Help our Local Food Bank Unlock a $2.5 million Prize. They are Almost There!

WhiteWave Foods has been a longtime sponsor and supporter of Community Food Share (our local food bank) over the years. Community Food Share (CFS) will distribute approximately 8 million meals in Boulder and Broomfield Counties this year, and will provide nutrition and nourishment to more than 35,000 individuals in need who live near WhiteWave’s headquarters.

Recently, CFS received a commitment of $2.5 million from an anonymous donor to support the purchase and renovation of its new facility in Louisville. Colo. This new building is triple the size of its current one, which means CFS will be able to house more fresh produce and frozen food, and therefore help even more families in need. The only string attached to the donor’s contribution is that our local community must rise to the occasion as well. In order to earn the $2.5 million donation, CFS must raise $1 million by the end of the year. With $148,000 to go, we need your help to unlock the $2.5 million donation!

WhiteWave Foods has donated $250,000 towards this effort and you can help out too. Even just $1 can make a difference and giving is easy. Visit www.communityfoodshare.org and click on the donate button. You can also mail donations to Terry Tedeschi, 6363 Horizon Lane, Longmont, CO 80503.

Thanks for helping us help those in need this holiday season!

A right to know

We believe people have a right to know what’s in the food they eat. That’s why we openly share information about the food we make and how we make it.

GMO labeling is an important issue for our Silk and Horizon brands and has been for many years. Silk and Horizon both take a proactive stance against GMOs and significantly support national GMO labeling initiatives.

Why do we support national labeling efforts?

National labeling initiatives make more sense for people and food companies than an inconsistent and confusing, costly patchwork of state-by-state labeling rules (like Prop 37 in California, Measure 27 in Oregon, I-522 in Washington).

In total, Silk and Horizon have donated nearly $500,000 to help support national Non-GMO initiatives through their involvement in campaigns and initiatives like: the Non-GMO Project, the Right to Know March, the soon-to-be-released documentary film “GMO OMG” and Just Label It!, which calls for universal, national labeling of GMOs. We educate millions of people each year about the Non-GMO Project and organic agriculture through our on-pack labeling, print advertising, website and social media outlets.

Silk is a founding member of the Non-GMO Project, North America’s only third party verification and labeling for non-GMO food and products, and we have enrolled our entire portfolio in their verification process. Ensuring people have access to information about the food we make is the reason we created Silk’s “Trace it” website where people can track every soybean in our products down to the field where it was grown.

Horizon has given more than $1 million over the years to The Organic Center, the Organic Trade Association and the Organic Farming Research Foundation to support the organic foods industry. As you probably know, all of Horizon’s products carry the USDA Organic Seal, and have been certified organic for more than 20 years. Consumers know and trust that the certified organic label means their food is produced without the use of pesticides, antibiotics, added growth hormones, and GMOs.

We believe people have a right to make informed choices about the food they eat. We remain as committed as ever to helping educate consumers about GMOs and we will continue supporting national GMO labeling efforts that will help consumers in all 50 states.

There’s a reason our Horizon mascot is named Happy!

At Horizon Organic, we were happy to see several of the benefits of organic milk highlighted in a recent Health.com article about the different types of milk available to consumers today.

Specifically, the article noted that, compared to its non-organic counterpart, organic milk can contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and conjugated linoleic acid. The article also pointed out that organic milk comes from cows that eat feed grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

While we certainly appreciated the article sharing many of the benefits of organic milk, we noticed that it didn’t mention the environmental benefits of organic farming, which, we believe, are worth talking about and celebrating.

Organic farming has many proven environmental advantages, and is a big reason why many of us choose to purchase organic food and beverages. Some of these benefits include farming without the use of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and other pollutants, as well as encouraging sustainable farming practices that contribute to the health of the land. At Horizon Organic these farming practices were responsible for removing 20 million pounds of synthetic pesticides from the environment in 2011 alone.

What’s more, choosing organic milk means choosing to support a better environment for the dairy cows that produce it. Organic farmers nurture their animals with attentive daily care, clean living conditions and a wholesome organic diet including pasture grazing for at least a third of the year. Just like people, cows thrive in a low-stress environment, so organic farms also allow plenty of access to the outdoors for exercise.

If you’re interested in learning more about how we produce our Horizon Organic products, we encourage you to check out our website. And, the next time you’re standing in front of the dairy case and see Happy looking back at you on your favorite carton of Horizon Organic milk, you can feel good knowing that choosing organic means happy cows, happy people, and a happy planet.

Movember at WhiteWave

In November, many WhiteWave men (with the support of many WhiteWave women!) vowed to grow a moustache for a month in support of “Movember” – a moustache growing movement started in 2003 to help raise awareness and money for men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives. 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and this year alone, more than 250,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate or testicular cancer.

The fine men who grow moustaches for a cause – also known as Mo Bros – effectively become walking, talking billboards for the 30 days of November, helping raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation about these specific men’s health issues.

Here at WhiteWave, we rallied in support of Movember by voting for our favorite WhiteWave employee’s moustaches and making donations to this cause.

In total, we were able to raise $510 for the Movember Foundation, the Prostate Cancer Foundation, and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, a contribution we hope to double next year!

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Holiday Rock ‘N’ Roll

Had a great time reminiscing on a truly great 2012, and jamming to some local tunes to close the year last night. Thanks to the Boulder Theatre, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters for putting on such a great show.

Check out some photos from the show below: 

Pop goes the snowball

It’s probably safe to say that most people enjoy cake. Also safe to say most people enjoy food that comes on a stick. So of course when you put the two together, something amazing happens, and it’s called the cake pop.

We’d argue that the cake pop is probably one of the best things ever, especially when we can use some of our own delicious products to help concoct this magic creation. And as our friend Stephanie over at 52 Kitchen Adventures points out, it’s not that hard to do.

