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Horizon Organic Partners With Pediatricians To Expand Growing Years

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Broomfield, Colorado-based Horizon Organic is expanding its Growing Years line with the introduction of lowfat yogurt pouches, cultured dairy smoothies, reduced-fat milk half gallons and single-serve whole milk boxes, available at grocery retailers nationwide. 

“Our goal is to make it easy for parents to give their children nutrients they need, all while giving kids the delicious taste they crave,” said Regan Ebert, SVP of premium dairy at Danone North America. “We know little ones can be picky, so we’ve partnered closely with pediatricians to develop new Horizon Organic Growing Years products that offer parents more variety, all while providing key nutrients for growing children.” 

The transition from infant formula or breast milk to dairy milk can be a challenge for parents, as many worry their children won’t get the nutrition they need. To help bridge the gap, Horizon Organic originally introduced Growing Years Whole Milk, the first line of organic dairy products developed with pediatricians, in 2019, to help usher parents through this new phase and help them provide their children with the nutrients they need.  

Now, with nearly 30 percent of parents citing Omega-3s (like DHA) as an important factor when purchasing toddler food, Horizon Organic has expanded its Growing Years portfolio to include yogurt and smoothies to make it even easier for parents to ensure their kids are getting key nutrients. 

The new Horizon Organic Growing Years Portfolio Additions include:

  • Organic Lowfat Yogurt Pouches (Blueberry and Strawberry);
  • Organic Cultured Dairy Smoothies (Blueberry and Strawberry);
  • Organic Reduced Fat 2-percent Milk; and
  • Organic Whole Milk Boxes.

“As a mom of a toddler, and also as a doctor of public health and dietitian who has been working with moms and dads for more than two decades, I know first-hand how tough it can be at times to get your kids to eat enough of the nutritious foods you want them to,” said nutrition expert Wendy Bazilian. “The expansion of the Horizon Organic Growing Years line helps kids enjoy tastes they love from quality ingredients while getting critical nutrients they need — and conveniently, too. Giving your little ones the opportunity to explore foods through fun, at-home activities is a great way to get kids to experiment with new tastes, textures and flavors. Peek-a-boo taste tests (cover your eyes and try a few bites before you make up your mind) and DIY mix-and-match smoothie set-ups are great activities to try.”   

Growing Years offers whole milk half gallons and single-serve boxes for children ages 1 to 5, as well as reduced fat milk half gallons for children ages 2 to 5, perfect for introducing dairy milk into their routines. For active school-aged children, whether they’re out-and-about or at home, Growing Years yogurt pouches, cultured smoothies and single-serve 8-oz. whole milk boxes make for great on-the-go options. Every serving of Growing Years organic dairy provides 50 mg DHA-Omega-3 to help support brain health, a good source of choline to help transport DHA in the body and prebiotics to help feed good bacteria in the gut. 

Horizon Organic Growing Years products are available at grocery retailers nationwide. Visit the store locator at Horizon.com to find the nearest retailer. 

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