Movember 2014!

If you’ve been looking for a good excuse to shave the beard and keep the stache or grow a fresh new mouth brow to show off to the world, look no further. Throughout Movember (formerly known as November), men across the world are being challenged by the Movember Foundation to grow their moustaches to spark conversations and raise funds to save and improve the lives of men affected by prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Since 2004, over 4 million moustaches have been grown and the Movember Foundation has invested in over 800 programs globally aimed at tackling these challenges. And they won’t stop growing until serious men’s health issues cease to exist.

Group Movember 2013In support of the cause, a group of WhiteWave employees have formed Team No-Shaver WhiteWaver to grow their “Mo’s” to change the face of men’s health. The team has raised over a thousand dollars thus far and will continue to let their whiskers grow as the month rolls on, educating fellow employees, friends and family of the significance behind the staches they wear so well.

Whether you’re growing a handlebar, pencil, Dalí, Fu Manchu or walrus moustache this Movember, be sure to get involved and help the Movember Foundation achieve their vision to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.

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Sharing What We Do Well in 2014, Continued

This year’s Share What We Do Well Month was a huge success. WhiteWave employees volunteered with numerous organizations across the U.S. to improve local communities. Learning about our employees’ efforts throughout the month is inspiring and uplifting, and reminds us of the significance of our work.

Kyle Watts of the Horizon Marketing team here in Colorado recently shared this story with us, and we felt it was one worth highlighting with our fellow grazers:

We worked with the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks division to clear cattle fencing damaged from the floods. It was a fantastic experience with a lot of sweat, heavy lifting, hauling and ultimately, progress. We were able to remove hundreds of feet of barbed wire fencing and fence posts while enjoying beautiful views of the mountains, as well as witnessing pelicans! There were pelicans in the lake in the middle of this property; apparently they stop over on their migration route. Swans, cranes and hawks were all over as well; we were educated that the area we were working in is an important bird habitat. We also learned about what caused the floods, and how a 1,000-year flood shaped these low-lying landscapes permanently. Our guide pointed to bluffs and ridges formed by floods thousands of years ago to reinforce that point, and explained that we witnessed a major event in our area’s geological history. It was a beautiful day, full of productive, hard work and everyone also walked away with a stronger appreciation for the natural beauty of our state and surrounding area.

A big thanks goes out to Kyle for giving us insight into such a meaningful and enlightening experience. Establishing a greater sense of place while working hard for a good cause is something we’re behind, 100 percent. We look forward to hearing more amazing stories from Share What We Do Well Month over the next few weeks.

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Horizon® Farmer Feature: Bill and Tammy Stine

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Organic family farms are the heart of Horizon®.  This fall, we’re celebrating Bill and Tammy Stine of Redwood, NY for their accomplishments in organic dairy farming. Since purchasing the farm from his parents in 2009, Bill and his family have carried his father’s legacy by working in harmony with the land to produce the finest product possible. The farm has been in the family since 1847, surviving the great depression, government herd buyouts, and the challenges of going organic when many farms remained conventional to expand and boost profits.

In 2007, the Stines began shipping to Horizon and have remained a quality supplier ever since. With help from their daughters, Emma (9, pictured above) and Hannah (5), the couple works around the clock to pasture roughly 200 acres of land, milking 30 Holsteins and raising an additional 30 to 35 youngstock. Bill also grows hay and pasture, and some sorghum sudangrass. The Stines are true ambassadors of the Horizon Organic Standards of Care, and take pride in the way they manage their farm and livestock.

The Stine family also manages to balance an immense workload with a good measure of fun. Bill explains, “We try to do things as a family that make it fun, promote our farm, and get out and see other people. We work hard on the day-to-day stuff, do it right, and have a little fun and enjoy life.”

Family farmers like Bill and Tammy Stine understand the importance of respecting the land and animals that make their farm healthy and happy, and we appreciate their ongoing efforts as we work to change the way the world eats for the better.

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It’s Official: Welcome, So Delicious!

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Earlier today, WhiteWave completed its acquisition of So Delicious® Dairy Free. So Delicious manufactures, markets and distributes dairy-free, plant-based foods and beverages under the So Delicious® Dairy Free brand, which consumers love for their broad range of great-tasting, dairy-free beverages, creamers, and cultured products. We are excited to welcome them as they share our commitment to change the way the world eats for the better, through their nutritious, non-GMO verified products and their environmental stewardship and sustainable agricultural practices.

