Portion Control²

Last year we updated you on the first phase of our effort to change the way our International Delight and Land O’ Lakes brands portion control (PC) cups are made, meaning a smaller carbon footprint and less waste.

We’re happy to announce that our Research & Development team recently completed the final stage of this project – reclaiming and reusing post-industrial scrap from the manufacturing process and using it to make additional portion control cups.  This reuse of scrap material further lightens our PC’s environmental footprint.

Completing this redesign is just one part of our ongoing commitment to sustainable packaging and is in keeping with our mission to become the Earth’s Favorite Food Company.  We’re always brainstorming other ways we can make our packaging more sustainable and hope to bring more updates to life in the future.

In the meantime, you can enjoy using an International Delight or Land O’ Lakes coffee creamer portion control cup knowing that your PC is now, well, PC. Pun intended.

Meet “Silkologist” Bryan Dayton

Have you tried out any of your own Silkology recipes this summer? If not, don’t sweat it. Award winning mixologist (Silkologist in this case) Bryan Dayton has you covered. Bryan was most recently named the nation’s “Most Inspired Bartender” at the 2011 Bombay Sapphire cocktail competition in Las Vegas, so he definitly knows what he’s doing.

Check out some of his quick recipe tutorials below, and let us know which one is your favorite.

Iced Spice

Citrus Fizz

Colorado Blossom

Horizon Organic HOPE Scholarship winners announced

According to this article from USA Today, more and more young people are getting into farming. An encouraging trend that’s especially relevant to our Horizon Organic brand, who today via its HOPE scholarship program, helped a few more youngsters start down the path toward a career in agriculture.

Open to children or grand children of Horizon Organic family farmers, the HOPE scholarship program was developed to help build the next generation of organic dairy leaders. Each year a prominent panel of organic and agricultural community experts review applicants and select the winners.

Since the program’s inception in 2007, Horizon has awarded 24 total scholarships.

For more details on the HOPE scholarship, click here.

Congrats to this year’s winners:

Sierra Knight (Lisbon, N.Y.), age 18, is the daughter of Horizon producer Bradley Knight of Knight’s Meadow View Farm in Lisbon, N.Y. Sierra will attend St. Lawrence University where she plans to pursue a pre-veterinary program and a minor in biology with a goal of becoming a licensed veterinarian.

Mieke DeJong (Bonanza, Ore.), age 20, is the daughter of Horizon producers, Arie and Jenneke DeJong, who run the Windy Ridge in Bonanza, Ore. This is Mieke’s second HOPE Scholarship, and she will be attending Oregon State University to pursue an Agricultural Business degree.

Callie Brodt (Ferndale, Calif.), age 18, is the granddaughter of Horizon producer, Jim Walker, who runs the Walker Dairy in Ferndale, Calif. Callie plans to pursue an Agricultural Business degree from Chico State University

Ashlie Hardy (Farmington, Maine), age 18, is the daughter of Horizon producers, Henry and Teresa Hardy, who own Hardy Farm in Farmington, Maine. She plans to attend the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences program at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she will study Animal Science with a focus on dairy.

Share what we do well

Mandy McMichen, Attention Homes Volunteer of the Month

If you follow this blog, you know that as an organization we take community outreach and volunteerism pretty seriously. It’s integrated into our culture, our day-to-day job responsibilities, and even our personal annual objectives. And as part of those efforts, everyone is also encouraged to match the volunteer hours they give on company time, with the same amount of volunteer hours on personal time outside of work. It’s more of a recommendation than anything; there’s no policy that requires the time match. But you’d probably be surprised to see how many people actually meet that match.

There’s definitely no shortage of stories worth sharing in that regard, but one in particular stood out this month, as WhiteWave employee Mandy McMichen was recognized as Volunteer of the Month by Attention Homes, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk youth in the area.

According to Attention Homes, “Mandy always looks for something to do and someone to help. No stone is unturned and certainly no cooking pot left unfilled!”

Mandy shared her thoughts on her experiences in the Attention Homes newsletter, check ’em out below, and congrats to Mandy!

AH: Why do you donate your time and efforts to Attention Homes?

