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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.
  • CURRENT Packaging Organic Milk Rusks Toothiepegs
  • New Packaging Organic Milk Rusks
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Coconut, almond, rice – which milk alternative is the best?

Image via Egle Juzu | Food Photographer

Image via Egle Juzu | Food Photographer

Chances are when you were growing up you had regular cow’s milk in the fridge. Perhaps a light version, or maybe even soy milk if someone in the family didn’t like or could not tolerate dairy. Twenty to thirty years’ later and we now have a growing range of milk alternatives, all claiming to offer various health benefits. Here are some of the most popular milk alternatives available, and the pros and cons of each, when compared to dairy milk.

Almond milk

  • Water is the main ingredient of almond milk, often followed by sugar and then 2-3% almonds. Overall this means that almond milk contain very little protein, at most 2-3g per serve compared to at least 8g of protein in soy and dairy milk.
  • While there are a number of unsweetened almond milks now available, regular varieties can also be relatively high in added sugars with up to 12g of added sugars per serve, including ingredients such as oils, emulsifiers and gums which thicken the almond water into a more milk-like consistency.
  • It is therefore important to choose a variety of almond milk that contains both added calcium and Vitamin B12, which are two key nutrients we often assume we will receive when we consume ‘milk’.

Rice Milk

  • A popular choice for those battling various food allergies and intolerances, rice milk, like almond milk is just a blend of water and brown rice. The proportion of rice in rice milk, however, tends to be higher, at approximately 10 to 13% which results in a milk that contains significantly more carbohydrate than either cows or almond milk.
  • Rice milk also contains various oils and additives to create a milk like consistency.
  • The protein content of rice milk is exceptionally low, and the key is to choose an unsweetened variety that is fortified with calcium and Vitamin B12.

Oat Milk

  • Made from a mix of water and oats (up to 15%), the biggest difference between other plant based milks and oat milk is that oat milk does contain relatively high amounts of the dietary fibre beta glucan, which is clinically proven to help lower blood cholesterol levels.
  • The downside is that oat milk, even the unsweetened options are relatively high in calories and carbohydrates compared to dairy milk with close to 30g of carbohydrates per serve and remains low in protein with just 2-3g of protein per serve. Also, oat milk contains a mix of oil, salt and gums in its formulation.

Soy milk

  • The closest to dairy milk in terms of the nutritional benefits, a serve of soy milk contains 8-10g of protein and 10g of carbohydrates.
  • The main ingredient in soy milk is again water, along with soy beans (10-14%), sugar, gums, flavours and salt. As soy milk has been available for a number of years there is also a lot of fortified varieties available, containing more calcium, protein and also lower sugar varieties.

Coconut Milk

  • Another increasingly popular variety of plant based milk is coconut milk. Made from water, coconut cream, sugar, emulsifier and salt, coconut milk is is higher in saturated fat but has less carbohydrates.
  • Coconut milk therefore offers the least in nutritional sense as it contains minimal protein and carbohydrates and is naturally low in nutrients.
  • Very few calories, minimal protein and carbohydrates, you are basically drinking a bit of fat and water minus any natural nutrients. While there are varieties that contain added calcium and vitamins, there are plant based milk alternatives that are a lot more nutritious to consider.

In summary…

The milk you choose to drink is a personal choice – you may prefer a plant based diet; or dislike the taste of dairy or you may be looking for vegan, lactose free or allergy friendly alternatives to cow’s milk. Whatever your preference it is important to know that very few plant based milks contain the nutrients of dairy milk, and may therefore put you at risk for a range of nutritional deficiencies. For this reason, always consult with your GP or dietitian before choosing to offer these alternatives milks to children.

Read more about understanding the complexities of food allergies in children here. 

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