Jeremy Bishop

Kick Bolthouse Farms Out Of Your Refrigerator

Filed By Jeremy Bishop | June 24, 2008 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Alliance Defense Fund, Bolthouse, Bolthouse Farms, Bolthouse Foundation, boycott, California, juice, marriage

As reported by Alex Blaze several weeks ago, William Bolthouse, founder and 43%Bolthouse.08_low.jpg owner of Bolthouse Farms, a farm in California that provides organic juices, lemonades, and smoothies to places like Whole Foods and other organic market places, has just recently given a donation of $100,000 to proponents of a campaign to strip California couples of the right to marry.

We know that many progressive people are concerned about what they put in their bodies, and we wanted to let you and your friends know that organic juice you maybe enjoying could be helping to strip the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of the right to marry in California.

Now company spokespeople for Bolthouse Farms will iterate that they do not donate directly to any campaigns. But their owner, William Bolthouse, uses the profits from the sales of their organic drinks to fund his noxious political views. In addition to funding the initiative to strip Californians of their marriage rights, his foundation, the Bolthouse Foundation, is a major donor to the Alliance Defense Fund, the right's response to the ACLU.

Now we know that companies and their owners can spend their money however they would like, but that doesn't mean that we have to support them by using our hard earned dollars to purchase their products, at a price of our own rights.

Please take a moment and let Bolthouse Farms and their distributors know that you will no longer be purchasing thier organic products, because even though they are organic, they come with some nasty side effects.

Speak out now!

(Visit Pride at Work's website for more information about how to get involved and speak out. Read Alex's original post for more background.)


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demolitionwoman | June 24, 2008 6:37 PM

I emailed them a few weeks ago when I first heard about this, letting them know that I would no longer be a customer of theirs due to the actions of their founder.

I received this reply:


Thank you for contacting us. The Bolthouse Foundation is a private foundation funded by some of the former owners of Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. The foundation is a separate entity and is not connected to Bolthouse Farms in any way. Furthermore, they do not receive financial support or benefit from the profits of Bolthouse Farms. We appreciate your concern and apologize for the confusion. Thank you for taking the time to contact us, and we hope you will continue to enjoy our products.

If we may be of further assistance, please write or call our Customer Service line at (800) 467-4683.

Sincerely,

Julie Soley
Consumer Relations
Wm. Bolthouse Farms
E-mail: Jsoley@bolthouse.com >>>

I sent my e-mail via the Pride At Work site. I got back a different reply than demolitionwoman.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments with us. The Bolthouse Foundation is a private foundation funded by some of the former owners of Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc. As we mentioned before, the foundation is a separate entity and is not connected to Bolthouse Farms. Furthermore, they do not receive financial support or benefit from the profits of Bolthouse Farms. William Bolthouse does not own any percentage of our Company. For further clarification, please visit their website www.thebolthousefoundation.org.

This report appears to be wrong.

I sent out several emails of intent to boycott Bolthouse Farms based upon this report and Alex's report, but in corresponding with Julie Soley at Bolthouse Farms, I received a very specific non-generic reply that confirms that William Bolthouse has not owned any part of Bolthouse Farms since 2005. He does not own any stock. He does not profit in any way from Bolthouse Farms operations.

While the Bolthouse Foundation may be despicable, a retraction should be published on your website about Bolthouse Farms and the erroneous information should be removed.

Here is the reply I received from Bolthouse Farms:

"William Bolthouse does not own any part of Bolthouse Farms. He has not been an owner since 2005. As stated on the website for The Bolthouse Foundation, no members of the foundation have a financial interest in Bolthouse Farms. Mr. Bolthouse does not own 43% of the company and he does not own any stock. He does not receive financial support or benefit from the profits of Bolthouse Farms."

im lovin that vanilla chai tea....thats all i kno..i buys it everyday....mmmm...yummy yummy.