We’re Daniel and Karina, the founders of Mia & Ben.
Our first culinary adventure was establishing a healthy soup restaurant in London’s Soho. It was manic and fun in equal measure, and we learnt a lot—especially from our customers. Most importantly we learned that parents struggled to find appropriate, appealing food for their babies when they were out and about, and we were often asked “can my baby eat this?”.
As we looked through the aisles of supermarkets and health food shops we noticed that, whilst there were plenty of brands claiming space in the baby food aisle, they were all the same: stocked alongside tinned goods. It got us asking questions: why is baby food older than the baby it’s made for? How nutritious can this food be once it’s been blitzed with heat? And, finally, what are we going to do about it?!
Fast forward a year or two and Mia & Ben was born, setting out to address this glaring issue and bring baby food into the 21st century. Convenient, fresh and genuinely nutritious food shouldn’t be hard to come by, or require hours of cooking and tupperware-stress for already frazzled parents. Using new technology and fresh ideas we developed a product range that provides better choices for parents.
And with research and development remaining a priority, we continue to deliver on our promise: to provide a future where fresh food for infants is always within reach—on the shelf, at home, and on the go. Because we believe everyone deserves a fresh start in life.
“We want to see a future where fresh food for infants is always within reach — on the shelf, at home, and on the go.”
“We’re on a mission to transform convenience foods for babies, using research and technology to deliver real flavour that builds better tastebuds for life.”
We put research at the heart of Mia & Ben. Our team is currently working on ways to optimise the technology we use: HPP (high-pressure processing).
Most baby foods are heated to high temperatures in order to kill bacteria. HPP uses pressure rather than heat, and has been shown to preserve important vitamins when compared to traditional heat-based techniques like pasteurisation or sterilisation. Plus, it means ingredients like mango taste a lot more like fresh mango by the time they make it to your baby’s bowl (or the floor) – because who would heat a fruit puree at home?
We don’t want to just take someone else’s word for it though, so we’re conducting our own experiments to make sure that the flavour, colour and texture of our food are the very best that they can be.
We never stop questioning the present to better the future, encouraging innovation in everything from research to recipes.
We believe in clear, honest communication, always – about ingredients, techniques and nutrition.
Vegetables, fruit, recipes, ingredients – our passion for good food is insatiable!
We create products the right way, that make lives better, improve society and respect the environment.