Have an #Alpronista Christmas!

 

At WhiteWave one of the best things about Christmas is spending time with family and friends & enjoying delicious meals around the table. This year, Alpro is bringing your family plant-based recipes which are easy to make and perfect for the festive table. These delicious recipes are full of fabulous ingredients! And since Christmas is all about sharing, feel free to impress your family and friends with your own creations using #alpronista! Check out the Alpro Instagram  profile and be inspired!

Cheers to an inspiring and tasty 2016!

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Brought to you by Vega: Top 10 Gifts That Can’t Be Bought In the Store

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It’s that time of year again, when there’s a magical hustle and bustle in the streets, and a natural cheer fills the air. For some of us, this can be a super stressful time of the year, with entertaining, holiday party-going and shopping frantically for the perfect gifts. Have you ever thought to yourself that life would be much easier if we could just enjoy ourselves and each other’s company without the whole gift thing? This year, we are focusing more on being a great company, and less on the gifts! Below are vega product specialist, Sarah Skalzub top 10 gifts you don’t have to go to the store to give:

An adventure is priceless. Take your special someone somewhere they’ve never been before, but always wanted to go. Whether it’s a hike they’ve had their eye on, the local ice skating rink, or a food truck they’ve been drooling over. Give them the gift of adventure that they’ll never forget.

Get hands on. Show your handy side and help out with a home project that a friend has wanted to get done forever and can never find the time. Help them clean out the garage, paint their bathroom, or organize their pantry. This is the type of gift they’ll be ever so grateful for.

Feed the need. Donate your time. Grab a partner that likes to give back, find a local charity that you can support and lend a hand. Help out in a soup kitchen, sort toys for a secret Santa organization or gift drive, or make up your own care packages and share them with those that need it most. Not only will you be making someone else’s holiday a lot better, it also feels good to give back.

Made with love. Make dinner for your friends or family. Do you have that person in your life, who’s always on the go and finds it hard to get home from work and make a healthy dinner? I think we all know at least one. Make a date to pop on over, let them relax and you do the cooking. They’ll probably appreciate it more than you know. If you’re in need of some ideas, look no further, check out the Vega Recipe Center for some awesome ideas.

Be childish. Be part of the babysitters’ club and offer to take care of a friend or family member’s kids while the parents go out for a night on the town. Give them a much deserved night out, while you get some bonding time in with the kids. Heck, you’ll be surprised at the high quality blanket fort you’re able to build as an adult.

Arts attack. Have a night out at the theater. Take your friend out for night to the theater, or go see a screening of your favorite movie. Get some popcorn, your favorite snacks and veg out.

Go Complimental. Think of the feeling you get when someone pays you a really nice compliment. I’m not talking about, I like your shirt today, or your hair looks nice like that. Those are nice to hear, don’t get me wrong, I’m talking about that feeling when someone close to you gives you a real heartfelt genuine compliment. Try making your gift something sentimental, take the time and write out a heartfelt card for your loved ones, with all the things you admire and love about them. And hey, who doesn’t like to read something nice about themselves.

Teacher for a day. Use something you’re good at and roll with it. Are you a wizard behind the guitar, give your friend that’s been dying to play a lesson. Really good at playing hockey, set up a friendly match with your friends that have always wanted to get in on a game, but felt intimidated at the rink.

Go old school. Make your friends a mixtape with your favorite jams. Or should I say make your friends a playlist. Find all those songs you rock out to when you’re together and share through Spotify or whatever music outlet you subscribe to.

Make your own entertainment. Make a slide show. That’s right, slide shows aren’t just for weddings. How fun is to see old photos of you and your family? I’m talking before-Facebook-old. Gather your family around for a real blast from the past and a walk down memory lane. Share a laugh at your brother’s bowl cut, or your mom’s hairdo and remember the good ol’ days.

For more information about Vega and Sarah click here.

 

 

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Tis the season…the Eggnog Season!!

‘Tis the season for eggnog! WhiteWave has a variety of brands that offer this tasty seasonal beverage in a variety of options. How do you like yours? In coffee? Plain? Sprinkled with some nutmeg or cinnamon? There are endless options to spice up your nog. If you want to make the most of the short time it is widely available, check out some of our selections below.

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Horizon Eggnog – Horizon’s® sweet, satisfying eggnog is delicious, lowfat and organic. Made from wholesome organic milk and real organic eggs with a hint of organic nutmeg, it’s a holiday tradition that your family—and the planet—will appreciate. Available in quarts.

International Delight Classic Nog – Made with real milk, so it’s perfectly creamy and just rich enough to make every sip a special occasion.

Silk Almond Nog – Silk’s brand new seasonal Nog blends the creamy, rich flavor of eggnog and the irresistible taste of toasted almonds. And it’s free of eggs, dairy, saturated fat and cholesterol.

So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Nog – At Last! All of the benefits of our Coconut Milk Beverage coupled with the incredibly delicious flavor of Nog.

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Gingerbread Cookies brought to you by Silk!

