Bringing Home the Medals

We are proud to announce that three WhiteWave products were chosen by Prevention Magazine in its 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards of 2014. Silk’s Organic Unsweetened Soymilk, Horizon’s Organic Whole Milk and Earthbound Farm’s Tomatillo, Black Bean, and Baby Lettuce PowerMeal were all chosen as products that met and exceeded the criteria set by Prevention Magazine:

  • Must have no more than 10 g of added sugar
  • Must have less than 200 mg of sodium per serving (or 400 mg for meals)
  • All cans must be free of BPA
  • All fish must be sustainable, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood criteria
  • All foods had to be absolutely delicious

Prevention had only compliments for Silk’s Organic Unsweetened Soymilk, it captured a spot in the beverage list:

“With no added sugar and 7 grams of protein, it’s the ultimate cereal-splasher for the dairy-free crowd. Just a cup provides 30% of your daily calcium and vitamin D, plus half of your B12 allotment. Make ours a soymilk mustache.”

Also in the beverage category, Prevention praised the natural values of Horizon Organic Whole Milk:

“For drinkers of cow milk, going organic gets you lots of benefits. Organic milk is free of hormones, and the cows from which it’s squeezed even tend to live longer than conventional cows. And it’s still the king of calcium: a cold glass of Horizon organic milk will get you 30% of that daily bone-building mineral.”

Finally, Prevention expressed its affection for Earthbound Farm’s  Tomatillo, Black Bean, and Baby Lettuce PowerMeal:

“We first fell in love with Earthbound Farm for their salad-ready organic lettuce and kale. But this year, they went the extra mile with a new ready-made salad PowerMeal. It’s the perfect complete lunch: an organic mixed greens base, plus a creamy dressing (a little goes a long way!), tortilla strips for crunch, and protein-packed beans. Guaranteed to be your new work fridge staple.”

The good news continued on Thursday morning. Siobhan O’Connor, Prevention Magazine’s executive editor, appeared on fourth hour of The Today Show, with hosts Kathie-Lee and Hoda, to detail 20 of the 100 Cleanest Packaged Foods Award winners. The segment featured Silk Organic Unsweetened Soymilk and Horizon Organic Whole Milk. O’Connor praised the quality of our Silk beverage and said, “Soy milk is often chalky and high in sugar, this is neither – this is Silk, organic, nice and smooth.”

It always feels gratifying to win awards and the praise of professionals, especially when the work it involves is quality and sourcing of our products. We would like to thank Prevention Magazine, Siobhan O’Connor, The Today Show and all of the WhiteWave consumers for recognizing the love we put into our products.

Prevention Magazine’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards 2014

Today Show WhiteWave Coverage

 

 

 

Horizon Mac & Cheese

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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. 

canning

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.

Chef Montgomery

From Garden to Plate

Growing Gardens is one of WhiteWave’s valued non-profit partners and they are offering an amazing summer cooking class series that starts on July 25. Read on and sign up to bring the fruits and flavors of your garden to your plate.

Summer Cooking Class Series with Chef Michael Montgomery

Learn how to creatively utilize your garden throughout the growing season as we cook with food harvested from Growing Gardens at its peak!  Learn new cooking techniques and tips from Growing Gardens Chef Michael as he gives on-site cooking demonstrations. Participants will taste Michael’s cooking samples and take home seasonal recipe packets.

Topics covered during class:

  • To pick or not to pick.  Determining when to eat your garden.
  • Proper storage of common Colorado veggies.
  • Getting the most flavor out of your garden.  Creative ideas for the heavy producers.
  • Utilizing fresh herbs and aromatics such as garlic, onions, leeks.
  • Basic knife skills
  • Intuitive cooking (cooking without a recipe)

Summer Cooking Class Schedule:

Thursday, July 25 – Beets

Thursday, August 15 – Summer Squash

Thursday, August 29 – Tomatoes

Class Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Summer Cooking Series Classes will be held at Growing Gardens – iCultiva! Harvest Station, next to the Greenhouse.

Each class is $40, or save $15 when you register for all three!

Click here to sign up

About Chef Michael Montgomery:

A graduate of Kendall Culinary School in Chicago, Michael’s work with food spans from high paced restaurant kitchens to catering companies, corporate kitchens and grocery stores.  Most recently, Michael has rolled up his sleeves and is getting his hands dirty learning how to grow food as an intern at Growing Gardens for the 2013 season.  Michael is eager to share his cooking techniques, experiences and extensive knowledge of food.

Chef Montgomery 

If you have questions, please contact Megan at (303) 443-9952 or Megan@growinggardens.org or visit http://www.growinggardens.org/

WhiteWave’s Support for Mandatory National GMO Labeling

Initiatives to require labeling food made with genetically-modified ingredients are continuing to gain momentum at the Federal and state levels. New ballot initiatives in Washington State, Connecticut, Vermont and elsewhere continue to generate widespread attention.

We realize some consumers expressed concern about our former parent company’s position on these issues.

To be clear, we didn’t donate to the opposition of the I-522 or Prop 37 initiatives. At WhiteWave, we believe people have the right to know what is in their food and we agree with the underlying principles of state initiatives.

