Happy Father’s Day

HO_RF_DHA_UP_HG_10_13_RFIn honor of Father’s Day, the Eureka Times-Standard (CA) posted a story about Horizon Organic farmer and single father of two, Victor Avelar, and how he balances parenting and his demanding career with the support of his family. Of note, Victor said the following about organic farming: “It’s just healthier,” he said. “After you have kids, you are glad you went organic because that’s what you want your kids to be drinking.” Read on for more!

Shaw’s Highlights Earthbound Farm’s “Every Cart Counts” Program

Image 1BIG thanks to our valued partner, Shaw’s, for posting this great recap of Earthbound Farm’s “Every Cart Counts” program!

Check it out:

 In April, Earthbound Farm celebrated Earth Month with staff and customers bringing their Every Cart Counts shopping cart search to select Shaw’s stores. Rewarding Earth-friendly shopping habits, the organic produce company surprised random shoppers with organic or sustainable products in their baskets by paying for their entire cart of groceries! During the month of April, Earthbound Farm purchased over a dozen carts for lucky shoppers. In addition Shaw’s and Earthbound Farm partnered together in the Earthbound Farm Fresh Caption Contest on Facebook. 10 lucky Fans, who submitted a caption on a specific Facebook post, were randomly selected to win a $150 Shaw’s gift card!

We’re proud to carry Earthbound’s fresh and frozen organic fruits and veggies, and we had a blast working with them to celebrate our Earth-friendly shoppers!

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Say Cheese!

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Not to be cheesy, but…It’s National Cheese Day! And what better way to celebrate than with Horizon Mac and Cheese? Great for lunch, dinner, or a snack, Horizon Mac and Cheese is sure to satisfy the cheesy taste you crave on this delicious holiday.

Horizon Macaroni and Cheese is made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and you can choose from six delicious varieties. Whether enjoying our Classic Mac, Super Mac or Organic Mac, one spoonful and you’ll never want National Cheese Day to end!

Bon Appétit!

WhiteWave’s BolderBoulder Takeover

Here at WhiteWave, we know a thing or two about health. And for the fifth year in a row, we brought in the big guns to help us get into shape for the annual 10k event, BolderBOULDER, which took place on Memorial Day: Monday, May 26.

To gear up for what Runner’s World named “America’s all-time best 10k”, we organized a free BolderBOULDER 10k training program, led by world-renowned running expert Ric Rojas, winner of BolderBOULDER’s inaugural race in 1979 and three-time National Masters 5,000-meter track champion. Yea, we were not messing around.

In fact, CBS 4 Denver recently highlighted one of Rojas’ training sessions with WhiteWave employees, as part of a larger story about his longstanding commitment to the race. Check it out!

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Our 2014 training program included:

  • Three weekly training runs and monthly one on one sessions
  • Participating employee  access to an interactive training webpage and a variety of on-site prep sessions on topics including nutrition, conditioning and sports psychology
  • Two of our most dedicated employees will also win a state-of-the-art Garmin Forerunner 2002 heart rate monitor and gift certificates from the Boulder Running Company

This year, close to 100 WhiteWave employees participated in BolderBOULDER and with Rojas’ help they were able to run alongside some of the world’s most elite athletes.

Thanks, Ric, for helping us prepare for a healthy and successful 2014 BolderBOULDER!

A Message from Silk’s President on the Recall of Silk Light Original Soymilk

At Silk, the trust we’ve built with our consumers is critically important to us. This is why we’re dedicated to being transparent about our business at every turn.

And this is why I want to update you on the announcement we made on Monday, May 19 to recall select containers of Silk Light Original Soymilk. As always, the health and safety of our consumers is our top priority.

We realize some of the product may still be in consumers’ refrigerators. So, it is particularly important that anyone who has a nut allergy or has a family member allergic to nuts examine the Silk Light Original Soymilk they have at home. Silk Light Original Soymilk cartons with use-by dates of June 22 or June 23, 2014 are impacted. While only products with a specific plant code were accidentally filled with almondmilk at our production facility, if you have a family member allergic to nuts we recommend disposing of any of the product with these use-by dates. Almondmilk is an allergen to some people so we immediately recalled the impacted containers.

