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He doesn't carrot all about about gay equality

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 17-30It's a sad day for this writer. For I have just found out that the dude behind a carrot juice that I regularly drink, William Bolthouse, has donated $100,000 in support of California's anti-gay constitutional amendment:

Local carrot farmer donates $100,000 to fight gay marriage [Bakersfield.com]

And it's weird, too, because carrots are supposed to give you such good vision. Who'd a thought Mr. Bolthouse would be so damn short-sighted?

::sigh:: Odwalla, Naked Juice -- my liquefied orange vegetable needs are now fully entrusted to you two. Please don't force me to go back to OJ!

**UPDATE: A commenter tells us that William Bolthouse does not own the company anymore. However, while Madison Dearborn Partners does seem to now own a 57% stake in the company, its Wikipedia page does say that "the remainder of the company is still family-owned." Which sounds us to us like Mr. Bolthouse might still be making money from the company.

Can anyone confirm/deny/clarify? Since the IP address of our Anon commenter tracks back to the vicinity of Bolthouse Farms, we're sure someone who knows something is reading this.

(**UPDATE: The Wiki page has since been changed, with the "family owned line" removed)

**UPDATE, 6/5: This message appears on the company's website:

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Not necessarily indicative of anything; but it is pertinent to the story.

**Pam's House Blend is also weighing in on the matter.

**UPDATE, 6/27: Bilerico is taking this on: The nuts & Bolthouses of a juice-troversy [G-A-Y]

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William Bolthouse no longer owns Bolthouse Farms and hasn't for 2 years. If you are going to slander people you should get your information correct first. It is owned by an investment company.

Go to Google.com and seek out Bolthouse Farms you will then see who owns the company.

Posted by: Unknown | Jun 4, 2008 6:08:35 PM


"Madison Dearborn Partners has a 57% stake in Bolthouse that was acquired in 2005, the remainder of the company is still family-owned."

Is this not correct?

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 4, 2008 6:12:41 PM

JH This was in a thread on PHB, maybe some of the links help. Looks like he has a FOUNDATION (?) tax exempt, but donates to political causes???!!

BOYCOTT: BOLTHOUSE FARMS (Carrots & Fruit Drinks)

Local farmer donates $100,000.00 to anti-equality initiative.
Bakersfield carrot farmer William Bolthouse donated $100,000 to an initiative aiming to fight gay marriage - a measure that will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot along with the presidential race.


They also sell botulism tainted products.

Bolthouse website: http://www.bolthouse.com/

Bolthouse KKKristian Foundation: http://www.thebolthousefoundat...
by: Storm @ Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 15:06:26 PM CDT
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Posted by: LOrion | Jun 4, 2008 6:44:35 PM

The links in the last message got truncated and don't work. You can find all four of the original links here: http://www.pamshouseblend.com/showComment.do?commentId=63203

Posted by: Storm | Jun 4, 2008 7:53:56 PM

i used to buy from this company, thanks for the heads up. i will def be boycotting this crap.


Posted by: queerunity | Jun 4, 2008 8:53:58 PM

People SHOULD be steamed over this. Since this foundation is tax-exempt and doesn't carry it's share of the burden, in a very real sense YOUR TAX DOLLARS are subsidizing this.

They are trying to cram their RELIGIOUS beliefs down our throats with the full power of STATE law to enforce their religion on us. It is Un-American.

Posted by: Storm | Jun 4, 2008 9:04:30 PM

Lurleen of PHB recommends a BOYCOTT. and the method can be in just telling the store in your area about your concerns. Here stores that sell it are WALGREENS and COSTCO both of which supposedly have equality hiring policies at least. Here is how she puts it.
"Finally, call, write or visit the manager of the store and respectfully ask them to show support for their policy by removing Bolthouse Farms goods from their shelves.  It may not work, but it will at the least put them on notice that customers will not buy certain products when that they know that the profits will be used to attack our civil rights."

Could be fairly effective. As could writing company headquarters, especially if letters come from all over the country.
At least we all know one beverage not to order for the Wedding Reception!

