WhiteWave Foods to source 100% sustainable cocoa by end of 2016

February 9, 2016

WhiteWave Foods has announced that 100% of the cocoa powder sourced across its portfolio of plant-based, dairy, and creamer products within the Americas Foods & Beverages segment will be independently certified sustainable by the end of 2016. All WhiteWave brands based in North America using cocoa as an ingredient will transition, including Silk, So Delicious Dairy Free, Vega, Horizon Organic, and International Delight.

As of 2015, 25% of WhiteWave’s cocoa was certified sustainable. By the end of 2016, all cocoa purchased will be certified by UTZ, an independent certification program for the responsible production of cocoa, coffee, and tea using environmental, economic, and social aspects.

“WhiteWave has always worked to be a responsible steward of the environment and do our part to empower the people and communities from which we source our ingredients,” said Blaine McPeak, chief operating officer at WhiteWave. “We believe that being a responsible company makes us a better company, and that how we make our products is just as important as what we make. That’s why we’re raising our cocoa sourcing standards, setting an aggressive timeline, and utilizing credible third parties to verify our progress.”

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