WhiteWave Foods named Finalist in Denver Business Journal’s 2014 Partners in Philanthropy awards

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The Denver Business Journal recently announced the winners and finalists of this year’s Partners in Philanthropy awards, which judges companies on their philanthropic commitment to the community, integration of their charitable commitment into their company culture and more. WhiteWave Foods was chosen as a finalist from more than 30 companies nominated for the awards as a result of our ongoing commitment to effect positive change in our communities.

WhiteWave employees volunteer with local organizations such as Community Food Share (CFS) year-round, and dedicate the entire month of October to giving back as part of an initiative we call Share What We Do Well Month. Our company culture promotes community engagement both in- and outside of the workplace, and emphasizes the importance of caring for the people and places that surround us.

It is an honor to be chosen as a finalist in this year’s Partners in Philanthropy awards, and we look forward to improving our communities in more and more ways into the future.

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Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes!

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Tired of bringing the same ol’ dishes to the table every year? Mix things up this Thanksgiving with these delicious recipes from our brands!

No matter how you plan to cook your turkey this year, these tasty courses will have the whole family coming back for seconds… and probably thirds.

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WhiteWave Foods receives 2014 Green Supply Chain Award

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Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine recently announced the recipients of the seventh annual Green Supply Chain Awards, which “recognize companies making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy, and are working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and/or supply chains.” Along with roughly 60 companies of the 200 considered, WhiteWave Foods received an award for making responsibly and sustainably produced foods a cornerstone of our mission.

We are honored to receive this year’s Green Supply Chain Award, an award that will serve to inspire our employees as we discover and utilize new ways of reducing our impact on the planet. Committing to sustainability is critical across all segments of our business, which is why we work hard to source from farmers and suppliers that are fully compliant with applicable laws and adhere to global initiatives promoting sustainable agricultural practices. When it comes to product packaging, our actions are guided by three sustainability principles: minimize environmental impact by selecting the right materials; optimize our packaging for both upstream and downstream impact; and engage and educate consumers and retail customers about packaging best practices. Adhering to principles like these help us maintain our commitment to social and environmental sustainability with every decision we make.

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Movember 2014!

If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to shave the beard and keep the stache or grow a fresh new mouth brow to show off to the world, look no further. Throughout Movember (formerly known as November), men across the world are being challenged by the Movember Foundation to grow their moustaches to spark conversations and raise funds to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Since 2004, over 4 million moustaches have been grown and the Movember Foundation has invested in over 800 programs globally aimed at tackling these challenges. And they won’t stop growing until serious men’s health issues cease to exist.

Group Movember 2013In support of the cause, a group of WhiteWave employees have formed Team No-Shaver WhiteWaver to grow their “Mo’s” to change the face of men’s health. The team has raised over a thousand dollars thus far and will continue to let their whiskers grow as the month rolls on, educating fellow employees, friends and family of the significance behind the staches they wear so well.

Whether you’re growing a handlebar, pencil, Dalí, Fu Manchu or walrus moustache this Movember, be sure to get involved and help the Movember Foundation achieve their vision to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

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Sharing What We Do Well in 2014, Continued

This year’s Share What We Do Well Month was a huge success. WhiteWave employees volunteered with numerous organizations across the U.S. to improve local communities. Learning about our employees’ efforts throughout the month is inspiring and uplifting, and reminds us of the significance of our work.

Kyle Watts of the Horizon Marketing team here in Colorado recently shared this story with us, and we felt it was one worth highlighting with our fellow grazers:

We worked with the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks division to clear cattle fencing damaged from the floods. It was a fantastic experience with a lot of sweat, heavy lifting, hauling and ultimately, progress. We were able to remove hundreds of feet of barbed wire fencing and fence posts while enjoying beautiful views of the mountains, as well as witnessing pelicans! There were pelicans in the lake in the middle of this property; apparently they stop over on their migration route. Swans, cranes and hawks were all over as well; we were educated that the area we were working in is an important bird habitat. We also learned about what caused the floods, and how a 1,000-year flood shaped these low-lying landscapes permanently. Our guide pointed to bluffs and ridges formed by floods thousands of years ago to reinforce that point, and explained that we witnessed a major event in our area’s geological history. It was a beautiful day, full of productive, hard work and everyone also walked away with a stronger appreciation for the natural beauty of our state and surrounding area.

A big thanks goes out to Kyle for giving us insight into such a meaningful and enlightening experience. Establishing a greater sense of place while working hard for a good cause is something we’re behind, 100 percent. We look forward to hearing more amazing stories from Share What We Do Well Month over the next few weeks.

