Boycott Bolthouse Farms

  • metta

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    Oct 01, 2008 1:58 AM GMT
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    http://www.gaylinkcontent.com/prdetail.cfm?id=13783

    William Bolthouse’s $100,000 Contribution to Yes on 8, a campaign to support bigotry, inequality, and the using the constitution to take away rights rather than protect rights.




    http://www.bolthouse.com/html/cs_comp_historyn.html


    I don't know what is up with the Bakersfield area.....that are just seems to repeatedly breed bigots....


    NEVER BUY ANOTHER ONE OF THEIR PRODUCTS AGAIN!!!!!
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    Oct 01, 2008 1:59 AM GMT
    not to mention their chai-protein drink tastes like ass.

    I have been boycotting them for a while for various activities like this. Thank you for posting this.
  • metta

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    Oct 01, 2008 2:10 AM GMT
    ^

    not to forget their history of Botulism as well, according to the wikipedia entry...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolthouse_Farms





    Vote no on 8 and contribute....

    http://www.noonprop8.com/


    yes on 8 is way ahead in funds and all of the excess has come from out of state.....



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    Oct 01, 2008 6:42 AM GMT

    I had a close call today. After my last few trips to Trader Joe's came up empty on the carrot juice front (they told me there is a shortage of carrots. Say it isn't so!), I went looking for Bolthouse carrot juice at Krogers. Luckily they didn't have any, either.

    Thanks for posting this.
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    Oct 01, 2008 6:48 AM GMT
    I drank one of there smootie type things that i mixed with rum in july.. never again. Bolthouse farms can burn.

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    Oct 01, 2008 7:16 AM GMT
    What did you expect from a company that has as one of it's main clients....WAL MART*

    That's right...wal mart basically keeps these folks in business and really put them on the map. So I wonder who's kissing ass here???
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    Oct 01, 2008 7:18 AM GMT
    Azstreaker saidWhat did you expect from a company that has as one of it's main clients....WAL MART*

    That's right...wal mart basically keeps these folks in business and really put them on the map. So I wonder who's kissing ass here???


    P.S. The marriage law that is written is "BAD". I think Jerry Brown is good with words. I would hate to take away anything that should be God Given!!
  • joggerva

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    Oct 01, 2008 3:12 PM GMT
    FYI: Though the company bears his name, William Bolthouse sold the company three years ago.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121979337416974603.html

    "It wasn't us, it's not our fault," says Jeffrey Dunn, now the chief executive of Bolthouse Farms, whose juice bottles are sold at upscale markets such as Whole Foods.
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:24 PM GMT
    I used to get their carrot juice icon_evil.gif .. they get no more of my business!! Thanks for posting that.
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    Oct 01, 2008 3:58 PM GMT
    joggerva saidFYI: Though the company bears his name, William Bolthouse sold the company three years ago.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121979337416974603.html

    "It wasn't us, it's not our fault," says Jeffrey Dunn, now the chief executive of Bolthouse Farms, whose juice bottles are sold at upscale markets such as Whole Foods.


    Jeffrey Dunn should put his money where his mouth is and make a 100,000 donation to NO on prop 8.. That would seem like a smart move on there part if there trying to prove they have nothing to do with William Bolthouse.
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    Oct 01, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    I just got off the phone with a spokesperson from the Company and they confirmed that the donation was made from the son of the FORMER OWNER and that in no way does the current ownership/management of Bolthouse Farms have a stance on this issue BUT will issue a public statement shortly in addition to
    "FYI: Though the company bears his name, William Bolthouse sold the company three years ago."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121979337416974603.html
  • joggerva

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    Oct 01, 2008 5:45 PM GMT
    TallGWMvballer saidI just got off the phone with a spokesperson from the Company and they confirmed that the donation was made from the son of the FORMER OWNER and that in no way does the current ownership/management of Bolthouse Farms have a stance on this issue BUT will issue a public statement shortly in addition to
    "FYI: Though the company bears his name, William Bolthouse sold the company three years ago."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121979337416974603.html


    Thanks for the first-person verification. I hope the activists in California call off the boycott and apologize for attacking a company that did not actually participate in this issue.
  • Musclebucket

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    Oct 01, 2008 6:06 PM GMT
    THANK GOD!!! Their pre-shredded carrots are so quick and handy for throwing together a salad. Whenever I have to slice carrots myself, it seems like i always end up with a cut finger or two.

