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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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Are Grandparents Feeding Children Too Many Treats?

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With more and more Aussie parents juggling full time work, for many of us we rely on grandparents to share the load with young families. A common concern of parents of young children is what well-meaning grandparents are feeding our little ones, especially when they are caring for them several times each week.

While occasional treats are no cause for concern, when high calorie, high sugar foods are being offered on a daily basis it’s time for you to step in, especially when it goes against all the nutritional goals you have for your family. So here is how to best manage it.

Food is and most likely will always be one of the simplest ways we show our care and love for others. Mothers nurture their baby’s with breast milk; we celebrate over cake and special meals and families and friends come together over food.

When it comes to small children, one of the quickest and easiest ways we can elicit the behaviours we want from them is to negotiate using treat style foods, and when foods are considered treats, grandparents often feel it is their right and role to be able to enjoy their grandchildren and let them eat whatever they like.

Now if grandparents are rewarding small children with treats sporadically, this poses no issue. If anything it helps to teach small children that treats do have a role in our diets, albeit occasionally, or once or twice a week. The issue though for many of us is that family carers may be looking after small children several days each week and as such treats become daily occurrences which is not ideal for small children’s overall eating patterns nor for weight control.

But as we know changing people of our parents’ generation is easier said than done. The last thing you want to do is to get your parents or in-laws offside when they are helping you multiple times each week.

How to set firm rules for your child’s nutrition

So, the first thing to do, is to raise the issue in a non-confrontational way, by the person closest to the parent. For example your if your in-laws are the culprits then your partner is the one who is best suited to communicate your concerns.

Rather than adopting an authoritarian tone, like “Toby is really having too many treats, could you stop feeding him lollies”, try simply asking some questions about the treats in general. “I noticed the other day that Toby had been eating some lollies, I am trying to keep an eye on his sugar intake so do you mind letting me know when he has a treat with you?” is a much better way to communicate your concerns.

You can also link unhealthy eating to your child’s sleep or behaviour so grandparents can see the potential issues. For example, “I am worried that Toby not sleeping might be linked to him eating too much sugar, has he been having any sugary foods with you?” Or if that is not working, try linking it to the child’s growth, for example, “Toby got measured at the doctor and his waist was a little large so we all need to cut back on treats, would you mind if we only gave him a treat once a week when he is with you?”

In many cases raising the issue is enough, but for those more stubborn grandparents you may need to work a little harder. Some options are:

  • Providing the treats yourself so you have some control over what they are eating
  • Sending all of their food so the carers have fewer decisions to make when it comes to feeding their grandchildren
  • If you are seriously concerned you may need to actually sit the grandparents down and have a serious chat about your concerns and negotiate a solution together

In general, small children under the age of 4 should consume no more than 1-2 treats each week – chocolates, cakes, ice-cream – discretional foods they do not need, which offer little nutritionally but which our children get up to 30% of their daily calories from. Too many treats is a real issue in Australia and we need to work with grandparents to get it under control.

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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.