For many, the New Year is a time to compile another list of resolutions that will hopefully improve our lives in some way — quitting smoking, eating better, exercising more, staying in touch with family and friends, and so on. Despite our best intentions, however, it can be easy to fall prey to old habits and lose the motivation that carries us through the first month or two of the year.
If your 2015 resolution list includes cooking more plant-based meals at home, enjoy these delicious recipes from our brands to help you stay on the path to success:
We wish you all the best of luck in achieving your goals throughout the year!
Yesterday was the first day of winter! As temperatures drop and daylight wanes, stay warm and cozy with these tasty hot chocolate recipes from Silk®:
And if you’re looking for something sweet to dip in your steaming cup of cocoa, try Silk’s recipe for Coconut Macaroons!
Food Processing recently announced WhiteWave Foods as this year’s winner of their Processor of the Year award. As the youngest and fastest growing company in the history of Processor of the Year award winners, WhiteWave was celebrated for utilizing state-of-the-art facilities, improving supply chain sustainability, and overcoming the challenges of accelerated growth.
In their December issue, Food Processing focuses on the WhiteWave North American business, highlighting the company’s advancement as a true leader in plant-based foods and beverages, organics and coffee creamers. In 2014 alone, WhiteWave acquired Earthbound Farm® and So Delicious® Dairy Free, launched a joint venture with China Mengniu Dairy Co. Ltd., and debuted 50 new products. Over the past few months, the company also was recognized and awarded for its achievements in philanthropy, supply chain and leadership.
Now operating in three continents, WhiteWave is embracing increased demand for “good-for-you” products and expanding production in progressively sustainable ways to quench the thirst of a burgeoning global customer base.
Once again, WhiteWave has been recognized as a leading producer of dairy and plant-based food and beverage products. During Rabobank North America Wholesale’s annual Client Week event in New York City earlier this month, WhiteWave received the Leadership & Excellence Award for “reducing its impact on the environment and improving responsible sourcing and sustainable packaging, while supporting America’s farmers and promoting the benefits of sustainable agriculture.” As a growing company with a clear mission, we are constantly seeking out and implementing business practices that are better for our customers, our farmers and the planet.
Numerous aspects of each company were considered in deciding this year’s winners, including “their ability to drive meaningful innovation, expand into new markets, impact industry dynamics, impact consumers, and build upon sustainability and social responsibility efforts within the last 18 months.” While many companies are making strides in these areas, WhiteWave continues to intentionally excel in all of them.
Upon receiving the award, our chairman and CEO Gregg Engles notes, “The Rabobank Award for Leadership and Excellence further motivates our quest to provide great-tasting, better-for-you foods and beverages that align with the enduring consumer trends for healthier food choices.”
The full press release from Rabobank can be found here.
This holiday season, WhiteWave employees will make wishes come true by donating new and gently used gifts to one of Share-A-Gift’s donation boxes in the lobby of our Broomfield office. In 2013, Share-A-Gift brought joy to approximately 600 families and nearly 1,500 children in Colorado’s Boulder Valley School District with donated toys, books, games, bicycles and other gifts. By filling the donation box and spreading awareness, we hope to increase those numbers to make each holiday better than the last.
A growing number of families in the area struggle to provide gifts to their children during the holidays. If you’d like to aid the cause but don’t live near a collection site, you can also make a monetary donation to Share-A-Gift.
As the leading innovator in plant-based beverages, Silk® is introducing yet another delicious product to its growing portfolio: Cashewmilk, made with the special creaminess of cashews. Cashewmilk is free of dairy, soy, carrageenan and gluten, and contains no artificial colors or flavors. It’s made without saturated fats, contains less calories than skim milk, and is also Non-GMO Project Verified.
Silk’s Cashewmilk can be found in two delicious flavors—Original and Unsweetened—and will be available at your local supermarket soon!
WhiteWave Foods and So Delicious® Dairy Free share a passion for giving back to the local communities in which they operate. As part of this commitment, WhiteWave recently donated $25,000 to the Eugene, Ore.-based food bank, FOOD for Lane County (FFLC). The gift will provide roughly 75,000 meals to a diverse population of children, families, seniors and single adults currently living on limited incomes. The donation is an expression of appreciation for the So Delicious brand and its bright future as part of WhiteWave.
Based in Eugene, FFLC is dedicated to alleviating hunger and creating access to food in their local community. FFLC helped over 70,000 families in need of emergency food assistance last year by distributing a record 8 million pounds of food to Lane County residents, 41 percent of whom currently qualify for emergency food assistance.
Oregon’s hunger rate remains virtually unchanged for the last ten years and, according to Feeding America®, the state still has one of the highest rates of childhood hunger in the nation at nearly 30 percent.
WhiteWave is working hard to change the way the world eats for the better; donating to hunger relief efforts of organizations like FFLC is one way we are bringing our values to life.
Sustainability is a vital component to organic dairy farming. This month, we recognize Horizon® farmers Seth Gardner and Kim Watson for successfully taking sustainability to the next level on their organic dairy farm in East Montpelier, Vt.
Powering a 280-cow organic dairy farm is a costly endeavor, requiring nearly 11,000 kilowatts of energy every month, resulting in an annual electricity expense of roughly $30,000. Realizing solar power as a potential solution, Seth Gardner decided to purchase a 100-kilowatt commercial photovoltaic solar array from locally-owned Catamount Solar in 2012. With over 400 panels, the system is capable of producing 100 kilowatts of energy per hour in full sunlight — enough power to meet the farm’s needs nearly year-round.
Although the expansive solar array cost Gardner nearly $300,000 to construct, the system will have paid for itself in its first eight years. Another bonus: the local utility will credit the farm with any additional energy the array produces.
Cutting costs while reducing their carbon footprint with solar power was ultimately a no-brainer for the two farmers. Watson remarks, “It goes with the whole organic lifestyle.”
Gardner and Watson are excited to make their farm even more sustainable into the future, envisioning another set of solar panels for hot water and a radiant heating system, and eventually replacing their diesel tractors with a fleet that run on battery power.
We couldn’t have asked for a better Share What We Do Well Month this year. Throughout October, 97 percent of WhiteWave employees worked alongside 46 organizations across the U.S. to effect positive change in their local communities — boxing food at food banks, planting trees, restoring trails, developing urban farms, and more.
As 2014 comes to a close and we approach the New Year, we will continue to embody our “Share What We Do Well” value by giving back, and living and working towards a more sustainable future. We are thankful for the hard work and commitment our employees have dedicated to so many vital causes this year, and hope it will inspire others to do the same.
The Denver Business Journal recently announced the winners and finalists of this year’s Partners in Philanthropy awards, which judges companies on their philanthropic commitment to the community, integration of their charitable commitment into their company culture and more. WhiteWave Foods was chosen as a finalist from more than 30 companies nominated for the awards as a result of our ongoing commitment to effect positive change in our communities.
WhiteWave employees volunteer with local organizations such as Community Food Share (CFS) year-round, and dedicate the entire month of October to giving back as part of an initiative we call Share What We Do Well Month. Our company culture promotes community engagement both in- and outside of the workplace, and emphasizes the importance of caring for the people and places that surround us.
It is an honor to be chosen as a finalist in this year’s Partners in Philanthropy awards, and we look forward to improving our communities in more and more ways into the future.