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NEW FOOD PACKAGING IN STORE NOW

From August 2018, customers will notice our rebranded food packaging start to appear on shelf in all major stockists.

  • CURRENT Packaging
  • new Packaging

We are excited to announce our new packaging will start to appear on shelf from August 2018. This transition to new packaging will occur over a number of months. During this time there will be a mix of current and new packaging on shelf.

There are no major changes to these products, in some instances there is a small name change or slight recipe improvement, see below for the full details.

Products purchased via the website will be delivered to customers in our old packaging until the end of October. From November, products ordered from the website will be delivered in the new packaging.

Please note, our Infant Formula packaging will not be rebranded until later in 2019.

For any questions, connect with our team of accredited practising Dietitians on +61 3 6332 9200

Product name changes

  • Cereal Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Baby Rice
  • NEW Packaging Organic Rice with Prebiotic (GOS) Note: Our Baby Rice recipe has been upgraded to now include GOS Prebiotic
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Vanilla Rice Custard
  • NEW Packaging Organic Milk & Vanilla Baby Rice
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Porridge
  • NEW Packaging Organic Apple & Cinnamon Baby Porridge
  • Ready To Serve Name Changes
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Banana, Pear & Mango
  • New Packaging Organic Banana, Pear, Apple & Mango
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Mango, Blueberry & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Blueberry, Mango & Apple
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Peach & Apple
  • New Packaging Organic Grape, Apple & Peach
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Pumpkin & Tomato Risotto
  • New Packaging Organic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato & Tomato
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Broccoli, Beef & Brown Rice
  • New Packaging Organic Beef & Vegetables
  • Note: We have also upgraded some of our RTS recipes to remove added sugars and to remove some of the more complex ingredients that are not required for young children such as Tamari.
  • RUSKS NAME CHANGES
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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Ask Susie: How Can I Ensure My Child is Getting Enough Fibre?

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Dietary fibre is one of the most important nutrients in our diet, especially for small children, however it is not frequently mentioned when it comes to children’s health.

A diet that is too low in dietary fibre is closely linked to abdominal discomfort and constipation, and as children’s diets have become filled with processed foods, they are often getting less than half the total amount of fibre they ideally need for good gut health. So here are the reasons your little one needs fibre, which foods they can get it from, and how to tell if they are getting enough.

Why is fibre important?

Dietary fibre has a number of important roles in the body. Apart from keeping the gut healthy by facilitating the removal of waste through the digestive tract, dietary fibre also plays a role in helping to develop healthy bacteria in the gut, regulating cholesterol absorption, and in keeping us full after eating.

What are the different types of fibre we need?

There are three different types of fibre that we get from different types of food, which also have different roles and functions in the body.

  • Soluble fibre – Found in fruits, vegetables, oats, legumes (such as kidney beans) and lentils. Soluble fibre forms a gel like substance when it combines with water and is specifically involved in lowering cholesterol, controlling blood glucose levels and slowing down digestion, which keeps us fuller for longer.
  • Insoluble fibre – Found primarily in wholegrain breads and cereals, nuts, seeds, and in the skin of fruits and vegetables. Insoluble fibres move through the gut largely undigested and support regular bowel movements.
  • Resistant starch – Resistant starch is a type of fibre that remains undigested until it reaches the large intestine where it assists in the production of good bacteria, which helps to keep the gut healthy. Resistant starch is found only in a few specific foods including cooked and cooled potato and green bananas.

How much fibre does my child need every day?

Small children aged between four and eight-years old need 18 grams of fibre each day, while children younger than this need at least seven to ten grams each day. The good news is that once a few basic diet conditions are ticked off these targets will be easily reached.

How can I ensure my children are reaching their daily requirement of fibre?

To ensure your little one is getting enough fibre, the first thing to do is ensure they are eating two pieces of fresh fruit each day and at least half to one cup of vegetables. The vegetables can be fresh, raw or in soups, as long as they are eaten.

Next, try to make all of your bread and cracker choices wholegrain where possible, look for high-fibre breads and cereals and brown rice or pasta.

Finally, in order for the digestive system to work efficiently, small children also need plenty of water to help move the food waste through the digestive tract. If they are not drinking at least two toddler bottles of fluid each day, or more than 500 to 600mls of milk or formula once they reach 12-months-of-age, this could be one of the reasons they are constipated.

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Important Notice to Parents and Guardians

  • The World Health Organisation recommends that breastfeeding is best for your baby.
  • Having a balanced diet when breastfeeding is also important. Infant Formulas should only be used after you’ve sought advice from a doctor or health practitioner.
  • A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse and introducing partial bottle feeding may reduce the supply of breast milk. It is also wise to consider the cost of infant formula.
  • If you use infant formula, all preparation and feeding instructions must be followed as per the manufacturer’s instructions. This is important for your baby’s health.