Month: August 2014

Supporting Whole Kids

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WKFImagine a world where children, in search of an after-school snack, reach for sugar snap peas; where carrots are gobbled up with gusto, and peas are eaten with pleasure. While teaching your child healthy eating habits can be a challenge, it’s worth the effort.

Created by Whole Foods in 2011, the Whole Kids Foundation is a charitable organization founded on the belief that, given the right opportunities, children will become excited about eating nutritious foods. The foundation aims to increase access to these healthy opportunities through three school-based programs: Salad Bars in Schools, Garden Grants, and the Healthy Teachers Program. For the next 12 months, Honest Tea has pledged to donate a portion of its sales to the Whole Kids Foundation. This means that any time you purchase an Honest Kids drink at Whole Foods (either pouch or Family Size), a portion of that sale goes directly to support all three of the following programs:IMG_8231

Salad Bars in Schools: In order to make healthy choices, children must first have healthier options available to them. By establishing salad bars in schools, students have the option of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at lunch, all school-year long.

Garden Grants: Healthier eating stems not only from the food put on the plate but also from the knowledge about the food itself. School gardens offer kids the opportunities to learn where their food comes from and to actively participate in the growing and harvesting process. Simply understanding what a tomato is and observing its transition from seed to plant can make children all the more excited about eating the final product in a meal.

Healthy Teachers Program: Teachers are powerful role models for students both inside and outside the classroom. By providing nutrition and cooking classes to educators, the Whole Kids Foundation empowers teachers to become advocates for health and wellness.

IMG_8540So the next time you pick up an Honest Kids beverage, you can feel good not only about what you’re serving your family, but the cause you’re supporting.

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Favorite Back to School Lunches

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IMG_6724We’re all abuzz about the start of school! It’s time to choose the perfect binder, sharpen those pencils, shop for the back-to-school clothes, and crack open the books. And yes, it’s also time to think about what is going to go into the lunchbox.

Packing a lunchbox is no easy task—right? It’s a challenge to come up with new and exciting meals day after day that both you and your kids will like. To make the school transition much easier (and tastier), we’re sharing a few of our own back to school lunch ideas:

1. Allergy-Friendly: No nuts, no dairy? We’ve got you covered. Kids can make their own customized entrée without worry—especially if you’re accounting for nut, gluten or dairy sensitivities.
IMG_6756Grilled Chicken & Veggie Brown Rice Bowl + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Appley Ever After

2. Full-Day Fueler: Got active little ones? A hearty lunch like this with plenty of protein and fresh fruit is a great way to fuel the day!
IMG_6678Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich + Trail Mix + Strawberries + Graham Crackers + Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness

3. Vegan-licious: No soy, eggs, or meat? No problem! This lunch is a colorful and tasty option for all vegan eaters.
IMG_6656Cinnamon & Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich + Veggies + Hummus + Apple Slices + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Super Fruit Punch

4. Pizza Lover’s: Everyone loves pizza! Kids will love making their own culinary creations, and you will love how they can pile on the veggies.
IMG_6586Pizza Fixings (Sandwich Flats + Pasta Sauce + Veggies + Cheese) + Fruit Snacks + Honest Kids Goodness Grapeness

For more fabulous ideas, we recommend Rock the Lunchbox, an online resource filled with lunchtime suggestions for every type of diet and picky eater!

What are some of your favorite lunchbox ideas?

National Eat a Peach Day Recipe

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We happen to think the month August is peachy keen.  Why? Because August 22nd is National Eat a Peach Day!  Today is the ideal time to celebrate one of our most popular Honest brews, Peach White Tea.  Did you know that there is real, organic peach puree in every bottle of Peach White?  We think the sweet flavor of real peaches is the perfect complement to our Fair Trade Certified, organic tea.

We owe a lot to the organic peaches for making our brew such a tad sweet success.  To show some proper peach praise, we’ve created this Peaches & Cream smoothie in their honor!

Won’t you help us in raising a glass to our delicious organic peaches?

Peach Smoothie

Peaches & Cream Smoothie

Yield: 2 servings

1 cup fresh, sliced peaches

¾ cup HONEST Peach White Tea

6 oz. vanilla Greek yogurt

½ cup ice cubes

Combine all 4 ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Divide smoothie between two glasses.

Raise your glass, and then enjoy the peachy perfection.

Celebrating Honest Legacies

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Many of the faces of Honest Tea come with years of hard work and dedication to an organic tea company they believe in.  We’ll never sugar-coat it: many of those stories in the early years included plenty of challenges—retailers and distributors didn’t believe a “just a tad sweet” organic bottled tea company could make it, but we stuck to our mission.  Perhaps you too often look back and reflect on what it took to get to where you are today.  Hard work and time are often the key ingredients needed for success. 

Today we celebrate a few “veterans” at Honest Tea who have dedicated years to the Mission, from crafting our beverages, to sales, to design.  We sat down with them to hear more about their journey.    