If you have any of the impacted product, or have any questions, please visit http://www.silk.com to learn more, or call us at 1-866-663-4349.

As the president of Silk, I am responsible for every Silk product that we sell, and for protecting your trust. You have my word that we are working hard resolve this situation. As the father of a daughter who has food allergies, I’ve seen firsthand how traumatic an allergic reaction can be to a child and her parents. So I know the importance of ensuring the proper labeling of our products.

Right now, our priority is doing what we can to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. We have taken immediate measures to implement a manual system, retrained our employees on the importance of ensuring proper packaging is used, and are exploring additional, automated solutions to prevent this from happening in the future.

I will continue to keep you updated as we have more information available.

Craig Shiesley

President, Silk

 

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4 Simple Steps to a Sustainable Home

This post originally appeared on our Earthbound Farm blog, Organic Bound.

Our friend Sara is the energetic talent behind the Go Gingham blog. During Earth Month, she shared her family’s strategies for living well and living lightly on the Earth at the same time.

Want to embrace sustainability, but don’t know where to begin? My husband and I didn’t either, until we found our sustainable-decision-making sweet spot: “good for you, good for the environment and good for the pocketbook.” These values have helped us simplify our family’s lifestyle choices so much!

Find a goal that will help fuel and reward your efforts. Our family loves to travel, so we seek out home-swap opportunities that let us experience new places AND broaden our perspectives on simplifying our lives and saving resources at the same time.

Here are our top sustainable habits:

  • We eat healthier with meal planning and cooking at home. And we’ve committed to reducing our food waste by eating all the food we buy or grow ourselves rather than let it go bad. This was an easy way to reduce our food budget — and the savings allowed us to take a home-exchange trip to Spain.
  • We set up drying lines in our basement and hang laundry year-round instead of using the dryer. (You could use your garage, too, or maybe even your yard in good weather.) It saves energy and reduces wear & tear on clothing. We were inspired by a drying system we found installed in a small space during a home-swap in the Netherlands.
  • We’ve stopped buying disposables for the kitchen. For me, cloth napkins and cloth towels are easy to sew — or you could buy a package of washcloths and designate them as reusable “paper towels.” In our family, everyone has their own set of cloth napkins, in different colors so there’s no confusion about whose is whose. Hanging them to line dry has made them last longer, too.
  • Recycling is good, but not accumulating in the first place is even better. We try to buy food items from the bulk bins, where there’s less packaging. My kids still enjoy scooping and weighing the ingredients. We’ve also embraced shopping for household items and clothing in second-hand shops — budget-friendly and fun!

ImageExtra-Credit-Worthy Habit: Keep Backyard Chickens

When we were in the Netherlands, we were surprised and delighted to discover a modest-sized chicken coop in the backyard. Fresh eggs every morning, using our food scraps as feed, and that extra pest-control assistance in the garden convinced us that we, too, could keep hens at our house back home.

By making mindful decisions and considering the impact of our actions, we’ve built sustainability into our lifestyle, and now it’s second nature. We’ve been able to save money, conserve the Earth’s resources, and see the world we’re helping to protect.

Sara Tetreault is the creator of Go Gingham – Stylishly Frugal Living, a great source of inspiring tips, tricks and techniques to save money, resources and time. Find her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Twitter.

Gregg Engles talks WhiteWave success on CNBC’s, ‘Squawk on the Street’

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WhiteWave Foods is currently a hot topic following a strong Q1 earnings announcement last week. Gregg Engles appeared on CNBC’s ‘Squawk on the Street’ this morning, with host Jim Cramer who kicked off the segment by introducing WhiteWave as “one of his absolute favorite stocks”.

Engles spoke of WhiteWave’s recent successes, noting that the plant-based beverage business is booming, with the recent growth in the Silk and Alpro brand portfolios and overall increase in demand for almond milk products driving business forward.

Engles also discussed the opportunity for growth and expansion of the WhiteWave business in China. Driven by cultural shifts in diet and an overall favorability towards plant-based alternatives to dairy, China holds tremendous potential for WhiteWave’s business.