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Horizon® Farmer Feature: Bill and Tammy Stine

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Organic family farms are the heart of Horizon®.  This fall, we’re celebrating Bill and Tammy Stine of Redwood, NY for their accomplishments in organic dairy farming. Since purchasing the farm from his parents in 2009, Bill and his family have carried his father’s legacy by working in harmony with the land to produce the finest product possible. The farm has been in the family since 1847, surviving the great depression, government herd buyouts, and the challenges of going organic when many farms remained conventional to expand and boost profits.

In 2007, the Stines began shipping to Horizon and have remained a quality supplier ever since. With help from their daughters, Emma (9, pictured above) and Hannah (5), the couple works around the clock to pasture roughly 200 acres of land, milking 30 Holsteins and raising an additional 30 to 35 youngstock. Bill also grows hay and pasture, and some sorghum sudangrass. The Stines are true ambassadors of the Horizon Organic Standards of Care, and take pride in the way they manage their farm and livestock.

The Stine family also manages to balance an immense workload with a good measure of fun. Bill explains, “We try to do things as a family that make it fun, promote our farm, and get out and see other people. We work hard on the day-to-day stuff, do it right, and have a little fun and enjoy life.”

Family farmers like Bill and Tammy Stine understand the importance of respecting the land and animals that make their farm healthy and happy, and we appreciate their ongoing efforts as we work to change the way the world eats for the better.

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It’s Official: Welcome, So Delicious!

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Earlier today, WhiteWave completed its acquisition of So Delicious® Dairy Free. So Delicious manufactures, markets and distributes dairy-free, plant-based foods and beverages under the So Delicious® Dairy Free brand, which consumers love for their broad range of great-tasting, dairy-free beverages, creamers, and cultured products. We are excited to welcome them as they share our commitment to change the way the world eats for the better, through their nutritious, non-GMO verified products and their environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices.

So Delicious has built a fantastic business and it is our intention to dedicate the right resources to keep growing it in the future. We are committed to integrating them into WhiteWave in a way that is strategic and capitalizes on the products and expertise that made them such an attractive fit for our company. For today, it remains business as usual at both companies, with our teams continuing to focus on providing our customers and consumers with the highest level of service and quality products.

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Happy Halloween from WhiteWave!

Halloween came a day early at the WhiteWave headquarters in Broomfield this year as we celebrated our “Funmare Before Halloween” event. In addition to tricks and treats, the day’s events included an adult costume contest, cubicle decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest and a kids parade.

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The day was an absolute blast, and allowed us to give back to our community as well. As part of Share What We Do Well Month, all proceeds from the event will be donated to Urban Peak, a local nonprofit committed to improving the lives of young adults experiencing homelessness, providing shelter, outreach, education and employment opportunities to those in need.

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Infographic: “What’s In Your Food?”

As this year’s National Non-GMO Month comes to a close, the campaign for national GMO labeling standards continues to gain momentum. WhiteWave, Silk® and Horizon® have teamed up with organizations like the Non-GMO Project and Just Label It! to create this informative and encouraging infographic to share our support and bolster the energy we’ll need to achieve the GMO labeling standards we deserve.

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Sharing What We Do Well in 2014

“We work hard to build a values-based community where everyone has the opportunity to make a positive impact.”

— Blaine McPeak, President, WhiteWave Foods

Onion Pic 10-3-14In the spirit of living more sustainably and giving back to our communities, WhiteWave employees in North America are participating in the second annual Share What We Do Well Month throughout October. Centered around community engagement, volunteerism, and making eco-conscious decisions, the month-long initiative allows employees the opportunity to lend their hands in helping organizations across the country on company time. This year, WhiteWave will be working with Community Food Share, Hope’s Village of SLO, Habitat for Humanity, Snack Pak 4 Kids, local food banks, and a number of others working to make the world a better place.

“Share What We Do Well” is a core value here at WhiteWave that drives us to actively foster a values-based community that grows more impactful each year. Our Values in Action (VIA) program is another integral element to the WhiteWave community, which serves “to empower our employees to volunteer, give back, and live and work more sustainably.” The VIA team works hard to implement our core values into everything we do. During the year, employees accrue “VIA points” through volunteering, donating, maintaining active lifestyles, and participating in sustainable activities like biking to work. Beyond what we do throughout the year, dedicating a full month out of each year to participating in activities like these is one reason we love working here.

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