New Horizon Organic Single Serve Milk Boxes

We’re excited to announce the launch of Horizon® Organic’s new single serve milk boxes with 32 mg DHA Omega-3. As the first shelf-stable milk box with 32 mg DHA omega-3, these new milk boxes are perfect for packed school lunches and busy families. Take them to the park, the pool, school and playdates. They pack all of the nutritious benefits of milk, including 8g of protein, Vitamins A and D, and calcium, with the added benefit of DHA omega-3 to support healthy brain development.

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DHA omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that has been studied for its role in supporting healthy brain development. Most children currently don’t get the suggested intake of DHA omega-3, and each serving of Horizon Organic Milk with DHA omega-3 provides 32 mg of DHA. Yummy yummy for your tummy (and your brain).

Have questions about DHA Omega-3? Check out Horizon’s website for more info and great videos.

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.”

Trying new things…

The New Year often sparks a time for reflection. Even if you don’t formally claim resolutions, you may find yourself talking about things you want to do more or less of, or things you want to change. I’ve often wondered why this happens. What is it about this time of year that drives us to think about things so differently?

Obviously, there’s the simple fact of the new calendar year. Over the holidays, I heard my relatives explaining to their kids that December 31 is like celebrating the Earth’s birthday. I really like that analogy, and perhaps we consider it a time to work on ourselves in some way, whereas a birthday is simply a time to celebrate.

In thinking about my resolutions, I think my biggest one is trying new things, whether it’s a new activity, new recipes or new places to explore. I think companies often take advantage of this time of year to try new things, too. Here at WhiteWave, we are offering some exciting new products launching from various brands:

  • Horizon is now offering Fat Free Milk Plus Omega-3 DHA – the first and only on the market! DHA Omega-3 is a long-chain omega-3 fatty acid that has been shown in a number of scientific studies to be important for proper brain and eye function for infants and children, healthy heart function for both children and adults and brain function for adults.

  • Horizon single serve organic milk boxes will now have less sugar (at 22 or 23 g per serving) less fat and fewer calories. The change is possible by switching from 2% organic reduced fat milk to 1% organic lowfat milk.

  • Silk Pure Coconut is another example of the innovation Silk is proud to bring to the dairy alternative category. Available in Original and Vanilla, Pure Coconut provides 50% more calcium than typical dairy milk, and 25% of your recommended daily value of vitamin D, which is just as much as milk.

  • Silk Pure Almond is now available in Unsweetened, with just 40 calories per serving! Not only can you try something new, but this is a great option for cutting calories if that’s also in your New Year’s plan.

  • Fruit2Day is now available in a large size portion, offering more value to consumers. Both Mango Peach and Strawberry Orange are available in this new, 28-oz. size. Try this new way to eat fruit today.

Cheers to embracing the New Year by trying new things!

New darling on the dairy shelf…

Check it out – Our Silk brand’s Pure Almond milk was featured in the Wall Street Journal, no big deal…

Mr. W

Wait for it, there’s a message at the end…

The drive-thru has new meaning

Check this out, from NAU’s The Thought Kitchen, who just announced their Grant for Change winner – Truck Farm

Food deserts, and a little lot that can

Awhile back we did a little reporting on Impact Day, WhiteWave’s first annual all-company volunteer event. Today, we’re pleased to welcome a guest blogger from one of the organizations we supported. Below, Julie Malinsky from Feed Denver talks about the work her organization does in addressing an issue that has only just recently gotten more attention: Food Deserts.

Food Deserts are areas in the city where access to fresh, healthy food is limited.  The USDA and Economic Research Service estimates that of all households in the United States, 2.3 million people live more than a mile from a supermarket and do not have access to a vehicle; and an additional 3.2 million people live between one half mile to a mile from a grocer without access to a vehicle.  Often these are urban core areas characterized by higher levels of racial segregation and greater income inequality.  We all know these areas — stretches of road where concrete meets barbed wire fences and the only brightly colored thing is a blaring Burger King marquee.  The people living in these communities often suffer the consequences of economic curtailment, with higher incidences of health problems related to diet, and a lower standard of living based upon their lack of good quality, nutritious food choices.

Many supermarkets and other food retailers simply do not wish to locate in these areas because of the economic risks associated with a lower income population.  But rather than re-inventing the capitalist wheel, perhaps the solution lies in a different direction?  Feed Denver Urban Farms and Markets is a non-profit with some good ideas on how to address this situation.  This spring we received a grant from the City of Denver to locate a small local farm on an unused parking lot in northeast Denver.  The farm is located at 42nd and Steele in a neighborhood known as Swansea, which is a classic example of a food desert.

In late May, with the help of about 15 WhiteWave volunteers, the parking lot in Swansea was transformed from derelict to fertile.  Nearly 35 yards of compost and mulch was shoveled, pushed, carried, and dumped to create mounds for planting and cool wood paths between the rows of compost.  Since then, everything from squash to tomatoes has been planted and the farm is well on its way to becoming vibrant. It will help feed the local residents with affordable fresh organic produce, provide a safe community gathering spot, and it will be used to train local youth and adults on how to farm.  The farm will eventually create real jobs and soon will expand its production with the addition of three greenhouses designed and built by Architecture for Humanity.  With the addition of the greenhouses, the Feed Denver farm at 42nd and Steele could potentially supply food for hundreds of people year-round; meanwhile, local people will have opportunities to learn and become involved with the project.  A market is planned in the coming weeks, and Feed Denver is continuing to provide programs for youth interested in farming.  It is a small parking lot with big ideas and an even bigger enthusiasm to change how we think of food equality in the Denver metro area.

Feed Denver’s mission is to create viable urban agriculture in the city.  Along the way, we hope to green up some of our urban spaces, provide access to those without, and produce beautiful food and spaces along the way.  Feed Denver is a regional training center for McArthur Genius Grant award winner Will Allen of Milwaukee’s Growing Power.  You can explore more at www.Feeddenver.com, www.feeddenver.blogspot.com, or www.growingpower.org.

Julie Malinsky is Feed Denver’s Jill of all trades and a blossoming writer; www.hapticityandcitizen.blogspot.com

This week’s sweet link – Garden Stories (three stories high, actually)

Great video example of the urban rooftop farming we discussed last month


from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

The distance from farm to market is now only a few blocks.

Urban farming

Ever since we got hold of the PBS documentary series, E2, we’ve been keeping an eye on greenroof development and green building in general. Watching the series we were blown away by Chicago’s commitment to innovative building techniques. Of course, the Windy City has a long history of leading the country in big buildings, but it seems as if they’ve got some competition, at least when it comes to making greenroofs. According to this blog from PSFK, a 6,000 square foot roof of an industrial building has been transformed not into a meadow or field or Zen garden, but an actual working organic vegetable garden.

This week’s sweet links – best wheelbarrow race move ever, and unicycle basketball