We support a national standard for labeling because we believe consumers everywhere, in all 50 states, have the same right to know what’s in their food.  A national standard for GMO labeling would provide consistency for consumers and avoid the potential for 50 different standards in 50 different states.

We remain committed to the non-GMO movement. Consumers can feel good knowing Silk’s entire line of plant-based beverages has been verified by, or is enrolled in, the Non-GMO Project. All of Horizon’s products carry the USDA Organic Seal, and have been certified organic for more than 20 years. Consumers know and trust that the certified organic label means their food is produced without the use of antibiotics, added growth hormones, and GMOs.

Rest assured WhiteWave believes in transparency, and will not support initiatives that oppose GMO labeling.

 

More Moms Choosing Organic Foods

A new report entitled “Moms as Food Shoppers” shows that the number of moms who report looking for organic or natural foods when grocery shopping jumped from 7 million to 9.2 million, or 31%!  The study also found that moms are most likely to seek out organic foods when their children are ages five and under. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there and we hope you can take this weekend off  from grocery shopping.  🙂

 

Food for Thought

According to a recent poll conducted by Progressive Grocer, the health issue that’s top of mind for most consumers is trying to follow the USDA’s guidance to fill half their plate with fruit and vegetables. Getting enough fruit and veggies is of top concern to 66% of U.S. shoppers.

A much smaller group – just 13% – said “high-fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners” was their hot button issue, while “free from foods (hormones, preservatives, etc)” and “artificial ingredients” received about 10% each of the vote. 

What’s most important to you?

Bill Gates: Food Is Ripe for Innovation

Check out this interesting article by Bill Gates re: plant-based foods.

Bill Gates: Food Is Ripe for Innovation
http://mashable.com/2013/03/21/bill-gates-future-of-food/

“There’s quite a lot of interesting physics, chemistry and biology involved in how food tastes, how cooking changes its taste, and why we like some tastes and not others.”

Eat Clean

 

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We know it’s hard to find time to go grocery shopping, let alone read all of the labels while you’re at the store. we have good news for you – Prevention Magazine recently put together Eat Clean 2013: Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards where they reveal the best, healthiest, and cleanest boxed and bagged foods on the market. Prevention’s editors ate their way through mountains of food in search of the most nutritious, delicious choices with the cleanest ingredients.

How clean do these foods need to be to make the list? Check out the criteria for foods to even be considered for the 100 Cleanest Packaged Food List.

  • Must not contain GMO ingredients. (Brownie points to those bearing the “Non-GMO Project Verified Seal”, which denotes foods that have been vetted through the non-profit Non-GMO Project, America’s only third party verification for products produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance.)
  • Must have no more than 10 g of added sugar
  • Must have less than 200 mg of sodium  per serving (or 400 mg for meals)
  • All cans must be free of BPA
  • All fish must be sustainable, according to Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood criteria
  • All foods had to be absolutely delicious 

We’re proud to announce that Silk Pure Coconut® was named to this list under the breakfast category. And, Horizon Organic® Cream Cheese, reduced fat was named to the list under the lunch category.HO_RedFat_CreamCheese_3_11

You can check out all 100 foods named to Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Foods list here: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/100-cleanest-packaged-food-awards-2013

How nice of Prevention to read the labels for us!

Natural Products Expo West 2013

We asked Expo Veteran Jessica Farlow, Event Marketing Manager for WhiteWave Foods, to let us know her thoughts on Expo West 2013. Expo West is the largest trade show and conference for the natural, organic and healthy lifestyle. Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, more than 60,000 industry members attended the show earlier this month.

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Q: How would you sum up the experience at Expo West?
A: Expo is always an incredibly exciting experience! I was really surprised how many new companies and products there were this year. The show has grown tremendously and you can see the growth trajectory of the entire industry through all of the new items on the show floor. The show is literally busting at the seams in Anaheim. It is amazing to think that this was a one-hall show back in the day and now the natural products industry seems to take over the entire city. I’m thrilled to have been a part of this movement for so long and to have attended my eleventh Expo.

Q: What was the most valuable part of Expo for you?
A: I love reconnecting with old friends. It is a really special time to connect with all these people I’ve encountered in my career and meet the industry leaders I’ve admired over the years. I’m proud to be part of this community because of the friendships that are forged here. These are people I will know for the rest of my life and I love Expo West for keeping me in contact with everyone.

Q: What wowed you the most about Expo or what was new this year at Expo?
A: I noticed so many new companies at Expo this year! It’s so much fun to see the innovation on the show floor and hear all the stories about the small companies that are making their splash at Expo West. It’s a huge commitment to attend the show, and I think everyone in the community really wants to see the new, small companies become successful. New success and ideas mean our industry is growing, and that’s a good thing for everyone. 

Q: What was your biggest takeaway from Expo?
A: It was so exciting to see this resurgence of the industry. I really noticed so many more people, many more companies and all sorts of new products at Expo this year. The natural products community is so passionate about what we do and I’m proud to be a part of it.