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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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Using Shapes and Colours to Make Meals More Interesting

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Mealtime for children can be one of the biggest challenges in any parent’s day. Simply getting your child to sit at the table, let alone finish their meal can be quite a task!

Much of the frustration caused by fussy eating comes from children not liking the shapes, textures, or colours of foods. This newfound awareness is all part of a child’s development, it allows them to explore their environment and the different things within it. Consideration of colours and shapes can make mealtimes more enjoyable and fuss-free and can have a significant impact on how your child’s eating habits develop.

It’s all about fun

Some experts suggest that introducing an element of fun into mealtime can provide a distraction and even make it something to look forward to each day, helping with the issues of mealtime. One way to introduce some fun is to serve foods in different ways, such as shapes and colours. Studies have shown that introducing fun shapes can have a significant impact on the appeal of a food item to a child.

Shapes hold the key

Shapes provide a tactile attraction for children, as not only can they see something different, but they can also touch it, exploring the edges and size. Something as simple as star shaped pasta can mean the difference between your child trying it, and not even touching it (compared to regular shaped pasta). In addition to this, you can turn this into an educational experience, relating food shapes to real items, further engaging with your child’s creative and curious side. When preparing and serving up food, you can even involve your child and ask what shapes they would like to eat. Alphabet pasta is also an excellent way to both interest your child and educate them.

While the shape of actual food items is a large factor, you can also make use of interesting food arrangements. For example, placing vegetables on a plate in a heart shape, or creating a smiley face on the plate, can have a noticeable impact on how interest a child might be in trying what’s presented to them.

Colours do the trick

Colours are a highly visual element that can make a very large difference in attracting your child’s interest and attention. Researchers have suggested that producing meals which incorporate six different colours is the secret to boosting your child’s appetite. This provides a sense of variety, and allows children to exercise their need for independence by choosing what they want to eat while subconsciously finding every element attractive and worthy of a taste.

The researchers found that kids who are presented with more colours and more choice on their plates were much more likely to clear the plates entirely.

The difference between children and adults

The same research study (published in Acta Paediatrica) found that adults and children are very different when it comes to their inclination towards certain colours and shapes. While children prefer up to six colours, adults tend to prefer only three. Furthermore, children like the main part of the meal to be presented at the front of the plate, and they are very sensitive to the arrangement of food. This highlights a key point about food preparation for children. We as adults tend to present food to our children in a way in which we think is most attractive. However, it is important to remember that children are not just less-developed adults, but they also have an entirely separate sense of attraction. Understanding what drives children when it comes to food is the first step in tackling the fussy eating situation that all parents experience.

By mixing things up, introducing shapes, colours and different plate arrangements, meal time will never be the same. Your child will likely become more engaged with their meals over time (even if this takes some time for them to get used to), and you will benefit from being able to introduce them to more types of foods on a more regular basis.

While it may seem that this level of creativity is not required, it’s important to remember that children are now exposed to a much more intense world, constantly encountering new things, so mealtime can easily fall into the mundane category. Keeping things fresh and interesting will not only help your child develop their own exploration skills, it will also help ensure that they eat the food that you provide them with – after all, wholesome food is the key to childhood development.

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