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.
Tired of bringing the same ol’ dishes to the table every year? Mix things up this Thanksgiving with these delicious recipes from our brands!
No matter how you plan to cook your turkey this year, these tasty courses will have the whole family coming back for seconds… and probably thirds.
Supply & Demand Chain Executive Magazine recently announced the recipients of the seventh annual Green Supply Chain Awards, which “recognize companies making green or sustainability a core part of their supply chain strategy, and are working to achieve measurable sustainability goals within their own operations and/or supply chains.” Along with roughly 60 companies of the 200 considered, WhiteWave Foods received an award for making responsibly and sustainably produced foods a cornerstone of our mission.
We are honored to receive this year’s Green Supply Chain Award, an award that will serve to inspire our employees as we discover and utilize new ways of reducing our impact on the planet. Committing to sustainability is critical across all segments of our business, which is why we work hard to source from farmers and suppliers that are fully compliant with applicable laws and adhere to global initiatives promoting sustainable agricultural practices. When it comes to product packaging, our actions are guided by three sustainability principles: minimize environmental impact by selecting the right materials; optimize our packaging for both upstream and downstream impact; and engage and educate consumers and retail customers about packaging best practices. Adhering to principles like these help us maintain our commitment to social and environmental sustainability with every decision we make.
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.
In 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.
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.
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.
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.