MikeMeet Michael Petrone, Director of Research and Development a.k.a our very own in-house brew-master.  Mike is often hidden in the kitchen at HQ, brewing up samples of a new exotic, organic teas.  If you happen to walk by he’ll ask you to taste his latest drink!   

Honest: Mike—when did you start at Honest Tea?

Mike: 2005. 

Honest: How has your role changed since you started?

Mike: When I started at Honest Tea as an operations intern we were a smaller group, and the scope of my day to day work was much wider.  I really got experience working in nearly every part of the organization.  Now that we are a bit larger my position has become more specialized and I am able to focus more on my passion which is new product development.  Fortunately we still all work closely out of one room in our HQ so I never feel isolated.

Honest: What do you most enjoy about working here?

Mike: I mostly enjoy being a part of something great.  It feels amazing to know we are really making an impact in the beverage industry, and not just a financial one.  It’s rare to find a job that you not only love what you do individually, but that you also love what the organization does as a whole.

Honest: What keeps you committed to Honest Tea after all these years?

Mike: This was my first job out of college and now I’ve been here almost 10 years.  The entire time I have been here there has always been something exciting going on, whether it’s expanding distribution, launching new products, or landing a great customer.  The culture in the office is fast-paced and has never left me wanting more from my job.  I imagine that’s why others stick around too.  Not to mention all the perks like healthy snacks, organic fruit and bikes!  

Honest: In one word, describe your current job.

Mike: Inventive.

Honest:  What’s your six-word memoir for what you do on a daily basis?

Mike: Science & creativity mixed with tasty drinks.

Mandy

Meet Mandy Coelho, Graphic Designer.  Mandy is a true example of how sometimes you find the job, and sometimes the job finds you. Often behind a large iMac designing a new label or product refresh, Mandy is the first to crack a joke and bring levity to the room.  In a fast-paced, often tight-turnaround position, a little humor goes a long way. 

Honest: Mandy, when did you start at Honest Tea?

Mandy: 2002.

Honest: How has your role changed since you started?

Mandy: After answering an ad in the newspaper (yes, you read that correctly), and knowing I wanted to work for a company that I believed in, I didn’t care what the job was—I just wanted to work for Honest Tea.  So I started as the office manager with a personal goal to grow into a marketing role.  But my love for design and aesthetics emerged at work, and I managed to talk Seth into letting me do design work in-house (to save money).  I have been doing only graphic design since 2004.  

Honest: What do you most enjoy about working here?

Mandy: The people. The culture. The flexibility. The diverse projects. The product.

Honest: Why do you think Honest Tea has so many employees who have been here longer than five years? 

Mandy: I think employees enjoy the variety that Honest Tea has to offer as well as the culture that it breeds.  No matter what your role at Honest Tea, you end up involved in different aspects of the business.  In addition to the ever-changing hats we all wear, it’s the people that really make the culture.  The passion and energy in the office is why I love coming to work everyday.  I don’t know many people that can say that and truly mean it.

Honest: In one word, describe your current job.

Mandy: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

Honest: What’s your six-word memoir for what you do on a daily basis?

Mandy: Daytime designer, full-time mom and wife.

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Meet Cheryl Raff—Natural Sales Manager for the Rocky Mountain Region.  While Cheryl’s based out west, she’s often one of the first to call our East Coast office in the morning.  Her secret to early mornings? Tea.  Cheryl is the kind of person you want to be stuck with on a deserted island—she is fantastically optimistic and if you have any sort of ailment or illness, she’s guaranteed to have a naturopathic remedy.  

Honest: When did you start at Honest Tea, Cheryl?

Cheryl: 2008.

Honest: How has your role changed since you started?:

Cheryl: I still have the same title–I was the first Natural Area Manager for Honest Tea so the position was created for me.  I went from merchandising and daily store calls to working on the natural distributors; managing high-level accounts and other special projects; product training; and teaching other Natural Area Managers about budgets, systems, and various types of leading and training.  Lots and lots of tea-m work!

Honest: What do you most enjoy about working here?

Cheryl: My days are never the same! I have room for growth; I learn new things every day; and I love working with my tea-m.  As we grow as a company, there are always new systems, new adventures and lots of new things to explore.

Honest: Why do you think so many people stick around at Honest Tea?

Cheryl: I feel appreciated, respected, valued and a tea-m member.  While my opinion may not always be the one we go with, it is always taken into account.

Honest: In one word, describe your current job.

Cheryl: Evolving.

Honest: What’s your six-word memoir for what you do on a daily basis? 

Cheryl: Tea-m work and a smile – yeeehaw!

In brewing a culture that inspires years of dedication, it’s clear there’s a recipe needed: relentless passion, continued teamwork and a common vision.  Our thanks to Mike, Mandy and Cheryl, who have made a tremendous effort on behalf of Honest Tea’s Mission every day.

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