During these hot days of summer, it’s easy to lose your motivation to cook a meal, especially one that requires cranking up the oven or standing over a steaming pan.
In honor of National Picnic Month, why not get out of the kitchen with these flavorful, effortless snacks that can be easily prepared and packed up for an outdoor picnic?
So stop sweating it in the kitchen and get out and enjoy the weather!
Horizon Organic was a proud sponsor of the Kids Adventure Games, which took place in Vail, Colo. last week. Complete with adventure racing through Vail and the surrounding wilderness for kids ages six to 14, a free Family Adventure Expo, a Family Mud Run and more, the event encouraged teamwork, healthy active lifestyles and fun for kids of all ages. So, how could we not get involved?
Horizon was onsite providing delicious, fun snacks and beverages for kids and parents alike. Racers fueled up with Horizon Organic milk and enjoyed creamy Mac & Cheese at the Horizon Mac & Cheese Awards Celebration. There was also a Horizon Expo Booth providing samples of our new Horizon Snack Crackers, Snack Grahams and Sandwich Crackers. Overall, we had an exciting week with a little “snackage” and A LOT of family fun.
For more information on the KEEN Kids Adventure Games and other recreational events in the Vail, CO. area, visit www.vailkidsadventuregames.com.
Have you heard of Green Guru?
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Green Guru is a great company founded on principles of sustainability that turns bike tubes, banners, wetsuits, climbing rope and PETE recycled plastic bottles into reusable products. They make wallets, bike gear, accessories and trendy tote bags. They turned our outdated marketing materials into reusable products.
We’re fans – check them out!
At WhiteWave, we’re all about people living healthier, happier lives. In 2013, Boulder dietician Ande Anderson’s boyfriend, Ike Allen, set out to do just that. And, the two documented Ike’s adventures as he attempted to lose his “fast food junkie” ways to shed some weight.
Super Shrink Me premiered last year and features the story of Ike’s weight loss, including interviews about food’s connection to our health and well-being from popular restaurants and food companies. One of those interviews was with Blaine McPeak, president of WhiteWave. Blaine talks about the health benefits of plant-based drinks and their growth in popularity.
With a simple focus on better options in terms of calories (like ditching fried chicken in favor of grilled chicken) and food choices (think breakfast smoothies made with Silk products!), Ike was able to drop some extra pounds and feel better. Ike’s journey is a fascinating reminder of some of the simple things we can all be doing to ensure smart eating habits.
If you’re interested in learning more about Ike’s story, you can view the trailer here: http://www.avaiya.com/super-shrink-me/
We love its tall peaks, winding rivers, spacious valleys and charming communities. Yep, we are pretty lucky to call Colorado home. In fact, WhiteWave President, Blaine McPeak, recently shared our love for ‘The Centennial State’ with the Denver Business Journal: “We could have gone anywhere, but the company was committed to the corridor between Denver and Boulder… We’re really trying to change the way the world eats and Colorado has proved progressive in the entire natural and organic food movement,” he said.
In honor of Colorado Day today, we want to share the natural beauty of our home state as seen through the eyes of our employees. Here are a couple of their favorite shots:
In 2007, Horizon Organic became the first national organic dairy brand to offer scholarships for the next generation of organic leaders, with the launch of its Horizon Organic Producer Education (HOPE) Scholarship program. The HOPE scholarship program aims to encourage young people to enter the field of organic agriculture.
Last week, a committee of organic industry leaders, including members of the National Organic Standards Board, Northeast Organic Farming Association and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, awarded $2,500 each to four children and grandchildren of Horizon’s nearly 700 family farmers. Each of the recipients proved passionate about the future of the organic industry and demonstrated a keen interest in educating people on the importance of organic farming.
Congratulations to this year’s recipients of our 2014 HOPE scholarship:
- Callie Brodt (Ferndale, Calif.), age 20, is inspired by her grandfather, Horizon farmer Jim Walker of Walker Dairy. She heads into her junior year at Chico State University, where she will be helping the university’s dairy program research organic feed techniques using a system that produces organic, sprouted fodder in only six days.
- Philip Fagundes (Merced, Calif.), age 20, is the son of Horizon farmer Ralph Fagundes, who owns and operates Fagundes Brothers Dairy with his brothers in Atwater, Calif. Philip. “I want to use my research skills to develop better methods of organic farming and educate people on why organic is an important part of the dairy world,” Philip said. Philip plans to graduate in spring 2015 from California State University, Fresno with a degree in Agricultural Business.
- Ashlie Hardy (Farmington, Maine), age 20, is the daughter of Horizon farmers Henry and Teresa Hardy of Hardy Farm. “By continuing my organic education, I will be able to contribute to organic agriculture and take part in the hands-on, active part of farming,” Ashlie said. Ashlie attends McGill University in Quebec, Canada, where she is pursuing a degree in Farm Management and Technology.
