We know it’s hard to find time to go grocery shopping, let alone read all of the labels while you’re at the store. we have good news for you – Prevention Magazine recently put together Eat Clean 2013: Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards where they reveal the best, healthiest, and cleanest boxed and bagged foods on the market. Prevention’s editors ate their way through mountains of food in search of the most nutritious, delicious choices with the cleanest ingredients.
How clean do these foods need to be to make the list? Check out the criteria for foods to even be considered for the 100 Cleanest Packaged Food List.
- Must not contain GMO ingredients. (Brownie points to those bearing the “Non-GMO Project Verified Seal”, which denotes foods that have been vetted through the non-profit Non-GMO Project, America’s only third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.)
- Must have no more than 10 g of added sugar
- Must have less than 200 mg of sodium per serving (or 400 mg for meals)
- All cans must be free of BPA
- All fish must be sustainable, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood criteria
- All foods had to be absolutely delicious
We’re proud to announce that Silk Pure Coconut® was named to this list under the breakfast category. And, Horizon Organic® Cream Cheese, reduced fat was named to the list under the lunch category.
You can check out all 100 foods named to Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Foods list here: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/100-cleanest-packaged-food-awards-2013
How nice of Prevention to read the labels for us!
We asked Expo Veteran Jessica Farlow, Event Marketing Manager for WhiteWave Foods, to let us know her thoughts on Expo West 2013. Expo West is the largest trade show and conference for the natural, organic and healthy lifestyle. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, more than 60,000 industry members attended the show earlier this month.
Q: How would you sum up the experience at Expo West?
A: Expo is always an incredibly exciting experience! I was really surprised how many new companies and products there were this year. The show has grown tremendously and you can see the growth trajectory of the entire industry through all of the new items on the show floor. The show is literally busting at the seams in Anaheim. It is amazing to think that this was a one-hall show back in the day and now the natural products industry seems to take over the entire city. I’m thrilled to have been a part of this movement for so long and to have attended my eleventh Expo.
Q: What was the most valuable part of Expo for you?
A: I love reconnecting with old friends. It is a really special time to connect with all these people I’ve encountered in my career and meet the industry leaders I’ve admired over the years. I’m proud to be part of this community because of the friendships that are forged here. These are people I will know for the rest of my life and I love Expo West for keeping me in contact with everyone.
Q: What wowed you the most about Expo or what was new this year at Expo?
A: I noticed so many new companies at Expo this year! It’s so much fun to see the innovation on the show floor and hear all the stories about the small companies that are making their splash at Expo West. It’s a huge commitment to attend the show, and I think everyone in the community really wants to see the new, small companies become successful. New success and ideas mean our industry is growing, and that’s a good thing for everyone.
Q: What was your biggest takeaway from Expo?
A: It was so exciting to see this resurgence of the industry. I really noticed so many more people, many more companies and all sorts of new products at Expo this year. The natural products community is so passionate about what we do and I’m proud to be a part of it.
We are excited to introduce you to TruMoo® single serve milk boxes. TruMoo offers all of the nutritious benefits of milk, including protein, Vitamins A and D, and calcium, without the high fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors and colors found in some flavored milks and juice box drinks.
In addition, TruMoo single serve milk boxes provide kids with a new great-tasting, on-the-go beverage option that’s lower in sugar and calories compared to most flavored milk options.
TruMoo milk boxes come in plain, vanilla and chocolate lowfat 1% varieties and TruMoo chocolate is made with real cocoa.
Look for TruMoo milk boxes in the grocery section at your local store. Yum, yum, gotta get me some!
As part of WhiteWave’s Values in Action (VIA) program that promotes volunteerism, community involvement, and environmental events and initiatives, our friends at Growing Gardens in Boulder came to our office recently to talk with us about the amazing world of honeybees. Interesting brown bag presentations such as this one are just one of the perks that employees of WhiteWave Foods get to enjoy. We learned so many fascinating facts about honeybees and want to share some of our favorites.
