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Baby Food & Snacks

Why are vitamins and minerals important to my baby?

Each vitamin and mineral has different nutritional benefits for a developing child and most are obtainable through a healthy balanced diet. Vitamins and minerals at the proper levels of intake daily provide babies with the building blocks for organ, skeletal, muscle, cardiovascular and central nervous system development. Nutrients ingested through food are the most simple and natural for a growing child's system to digest, absorb and convert for growth and energy.

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What if my baby won’t eat something should I keep giving it to him/her?

Pushing food away or spitting it out is natural part of baby's exploration of food. Continue trying the food in daily intervals so long as it is not causing your child to be unwell or have an allergic reaction. In most cases your child will adapt to the taste and texture within this period and accept the food. It can sometimes take several weeks for a baby to accept a food. Research has shown that introducing as many different foods to your baby as early as possible, makes for less picky eaters later in life.

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How much should my baby eat each day?

Every baby's needs are different and will depend primarily on their size and appetite. Developmental stages may also affect their appetite. For example, a growth spurt may mean they will want to eat greater quantities more often while teething may cause them to eat less and be pickier with food. Follow your baby's lead on how much and when they want to eat.

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Which meals are best to serve Plum Organics baby food?

Our fruits & vegetable flavors are suitable for any time of day. Peach, Apricot & Banana is perfect for breakfast or dessert. Meals such as Sweet Potato, Corn & Apple, and Spinach Peas & Pear are great for lunch and dinner. As your baby develops, consider mixing the single fruit varieties or using the contents as building blocks to bigger meals like Pumpkin Banana in your favorite pancake recipe! Our re-sealable child-safe caps are perfect for travel, so just use what you want save the rest for later. No more double-dipping fears or shattering glass jars!

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When is my baby ready for Plum Organics?

The typical timeframe for starting babies on solid foods is around 4- 6 months of age. Signs that a child is ready to experiment with solid foods are sitting up on their own and showing an interest in food. Please consult with your pediatrician beforehand to ensure that your baby is ready.

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Certifications

What does it mean to be USDA Certified Organic?

Implemented in 2002, the USDA Organics certification system went through over a decade of development. For packaged foods, only products that contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients (the other 5% must come from an approved National Organic Program list) can use the seal on its packaging and must be made in facilities that are certified to meet strict USDA Organic guidelines. Certified by an independent third-party, all USDA products must show documentation that allows full traceability from the retailer shelves to the field where the organic ingredients were grown.

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Are any of your products kosher?

The following Plum products are certified kosher through the Orthodox Union:

Baby

  • Stage 1 Just Mangos
  • Stage 1 Just Peaches
  • Stage 1 Just Prunes
  • Stage 2 Apple Raisin Quinoa
  • Stage 2 Blueberry Parsnip & Buckwheat
  • Stage 2 Blueberry Pear & Purple Carrot
  • Stage 2 Cherry Sweet Corn & Greek Yogurt
  • Stage 2 Green Bean Pear & Greek Yogurt
  • Stage 2 Kale Apple & Greek Yogurt
  • Stage 2 Mango Carrot & Greek Yogurt
  • Stage 2 Peach Apricot & Banana
  • Stage 2 Plum Berry & Barley
  • Stage 2 Spinach Peas & Pears
  • Stage 2 Sweet Potato Mango & Millet
  • Stage 2 Zucchini Banana & Amaranth
  • Stage 2 Apple & Carrot
  • Stage 2 Broccoli & Apple
  • Stage 2 Cherry Sweet Corn & Greek Yogurt
  • Stage 2 Mango Carrot & Greek Yogurt
  • Stage 2 Pear & Mango
  • Stage 2 Pumpkin & Banana
  • Stage 2 Pumpkin Dates Oates & Chia
  • Stage 2 Raspberry Spinach & Greek Yogurt
  • Stage 2 Sweet Potato Corn & Apple
  • Grow Well Bone
  • Grow Well Muscle
  • Grow Well Tummy
  • Hello Morning Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Cereal
  • Hello Morning Blueberry Banana & Quinoa Cereal
  • Hello Morning Cherries & Oats
  • Hello Morning Pears & Quinoa
  • Hello Dinner Broccoli & Cheese Baby Pasta
  • Hello Dinner Pumpkin Spinach Quinoa & Baby Grains
  • Super Puffs Greens–Spinach & Apple
  • Super Puffs Oranges-Mango & Sweet Potato
  • Super Puffs Purples-Blueberry & Purple Sweet Potato
  • Super Puffs Reds-Strawberry & Beet