- Sierra Knight (Lisbon, N.Y.), age 20, is the daughter of Horizon farmer Bradley Knight of Knight’s Meadow View Farm. “The health of a herd is crucial to the success of any farm operation, including organic farms,” Sierra said. Sierra is attending The State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam, where she is majoring in biology, her first step toward her goal of becoming a veterinarian.
Lucky for us, in 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month!
After a long summer day, nothing tastes better than a refreshing frozen treat and this Silk recipe delivers the perfect dairy-free pairing of creamy vanilla with a hint of almond (or coconut).
Ready to cool off? Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups Silk Original or Vanilla soy, almond or coconutmilk
- 2 cups Silk Original or French Vanilla Creamer
- 1/2 cup honey, agave or sugar
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 Tbsp arrowroot or cornstarch
Special tools: ice cream maker
1. Place Silk and Silk Creamer in a medium saucepan and whisk in honey, agave or sugar.
2. Slice vanilla bean in half lengthwise, and use the tip of a knife to scrape the seeds from the bean into the saucepan. Add bean pod as well.
3. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and remove about 1/4 cup from the pan and whisk it together with the arrowroot in a small bowl. Whisk the arrowroot mixture back into the pan, cover and let the mixture infuse for 20 minutes.
5. Cool completely and process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
NOTE: If you don’t have a vanilla bean, add 2 tsp vanilla extract when removing mixture from heat. You may also add fresh fruit or any other flavorings you desire.
And don’t worry… if you don’t have an ice cream maker handy, head over to your local TCBY. They have some of the best dairy-free frozen desserts in a variety of flavors, including: Silk Coconut Milk, Vanilla Almond and Chocolate Almond.
At WhiteWave, we’re about much more than just making great tasting products. We want to change the way the world eats for the better. As part of this purpose, we recognize that how we make our products is just as important as what we make, so we’re committed to growing our business in a way that is environmentally and socially responsible.
Today marks an important milestone in this journey as we announce the release of our first Corporate Social Responsibility Report. The report outlines our vision and our progress across the following three key areas:
- Making Better Products: This is all about our commitment to quality, food safety, responsible sourcing, sustainable agriculture, transparent labeling, third-party assurances and sustainable packaging
- Reducing Our Footprint: This area highlights our environmental achievements to date, including resource conservation, renewable energy and water conservation
- Creating a Culture of Caring: The focus here is our efforts around employee wellness, philanthropy and community engagement
We firmly believe that our employees, consumers and all of the partners who help us make, distribute and sell our products deserve to know what’s in our food and how it’s produced. This report reinforces our commitment to that transparency and builds on our history and heritage as a company that conducts business in a way that is good for people and the planet.
We hope you find the report informative and certainly welcome your feedback and questions. The future is bright for WhiteWave, and we look forward to continuing to share updates with you on our progress.
Our Horizon Organic family spans the nation with nearly 700 family farms and compassionate animal care is one of the key principles of our dairy farming practices. The farmers who produce Horizon milk keep their cows healthy the organic way with attentive daily care, fresh air and high quality pasture.
For example, certified organic in 1998, our company owned Chesapeake Bay farm has around 500 milking cows. Our farming practices in Maryland and within our local farming communities across the nation promote the belief that animal care and welfare should be holistic, preventive, and natural. We feel a moral obligation to care for our animals and to treat them humanely and with respect.
We believe that the best way to raise healthy cows is to provide them with pasture, high-forage diets, low-stress birthing, freedom of movement, and comfortable and clean living conditions. Our farms use low-stress livestock handling practices that focus both on the physical and the mental well-being of our animals, ensuring they are always treated with respect. We work to make sure that our cows are happy cows.
For more information on Horizon Organic’s animal care and welfare practices and pasture management techniques, check out our Horizon Organic Standards of Care.
We’re excited to announce that our Dallas plant recently earned U.S. Green Building Council LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for New Construction.
LEED certification is considered the foremost standard for the design, construction and operation of green buildings and though our Broomfield headquarters building is already LEED certified, this is the first WhiteWave plant to achieve certification.
It’s an accomplishment that exemplifies our focus and dedication to our Mission and Values, in particular, the “Integrity to Produce Food Responsibly.” It helps improve the environmental profile of our manufacturing process, which in turn helps us offer consumers more sustainable food choices.
Our 325,000 sq. foot Dallas facility produces Silk soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk, Horizon Organic milk and International Delight flavored coffee creamers. Some of the “green” features of this plant include:
- Nearly 90% of all demolition and construction waste associated with the project was diverted from landfills.
- Landscaping that requires no irrigation
- Fixtures that use 30% less water
- 100% of wood-based building materials certified sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
- Nearly half of all building materials manufactured within 500 miles of the site
- Use of materials and design techniques that facilitate solar reflectivity, helping to address “heat island” challenges associated with Dallas’ urban development. According to the U.S. EPA, the annual mean air temperature of a city with 1 million people or more can be 1.8–5.4°F warmer than its surroundings, increasing summertime peak energy demand, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and heat-related illness.
We’re proud of this achievement and believe that the positive and long-lasting impact of LEED certification on the environment is well worth the additional cost and effort during the construction process.