Silk President, Craig Shiesley, Talks Plant-Based Revolution, Future of Food at Sustainable Brands 2015 Conference in San Diego

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Did you know that global meat production is five times what it was in the 1950s and studies have shown that if we continue to live, produce and eat food the way we do today, by 2050, feeding a population of nine billion would require more than 3.5 planet Earths?

Inspired by the urgent need to act now to address these challenges, Craig Shiesley, President of Silk and So Delicious brands, gathered with leaders of global brands, social entrepreneurs, academia and NGOs at the Sustainable Brands 2015 conference, to discuss a path forward for a more sustainable future.

Craig spoke to a packed house about the environmental benefits of plant-based eating and the areas where he believes Silk, and the broader food industry, has an opportunity to improve as it relates to their impact on society. He shared new data that shows plant-based beverages have a better environmental impact than their traditional dairy counterparts. In 2014, Silk commissioned a comparative cradle-to-grave Life Cycle Assessment* (LCA) to look at the environmental impacts associated with producing a half gallon of Silk (original) plant based beverages compared to dairy milk. The data collected was specific to Silk’s supply chain and operations, and the brand engaged a panel of individual third-party peer reviewers to verify the data and findings. The LCA found that plant-based beverages use 900 fewer gallons of water than dairy milk per half gallon and generate 60 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions per half gallon.

It’s because of data like this that Silk is empowered to spark a plant-based revolution to change the way the world eats for the better.

Intrigued? Click here to view a video of Craig’s speech at Sustainable Brands and hear the rest of the story.

 

*2014 Refresh: LCA of Original Silk® Soymilk, Silk Pure Almond® Original Almondmilk, Silk Pure Coconut® Original Coconutmilk and US Dairy Milk

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The Wall Street Journal Features Yulu!

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We are excited to share that The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article on the growing popularity of whole-fat yogurt and mentioned our very own Yulu Australian-style yogurt.

The article explains that more consumers want food that is less processed, which in turn includes letting the fat stay put. The article quoted Rebekah Lyle, WhiteWave’s director of marketing and innovation for yogurt. In the article Rebekah notes that consumers have been dieting for a long time and now desire “real ingredients, real food and real fat.”

To read more about this new full-fat trend click here.

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BoulderBOULDER and Boulder Creek Festival Fun

Memorial Day Weekend marked WhiteWave’s sixth year sponsoring the BolderBOULDER and 10+ years participating in the Boulder Creek Festival. The Silk®, Horizon®, International Delight® and Yulu™ brands were represented at both events. Each brand served samples of new products to hungry folks throughout the weekend. We are excited to share that more than 100 WhiteWave employees participated in this year’s 10K race. Check out the images below of the Memorial Day weekend fun!

 

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Corporate Challenge Compete to Beat Hunger Challenge

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This week was the completion of the annual Community Food Share Compete to Beat Hunger Corporate Challenge. This challenge brings together thousands of employees from companies in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, to join in the fight against hunger. And, the impact is huge.

As always this year’s challenge was filled with unique and iCFS 1mpactful fundraising events, including a field day with kickball, a wine auction, golf tournament and executive raffles.  At WhiteWave, we make it a point to give year round to Community Food Share through employee volunteering, monetary and product donations. This is the one event each year that WhiteWave encourages full employee participation because as a food company, it is especially important to ensureCFS 3 our neighbors have nourishing food to eat. To learn more about how you can get involved in Community Food Share click here  . Be sure to check out the pictures from this year’s challenge at WhiteWave and check back in for final results!

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Growing Gardens Orchard

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After years of preparations, Growing Gardens has officially installed their first fruit orchard as a part of their community gardens and agriculture program. With the help of countless volunteers in Boulder, Growing Gardens planted 100 fruit trees this spring including: apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries and apricots.

The orchard will provide educational opportunities for backyard gardeners to learn about sustainable fruit gardening and the many varieties of fruit trees suitable for Colorado’s climate.  The orchard will encourage gardeners to expand their skills and knowledge, while inspiring them to plant fruit trees in their own communities. It also add to the Growing Gardens curriculum they teach in programs for children, youth, adults and seniors, while providing food for community-based food share programs to low income families.

WhiteWave is a proud sponsor of the Growing Gardens Orchard and continues to support their mission of enriching lives in the Boulder community through sustainable urban agriculture.

To check out a time lapse video of the Growing Gardens tree planting click here.

For additional information about Growing Gardens and how you can become involved check out their website.

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WhiteWave CEO, Gregg Engles on CNBC’s Mad Money

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WhiteWave CEO, Gregg Engles’, appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer yesterday to discuss the company’s first-quarter earnings. In the segment, Gregg provided perspectives on our recently announced Q1 results, including discussion of supply and demand, global plant-based growth, private label competition and innovation.

To view the segment, please click here.

CNBC also posted an article recapping the segment, emphasizing that WhiteWave is a strong competitor in the organic and natural foods space with “revenues up 10 percent year over year and 20 percent growth in its plant-based foods and beverages business.” Additionally, the article included commentary from Engles, who noted that organic producers are struggling to keep up with demand, which has led to higher prices for organic products, and that the company’s focus moving forward will be on family-oriented products like children’s snack and meals.

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WhiteWave Foods Reports Record First Quarter 2015

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This morning, WhiteWave Foods reported record results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2015. Check out the below highlights and click here to learn more.

  • Total Net Sales Increased 10%; Constant Currency Net Sales Increased 13%
  • Adjusted Total Operating Income Increased 17%; Continued Operating Margin Expansion
  • Q1 2015 Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.24, Excluding China Joint Venture Investments
  • Increasing FY 2015 Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share Guidance to $1.10 to $1.14, Excluding China Joint Venture Investments. Guidance Includes an Estimated $0.06 Foreign Exchange Impact, Resulting in Constant Currency Guidance of $1.16 to $1.20.

 

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Cinco De Mayo…Pico De Gallo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate, we have a simple and fresh pico de gallo recipe that is just as pico de gallodelicious as it is versatile. This recipe is the perfect pairing for chips, veggies, tacos and even scrambled eggs!

For the best flavor, keep in mind that it should sit for 30 minute prior to serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups diced Earthbound Farm Organic Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced Earthbound Farm Organic Red Onion
  • 1/2 cup diced jalapeno pepper (seeded and mined)
  • 1/2 cup chopped Earthbound Farm Orgnic Cilantro
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper. Let sit 30 minutes prior to serving.

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Silk Vanilla and Chocolate Cashewmilk featured on Hungry Girl

Silk Vanilla and Chocolate Cashewmilk were recently featured in the Hungry Girl monthly newsletter. In addition to sharing nutritional stats for the beverage, Lisa Lillian noted that she “can’t get enough” of the new flavors. Be sure to look out for these new additions to the Silk family in stores nationwide this month!Silk Vanilla_Choc

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Skinny Coffee Cooler

Looking for a mid-week pick-me-up? Look no further than this delicious recipe from International Delight. The taste is a creamy vanilla blend with a twist of orange, and best of all…the ingredients are fat-free!

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  • 1 cup freshly brewed coffee, cooled
  • 1/4 cup International Delight® Fat-Free French Vanilla
  • Ice cubes
  • Fat-free whipped topping
  • Orange slice

Instructions

Combine coffee and International Delight Fat-Free French Vanilla and pour over ice. Top with a dollop of fat-free whipped topping and garnish with an orange slice. Enjoy.

Serving size: One serving

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