    Check your Wendy's salads for fingers! HAHAHAHA!
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    Oct 01, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    joggerva saidThanks for the first-person verification. I hope the activists in California call off the boycott and apologize for attacking a company that did not actually participate in this issue.
    It certainly doesn't help our cause to boycott innocent people .. we need more facts .. better yet give money. I have only seen the commercial we have to vote No on TV a few times. We need some better PR to get the message of equality out there to get the sympathy of the people. I am going to go donate some money today online ..
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    Oct 01, 2008 7:00 PM GMT
    Just thought you guys might want to know this. I just called Bolthouse Farms, as I live not too far from there. They informed me that the Bolthouse Company did NOT make such a donation; that was done by the founder Mr. Bolthouse who has not owned the corporation for several years, and that the corporation does not get involved in such politics. Whether this is true or not, I don't know, but the woman on the phone was very polite, and informed me that the donation was a personal one on the part of Mr. Bolthouse, who no longer derives any profits from the company as he sold his interest in it several years ago.

    You might wish to check for yourselves. Just a thought.
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    Oct 01, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidnot to mention their chai-protein drink tastes like ass.


    agreed...makes it easy not to buy their products when they taste like ass.

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    Oct 01, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    I have been checking financial disclosure reports and can't find a direct contribution, but I have been seeing articles mention Bolthouse Farms backing Bolthouse Foundation with collateral for loans and other in-kind donations. Nothing solid yet.
  • joggerva

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    Oct 01, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidI have been checking financial disclosure reports and can't find a direct contribution, but I have been seeing articles mention Bolthouse Farms backing Bolthouse Foundation with collateral for loans and other in-kind donations. Nothing solid yet.


    Is my naivety showing? icon_redface.gif

    I went and assumed that since someone is no longer directly connected to a company that they are independent entities. So, it sounds like perhaps the juice company pays the foundation which attacks the gays - or the juice company pays the landowner (gee, wonder who that would be) who attacks gays. Bleh - I'm just gonna grow a garden myself, hahaha.

    Thanks zombie, keep us informed of what you find out.
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    Oct 01, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    the only reason i ever got their version of naked's green machine was because its cheaper.

    looks like im going naked again

    ;)
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    Oct 02, 2008 3:52 PM GMT
    I retract my earlier comments on the company.. But I still think them making a donation would be nice to REALLY show the people.
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    Oct 02, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I just got off the phone with bolthouse. They say they are not doing any in-kind donations, such as phonebanking, mailings, etc. They say they do not making contributions of any kind to any political organization. However, I am still not convinced.

    For years the company has been making donations to anti-gay organizations. The fortune that the company made for the founder is still being used for those purposes though the company has stopped. However, what have they done to repair the damage done? I will give a politically neutral company the benefit of the doubt, but after years of hate-mongering simply throwing your hands up in the air and claiming neutrality doesn't make it ok.
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    Oct 02, 2008 4:28 PM GMT
    This is with some ignorance, but I have heard similar things about Urban Outfitters as well? Does anyone know anything about that? I do not shop there anyway, but I know a lot of gay guys who do.



  • joggerva

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    Oct 02, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    Hey Zombie,
    Thanks for the follow-up. I'm kinda torn on this one (well, not that I really buy bolthouse products anyway...).

    On the one hand, you are certainly correct that the company had supported anti-gay causes, and the founder had profitted from the company, and he currently supports anti-gay causes.

    On the other hand, growing up reading the bible I was always very put off by the idea of latter generations being required to pay for the "sins of the father", so imho a company that severs its ties with anti-gay policies should not be held accountable for the actions of previous owners/managers.

    On the third hand, I also don't have a good gut feeling on this company now... so while I wouldn't actively encourage others to boycott, I probably would skip over their brand if I was in the mood for some ass-flavored chai. If they did come out and actively support da gays, I'd be more likely to support them.

    On the fourth hand (wait, what?), I am still uncomfortable with the idea of fellow activists organizing a boycott against a company that has not conclusively been found to support anti-gay policies. Stick to the boycott against Manchester Hotels because Doug Manchester is still making money from them.
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    Oct 02, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    joggerva said
    On the one hand,
    On the other hand,
    On the third hand,
    On the fourth hand (wait, what?),

    Damn, you must be fun on a date! LOL
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    Oct 02, 2008 4:53 PM GMT
    msw1 saidThis is with some ignorance, but I have heard similar things about Urban Outfitters as well? Does anyone know anything about that? I do not shop there anyway, but I know a lot of gay guys who do.





    Hadn't heard about that one. Here's an article I found that was interesting.
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-8158.html

    So, essentially, the chairman personally supported Rick Santorum, who was pretty much the most anti-gay senator at the time. But he qualified it by saying he supports the guy, just not on that issue. icon_rolleyes.gif

    This one is a little different in that the support is going directly to an anti-gay policy instead of to a politician, who happens to be anti-gay.