Today is the start of a new chapter for the WhiteWave Foods Company. As of close of business yesterday, our spin-off from Dean Foods was complete, making WhiteWave an independent company. As such, WhiteWave is well positioned for sustained future growth thanks to our strong brands in growing categories that are aligned with favorable, long-term consumer preferences.
While we’re excited about our future as an independent company, nothing is changing when it comes to the great-tasting, nutritious and responsibly produced Horizon Organic, Silk, International Delight and Alpro products our consumers have come to know and love. Consumers will still be able to shop for all of their favorite WhiteWave products just as they’ve done in the past.
As an independent company, we’re remaining committed to initiatives and causes our consumers, employees and partners care about, including sustainability. We strongly believe in the power of our business and brands to make meaningful change, and we’re making strong progress against our sustainability goals:
- In the U.S., we’ve met our 2013 greenhouse gas reduction goal of 25 percent over a 2006 baseline. We’ve also exceeded our waste to landfill reduction goal of 30 percent over a 2007 baseline by 15 percent.
- Also in the U.S., we have reduced non-ingredient water ingredient water use by 8 percent. Our goal is a 15 percent reduction by 2013 over a 2008 baseline, providing an opportunity for continued improvement.
- In Europe, despite increases in production volumes of 17 percent since 2008, Alpro has succeeded in cutting its waste in half and further reducing its plants’ carbon emissions by 14 percent over the same time period. The goal of achieving carbon-neutral production facilities remains a key area of focus for Alpro.
We’re also remaining steadfast in our commitment to making a difference for those in need. In North America, one of our most substantial and enduring partnerships is with Community Food Share, a hunger relief organization located near our North American location in Broomfield, Colo. In Europe, one way we drive positive change is through Alpro’s partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, one of the largest and most respected international environmental organizations. In celebration of our newly independent status, additional contributions are being made to help further the causes of hunger relief and sustainable development.
As we look to the future, our focus rests squarely on uniting the spirit and principles of small food with the resources of an established food and beverage leader to change the way the world eats for the better. We know it’s a lofty goal, but it’s one we strongly believe in and are dedicated to making a reality.
Here are a couple photos from our employee event marking the new chapter for the WhiteWave Foods Company.