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Hain Celestial Group Owns You, Practically

Filed under: Food
I'll miss your yellow box.

I’ll miss your yellow box.

If you are what you eat, then you may be The Hain Celestial Group. For those who may not be in the know, The Hain Celestial Group owns such natural food store (and vegan) mainstays as: Rice Dream, Soy Dream, WestSoy, Yves Veggie Cuisine, Spectrum, Jason, and tons more.

And now, the uber-conglomerate with an X-Files-sounding name has “announced an agreement to acquire the tofu and meat-alternatives business of WhiteWave Foods Company.” The deal will include WhiteWave’s lines of fresh, baked, and grilled tofu, tempeh, and seitan – such as its super yummy chicken-style seitan (the broth works great as a cold soup for soba noodles; thin it out with a little water to taste).

The WhiteWave products will be integrated into The Hain Celestial Group’s Yves Veggie Cuisine brand.


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    Does this mean that Hain Celestial is buying WhiteWave from Dean Foods?

    Does Hain Celestial also torture cows like Dean Foods does?

    Is Hain Celestial going to change the recipes? (I hear that all of the Yves products include GMO soy… I want none of that!)

    So many questions. Anybody know the answers?

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    Patrick Kwan

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    Hain Celestial is only buying the tofu, tempeh, and seitan line of WhiteWave products from Dean Foods. The Dean folks will still own Silk soymilk and yogurts.

    The thing is, in a way, I guess Hain Celestial is a step less evil than Dean Foods. Though I still hate that a lot of the new Yves products contain eggs – Yves was all-vegan before they got bought out by Hain Celestial.

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    Heinz owns Hain so it isn’t any better than Dean. If you don’t buy it from a farmer it isn’t going to healthy or good for the world. Hain is traded on NASDAQ. That right there should tell you all you need to know.

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    Heinz sold its interest in Hains in 2007. As far as I can tell, Hains is independent now.