WhiteWave moves ahead on sustainability initiatives

by Eric Schroeder
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BROOMFIELD, COLO. — WhiteWave Foods, maker of Silk, Horizon Organic, International Delight and Land O’Lakes brands, said it has made positive progress against its sustainability goals while undertaking a second wave of more ambitious targets.

“Producing food choices responsibly, reducing our impact on the environment and giving back to our communities are all part of our mission of becoming the Earth’s favorite food company,” said Blaine McPeak, president of WhiteWave Foods. “We are incredibly pleased with our progress to date — we surpassed our original expectations, which gives us the confidence to aspire for even more in our future goals.”

Among the goals it has achieved, WhiteWave said it has cut green house gas emissions per gallon of product produced by 16% from the company’s 2006 baseline, surpassing the goal of a 10% reduction by 2010. The company achieved the goal by improving herd, soil and pasture management, and incorporating energy efficiency measures, WhiteWave said. The company now aims to accomplish a 25% reduction in GHG emissions by 2013.

WhiteWave also has met its goal of a 30% reduction in tonnes of waste to landfill, primarily through stepping up recycling programs and increasing material efficiency at its production facilities.

Implementing a series of equipment updates and efficiency improvements identified by on-site water audits has allowed the company to reduce non-ingredient water consumption by 5% compared with 2008 consumption, WhiteWave said. The company now is working to achieve its goal of 15% reduction by 2013.

WhiteWave recently received the Energy Star label at its corporate headquarters for the fourth consecutive year. The Energy Star label recognizes companies that have buildings that demonstrate measurable cost savings in operation and improve the quality of the environment.

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