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The holidays are officially in full swing at WhiteWave. With that comes one of our favorite past times…baking! Holiday baking is a fun way to bring the whole family together while making new traditions and memories. This Gingerbread cookie recipe from Silk is full of yummy spices, whole wheat goodness and is a great dairy free alternative. For detailed information on ingredients and preparation click here.

Happy Baking!

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Guest Blog: BEF site visit to the Verde River

I recently had the amazing opportunity to visit a few of the water restoration projects that WhiteWave funds through the  Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) in the Verde River region near Sedona, Ariz. I was quickly reminded why I joined this earth-loving company. Alongside other water-loving advocates, we experienced a glimpse of how water rights can affect wildlife, farming, and recreation. The most impactful site visit for me was West Clear Creek in Yavapai County. Our short hike to the widest part of the stream was so memorable. A few of us saw a small fish in the stream, which was somewhat surprising to our host at BEF. I wondered how many fish would be in this pond if the stream hadn’t been diverted to get the water to the person who owned the rights.BEF site visit

A strange concept, the person who first owned land in the area essentially owns the rights to the water surrounding that land. Streams and dams are put in place to direct and divert water to the farm land or the housing community. Water rights outnumber the amount of available surface water. If you need to direct water to your community, you can buy water rights.

While on this site visit I was happy to hear that BEF uses some of their funding to educate and help farmers with drip irrigation systems. This system is simple and advanced at the same time; the system is able to monitor soil moisture for each crop and the farmer can either turn on the drip system through a smart phone or it can be set automatically. The idea is to put the water that would be otherwise used inefficiently back into the local rivers. BEF works with users downstream and work their way upstream. I’ve heard of the motto, “use it or lose it”, and this is truly where that literally comes into play. Users of upstream water may not use the water rights, and at that point downstream users can use it. I like knowing that from the bottom up the course of the water can be influenced. That’s inspiring to me and even more so to work for a company that donates resources to make these programs available.

 

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COLORADO’S 2015 MOST SIGNIFICANT ARTIFACTS

Colorado’s 2015 Most Significant Artifacts have been posted, and the Cast Iron Cooking Caldron used to make tofu by Steve Demos, founder of WhiteWave Inc., made it to the list of finalists.

Tofu-CaldronIn 1976, Steve Demos returned from studying meditation in India. His idea to produce soybean curd, a versatile and nutritious protein source, was radical for the time. Catering to health-conscious lifestyle consumers, he founded White Wave Inc., which eventually significantly contributed to Boulder’s reputation as a natural foods hub.

Demos used this large cast iron cooking caldron to make tofu in the early days of WhiteWave Inc. company. After soybeans were soaked and mashed, the milk was extracted and transferred to the caldron where a coagulating agent was mixed in to make the milk into curds. Then the tofu was pressed into blocks.  This unique object places Boulder and the history of WhiteWave in the forefront of the Nation’s natural food movement.

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To learn more about the other artifacts or to vote for the Cast Iron Cooking Caldron click here!

 

 

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#ShareYourDelight this holiday season

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When you think about it, snow is a key component in most holiday traditions – like sledding, caroling and
ice-skating.  In short, snow adds delight.  This holiday, International Delight brought a delightful dose of holiday happiness to a Floridian community that has rarely seen snow.

Share your favorite holiday traditions and photos with us here for a chance to win: http://po.st/ShareYourDelight

 

 

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WhiteWave rated Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

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We are excited to announce WhiteWave received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report about corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC).  WhiteWave joins the ranks of 391 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.

The 2016 CEI rated 1,024 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. WhiteWave’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

 

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WhiteWave Recognized by CDP

WhiteWave has earned a top position on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for disclosing high-quality carbon emissions CDPand energy data through CDP’s climate change program. WhiteWave received a disclosure score of 99 out of a possible 100 and is being recognized as part of the CDLI in the top 10% disclosure scores across the S&P 500. Top scores indicate a high level of transparency in the disclosure of climate change-related information, providing investors with a level of comfort to assess corporate accountability and preparedness for changing market demands and emissions regulation.

WhiteWave is the only Food and Beverage Company included in the 2015 Leadership Index and is in good company with Apple, Johnson & Johnson, and Morgan Stanley which also received this exceptional acknowledgement . This news supports and recognizes the many years we have been committed to producing food responsibly and improving our business practices so that we have a lighter impact on the planet. For more information on the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index click here.

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Believe in Heroes

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In celebration of Veterans Day, Horizon Organic and Silk supported the national activation of the 2015 Believe in Heroes campaign. Wounded veterans share the bonds of common experiences but everyone’s journey is unique. The varied needs of  injured service men and women are the reason the Wounded Warrior Project supports their recovery process with programs that address mind, body, economic empowerment and engagement.

To date, the Believe in Heroes campaign has raised over $22 million for the Wounded Warrior Project and the brands participating in this campaign have helped impact the lives of our wounded service members and their families.  You, too, can join the effort when you visit a local participating retailer thru November 20. To learn more visit here.

 

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