WhiteWave Foods Expands Partnership with Conservation International®

8/11/2009

New three-year commitment for projects to achieve conservation and sustainability efforts for the Horizon Organic®, Silk® and International Delight® product lines

Broomfield, CO – WhiteWave Foods Company (WWFC) announced today it has extended its ongoing partnership with Conservation International(CI) for an additional three years – this will enhance the company’s efforts to ensure sustainable sourcing of agricultural products, and to promote improved livelihoods for farmers. This new phase will further their existing work with the Silk® and Horizon Organic® brands with the addition of activities related to International Delight® products.

“WhiteWave Foods’ has a long-standing commitment to responsible, sustainable business practices,” said Joseph E. Scalzo, President and CEO of WWFC. “The partnership we began with Conservation International in 2008 has been extremely positive, and we believe a long-term relationship will only enhance our efforts to operate our business in a way that sustains our communities and the environment.”

Over the next three years, WhiteWave Foods will work with CI on activities focused on integrating the best conservation science with the company’s supply chain systems to achieve a greater level of holistic sustainability.

The partnership will include joint project activities to ensure excellence among key commodity sectors of WhiteWave Foods’ supply chain, including dairy, soy and palm oil. This will be accomplished by enhancing procurement guidelines and incentives to help ensure that farming and food production systems contribute to nature conservation, healthy ecosystems and improved human livelihoods. Activities will include:

  • Development of environmental criteria for commodity procurement
  • Implementation of the Silk Soybean Sourcing and Production Program to ensure that soy used in Whitewave products can be traced to sustainable sources
  • Analysis of WhiteWave Foods’ palm oil sourcing, including development of decision-support tools for palm oil suppliers to help inform sustainable land use choices and management practices
  • Educating consumers on the importance of nature conservation and healthy ecosystems
  • Updates to the Horizon Organic Standards of Care guidelines – Horizon’s livestock and farm management standards

“This new phase of our partnership with WhiteWave allows us to work together to create industry-leading standards for sustainability in agricultural supply chains, and to demonstrate how those efforts can be harnessed on behalf of healthy ecosystems and human well-being,” said Glenn Prickett, Senior Vice President at Conservation International. “We applaud this effort and hope that WhiteWave’s actions are far-reaching.”

WhiteWave Foods initially partnered with Conservation International in 2008 on two key sustainability initiatives. This work included the development of the Silk Soybean Sourcing and Production Program, as well as developing updates to the Horizon Organic Standards of Care guidelines related to biodiversity conservation.

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For more information about the Silk Soybean Sourcing and Production Program, please visit www.silksoymilk.com. For more information about the Horizon Organic Standards of Care, please visit www.horizonorganic.com.

Media Contacts:

Jarod Ballentine
WhiteWave Foods
303-635-4510
Jarod.Ballentine@whitewave.com

Katrin Olson
Conservation International
703-341-2768
kolson@conservation.org

Headquartered in Colorado, WhiteWave Foods manufactures innovative, authentic and nutritious branded food products and maintains a proud tradition of social and environmental responsibility. The company is the maker of Silk® Soymilk, the best-selling soymilk brand in the country, and Horizon Organic®, whose milk – purchased from 485 certified organic dairy farms – is produced without the use of antibiotics, added growth hormones or pesticides. WhiteWave Foods also produces Rachel’s® yogurt, International Delight® coffee creamer, and LAND O LAKES® fluid and cultured dairy products.

Conservation International (CI) applies innovations in science, economics, policy and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems. With headquarters in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, CI works in more than 40 countries on four continents. For more information about CI, visit www.conservation.org.

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