Frequently Asked Questions

If you’ve got a question about Piccolo or one of our products, you may find the information you’re after here. If not, please feel free to get in touch with us directly at info@piccolofoods.uk

WHERE IS THE PICCOLO RANGE STOCKED?
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The Piccolo range is available in selected Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Boots, Waitrose stores, Co-Op, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and Booths as well as online at Ocado, Amazon.

Head to our Where to Buy page to find your nearest stockist!

DOES THE PICCOLO RANGE INCLUDE ANY ALLERGENS?
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We highlight any allergens in the product in bold in the ingredients box on the back of our packs.

Underneath the ingredients box we state any ‘may contains’ information for products which do not contain the allergen ingredients but are made in a factory that handles it. None of our products contain nuts, and our recipes are made in a nut free environment.

HOW LONG CAN YOU STORE AN OPEN POUCH OF PICCOLO?
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Once opened, Piccolo pouches should be refrigerated and consumed within 24 hours.

The cap should be replaced and securely screwed on before refrigerating

WHY IS PICCOLO ORGANIC?
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Cat and the team strongly believe in the benefits of organic food; both for our health, and the impact it has on our environment.

Organic farming doesn’t use pesticides or herbicides and often means spaces are set aside for wildlife to flourish. We support organic farming because we recognise the direct connection between our health and how the food we eat is produced.

WHY DO PICCOLO RECOMMEND THEIR FOODS FROM 4 MONTHS?
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We follow guidelines set by the WHO, as well as the UK Government, which say when to introduce complementary food alongside breast or formula milk*.

These recommendations come from extensive research on infant nutrition and child development. However, not all babies develop at the same rate, and some parents may feel their babies are ready to wean earlier than 6 months. Our recipes are safe to introduce from 4 months**, but we’d recommend speaking to a health professional beforehand.

*http://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/complementary_feeding/en/

**The cherry and yoghurt with oats product contains oats, which may contain gluten, it is not recommended to introduce gluten until 6 months.

POUCHES VERSUS HOME COOKING?
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We know that (while is isn’t easy) complementary feeding is a great way to begin introducing our babies to different tastes, textures and flavours of new foods. But how do you manage to fit this in when life gets busy?

At Piccolo, we believe in responsive feeding, and that home cooking and trying a variety of tastes and textures in the form of finger food and purees is all part of the experience of weaning. We also know from spending time with parents, that for those times when you are out and about, convenience matters. That’s why we want to make sure you can grab delicious, safe and organic alternatives that have no added extras. At Piccolo, we also follow a Mediterranean approach to eating, and want to offer a variety of flavours to babies, that parents would want to eat as much themselves, as give their baby.

WHAT IS PICCOLO’S VIEW ON SUGAR?
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We never add any refined or added sugar in any form to our pouches, snacks, complete meals, sauces or pastas.

All our products contain 100% natural ingredients, with nothing extra added. The sugars present in our pouches are naturally occurring and come from the organic fruit and vegetables we use.

We work closely with universities and nutritionists to ensure we are always working with the latest research and guidelines on baby food, and make sure all our products are in line with the Baby Food Regulations.

The health and wellbeing of babies is core to what we do, and we strive to ensure our foods contain nothing extra, while tasting as good as possible.

WHAT MAKES PICCOLO DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BABY FOOD BRANDS?
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We know how hard weaning can be. We think finding the right balance of foods and flavours is a pretty fun way to encourage adventurous eating.

The Mediterranean approach to food and lifestyle is at the heart of what we do, and what sets us apart from other baby food brands. Our recipes include a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, pulses and grains, some good fats and dairy, and occasionally meat or fish and a pinch of a herb or spice, which we’ve found helps babies experience new flavours on their weaning adventure.

As well as supporting parents and producing tasty and healthy baby food using quality ingredients from farmers we trust, we’re committed to giving back by donating 10% of profits to charities which help local families. The health and wellbeing of babies is core to what we do, and we strive to ensure our foods contain nothing extra, and taste as good as possible.

Where do the piccolo ingredients come from?
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Having worked with local and international organic farmers, our Founder Cat is passionate about knowing where our ingredients come from.

We believe in supporting organic suppliers and, in turn, the environment. We strive to keep the travel miles of our ingredients to a minimum, and are in close contact with all of our farmers. However, to source some of our ingredients, such as organic bananas and vanilla bean, we have to travel a little farther afield.

Are your products recyclable?
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Sustainability is really important to us here at Casa Piccolo.

We use pouches for our baby food as they ensure our organic ingredients stay at their freshest (and so keep our Mediterranean inspired recipes tasting delicious). Using pouches also means we have a far lower carbon footprint than other packaging options, which is really important to us. Our colourful Piccolo pouch lids are recyclable wherever you recycle your plastics, but because the pouches themselves are made from a special mix of materials, it is trickier to recycle them widely. We are looking in to different options and ways to make recycling them easier – and will of course let you know as soon as we have an update. Also our Piccolo Pots, and their cardboard outer sleeves, are fully recyclable.

Piccolo are the first  baby food brand to launch bio-based packaging

We are the first baby food to launch  bio-based packaging across Piccolo Pure and Multipack pouch ranges. These new packs offer you a lower carbon alternative, made from 85% bio based material. Visit here for more details.

What is Piccolo’s stance on salt?
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We never add salt to any of our pouches, snacks, complete meals, sauces or pastas.

The health and wellbeing of babies is core to what we do, and we strive to ensure our foods contain nothing extra, while tasting as good as possible.

DO PICCOLO PRODUCTS CONTAIN PALM OIL?
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At Piccolo, we are proud to say that we use absolutely no palm oil in any of our products.