FAQs

The answers to the most popular questions we get asked by parents, all under one roof

What is HPP?

HPP stands for High-Pressure Processing and is a food preservation technique that uses high pressure, rather than heat, to make our products safe to eat. Because of this, the vitamins and flavours of fruit and veg are protected and our pouches must be chilled to be kept fresh.

Where can I buy Mia & Ben pouches?

If you’re in the UK, you can order Mia & Ben pouches on Ocado.

In Ireland, Mia & Ben pouches are available in the following Dunnes stores:

 

CARLOW

Sleaty Road, Carlow

CAVAN

Church Road, Cavan

CLARE

Skycourt, Shannon

CORK

Carrigaline

Charleville

Clonakilty

Bandon Road, Bishopstown, Cork

Douglas Court, Cork

Market Square, Mallow

Macroom

DONEGAL

Forte Shopping Centre, Letterkenny

DUBLIN

Ashleaf, Crumlin

Blanchardstown

Charlestown

Citywest

Clondalkin

Cornelscourt

Donaghmede

Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street

Northside

Ongar

Swan Centre, Rathmines

Leopardstown, Sandyford

Stephens Green

Swords Pavilions, Swords

Tallaght

GALWAY

Briarhill, Galway

Terryland, Galway

Edward Square, Galway

Westside

KERRY

Killarney

North Circular Road, Tralee

KILDARE

Manor Mills, Maynooth

Newbridge

KILKENNY

MacDonagh Junction

LAOIS

Kyle Shopping Centre, Portlaoise

LONGFORD

Longford

LIMERICK

Childers Road, Limerick

New Jetland, Limerick

Parkway, Limerick

LOUTH

Colpes Cross, Drogheda

Ard Easmuinn Road, Dundalk

The Marshes, Dundalk

Neighbourhood, Dundalk

MAYO

Ballina

MEATH

Ashbourne

OFFALY

Bridge Centre, Tullamore

Edenderry

ROSCOMMON

Roscommon

TIPPERARY

Oakville, Clonmel

Annbrook, Nenagh

Roscrea

Tipperary Town

New Davis Road

WATERFORD

City Square

Dungarvan

WESTMEATH

Harbour Place

Montree

Irishtown, Athlone

 

 

 

How should I store the pouch?

Mia & Ben should be stored in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. If you’re heading out, using a cool bag would be ideal but if that’s not possible a Mia & Ben pouch will stay safe to eat for 6 hours once out of the fridge.

What do I do if my baby cannot finish the whole pouch?

Once opened Mia & Ben pouches will keep fresh for up to 48 hours in the fridge. Many grown-ups also enjoy adding any leftover puree to their own food and drink, such as in stews or porridge.

When can I introduce Mia & Ben to my baby?

Every baby is different, but UK government guidelines suggest introducing complementary foods (weaning) from around 6 months of age. Speak to your health care practitioner, or health visitor, about when is right for you and your baby.

Are your pouches BPA free?

Yes! Although the European Food Safety Authority and UK Food Standards Agency have deemed the continued use of BPA in plastics production safe to humans, we have decided to ensure all our pouches are BPA free.

Are your pouches recyclable?

Our pouch caps can be recycled with your household plastics, but unfortunately the pouch itself cannot be. Whilst we’ve made a start towards resolving this issue by ensuring there’s no aluminium in our pouch, there’s more work to be done. In the meantime, head to Terracycle website to find out how you can take our pouches to specialised drop-offs for recycling.

What about allergens?

Absolutely all the ingredients in our food are listed on the back of our pouches so you can easily check for any allergens that concern you. Rest assured there are no preservatives or additives in our food.

Is Mia & Ben suitable for vegetarian/vegan/gluten free/lactose free babies?

Yes. All our purees are 100% natural, gluten and lactose free. They are completely plant-based and do not require extra flavourings. They have also been produced without the risk of contamination.

What are the UK dietary requirements for babies?

The Dietary Reference Values (DRVs) for babies change almost monthly in the first few years of life, as they are growing so rapidly. To keep up to date online resources such as nutrition.org.uk can be helpful, or ask your health care provider for guidance.

How can I contact you?

Email us on welcome@miabenorganic.com or get in touch via any of our social media accounts, day or (sleepless) night.

Why are you called Mia & Ben?

Mia & Ben were two of the most popular baby names in 2016, the year that we were founded.

Why do all of your flavours contain fruit?

HPP technology requires a pH value of 4.5 or less to ensure the food is safe to eat. To achieve this, we use fruits as these contain natural acids. This is a restriction of our technology that our science-buffs in Mia & Ben HQ are working hard to resolve. Head over to ‘Our Story’ page for their latest updates.

All of your products contain sugar - what are you doing about it?

All of the sugars in our products come from the fruits & vegetables they contain. Our HPP technology requires us to achieve a pH value of 4.5 for food safety and we achieve this by using acid-containing fruits. We are working hard on alternative options for lowering pH but continue to believe the better flavour, colour and vitamin preservation HPP technology provides makes Mia & Ben products a cut-above other baby food offerings.