It’s Official: Welcome, So Delicious!

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Earlier today, WhiteWave completed its acquisition of So Delicious® Dairy Free. So Delicious manufactures, markets and distributes dairy-free, plant-based foods and beverages under the So Delicious® Dairy Free brand, which consumers love for their broad range of great-tasting, dairy-free beverages, creamers, and cultured products. We are excited to welcome them as they share our commitment to change the way the world eats for the better, through their nutritious, non-GMO verified products and their environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices.

So Delicious has built a fantastic business and it is our intention to dedicate the right resources to keep growing it in the future. We are committed to integrating them into WhiteWave in a way that is strategic and capitalizes on the products and expertise that made them such an attractive fit for our company. For today, it remains business as usual at both companies, with our teams continuing to focus on providing our customers and consumers with the highest level of service and quality products.

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Happy Halloween from WhiteWave!

Halloween came a day early at the WhiteWave office in Broomfield this year as we celebrated our “Funmare Before Halloween” event. In addition to tricks and treats, the day’s events included an adult costume contest, cubicle decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest and a kids parade.

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The day was an absolute blast, and allowed us to give back to our community as well. As part of Share What We Do Well Month, all proceeds from the event will be donated to Urban Peak, a local nonprofit committed to improving the lives of young adults experiencing homelessness, providing shelter, outreach, education and employment opportunities to those in need.

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Infographic: “What’s In Your Food?”

As this year’s National Non-GMO Month comes to a close, the campaign for national GMO labeling standards continues to gain momentum. WhiteWave, Silk® and Horizon® have teamed up with organizations like the Non-GMO Project and Just Label It! to create this informative and encouraging infographic to share our support and bolster the energy we’ll need to achieve the GMO labeling standards we deserve.

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Sharing What We Do Well in 2014

“We work hard to build a values-based community where everyone has the opportunity to make a positive impact.”

— Blaine McPeak, President, WhiteWave Foods

Onion Pic 10-3-14In the spirit of living more sustainably and giving back to our communities, WhiteWave employees in North America are participating in the second annual Share What We Do Well Month throughout October. Centered around community engagement, volunteerism, and making eco-conscious decisions, the month-long initiative allows employees the opportunity to lend their hands in helping organizations across the country on company time. This year, WhiteWave will be working with Community Food Share, Hope’s Village of SLO, Habitat for Humanity, Snack Pak 4 Kids, local food banks, and a number of others working to make the world a better place.

“Share What We Do Well” is a core value here at WhiteWave that drives us to actively foster a values-based community that grows more impactful each year. Our Values in Action (VIA) program is another integral element to the WhiteWave community, which serves “to empower our employees to volunteer, give back, and live and work more sustainably.” The VIA team works hard to implement our core values into everything we do. During the year, employees accrue “VIA points” through volunteering, donating, maintaining active lifestyles, and participating in sustainable activities like biking to work. Beyond what we do throughout the year, dedicating a full month out of each year to participating in activities like these is one reason we love working here.

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Mandy Ingber on Colorado’s Best

Mandy Ingber CO's BestEarlier this week, our favorite celebrity trainer and health guru Mandy Ingber appeared on Colorado’s Best to show us some yoga moves and share a delicious Tropical Green Smoothie recipe using Silk® Soymilk. You can watch the segment here for some healthy inspiration to keep you energized and feeling great this fall.

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Healthy Meals, Simplified

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For the back to school season, Horizon® is sponsoring one of our favorite super moms, Frances Largeman-Roth. Like most moms, Frances is a busy gal, which is what led her to come up with some tips on how to realistically get healthy family dinners on the table. And, guess what? She doesn’t cook a whole meal from scratch every night. Yes, that’s right, even a cookbook author doesn’t have time for that. For some of Frances’s best dinnertime ideas, you can check out her latest blog post. In the post she outlines several meal ideas, including creations with Horizon Super Mac. Plus, if you’re looking for some new lunchtime ideas, be sure to check out the month-long calendar she created for moms to use throughout the year.

Venus de Miles 2014: Cycling to Support Greenhouse Scholars

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A big shout-out goes to the 30-plus WhiteWave employees who participated in this year’s Venus de Miles event on Aug. 23rd — “Colorado’s first all-women’s road ride, a celebration of sisterhood, support for Greenhouse Scholars, and crazy fun.” The annual event is hosted by Greenhouse Scholars and serves to further their mission to provide “comprehensive personal and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students.” Also held in Illinois this year, Venus de Miles allows thousands of women (and men) the opportunity to have fun and get some exercise while giving back to the community, and we’re all about it.

Programs like Greenhouse Scholars are empowering our communities through mission-driven events like Venus de Miles, and we’re thrilled to have joined in the fun in 2014. If you’re interested in learning more about the efforts of Greenhouse Scholars and would like to get involved, click here.

October is National Non-GMO Month!

Non-GMO Month

Non-GMO Month is an opportunity to coordinate our voices and our actions, so that we can stand up loudly and clearly for our right to know what’s in our food, and to choose non-GMO.

— The Non-GMO Project

This October, team up with Silk®, the Non-GMO Project, 2,200 brands and more than 2,000 retailers to celebrate our right to know what goes into the food we consume. Each year, National Non-GMO Month provides the opportunity for food companies and consumers to collaborate in raising awareness around the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods and beverages. Organized by the Non-GMO Project, the month-long event has continued to gain momentum and empower consumer choice since its beginning in 2010.

As consumers, we choose what products to purchase and share with our families on a daily basis. Many factors can influence our decisions: advertisement, word-of-mouth, dietary restriction, taste, etc. Beyond these, we rely on labeling when choosing what to eat and drink.

Currently, food companies are not required to inform potential buyers of the presence of genetically modified ingredients in their products. Companies have the right to choose logos, catchphrases, images and packaging design when marketing their products, but informing the public of what goes into our food should not be an option. With the help of the Non-GMO Project and brands like Silk, awareness of the issue is on the rise, and many food companies are heeding public concern and improving labeling practices.

Throughout the month, event sponsors will participate in a Daily Giveaway Contest. Silk’s giveaway will be on Oct. 10, so don’t miss your chance to win some sweet schwag!

During your next visit to the local grocer, be sure to look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal to support brands that endeavor to avoid the use of GMOs within food production. Also, take a look at the Non-GMO Month calendar to discover ways to celebrate your right to know.

Avoiding the Snack Time Meltdown

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Kids need snacks between meals, we know that. But when to feed them and how much to feed them…well, sometimes that’s harder to figure out. Frances Largeman-Roth, who we’ve continued to sponsor throughout this back to school season, is helping moms out this school year by making snacks count. In a recent blog post, she provides snack ideas and what parents should be feeding their kids throughout the day for proper nutrition. Plus, for more helpful ideas from Frances, you can check out a full month-long calendar of lunchtime ideas to use throughout the year!