Presenting the Peppermint Chocolate Cake Pop, using International Delight  York Peppermint Pattie flavor.

Check out the full recipe here, and for more holiday recipes, check out our Pinterest board here.

Photo courtesy of 52KitchenAdventures.com

Silkology – Salted Caramel Mocha

Silkologist Bryan Dayton is back to help you spread the holiday cheer at your next party. Check out his delicious Salted Caramel Mocha recipe below, and click here to see what else Silk can bring to the party…

  • 1/2 cup Silk Chocolate soymilk or Pure Almond Dark Chocolate
  • 1-2 shots espresso (or 2-4 Tbsp strong black coffee)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp caramel flavored syrup,* divided
  • Regular or non-dairy whipped cream
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt for garnish

Combine Silk, espresso (or coffee), pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon caramel syrup in a saucepan and heat just until warm. Remove from heat and pour into a warm mug. Top with whipped cream, remaining caramel syrup and sea salt. (pour in 1 oz. of vodka to the saucepan mixture if you’re interested in adding spirits)

*Found in the grocery store coffee aisle

Recent Study Addresses Benefits of Organic Foods

We, at Horizon Organic, believe that by choosing organic food and beverages, we are making the best choices for our families.

A recent report from the American Academic of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that choosing organic produce—even for just five days—can significantly lower traces of pesticides in children’s bloodstreams. And, by purchasing organic meat, families can reduce their exposure to drug-resistant bacteria. While the recent study points out many clear benefits of organics for growing children, especially from meat and produce, the researchers also question whether organic milk in particular is worth the cost. We, at Horizon Organic, are sure that it is.

The AAP report found that low-input farming styles, like organic farming, can produce milk with higher concentrations of antioxidants and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Other recent research [Kummeling et al 2007] suggests that organic milk, which is produced without the use of added growth hormones and comes from cows not treated with antibiotics, may offer benefits for children in particular. A recent study [Palupi E et al. 2012] indicated that organic milk can contain higher levels of nutrients such as protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other fatty acids.

Many consumers choose organic milk for their families because it’s produced without antibiotics, without added growth hormones, without pesticides, without GMOs, and from cows that spend at least 120 days per year grazing on pasture.

In addition to the above benefits of organic milk, organic farming also has proven environmental advantages. This includes farming without the use of pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers and other pollutants, while encouraging sustainable farming practices that contribute to the health of the land. In fact, Horizon Organic’s farming processes were responsible for removing 20 million pounds of synthetic pesticides from the environment in 2011 alone.

At Horizon Organic, we take great pride in providing consumers with a variety of organic dairy products that are good for people and the planet. As always, we encourage you to check out our website to learn more about our approach to organic farming and our products.

References:

Kummeling I, Thijs C, Huber M. et al. Consumption of organic foods and risk of atopic disease during the first 2 years of life in the Netherlands. Br J Nutr. 2008 Mar;99(3):598-605. Epub 2007 Aug 29.

Palupi E, Jayanegara A, Ploeger A, Kahl J. Comparison of nutritional quality between conventional and organic dairy products: a meta-analysis. J Sci Food Agric. 2012.

Season’s Greetings

It’s a pretty exciting time of year around here at WhiteWave.

1. Fall is upon us here in Colorado, which means spectacular scenery (see below).
2. Our brands are releasing a whole slew of Seasonal Flavors that people go nuts for (see also below).

To see where these flavors are available near you, check out the International Delight, Silk and Horizon Organic websites.

Cinnamon Butternut, Sweet Potato Apple Soup

The Fall season brings with it a lot of great things, but perhaps nothing as great as nice as those comfort food recipes to ease into winter. Being a food company, we’re always looking for ways to offer new ways to enjoy our products, and thanks to our amazing fans we’re never short on new ideas. Check out one of the latest fan recipes from an awesome blogger that brings some Silk PureAlmond in from the cold:

Photo and recipe courtesy of SavvySassyMe.com

Author: Savvy Sassy Me

Recipe type: Soup

Prep time:  1 hour 30 mins

Cook time:  1 hour

Total time:  2 hours 30 mins

Serves: 12-15

A sweet and savory fall soup, with a hint of delectable spice.

Ingredients

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into pieces

3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces

3 medium apples, peeled and cut into pieces

1 cup white onion, finely chopped

5 cups of vegetable broth

¾ cup coconut milk (I used Silk Pure Coconut)

1-2 tbsp olive oil

2-4 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tbsp Truvia (3 packets of your preference of sweetener)

2 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Peel and cut all vegetables.

2. Pour olive into in large pot (I had to use both a 5-quart and 4-quart pot because it makes so much) and place on medium heat.

3. Add onion and cook for about 15 minutes, as the onions begin to turn translucent.

4. Add 1 tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp nutmeg, stiring and cooking for 30 seconds.

5. Add squash, sweet potatoes, apples, and broth.

6. Add enough water to cover the veggies by 1 inch.

7. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce to low heat, cover and simmer for 30-40 minutes.

8. Remove approximately ½ – 1 cup of broth (optional: it depends on how much vegetables you have).

9. Let cool for 15-20 minutes.

10. Stir in the coconut milk.

11. Add salt, pepper, garlic, coconut oil, and more cinnamon/nutmeg to taste.

12. Puree using a hand mixer, immersion blender, or standard blender.

Notes

Makes approximately 12-15 cups. Can easily be frozen. Note that the amounts vary depending on the size and quantity of vegetables. Just keep a watchful eye and you can’t go wrong. Trust your instinct; you aren’t going to “mess it up” but having too much/too little of anything–it’ll just affect the thickness of the soup. Remember to add spices TO TASTE. Everybody likes a different amount. I for instance, LOVE CINNAMON. So, I use a lot.