Horizon Mac & Cheese

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Heart of Horizon

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Ever wonder where the milk in your favorite Horizon product comes from? The answer is that 99 percent of Horizon’s milk supply comes from more than 600 family farmers across the country. They are truly the heart of the Horizon brand. These farms range in size from 13 milking cows to 2,400, with an average herd size of just 86 cows. In fact, 600 of our 679 farms milk fewer than 100 cows. So, when you’re choosing Horizon milk, you’re not only guaranteed great-tasting organic milk that is produced without the use of antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, or GMOs, but you’re also supporting family farmers across the country. You can read about some of these farms here.  

The remainder of our milk supply comes from our Horizon dairy in Kennedyville, Md. The Maryland farm is a leader in conservation efforts, conserving water via a berm and dam structure along a nearby creek that minimizes erosion and captures rainwater. The dam can hold up to six million gallons of rainwater runoff, which is used to irrigate the farm’s pastures. In addition, the farm’s shop building features solar-heated water and efficient radiant floor heating.

Whether it’s from one of our family farmer partner dairies or our own Maryland farm, regardless of size, you can feel good knowing that all Horizon milk is produced in strict accordance with USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards, and all farms are certified organic by an independent, third party certifier. In fact, we’re proud to have played an important role in developing the USDA NOP regulations and the USDA organic seal. We also have our own additional standards that govern our Maryland dairy. They’re called our “Standards of Care.” They outline things like our belief that animal care and welfare should be holistic, preventive and natural and our moral obligation to treat our animals humanely and with respect. Our full Standards of Care document is available on our website here.

Since its inception more than 20 years ago, Horizon has grown to become the leading organic milk brand in the country. We have always been committed to supporting our hundreds of family farmer partners, as well as promoting sustainable agriculture and growing the organic dairy category. We are always looking to help more farmers convert to organic farming, which will ultimately lead to the growth of the industry so more consumers have access to organic offerings. We’re proud of our history and continue to believe that great milk starts with great farmers.

 

 

Did You Know?

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Organic foods are regulated by a strict program – the strictest in the world – called the National Organic Program (NOP). This program is part of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and all products that are labeled as organic, are certified and regulated.

What many consumers do not know, is that there are different ways to label organic foods. For instance, Horizon recently launched a line of mac & cheese products, all of which fall within the organic spectrum.

Some of these products are at least 95% organic and carry the USDA Organic seal, while others are labeled as made with organic, which means they are made with more than 70% organic ingredients and are still regulated by the NOP.

The labels on our new Horizon products clearly designate which are certified organic and which are made with organic to ensure that shoppers can easily distinguish between the two.

According to the USDA, to be labeled as made with organic, at least 70% of a product’s ingredients must be certified organic, while the other 30% must also meet NOP regulations including the exclusion of antibiotics, growth hormones, cloning and GMOs. All Horizon ingredients comply with the NOP standards.

Why offer both 95% and 70% organic products? We think every family deserves the goodness of organic foods, especially pantry staples like mac & cheese. For many families though, organic foods don’t fit into the grocery budget. By offering cost-conscious made with organic items, we can bring foods on the organic spectrum to a much wider group of people.

We know we are doing the right thing by offering more consumers a wide variety of organic products, and we will continue to work to grow organic in a positive way.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentine's cookies

Valentine’s Melting Heart Cookies

Yield: 30-35 cookies

Difficulty: Moderate

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 12-15 minutes per batch

These delicious cookies have a sweet heart of deep dark chocolate. 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (if desired)

1 cup Horizon Organic unsalted butter, softened

1 cup sugar
2 large Horizon Organic eggs
2-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Filling
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup Horizon Organic whipping cream 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease, spray or line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, cocoa, vanilla and espresso powder until smooth. Set aside.

In an another bowl cream butter and sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add cocoa mixture to butter mixture, stirring until completely combined.

Sift together flour, soda and salt and add to the chocolate mixture, mixing until combined. (Dough will be quite stiff.)

Using a soup spoon, scoop balls and place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until tops bounce back when lightly pressed.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheets, then transfer to cooling racks. While cookies are still warm, use the back of a teaspoon to gently press an indentation in the center of each cookie.

Meanwhile, make Chocolate Filling:

In a small saucepan, heat cream to boiling, then remove from heat and quickly pour over chopped chocolate. Let stand for 3 minutes then whisk until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.

To finish, scoop a teaspoon of filling into the center of each cookie. Cool and serve. Cookies may be stored, tightly covered, at room temperature for 2-3 days or frozen up to 2 months.

 Nutrition Information:

Calories 113; Calories from fat 52; Total fat 6g; Saturated fat 3g; Trans fat 0g; Cholesterol 21g; Sodium 57g; Carbohydrates 15g; Dietary Fiber 1g; Sugars 8g; Protein 2g; Vitamin A 3% DV; Calcium 1% DV; Iron 4% DV

 

In The Mood to Mix Things Up?

 

Give one of Silk’s latest and greatest products a try – you never know, one of them may become your new favorite!

Silk Almond Coconut BlendAlmond Coconut Blend: Almond or coconut? Now you don’t have to decide. Silk® Original Almond Coconut Blend is the perfect balance of almond and coconut flavors. And at 50 calories a cup for Original and a mere 35 for Unsweetened, it’s a feel-good choice no matter how you serve it.

Fruity & Creamy: Now in two new flavors – Black Cherry and Vanilla – Silk’s Fruity & Creamy soy yogurt is creamy, dreamy and totally spoonable. It has 6 grams of soy protein, live and active cultures and all the goodness you expect from Silk – with absolutely no high fructose corn syrup dairy, lactose or cholesterol to spoil the fun.

 

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Silk Helps You Bloom

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Our brand purpose is to fuel a passion for plant-based foods, and that’s exactly what we aim to do with our new Bloom campaign.

Within the first two TV spots in the campaign, reluctant individuals give Silk a try with the help of a trusty sidekick (voiced by William H. Macy). Our new nut convinces consumers that there are nutritional and environmental benefits to making plant-based choices. 

The new ads are intended to capture consumers’ attention in a fun, entertaining and humorous way. Silk has a long history of introducing amusing and quirky marketing campaigns that challenge the status quo. This ad is in that same spirit and consumers have told us overwhelmingly they enjoy it. 

The campaign is also heading to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the #mybloom Sweepstakes. We want to know how Silk helps all of our fans bloom. To participate, visit the Silk Facebook page or submit a tweet or Instagram photo using #mybloom #promo to illustrate what “blooming” means to you. Details & rules: http://bit.ly/bloomrules.

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More Than Dairy in the Dairy Aisle

An article by Max Rothman on BevNET discussed the increase in consumers purchasing dairy alternatives, mentioning WhiteWave as a major “player” in the industry. The article describes Silk as a leader in the non-lactose dairy movement, with its line of soy, almond and coconut milk brands. International Delight is also mentioned as a leading product in regards to the iced coffee products and partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts. In the article, Rothman notes that Silk “boasts about low sugar and calorie counts and its commitment to the Non-GMO project” and “happily compares itself to dairy milk, stating that its products contain 50 percent more calcium, less saturated fat and no cholesterol.” The article is the first in a two-part BevNET series on the ways emerging innovation is changing the dairy aisle, and we will share part two of the story when it’s available.