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North Texas Food Bank: Adrienne Scruggs (214)270-2058
Tetra Pak: Giovanna Lemos (224) 213-6769
Donation of customized cartons will benefit the Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” backpack program for chronically hungry children
DALLAS (August 22, 2012) – Dean Foods, one of the nation’s leading food and beverage companies has partnered with Tetra Pak, a leading food processing and packaging solutions company, to donate 250,000 cartons of milk to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The donation – which will save NTFB $92,500 – will supply milk for more than three months for the Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” program, which sends backpacks of nutritious food home with 8,250 chronically hungry school-age children each weekend.
“Nutritious, wholesome milk is critical for kids to grow up strong and healthy,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO of the North Texas Food Bank. “This donation is a natural extension of the work Dean Foods is already doing with the North Texas Food Bank: providing valuable volunteer time and, through the Dean Foods Foundation, making the largest corporate foundation pledge ever to help us feed and provide nutrition education to at-risk children and youth.”
Dean Foods employees hatched the idea of donating shelf-stable milk to the Food Bank when they volunteered in 2010 during September’s Hunger Action Month. Oak Farms does not currently produce milk in shelf-stable cartons, so the company turned to processing and packaging supplier Tetra Pak to create a solution.
Together, Dean Foods and Tetra Pak created a shelf-stable product in custom North Texas Food Bank-branded cartons that can be stored at the NTFB’s warehouses until needed. Volunteers from Dean Foods and Tetra Pak will gather at the Food Bank on August 22, 2012 to pack customized cartons of milk they have donated and other nutritious food in backpacks for the Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” program.
“Milk is a staple food item for growing children’s diets which is why Dean Foods was committed to partnering with Tetra Pak to repeat the donation we first started last year,” said Gregg Tanner, president of Fresh Dairy Direct and chief supply chain officer of Dean Foods. “We’ve been a long-time supporter of the North Texas Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program. These shelf-stable milk cartons can help ensure kids are getting the nourishment they need over the weekend, allowing them to be better prepared in the classroom.”
The donated milk is first processed at a high temperature and placed in Tetra Pak’s sterile packaging, sealing out contaminants and preventing spoiling without added preservatives. Tetra Pak’s shelf-stable cartons enable the product to retain its quality without refrigeration for up to 12 months from production.
“For the second year, we are happy to support our customer Dean Foods in such an important initiative,” said Carla Fantoni, vice president of communications for Tetra Pak US and Canada. “Shelf safe milk brings several benefits to consumers, but here, our technology is allowing the North Texas Food Bank to provide milk to children in need, which speaks to our company’s vision of making food safe and available everywhere. Our milk boxes don’t require refrigeration until opened and don’t require preservatives to be added, offering children nutritious milk anytime, anywhere.”
Another company, Evergreen Packaging, also made a donation toward the effort.
About North Texas Food Bank
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization which leads the fight against hunger with knowledge-based strategies to distribute donated, purchased, and prepared foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through research, education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In FY 2012, NTFB provided access to more than 47 million nutritious meals. Founded in 1982, the year 2012 marks NTFB’s 30th anniversary. NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org).
About Dean Foods
Dean Foods is a leading food and beverage company in the United States and a European leader in branded plant-based foods and beverages. The Company’s Fresh Dairy Direct segment is one of the nation’s largest processors and direct-to-store distributors of fluid milk marketed under more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Fresh Dairy Direct also distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, bottled water and other products. The WhiteWave-Alpro segment produces and sells an array of nationally and internationally branded plant-based food and beverages, coffee creamers and beverages, and premium dairy products. WhiteWave brands – including Silk®, Horizon Organic®, International Delight®, and LAND O’LAKES® – are category leaders and consumer favorites. Alpro is the pan-European leader in branded soy food and beverage products with the Alpro® soya and Provamel® brands. Morningstar Foods is a leading warehouse delivery dairy business that produces and sells traditional and specialty dairy items, including cultured dairy products, ice cream mixes, coffee creamers, aerosol whipped toppings, traditional and value-added milks, and blended iced beverages to retailers and foodservice providers nationwide. For more information, visit www.deanfoods.com.
About Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With almost 22,000 employees based in over 85 countries, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™,” reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak is available at www.tetrapakusa.com.