Believe in Heroes

WhiteWave Foods has joined forces with Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors, to support injured service members through the Wounded Warrior Project Believe in Heroes campaign. From September 11, 2013 through Veterans Day November 11, 2013, Believe in Heroes calls on Americans to show their support and appreciation for our service members and the newest generation of veterans in a simple everyday way — grocery shopping.

As part of WhiteWave’s participation, our Silk®, TruMoo® and International Delight® brands will offer consumers a high-value coupon ($1.00 off any one Silk half gallon, $.50 off any one TruMoo 6-pack or six single serves, $.55 off any one ID Coffee Creamer,) that will be available in a special, free-standing insert which will be circulated to 53 million households nationwide in newspapers on Sunday, November 3, 2013. The coupon will also be available for download online through the end of November at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/believe-in-heroes/savings.aspx.

Believe in Heroes was created to support WWP and make a positive impact on our country’s service members and the new generation of veterans that have made significant sacrifices to protect and defend the United States. We hope you’ll join WhiteWave in raising funds to support Believe in Heroes.

 

Colorado Broadcasters Raise Over $1.1 Million for Flood Victims

On Sept. 18, Colorado radio and television broadcasters from the Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA) joined forces for one day to host a Colorado Flood Relief telethon to raise funds for the victims of the recent Colorado Flood.

The community came forward and donated a total of more than $1.1 million to the American Red Cross, Food Bank of Larimer County, Weld County Food Bank and Community Food Share serving Boulder and Broomfield County.

Find the full blog post from the CBA here: http://www.coloradobroadcasters.org/news/colorado-broadcasters-raise-over-1-1-million-for-flood-victims/

Sustainable Palm Oil

 

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We are proud to announce that all liquid creamers containing palm oil are now sourced according to rules set by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), an international multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development of palm oil.  WhiteWave Foods currently uses palm oil in a variety of liquid creamers.

WhiteWave has been a member of the RSPO since 2010 and has therefore committed to supporting sustainable palm oil through Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO) purchases. To be considered certified sustainable, palm oil must meet eight principles and 39 practical criteria of sustainable production. These principles and criteria are designed to prevent undue environmental and societal harm.

We are proud to source mass balance palm oil from verified sources that ensure the rainforest and its inhabitants are protected, and that workers are treated fairly and receive fair wages. We continually evaluate how we source ingredients to ensure we are offering responsibly-sourced products that people can feel good about serving their families.

Horizon Organic® Announces Recipients of HOPE and National Quality Awards

Horizon Organic®  has announced the 2013 recipients of its two annual farmer awards. The Horizon Organic Producer Education (HOPE) Award is given out to those who advocate for organic agriculture, while the National Quality Award recognizes the Horizon farmer who produces the highest quality organic milk in the entire Horizon milk supply. This year both the HOPE Award and National Quality award winners are based in New York state where Horizon partners with more than 300 active and transitioning organic dairy farmers.

Chuck and Julia Deichmann of Belmont, N.Y. received the 2013 HOPE Award, and Jeffrey and Sharon Sheen of Gouverneur, N.Y. won the National Quality Award for the second time. The recipients were honored during the annual Farm Aid concert in Syracuse, N.Y. that took place on Sept. 21.

 
HOPE Award: Chuck and Julia Deichmann

Horizon Organic Farm producer Chuck Diechmann family of Willow Creek Farm in Belmont, New York

The Deichmann family, who has shipped milk to Horizon since 2000, received this year’s HOPE Award for their community involvement, ongoing support for farmers interested in transitioning to organic and their innovation in being the first organic dairy farm in the country to install robotic milkers. The family also helped establish the organic dairy farming community in western New York.

Throughout the year, the Deichmanns host field days, pasture walks and school tours of their 365-acre Willow Creek Farm to help educate families and other farmers about organic agriculture and sustainable practices. Chuck Deichmann has served as a valuable resource to countless farmers, both those interested in transitioning to organic and those interested in adding robotic milkers to their operation. The Deichmanns have nationally represented organic farming, including hosting Senator Hillary Clinton at their farm in 2005.

National Quality Award – Jeffrey and Sharon Sheen

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Jeffrey and Sharon Sheen are now two-time recipients of Horizon’s National Quality Award, winning this year and in 2011. The Sheens, who have been shipping to Horizon since 2004, milk 45 Holsteins on their 343-acre farm.
Sharon Sheen grew up on a dairy farm, but neither she nor Jeffrey had milked a cow before they decided to start their farm 18 years ago in Gouverneur, N.Y. with 30 cows. Jeffrey Sheen attributes much of their farm’s success to their transition to organic in 2004.

Our Hearts Go Out

Colo state flagThousands of people have been affected by the recent devastating flooding in WhiteWave’s home state of Colorado. Our hearts go out to all flood victims and their families during this difficult and challenging time.

No operations at our Colorado offices were impacted; but unfortunately some of our employees were, and we’re providing resources and assistance where we’re able. True to WhiteWave’s spirit that is so deeply rooted in giving back to our communities, our employees are eager to help one another and the community at large, and will be volunteering in communities that need it most.