- The honeybee is the only insect in North America that doesn’t hibernate in the winter
- A honeybee’s whole body is covered in hair – even the eyes!
- If you could combine all of the brains in a swarm of bees, the swarm would have a brain similar in size to a dog’s brain
- A honeybee’s sense of smell is 40 times better than humans
- If you get stung by a bee, smell the spot where you were stung. It will smell like bananas!
- In the course of her lifetime, a worker bee will produce one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey
- The average American consumes a little more than one pound of honey each year
- Bees possess five eyes – three simple eyes that discern light intensity and two large compound eyes for detecting movement
Some of the most valuable fruits, nuts and field crops depend on insect pollinations, particularly pollination from honeybees.
- Almonds – 100% pollinated by bees
- Apples – 90%
- Blueberries – 90%
- Peaches – 48%
- Oranges – 27%
Honeybees are responsible for one third of our food supply. Thank you, honeybees!
As many of you know, WhiteWave Foods has been a longtime supporter of Community Food Share (CFS), our local food bank and member of Feeding America. Community Food Share’s 25th annual “Hunger Hurts the Whole Community” food drive takes place March 20-31 and if you live in the Boulder/Denver area, they need your help.
CFS is looking for friendly grocery store greeters to hand out bags and remind shoppers to donate food. Shifts usually last two hours and greeters are needed in most of the grocery stores in Longmont, Lafayette and Louisville, Colorado. Just two hours of your valuable volunteer time can easily generate more than 200 pounds of food, which is enough food to feed a family of four for two weeks.
CFS has discovered that when it has greeters to engage people at the store, donations rise significantly. We have a group of WhiteWave employees already signed up to help our local food bank, and you can help too. Please consider volunteering as a store greeter – this can be a great family experience that can help the whole community!
Interested? Contact Sue Ericson at email@example.com or 303.652.3663 x202
Thanks for helping us help those in need in our local community.
Great news! International Delight® Iced Coffee was named the Best Bottled Coffee/Ready-To-Drink Coffee in Better Homes & Gardens Best New Products Awards 2013.
More than 77,500 consumers participated in an independent research study to select the 23 most appealing and innovative new food & beverage products of 2013. Our International Delight Iced Coffee was the winner in the ready-to-drink coffee category.
Made with 100% premium Arabica coffee, ID Iced Coffee boasts a sweet, smooth flavor, providing a coffeehouse quality product in the comfort of your home. Try our sweet & creamy International Delight Iced Coffee in Original, Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel Macchiato, and now in new Light Mocha and Light Vanilla with only 100 calories.
No more waiting in line at a coffee shop so drink up, iced coffee lovers. Look for us in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.
Curious about the other Best New Products from Better Homes & Gardens? Click here for the full list.
At WhiteWave Foods, being involved in our communities and treading lightly on the environment are important to our team members.
Values in Action (VIA) is our employee program that promotes volunteerism, community involvement, and environmental events and initiatives. Employees can log VIA points when they do things like volunteer, carpool to work and even use the stairs instead of the elevators (and we all know stair climbing is good for the quads). When all of the VIA points are collected at the end of each year, our employees are rewarded with prizes such as gift cards to our delicious Wave Café. A couple of lucky dogs even went home recently with iPad Minis.
One of our core values that helps guide us in our daily work is “Share What We Do Well.” This value inspires us to find innovative ways to make a difference in our local communities. We’re proud to report that in 2012, WhiteWave employees volunteered more than 13,500 hours (that’s 562 days!) supporting a variety of non-profit and industry organizations such as Community Food Share (CFS), which is part of the national Feeding America network. In fact, during our annual Impact Day, WhiteWave employees provided close to 1,100 hours of service in just one day – serving more than 200 families and organizing more than 12,000 pounds of food at our local food banks.
A few months into this new year, and we’re busy working towards beating our 2012 VIA goals and continuing to make a positive impact in our local communities. Check back later in the year to see our progress.