In reference to major trends in the healthy food and organic industries, Engles remarked that millennials, are driving the expansion of the health-food category by being more conscious of what they eat and demanding authentic, fresh foods, and, as a result, more consumers are benefiting from a wider availability of healthier options from companies like WhiteWave.

See the full clip of Gregg Engles’ segment on CNBC, here: http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000273857&play=1.

Enjoy!

International Delight Iced Coffees Named Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Winner

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We are so excited to announce that International Delight Iced Coffee was recently named one of Nielsen’s 14 Breakthrough Innovation Winners for 2014!

Each year, Nielsen – a leading provider of information and insight into what consumers buy – analyzes thousands of new consumer products to determine the top innovative breakthroughs in consumer packaged goods. As reported by Forbes.com, this distinguished recognition highlights everyday products that are distinctive, deliver a new value proposition to the market, and demonstrate a sustained level of consumer demand.

Out of 17,000 product launches, International Delight Iced Coffee was identifiedas a product that exhibits “game changing innovation” and, according to Forbes, “brings a coffee house experience to grocery store shelves.” We are humbled to be featured amongst the likes of Nature Valley Protein Bars, Sargento Ultra-Thin Slices, Nabisco belVita Breakfast Biscuits and more.

Thank you Nielsen for the tremendous honor— and congrats to fellow honorees!

A full list of the 2014 Breakthrough Innovation winners can be found on Nielsen.com.

Mother Balances Family and Organic Dairy Farming

Organic dairy farmers Michael and Marilyn Gardner in Powal VT.

This Mother’s Day, we would like to extend our gratitude and warmest thanks to all the mothers in our lives. In our industry, we frequently encounter strong, empowered women and mothers that embody the values of healthy, inspired living every day. One such woman is Marilyn Gardner, a long-time organic farmer and full-time mother who inspires her children, grandchildren and local school children to farm organically.

For Marilyn, being a mother and a farmer has always gone hand in hand. Marilyn started farming 33 years ago and admits that raising three boys on a farm was challenging at times, but she also believes this unique upbringing helped her children develop a strong work ethic.

Since 2005, the Gardner Family’s Hill Top Farm – which has been in the Vermont Land Trust since 1987 – has supplied organic milk to Horizon Organic and produced some of the highest quality milk in the state. Transitioning to organic nearly 10 years ago made sense for the Gardners, since they never used many chemicals or sprays, and already practiced crop rotation. As organic dairy farmers, the Gardners don’t use synthetic pesticides on their land, and the family’s 65 cows graze freely and are not given added growth hormones or antibiotics. The family also has a working windmill that helps offset electricity on the farm.

Marilyn swears that since transitioning to organic, the cows are less stressed, the soil seems healthier and even eagles have returned to the area – she suspects it’s because chemicals aren’t used on the land.

Organic dairy farmers Michael and Marilyn Gardner in Powal VT.

When she’s not farming, driving a school bus or spending time with her three grown sons and seven grandchildren, Marilyn teaches local children about farming and the benefits of organic agriculture. She also enjoys farming (on a smaller scale) in her vegetable and berry garden.

Happy Mother’s Day, Marilyn! We appreciate all of the hard work that you and your family do to better our health and the environment.

How Are You Celebrating National Eat What You Want Day?

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‘National Eat What You Want Day’ is this Sunday, May 11. If you’re skeptical about eating healthy on the one day of the year where you have a “free pass” to indulge in chips and ice cream all day, then look no further than Earthbound Farm owner, Myra Goodman’s cookbook which is packed with delicious, plant-based recipes that make it easy to eat healthy every day.

Let Straight from the Earth: Irresistible Vegan Recipes for Everyone– recently featured on Yahoo! Food– be your guide to the best ‘National Eat What You Want Day’ yet, with favorites like the Quinoa Banana Skillet Bake, Slow Simmered Beans with Tuscan Kale, Thai Lettuce Rolls and Very Chocolately Chocolate Brownies.

Since welcoming Earthbound Farm into the WhiteWave family, we’ve been working together to change the way the world eats for the better. So, on this National Eat What You Want Day, take a tip from Myra and choose to indulge in food that’s good for both you and the planet.

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