Posted by: LOrion | Jun 5, 2008 11:08:23 AM

Bolthouse Corporate Philosophy from the web site:

Corporate Philosophy

The purpose of this Company is to glorify God through our business transactions, our work, and our relationships. It is further our desire to bring honor and glory to the Name of Jesus Christ by following God's Word in all of our dealings with employees, suppliers, and customers. God's Work as contained in His Inspired Scriptures will be the final authority in all Corporate matters concerning direction, decisions, and disputes.

Posted by: | Jun 5, 2008 3:39:39 PM

From a local store:

"We just yanked our entire stock of Bolthouse!
Thanks for the heads up!"

Posted by: Jim | Jun 5, 2008 3:48:31 PM

The reported "buying power" of the LGBT community is anywhere from $600 billion to $720 billion (depending on which report one reads) for 2008. Lets reward the small and large companies that openly support the gay community and boycott the ones that don't.

Posted by: Annie | Jun 5, 2008 5:05:14 PM

We need HRC or another LGBT-rights organization to put out a list of companies we should AVOID patronizing, just like the ones released every year listing companies we should support. I realize those corporate equality lists usually highlight a few particularly egregious homophobic companies, but I'd like to see a more complete list.

Does anyone know if something like this exists already?

Posted by: staygoldenponyboy | Jun 5, 2008 10:26:28 PM

I just received this email from the Bolthouse people:

"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.


Julie Soley
Consumer Relations
Wm. Bolthouse Farms
E-mail: [email protected] <<<>>> "

Posted by: queerunity | Jun 6, 2008 9:14:49 AM

Yea, queerunity. That is the form letter they are sending everyone.

However, that information conflicts with other information we've received suggesting that the Bolthouse family does, in fact, still have a stake in the company. And honestly, I'm quite offended that the best they can do is offer up a standard reply on this!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 6, 2008 9:18:14 AM

Well then full steam ahead with a boycott =)

Posted by: queerunity | Jun 6, 2008 10:10:23 AM

I saw the packages of bolthouse carrots on the shelf at my local grocery I asked the produce manager if he had a different brand. . .he asked why I explained. . .he went to the back & came back with another brand and a cart and pulled the bolthouse carrots off the shelf & said "we've had trouble with these guys before (something about a botulism recall), but this is the last straw. . .these can go the the food bank, and I won't order them anymore. Gotta love a small town grocer! :)

Posted by: Gary | Jun 9, 2008 10:40:53 AM

Small health food store here. We had seen the info on their website a year ago and pulled their product. When people come in looking for it we educate them. BOYCOTT BOLTHOUSE!

Posted by: | Jun 10, 2008 11:21:15 AM

sorry to be the bearer of bad news but naked and odwalla are owned by coke and pepsi.

Posted by: Strawberry Swirl | Jun 27, 2008 11:12:38 AM

Why does that make you the "berrer" (sic) of bad news? Nobody is making any insinuations about either company's ownership or practices, only Bolthouse Farms.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 27, 2008 11:18:07 AM

Click here for a great investigation from June 2008 on the continued connection between William Bolthouse's pet causes and Bolthouse Farms.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 22, 2009 9:04:39 PM

Here's a great investigation on the continued connection between Bolthouse Farms and William Bolthouse's pet causes.


Posted by: Jeff | Jul 22, 2009 9:06:06 PM

for Bolthouse, William Bolthouse's contribution was made through his personal foundation, and the staff of Bolthouse Farms was unaware of the cash donation ...

Posted by: ngan hang | Nov 23, 2009 2:08:09 AM

for Bolthouse, William Bolthouse's contribution was made through his personal foundation, and the staff of Bolthouse Farms was unaware of the cash donation ...

Posted by: ngan hang | Nov 23, 2009 2:09:21 AM

God created adam and eve, not adam and steve, wake up. Gay people are not to be hated, only the sin that they committ. you can say all you want, it doesnt matter, in the end you will stand before Jesus Christ, and if you did not accept Him in your heart as your Lord and Savior. you will burn with all of those including Satan. Just because you dont believe that doesnt mean your right. Turn or burn, Hells hot,,,,,wear shorts. or Get saved and live forever in eternity with Peace.

Posted by: willie nelson | Dec 1, 2009 7:48:05 PM

Pastor (or Terri) Morreale: At least have the fortitude to use your own name. The very pro-gay Willie Nelson probably wouldn't like you using his.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 1, 2009 7:58:30 PM

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