Tots

  • Mighty 4 Butternut Squash Pineapple Oats Beans
  • Mighty 4 Kale Strawberry Amaranth
  • Mighty 4 Pumpkin Pomegranate Quinoa
  • Mighty 4 Purple Carrot Blackberry Quinoa
  • Mighty 4 Spinach Kiwi Barley
  • Mighty 4 Sweet Potato Blueberry Millet
  • Mighty 4 Carrot Guava Oats & Black Beans
  • Mighty 4 Spinach Cherry Oats & Black Beans
  • Mighty 4 Bar Blueberry Carrot
  • Mighty 4 Bar Strawberry Spinach
  • Mighty Sticks Apple Carrot
  • Mighty Sticks Berry Beet
  • Mighty Veggies Carrot Pear Pomegranate & Oat
  • Mighty Veggies Spinach Parsnip Grape & Amaranth
  • Mighty Veggies Zucchini Apple Watermelon & Barley
  • Fruit & Grain Mish Mash Blueberry Oats & Quinoa
  • Fruit & Grain Mish Mash Apple Cinnamon Oats & Quinoa
  • Mish Mash Strawberry
  • Mish Mash Peach
  • Mish Mash Fruit & Veggie Yogurt Berry Banana Beet
  • Mish Mash Fruit & Veggie Yogurt Purple Roots & Fruits

Kids

  • Mashups Apple
  • Mashups Beetbox Berry
  • Mashups Blueberry Blitz
  • Mashups Carroty Chop
  • Mashups Strawberry Banana
  • Mashups Tropical
  • Go Bar Chocolate Brownie
  • Go Bar Chocolate Chip
  • Go Bar Snickerdoodle
  • Jammy Sammy Grape Jelly & Peanut Butter
  • Jammy Sammy Strawberry Jam & Peanut Butter
  • Jammy Sammy Apple Cinnamon & Oatmeal
  • Jammy Sammy Blueberry & Oatmeal

Super Smoothie

  • Apple Carrot Spinach
  • Blueberry Pear Sweet Potato Spinach

Plum Vida

  • Cherry Berry Beet Ginger
  • Pear Kale Spinach Celery
  • Pineapple Carrot Mint
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Ingredients, Cooking, & Allergies

Are herbs and spices safe for my baby?

Spices can be traced to the start of civilizations around the world, and have been added to baby food in different countries for generations.  We thoroughly research the attributes of the herbs and spices in our baby food, such as sage and tarragon, and have worked closely with leading pediatric advisor and nutrition expert, Dr. Alan Greene throughout our product development. Also, we only add a hint of each herb or spice in our baby products since baby’s brand-new taste buds need a much smaller amount.

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Why should additives and preservative be avoided?

Additives and preservatives are not easy to digest or ingest and can cause problems for a baby's developing system. They are not a necessary part of a child's nutritional needs and should be avoided.

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Are purees pasteurized?

Our pouch products are either pasteurized or thermally processed to ensure product safety and shelf stability.

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What is the ratio of fruit to vegetables in your Second Blends?

Ratio of fruits to veggies varies depending on flavor. They can be anywhere from a half to full serving per pouch. We recommend consuming a variety of pouches for a good range of color, nutrients and tastes. And we always recommend incorporating local, seasonal varieties of veggies and fruit as soon as baby moves onto more textured meals or whenever your lifestyle permits.

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Are blueberries okay to feed my baby before 12 Months?

Blueberries are not a common allergen and as of 2008 the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) no longer recommends delaying the introduction of any foods beyond 4 to 6 months old as a means to prevent eczema, asthma, or food allergies. In fact, introducing foods between 6 and 12 months may decrease the odds of allergies. Blueberries may be introduced to babies at 6-8 months of age.  There still exists some confusion, as many people have been advised not to offer their little ones berries until after 12 months of age. However, this “rule” did not include blueberries. The blueberry is not related to the strawberry, which can be a mild-to-highly allergenic food.  As always, if you are concerned about when and if to introduce blueberries, please consult with your pediatrician.

We also recommend visiting the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on food allergies or the AAP website for the most up to date allergen information.

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Manufacturing

Where are your products manufactured?

The majority of our manufacturing takes place in the US and Canada with the exception of a few products that are made in Western Europe. For example, our Little Yums are made in Italy.   

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Pouch Packaging

How do I know if I have a defective pouch?

