Plant-based food company Funch is supporting local farmers with baby food purees that are made with 100-per-cent Australian ingredients.
The company says its research showed just 2 per cent of baby-food products sold in Australia are made with only local ingredients.
One in three brands do not use any Aussie ingredients at all, while 90 per cent of baby purees use imported ingredients. The latest study reviewed 135 baby products from leading local brands including infant rice cereal, fruit puree and pureed meal.
“We’re proud to be committed to Australian-only produce, as the impact not only pays dividends to farmers doing it tough, but to the wider Australian community. Buying into a circular economy means we’re benefitting the next generation through the quality of food they eat today and the type of future they will grow up in tomorrow,” said Funch founder Lisa Bourne.
The Baby Puree range uses chia sourced from the Kimberley region, fruits from Victoria and organic quinoa harvested from the family-owned farm, Kindred Organics, in Tasmania.
“We’re thrilled that our quinoa, grown on our family farm here in Tasmania, is being used in Funch’s fruit and grain purees. We use sustainable farming methods and work in harmony with the natural landscape to provide the highest quality, nutrient-rich products straight to the table. Everything we farm from quinoa to oats, linseed to buckwheat is grown and harvested with the utmost care and with a long-term vision for our future,” said Henriette Daman, owner, Kindred Organics.