Drink Up – Your Silk Soymilk, That is

In recent years, there has been some confusion about whether or not soy is safe for breast cancer survivors. It’s to that end, that we’re happy to share a new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) which found that, upon review of existing research,  moderate consumption of  soy is safe for breast cancer patients and survivors, and in fact is now listed in the AICR’s Food That Fight Cancer list.

Soy consumption does not lead to increased estrogen levels in humans and may even have potential benefits among women receiving certain breast cancer treatments or with certain tumor characteristics.

As many families shift toward plant-based diets to improve health and reduce costs, soy is often the protein of choice. The reasons are clear – soy is one of the top food sources of high-quality, complete protein that may help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease and provide other important health benefits. One serving of soy is equal to 1 cup of soy milk, ½ cup tofu or tempeh, ½ cup cooked edamame, or 1 ounce of soy nuts. Such soy foods provide fiber, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids, and are low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free.

To your health. Bottoms up, Silk fans!

Green Stampede rolls on…

The grass wasn’t the only thing that was green in the University of Colorado (CU) football stadium this season.  For the fifth year, WhiteWave was a sponsor of CU’s “Green Stampede,” a program aimed at making CU’s Folsom Field stadium a “zero waste” destination. This means that nearly all concessions packaging at home games are recyclable or compostable, and encouraging CU and visiting team fans to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost food and beverage containers, leftover snacks, game programs and more.

Folsom Field was the first major sports stadium in the nation to be converted to a completely zero waste facility.  Now, more than 30 zero waste stations inside the stadium make it simple for fans to recycle and compost. In fact, last season alone, over 42 TONS of recyclables and compostables were collected inside the stadium. Since the program’s inception in the 2008-2009 football season, the Ralphie’s Green Stampede program has resulted in the collection of more than 163 tons of recyclable and compostable material and Folsom Stadium’s total waste generation has dropped by roughly 21 percent.

Like CU, we at WhiteWave have a long history of supporting sustainability and renewable energy In fact, to date, our renewable energy purchases are the equivalent of taking nearly 90,000 cars off the road for one year or providing the electricity for almost 55,000 U.S. homes for one year.

 

Silk Debuts New Packaging

At Silk, we believe people have the right to know what’s in the food they eat. That’s why we are committed to ensuring our product labels clearly communicate information about the beverages we make and how we make them.

You may have noticed some changes to the packaging on all of our Silk soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk products, as well as our Fruit & Protein and coffee creamers. Specifically, we’re proud to have moved the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal to the front of our package to better capture our values and commitment to sourcing soybeans with care and using non-GMO ingredients. We’ve also removed the term “all natural” on our packages because it is not defined by food labeling regulations. That means each company can apply its own idea of natural – and consumers are left to wonder what the word really means.

Please know that while our packaging in changing, what’s inside is not. Our Silk soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk products are still made with the highest quality ingredients, grown responsibly and prepared simply, keeping them as close to nature as we can. And, as always, our products are non-GMO and never contain artificial colors, flavors or high fructose corn syrup.
Regardless of which Silk products you choose, you can feel good knowing Silk’s entire plant-based beverage portfolio is produced without the use of genetically modified ingredients and has been verified by, or is enrolled in, the Non-GMO Project.

Taste the difference!

Community Food Share hits fundraising goal, gains $2.5 million gift

Thanks to all who donated to Community Food Share (our local food bank) last month. Two weeks before the deadline, CFS raised the $1 million it needed to receive a $2.5 million gift from an anonymous donor!

The $1 million raised, combined with the $2.5 million donation, will allow the food bank to pay off the initial loan it took out to buy its new space in Louisville. The new space is triple the size of Community Food Share’s current space, which means CFS will be able to house more fresh produce and frozen food, and therefore help even more families in need.

WhiteWave Foods is proud to be a longtime sponsor and supporter of Community Food Share.