by Val Fishman, VP Corporate Partnerships, BEF
Water restoration – what exactly does that mean anyway, and how has WhiteWave made a difference?
Across North America and the world, many people do not know where their water comes from; they don’t know how their actions affect water supplies. For too long we have used water as if it were a limitless resource, without understanding how each of us can be a proactive part of a solution, rather than a part of an ever-expanding problem. As a society, we are using water incredibly inefficiently. Our water use is about as inefficient as our energy use was decades ago, but the good news is there is a lot of opportunity for improvement, and WhiteWave has supported water flow restoration projects pioneering these solutions through its partnership with BEF since 2009.
However you celebrate Earth Day, take a moment to feel proud of your workplace. If you haven’t already taken the free Change the Course pledge to conserve water – keep reading to the end of the post to learn how you can restore 1,000 gallons more to the Colorado River!
Projects WhiteWave has directly supported include:
- Two projects to support expansive restoration in the Colorado River Delta through WhiteWave’s Charter Sponsorship of Change the Course
- The Verde River in Arizona: an ideal case study for sustainable water use in agriculture, while also supporting fish, wildlife and recreation
- The Roaring Fork River in Colorado that supports recreation, fish, wildlife and improved water quality
- The Fraser River in Colorado that supports fishing, recreation and farming
- Upper Dotta Meadow in the Sierra region of Northern California that supports water quality affecting both Northern and Southern California as well as supporting trout, vegetative recovery, bird species diversity and carbon sequestration
- The Middle Deschutes in Central Oregon that supports fishing and multiple wildlife species
- Sevenmile Creek in Southern Oregon that supports improved habitat and provides a critical migratory corridor for endangered and threatened species while still supporting the local agricultural economy.
Interested in learning how much water you use? Measure your own water use through National Geographic’s water footprint calculator, and when you are done, text “River” to 77177. For each text we receive, Change the Course sponsors (like WhiteWave) restore 1,000 gallons to the Colorado River!
Join us and the Earthbound Farm team in celebrating Earth Week! This is the ideal time to restore our focus on earth-friendly living for a better future and take a closer look at the choices we are making in our daily routine when it comes to sustainability. The Earthbound Farm team has come up with some great tips for a greener shopping cart and healthier living. Take the quiz on “How Green is Your Cart?” to get an Earthbound Farm coupon and great tips on how to adjust your habits for a more sustainable living.
Spring is the perfect time for renewal and fresh starts. There is no better place to start thinking about “spring cleaning” than the kitchen! There are plenty of nutritious options to choose from when trying switch up dinnertime recipes and we are featuring a Creamy Cashew Mashed Potatoes recipe from Silk.
More about Cashew Milk: Silk® Unsweetened Cashewmilk is creamier than skim milk with 1/3 of the calories. Made with the special creaminess of cashews, it brings an irresistibly creamy taste that is great in recipes like the one below!
· 5lb bag russet potatoes
· 1 stick Horizon organic butter
· Salt, to taste
· 1 cup Silk Cashewmilk
1. Peel and cube potatoes.
2. Place in large pot and cover with water.
3. Boil for about 20 minutes, until potatoes fall apart when poked with fork. Drain water.
4. Add butter and salt. Mash with potato masher until butter is incorporated and potatoes are fairly smooth.
5. Add Silk slowly, mixing until potatoes are fluffy.
Every Day with Rachael Ray writer Nicole Witko, highlighted Silk Cashewmilk in the “Checkout!” column as one of five of the “best new buys” for consumers’ grocery list. The article noted that the beverage is the perfect “nutty alternative” in coffee. Be sure to look for the most recent issue on Newsstands now!
We are excited to announce that, once again, WhiteWave was selected as one of the best places to work in the Denver metro area by The Denver Post. More than 219 Denver area companies were invited to participate, and WhiteWave ranked #16 of the top 25 workplaces in the “Large Employer” category, which is defined as companies with more than 500 employees.
The survey measured several qualities that help create a Top Workplace, including leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits. This honor is truly meaningful because it is based on feedback from our employees. We are honored to be included for a third year and are proud of the passion our people bring to WhiteWave each day.
For more details about the survey, and the full rankings, check out the Denver Post article by clicking here.
MSN recently featured Horizon Organic Mozzarella String Cheese as one of the 10 best snacks for weight loss. This was part of an annual report released by Eat This, Not That! and the slideshow captioned that “Each low-fat stick of this brand has a fifth of your day’s calcium intake, which means a low-fat you as well.”
Congrats to Horizon for this well deserved nod! To read more about other snack options to include in your daily routine check out the link here.
Fox News posted an article by celebrity chef, Amie Valpone featuring Earthbound Farm Kale Italia as a healthy option to help shake off the winter blues. Winter foods can often be hearty and heavy which can leave you with a hefty feeling once Spring rolls around. To freshen up your diet, Valpone recommends using Earthbound Farm Kale Italia as an easy way to add nutrients in your salads, sandwiches and even tacos. She mentions Earthbound Farm Kale Italia as “A lovely blend of organic deep greens such as tangy mizuna, mild arugula and bold radicchio, and mildly bitter baby kale makes this an easy way to start off spring on the right foot.” Be sure to check out the article to learn more about healthy spring foods that can help shake off those winter blues.
WhiteWave’s 2014 annual review traces our progress from creating and building authentic brands to becoming the nation’s fastest-growing food company. Read how we cultivated our brands into North America category leaders in plant-based foods and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, premium dairy and organic greens and produce.
Expansion has taken us to the No. 1 market position in Europe’s plant-based foods and beverages category, as well as a joint venture partnership in China that will make environmentally sustainable and healthy products accessible to the world’s most populous nation.
Strengthening our competitive position, expanding operating margins and conserving the planet’s resources are hallmarks of The WhiteWave Foods Company. We produce food responsibly because it is the right thing to do. All the while finding new and sustainable ways to source ingredients and packaging for products that people love. It’s an exciting story about a pioneering company that creates great-tasting products with an uncommon combination of passion, commitment, principles and performance.
We are excited to announce that Horizon Organic Unsalted Butter has been featured in the March issue of Clean Eating for the 2015 Clean Choice Awards. The fourth annual Clean Eating Clean Choice Awards honors the top 100 products across 15 categories, including everything from pantry staples, breakfast picks, super time-savers, snacks, grains, baking goods, dairy and non-dairy items, gourmet goodies, green cleaning products, supplements and more. Products are judged based on taste, texture, addictiveness and whole-food ingredients. Congratulations to Horizon on this recognition and check out the full list of winners here.
Earthbound Farm Organic Smoothie Kickstarts, Silk Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend and So Delicious Dairy Free Cultured Coconut Milk (Unsweetened Vanilla) have been selected as winners in Prevention’s 2015 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards, which were published in the March issue of the magazine. This is truly an accomplishment, as Prevention has a rigorous testing process for countless new snacks, meals, beverages, and pantry staples—selecting only those that taste great, and meet their “strict criteria for healthy, clean ingredients.”
Check out the list below of Prevention’s criteria and read the full list of winners here.
Prevention 2015 Awards Criteria:
1. Contain no more than 10 g of added sugars
2. Are made without genetically modified ingredients
3. Are low in or devoid of synthetic or artificial ingredients
4. Prioritize organic or sustainably sourced ingredients
5. Are sustainable per Monterey Bay Aquarium’s criteria (if seafood)
6. Prioritize toxin-free or eco-friendly packaging
7. Are made without excess sodium
8. Are new to the market within the past 18 months
9. Taste absolutely delicious