The names Wattie’s and Plunket, two well recognised brands that are as familiar to New Zealanders as pavlova and the All-Blacks.
For most of us, the Plunket nurse measured our first few years of growth and development, and Wattie’s® Baby Food was a regular feature on our menu.
It was therefore no surprise when over twenty-eight years ago the two organisations formalised their relationship and launched the range of Wattie’s-Plunket baby foods. The partnership has proved extremely beneficial to both organisations, and more importantly, New Zealand whānau have gained from the partnership.
As a charity, Plunket provides many volunteer-run services in communities around New Zealand - including parenting education, parent groups, toy libraries and family centres. These services are provided in addition to the government-funded Well Child Tamariki Ora service through fundraising, grants and partnerships. The support Plunket receives from Wattie’s® Baby Food contributes towards many of the additional services that Plunket provides for whānau around New Zealand.
Plunket works with Wattie’s to support parents making suitable food choices for each stage of baby’s development in line with Ministry of Health guidelines. From Wattie’s perspective, Plunket’s input into product development is equally valued and welcomed Wattie's baby food is designed to provide a variety of age appropriate ingredients, flavours and textures as a complement to homemade baby food
When Plunket first associated its name with the Wattie’s Plunket range of baby foods in 1988, Plunket and Wattie’s sought advice from the country’s most reputable nutrition experts including Dr John Birkbeck.
Wattie’s Plunket Baby Foods are enjoyed by thousands of New Zealand infants every year and Wattie’s has a responsibility to ensure its products are of the best possible quality. Plunket’s input is an important part of this.