agreement). The Executive does not have any preferred claim on, or beneficial
ownership interest in, any assets of the Trust before the assets are paid to the
Executive and all rights created under the Trust, as under this Agreement, are
unsecured contractual claims of the Executive against the Company.
 
         In the event the funding of the Trust described in the preceding
paragraph does not occur, upon written demand by the Executive given at any time
after a Change of Control occurs, the Company shall deposit in trust with an
institutional trustee (the "Trustee") designated by the Executive in such demand
amounts which may become payable to the Executive pursuant to Sections 6(a),
6(b) or 9 with irrevocable instructions to pay amounts to the Executive when due
in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. All fees, expenses and other
charges of the Trustee shall be paid by the Company. The Trustee shall be
entitled to rely conclusively on the Executive's written statement as to the
fact that payments are due under this Agreement and the amount of such payments.
If the Trustee is not notified that payments are due under this Agreement within
two years and 60 days after receipt of a deposit hereunder, all amounts
deposited with the Trustees and earnings with respect thereto shall be delivered
to the Company on demand.
 
 
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         12. Successors. (a) This Agreement is personal to the Executive and
without the prior written consent of the Company shall not be assignable by the
Executive otherwise than by will or the laws of descent and distribution. This
Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be enforceable by the Executive's
legal representatives.
 
         (b) This Agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon
the Company and its successors and assigns.
 
         (c) The Company will require any successor (whether direct or indirect,
by purchase, merger, consolidation or otherwise) to all or substantially all of
the business and/or assets of the Company to assume expressly and agree to
perform this Agreement in the same manner and to the same extent that the
Company would be required to perform it if no such succession had taken place.
As used in this Agreement, "Company" shall mean the Company as hereinbefore
defined and any successor to its business and/or assets as aforesaid which
assumes and agrees to perform this Agreement by operation of law, or otherwise.
 
         13. Miscellaneous. (a) This Agreement shall be governed by and
construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota, without
reference to principles of conflict of laws. The captions of this Agreement are
not part of the provisions hereof and shall have no force or effect. This
Agreement may not be amended or modified otherwise than by a written agreement
executed by the parties hereto or their respective successors and legal
representatives.
 
         (b) All notices and other communications hereunder shall be in writing
and shall be given by hand delivery to the other party or by registered or
certified mail, return receipt requested, postage prepaid, addressed as follows:
 
                  If to the Executive:
 
 
 
 
                  If to the Company:    General Mills, Inc.
                                        Number One General Mills Boulevard
                                        Minneapolis, Minnesota 55426
                                        Attention: General Counsel
 
or to such other address as either party shall have furnished to the other in
writing in accordance herewith. Notice and communications shall be effective
when actually received by the addressee.
 
         (c) The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this
Agreement shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision
of this Agreement.
 
         (d) The Company may withhold from any amounts payable under this
Agreement such Federal, state, local or foreign taxes as shall be required to be
withheld pursuant to any applicable law or regulation.
 
 
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         (e) The Executive's or the Company's failure to insist upon strict
compliance with any provision of this Agreement or the failure to assert any
right the Executive or the Company may have hereunder, including, without
limitation, the right of the Executive to terminate employment for Good Reason
pursuant to Section 5(c)(i)-(v) of this Agreement, shall not be deemed to be a
waiver of such provision or right or any other provision or right of this
Agreement.
 
         (f) The Executive and the Company acknowledge that, except as may
otherwise be provided under any other written agreement between the Executive
and the Company, the employment of the Executive by the Company is "at will"
and, subject to Section 1(a) hereof, prior to the Effective Date, the
Executive's employment and/or this Agreement may be terminated by either the
Executive or the Company at any time prior to the Effective Date, in which case
the Executive shall have no further rights under this Agreement. From and after
the Effective Date this Agreement shall supersede any other agreement between
the parties with respect to the subject matter hereof.
 
         IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Executive has hereunto set his or her hand and,
pursuant to the authorization from its Board of Directors, the Company has
caused these presents to be executed in its name on its behalf, all as of the
date first above written.
 
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                                                [Executive]
 
                                        GENERAL MILLS, INC.
 
 
                                        By:
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