MM: I work at WhiteWave Foods. Our President Blaine McPeak, recently implemented “Impact Day”, a day that our offices close after lunch and employees are sent out into the community to volunteer. He asks each employee to match those volunteer hours with personal time to really make an “impact” in our community. I loved the idea, but had no idea where I would volunteer my time. I learned that WhiteWave sponsors Attention Homes’ Kaleidoscope event and after reading more about it online, I knew it was just what I was looking for.

AH: How does your donation affect you and your life?

MM: Cooking healthy food for Attention Homes’ kids is such fun! They seem to really enjoy the food and often come in to chat or help me. I am becoming a familiar face around the house. I enjoy both listening and talking with the kids – I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel! Attention Homes is such an amazing organization. I am so proud to be a part of it. I’m doubly blessed to have the opportunity to work for a company like WhiteWave Foods that encourages all of us to give more of ourselves to our communities!

Pie in the face

It’s been a wicked hot summer here in Colorado, and to beat the heat we decided to cool down the old fashion way… by throwing pies at each other.

Just kidding. The pie in the face fun was actually part of a fundraising event for our friends at Community Food Share. Employees here in Broomfield got to buy raffle tickets for a chance to pop an executive in the face with a pie.

Overall we raised more than $2,000 which is equal to 8,000 meals.

Check out some highlights from the fun below. And let us know in the comments – If you could pick anyone in the world to hit in the face with a pie, who would it be?

Silkology

Today marks the debut of Silkology: Fresh, innovative cocktails and beverages combining the art of mixology with the delicious flavors of our Silk brand. A perfect solution for summer entertaining, don’t you think? Head over to our Facebook page for more details, and some seriously delicious recipes…

The integrity of organic

As the Nation’s leading organic dairy brand, we’re occasionally faced with criticism. It’s a responsibility that comes with our leadership position, it’s something we expect, and something we proudly and successfully defend ourselves against. However recently, it seems the criticism has shifted, and is now being directed toward the organic industry as a whole. This is unfortunate not only because it undermines consumer confidence in the USDA Organic Label, but the many farmers whose livelihoods are dedicated toward supplying organic foods as well.

We’ll be the first to admit that the organic industry isn’t perfect, but for the past 20 years it’s been one of the most regulated and scrutinized food production systems in the world. It’s converted millions of acres of farmland and kept many more millions of pounds of pesticides out of the environment. And a lot of that has to do with investments made by larger companies who’ve entered the category. To say that big corporations are corrupting the integrity of organic food is in our opinion, obtuse. The scale and financial support from these larger companies is exactly what’s needed to help grow the organic industry.

That growth of course hinges on our ability to meet consumer demand, but more importantly we need to work harder to create greater demand by offering new choices and opportunities for people to enter the organic category.

Four years ago we decided to offer milk drinkers another choice by introducing Horizon Organic milk plus DHA. To us, introducing DHA (a valuable nutrient that helps support the brain, heart and eyes) seemed like a no-brainer… more than 99 percent of all infant formula sold in the United States is supplemented with DHA.  Our source of DHA is non-hexane extracted, non-GMO and does not deplete the world’s fisheries.

We figured, why not keep giving toddlers and kids an easy and nutritious way to get the DHA they need after they’ve moved off of infant formula, or better yet, breast milk? And the overwhelming popularity of our DHA-supplemented organic milk shows that consumers are voting in favor of that choice.

Despite its many benefits for people and the planet, and the steady growth of the market for organic foods over the past two decades, we need to remember that organic remains a very small part of the overall U.S. food market.  The Organic Trade Association estimates there are only 4.6 million organic acres under cultivation in the U.S., out of more than 900 million acres of farmland. Our focus should be on growing that number, and working together to do so, rather than infighting that undermines consumer confidence.

 

Individuals Matter

Nice little punch of motivation on a Wednesday afternoon, courtesy of one of our company Values

Silk on the go…

Horizon Organic Super Veggie Mac & Cheese

Created with kids in mind, this irresistibly cheesy casserole is a perfect way to sneak in the veggies. Tell the kiddos it’s mac & cheese with a little bit of confetti…