Fortune 500 rank: 193
2008 revenue: $13.7 billion
2008 total shareholder return: 9.4%
With more consumers eating at home to save money, the maker of Wheaties, Gold Medal flour and Haagen-Dazs saw sales jump almost 10% last year to $13.6 billion. With that healthy growth - not to mention a solid dividend yield - shares of General Mills gained more than 9% in 2008.