So Delicious has built a fantastic business and it is our intention to dedicate the right resources to keep growing it in the future. We are committed to integrating them into WhiteWave in a way that is strategic and capitalizes on the products and expertise that made them such an attractive fit for our company. For today, it remains business as usual at both companies, with our teams continuing to focus on providing our customers and consumers with the highest level of service and quality products.

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Happy Halloween from WhiteWave!

Halloween came a day early at the WhiteWave office in Broomfield this year as we celebrated our “Funmare Before Halloween” event. In addition to tricks and treats, the day’s events included an adult costume contest, cubicle decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest and a kids parade.

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The day was an absolute blast, and allowed us to give back to our community as well. As part of Share What We Do Well Month, all proceeds from the event will be donated to Urban Peak, a local nonprofit committed to improving the lives of young adults experiencing homelessness, providing shelter, outreach, education and employment opportunities to those in need.

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Infographic: “What’s In Your Food?”

As this year’s National Non-GMO Month comes to a close, the campaign for national GMO labeling standards continues to gain momentum. WhiteWave, Silk® and Horizon® have teamed up with organizations like the Non-GMO Project and Just Label It! to create this informative and encouraging infographic to share our support and bolster the energy we’ll need to achieve the GMO labeling standards we deserve.

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Sharing What We Do Well in 2014

“We work hard to build a values-based community where everyone has the opportunity to make a positive impact.”

— Blaine McPeak, President, WhiteWave Foods

Onion Pic 10-3-14In the spirit of living more sustainably and giving back to our communities, WhiteWave employees in North America are participating in the second annual Share What We Do Well Month throughout October. Centered around community engagement, volunteerism, and making eco-conscious decisions, the month-long initiative allows employees the opportunity to lend their hands in helping organizations across the country on company time. This year, WhiteWave will be working with Community Food Share, Hope’s Village of SLO, Habitat for Humanity, Snack Pak 4 Kids, local food banks, and a number of others working to make the world a better place.

“Share What We Do Well” is a core value here at WhiteWave that drives us to actively foster a values-based community that grows more impactful each year. Our Values in Action (VIA) program is another integral element to the WhiteWave community, which serves “to empower our employees to volunteer, give back, and live and work more sustainably.” The VIA team works hard to implement our core values into everything we do. During the year, employees accrue “VIA points” through volunteering, donating, maintaining active lifestyles, and participating in sustainable activities like biking to work. Beyond what we do throughout the year, dedicating a full month out of each year to participating in activities like these is one reason we love working here.

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Mandy Ingber on Colorado’s Best

Mandy Ingber CO's BestEarlier this week, our favorite celebrity trainer and health guru Mandy Ingber appeared on Colorado’s Best to show us some yoga moves and share a delicious Tropical Green Smoothie recipe using Silk® Soymilk. You can watch the segment here for some healthy inspiration to keep you energized and feeling great this fall.

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Healthy Meals, Simplified

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For the back to school season, Horizon® is sponsoring one of our favorite super moms, Frances Largeman-Roth. Like most moms, Frances is a busy gal, which is what led her to come up with some tips on how to realistically get healthy family dinners on the table. And, guess what? She doesn’t cook a whole meal from scratch every night. Yes, that’s right, even a cookbook author doesn’t have time for that. For some of Frances’s best dinnertime ideas, you can check out her latest blog post. In the post she outlines several meal ideas, including creations with Horizon Super Mac. Plus, if you’re looking for some new lunchtime ideas, be sure to check out the month-long calendar she created for moms to use throughout the year.

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Venus de Miles 2014: Cycling to Support Greenhouse Scholars

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A big shout-out goes to the 30-plus WhiteWave employees who participated in this year’s Venus de Miles event on Aug. 23rd — “Colorado’s first all-women’s road ride, a celebration of sisterhood, support for Greenhouse Scholars, and crazy fun.” The annual event is hosted by Greenhouse Scholars and serves to further their mission to provide “comprehensive personal and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students.” Also held in Illinois this year, Venus de Miles allows thousands of women (and men) the opportunity to have fun and get some exercise while giving back to the community, and we’re all about it.

Programs like Greenhouse Scholars are empowering our communities through mission-driven events like Venus de Miles, and we’re thrilled to have joined in the fun in 2014. If you’re interested in learning more about the efforts of Greenhouse Scholars and would like to get involved, click here.

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