Our pouches have a tamper evident seal that clicks during opening, keeping the product fresh.  Our pouch food is cooked, and utilize a specific blend of ingredients and balanced acidity levels to ensure product safety.  However, in rare instances a pouch may become compromised.  Be sure to always check that the pouch is not leaking or bloated before giving it to a child, as it signifies a quality issue.  If you notice that the pouch packaging has been compromised in any way, such as a bloating, or a tear or puncture, we do not advise or recommend that you feed the product to your little one.

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How should I serve & store the baby food pouches?

The baby food pouches can be served at room temperature, slightly chilled, or warmed in a bowl of hot water. DO NOT microwave pouch. To serve, simply twist off the cap, squeeze into a bowl or directly onto a spoon for your little one to enjoy! The pouches can be stored in your cupboard until ready for use. Refrigeration is required upon opening and we recommend meal should be consumed within 24 hours for best quality and taste.

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Are pouches safe for air travel?

Our products are indeed safe for air travel (we’ve not heard of our pouches ever bursting on the plane).  In fact, one of the things that our customers love so much about our pouches is that they’re so convenient and easy to travel with.  If you’re still concerned, it won’t hurt to put the pouches in a zip-lock bag.

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How long are products good for after opening?

For optimal quality and freshness, we do recommend that you refrigerate any open pouch that’s not yet empty, and consume the contents within 24 hours. 

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What is the shelf life of your pouches?

There is a 12-month shelf life on all un-opened pouches. We don’t guarantee the product’s freshness past the “best by” date.

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Why is your pouch considered an eco-solution?

As a Certified B-Corporation, an important goal of ours is to reduce our environmental impact through waste reduction and lessening the energy in the manufacturing and transportation of our products. We have confirmed from our supplier and several independent studies that the largest carbon footprint in the life cycle of a product actually occurs during the manufacturing and transportation process. We are happy to say that our lightweight, soft-sided pouch is 10x lighter than the traditional glass jar and cap, and requires less time & energy to produce. All of which leads to less transportation in freight, reduced greenhouse gases, and lower costs.

We continue to strive for innovative packaging and processes that are as green as they can be without jeopardizing the integrity of our ingredients and products. The packaging industry is showing progress and we all hope to get there soon!

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Is packaging recyclable?

Unfortunately, the pouch is currently not recyclable because of the multi-layer of foil. However, our pouch is still considered an industry wide eco-alternative because of its lightweight and size, all of which contributes to less breakage, food waste and lighter freight. Additionally, the resealable cap is a #2 plastic so that is indeed highly recyclable and we encourage that at the very least. However, many recycling facilities can’t process pouch caps because they’re too small. So we’ve devised a plan! Plum’s partnered with the good folks at Preserve to create a cap recycling program. All you have to do is drop Plum caps in a Preserve recycling bin at your local grocery store.

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What is the pouch made of?

Our pouches are made from safe materials. They are a mix of 100% BPA & phthalate free plastic and foil - a special blend that helps to naturally preserve the nutrients and retain the vibrant color & taste. The inner lining is made from a food grade polyethylene.

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Product Availability

Where is Plum Organics sold outside of the United States?

Are you traveling or living outside the United States, and want to purchase some Plum Organics products? Good news! Plum Organics products are now being sold in stores in several countries around the globe: Mexico, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Bermuda. Our products are the same as those being sold in the United States – there is no change to our sourcing, manufacturing, or production processes!

If you are interested in becoming our international partner, please fill out our contact form. Alternatively, if you would like to sell our products in China, please contact Goobay, our distributor in China: jackfzhao@yahoo.com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Are your products available in Canada?

Our products are currently available at Loblaws, London Drugs and Sobey’s. We plan to expand into additional retailers throughout the year.

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Where can I purchase Plum Organics products?

Please check out our Store Locator to find a retailer near to you that sells Plum Organics products.

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Product Issue

Who do I contact about a product issue or concern?

We take product issues and feedback very seriously. Please email us at info@plumorganics.com or call us at 877-914-7586.

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Samples & Coupons

Can you send me samples?

While we would love to get our yummy, organic products into the mouths of everyone that requests them, we’re very sorry but it’s not something we are able to do at this time.

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Do you offer coupons?

Yes, we often offer coupons directly to consumers and you will find these coupons on our Social pages and/or on our website. Become a fan on Facebook.com/PlumOrganics for info on baby and toddler offers.

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Do you have a multiples program?

While we don't have a multiples program, we’d be happy to send you some coupons to help off-set the cost of our products. Please send requests to info@plumorganics.com.

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