WhiteWave is making a monetary donation to the Red Cross, specifically earmarked for disaster relief that will directly help flood victims in Colorado. In addition, WhiteWave is matching employee donations dollar for dollar to help Colorado flood victims, and we have offered single serve Silk® and Horizon® product to our local American Red Cross.

During this past week, we have witnessed great strength from our community and kindness from locals as well as from people who live out of state. Although it will take some time for many Colorado communities to get back to where they were before the flooding, we are confident that our great state of Colorado will emerge strong than ever.

Top Company

We’re proud to announce that The WhiteWave Foods Company has been named Top Company by ColoradoBiz Magazine.  The Top Company Awards recognize Colorado’s most outstanding businesses.

 The WhiteWave Foods Company received this award at an awards event on Sept. 11 at the Denver Performing Arts Center.

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DIY Baby Food

As part of our Values in Action program at WhiteWave, we recently hosted a do-it-yourself baby food making class at our Broomfield headquarters. Erin McLaughlin, Nutrition Therapy Practitioner with Twinkle Organic, demonstrated how easy it is to make your own baby food at home from organic fruits and veggies. Erin recommended using both a blender and a food mill as each provides different textures, which babies enjoy.

Erin showed us how to cook up some goodies for our little ones like sweet potatoes, and peas and carrots. She suggested adding tasty spices like ginger and cinnamon to baby food as the flavors open a baby’s taste buds to new flavors that have health benefits too. She also let us know of some first foods to avoid such as: berries, shellfish, honey, nuts and lightly cooked eggs.

Here’s a tip for busy moms – make big batches of baby food and freeze most of it in ice cube trays in your freezer. Once frozen, you can pop out a few cubes and let them thaw for your little one as needed or drop your child at daycare with frozen cubes in a sealed bowl and your homemade baby food will be thawed by lunchtime!

Another great tip is to check out the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 Lists before buying produce. The Dirty Dozen list highlights produce items that tend to have the highest levels of pesticide residue such as: apples, peaches and spinach, so it’s important to buy these organic whenever possible.  The Clean 15 list highlights the list of produce items with the least amount of pesticide contamination such as: sweet potatoes, avocado and sweet peas, so these items are not as high of a priority when buying organic. Click here for the full lists and remember, your mama still wants you to eat your fruits and veggies!

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Calling All Female Colorado Cyclists

 For the third year, WhiteWave is proud to sponsor Venus de Miles, an all-women fundraising cycling event which celebrates leadership, volunteerism, sisterhood, and the environment. This year’s bike ride through Boulder County will take place on September 29 and WhiteWave has more than 80 employees participating in the ride. Go WhiteWave women, go!

Proceeds from the ride benefit the Greenhouse Scholars, a not-for-profit Boulder foundation that helps high-performing, under-resourced college students.

Join WhiteWave and hundreds of women for a great ride as well as a post-ride celebration of spa services, gourmet food and exhibitors with women-specific products and services.  Visit http:/colorado.venusdemiles.com to register to ride, volunteer or donate. During the event, WhiteWave Foods will distribute single serve boxes of Silk® soymilk and Horizon Organic® milk at aid stations along the course and will be offering International Delight® coffee creamers at the pre-race coffee station.

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We’ve launched a new website

We are proud to announce the launch of our new corporate website for The WhiteWave Foods Company.

Our new site features compelling storytelling and real-life photography to showcase our culture, highlight our innovative brands and share our commitment to changing the way the world eats for the better.

Check out our new and improved site to find out all you’ll need to know about who The WhiteWave Foods Company is. From information on careers, financials, our brands and our company culture, you’ll see why we’re a standout food company.

Grab a cup of coffee (add your favorite creamer from WhiteWave Foods, of course) and enjoy browsing our new site.

Fall Cooking Classes at Growing Gardens

Growing Gardens, located in Boulder, Colo., is one of WhiteWave’s valued non-profit partners and they are offering some great fall cooking classes in September. Read on, but warning – you may get hungry. All classes cost $40 and you can register here.

 TOMATOES 

September 5 from 6-8pm

Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave. in Boulder

Chef Michael Montgomery harvests ripe, organic produce directly from the iCultiva! Youth Project’s two-acre urban farm and will create delicious seasonal foods on the spot. Learn how to make the most of a garden’s bounty. 

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CANNING

September 12 from 6-8pm

Growing Gardens, 1630 Hawthorn Ave. in Boulder

Lauren Richardson, Growing Gardens Greenhouse Manager, teaches this class and she’ll share all of her tips and secrets from her 10 years of canning experience. Participants will learn all there is to know to start canning at home with step-by-step instructions and demonstration. 

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FRESH CHEESE MAKING

September 19 from 6-8pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1419 Pine St. in Boulder

 Chef Michael Montgomery will be back to teach the fundamentals of fresh cheese and explore the world of fermentation with participants. Chef Montgomery will cover cultured butter, yogurt, ricotta and mozzarella. Say Cheese.

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