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NOW CLOSED: Ella's Kitchen dairy testers needed for new range. Do you have a child aged 6 months - 4 yrs? Find out more...

(90 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Feb-13 10:36:54

Hello

We have been asked by the team at Ella's Kitchen to find 100 Mumsnetters to try out dairy products from their NEW range of fresh food with their LOs.

To take part you need to:

~ Have at least one child aged 6 months - 4 years
~ Be able to go to an Asda, Waitrose or selected Tesco (typically larger stores) to get the product - you will be sent vouchers
~ Have your child(ren) try the items and then to add feedback to a thread on Mumsnet.

The items on test are as follows and Ella's Kitchen says "We want MNers to give us their thoughts on our NEW dairylicious fromage frais, raspberry rice pudding and yoghurt. Our dairylicious Big Tastes come from real fruit, that's why we never add refined sugar. All are organic"

To be tested are:

NEW super smooth + creamy fromage frais
~ 20% real squished fruit
~ Whole milk is a natural source of calcium
~ Organic
~ RRP £1.89

NEW stir me up raspberry rice pudding
~ real squished fruit
~ natural creamy wholemilk
~ Organic
~ RRP £1.09

NEW chilled out thick + smooth yoghurt
~ 20% real squeezed fruit
~ Whole milk is a natural source of calcium
~ Organic
~ RRP £1.79

In the case of allergies etc please check out the links above. Please only apply if you are sure they are ok for your LO(s).

The 100 testers selected will receive 3 vouchers so that they can try one of each of the products - they'll also be sent a "very desirable" (money can't buy!) Ella's Kitchen upcycled lunch bag grin. The vouchers can be redeemed at Asda, Waitrose and selected Tesco stores.

Once your LO's have tried the products, you will be asked to add feedback to a thread on Mumsnet - as a thank you for taking part all testers who add feedback will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a month's supply of Ella's kitchen products and an Ella's Kitchen cow print cool bag (worth approx. £45 in total).

If you fit the bill and would like to take part please add your details here

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

RedKites Tue 05-Feb-13 11:04:54

This sounds great - am filling in the survey. DS1 loves yoghurt and fromage frais! However, just wanted to warn you the links in the OP don't seem to be working? It doesn't matter too much to me - no allergies here - was just interested to see a bit more information about them - but I'm guessing it will be more important for other people.

LeBoob Tue 05-Feb-13 11:10:41

Sounds good!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Feb-13 11:16:49

redkites - weird - they work for me?!

constantnamechanger Tue 05-Feb-13 11:17:53

done

LillethTheCat Tue 05-Feb-13 11:18:37

Filled out survey. Fingers crossed. Yoghurt (or dodurt) is one of the few words my 16MO says and says it all the time.

nannyn Tue 05-Feb-13 11:18:53

I can already give them some feedback, the fromage frais have upset both of my LO's stomachs. They are fine with the yoghurt.

RedKites Tue 05-Feb-13 11:27:33

Ooh, they're working now - they look good. And I'm intrigued what DS1 would make of rice pudding. Maybe it was just a momentary glitch although I do have a 3mo non-sleeping baby so maybe I imagined it ?

Yoghurt is DS's preferred food! Sadly DP always pinches it. Perhaps if it's actually aimed at littlies poor DS might actually stand a chance...

Caitycat Tue 05-Feb-13 11:52:04

Pick me, pick me, loving this exciting weaning phase with littlecat!

Sleepyfergus Tue 05-Feb-13 12:10:11

Done!!

Tee2072 Tue 05-Feb-13 12:13:13

Is there a list of Tescos that have them? Or at least geographical areas? Being in Belfast, I don't have a convenient ASDA or a Waitrose at all.

AmandinePoulain Tue 05-Feb-13 12:19:54

Done! I want both dds to eat calcium rich food without loads of extra sugar and these sound perfect smile

Arion Tue 05-Feb-13 12:34:40

Done. Their pouches are very good quality, would be good to try the yogurts/pudding

cassell Tue 05-Feb-13 12:50:57

I'm disappointed looking at the links that they gave put agave nectar in all of them, just because it's organic it's still essentially pure sugar. My reason for buying/trying these would be because of no added sugar which is a little misleading as they do have added sugar just not 'refined'.

A shame as the pouches etc are good.

Tee2072 Tue 05-Feb-13 13:03:14

It doesn't say 'no added sugar' it says 'no added refined sugar'.

cassell Tue 05-Feb-13 13:22:07

I know that Tee, legally it is fine - but it is misleading to the average consumer who assumes that means no added sugar. Also I just don't see the need for adding any sugar - the previous version of the fromage frais without any was fine. I get (irrationally!) annoyed by how much sugar is added to children's products under all sorts of names to try and pretend it is healthier. I didn't think Ella's kitchen was one of those brands.

Firewall Tue 05-Feb-13 13:24:26

Hi, can provide feedback for the thick and smooth yoghurt. It really didn't agree with LO, who loves petit filous, munch bunch etc. not only that, he really didn't like the flavour, myself and OH tasted it too and it really tasted awful and was really sour as well. Perhaps it was a bad bunch but after tasting it myself, it wasn't a pleasant flavour.

IncogKNEEto Tue 05-Feb-13 13:31:15

Done. I agree with *Arion, I always found the pouches were very good quality, would be happyto try the yogurts/pudding range.

WheresMyCow Tue 05-Feb-13 13:43:11

Done - DS always loved the pouches but now prefers the ones from Aldi even though he is over 2 shockgrin

blibblibs Tue 05-Feb-13 13:47:36

Done! Sure the LOs would love these.

Done. Hopefully I get picked and DD likes them. She loves petit filous.

readyforno2 Tue 05-Feb-13 13:50:13

Done.

How much is a months supply?

My DS (7 months) is currently getting through 3 pouches at a time.

Kirk1 Tue 05-Feb-13 14:51:36

Details added! The DC weren't impressed with the original products in this range, hopefully the yoghurt and fromage frais will be a bigger hit!

sillymillyb Tue 05-Feb-13 14:59:21

Done - fingers crossed smile

SolomanDaisy Tue 05-Feb-13 15:09:21

Ooh, are these going to be available outside the UK? I've never bought any of their products, products but would love to be able to buy stuff with agave rather than sugar or sweeteners.

elfycat Tue 05-Feb-13 16:06:49

Done. My DDs loved most of the savoury and sweet products we tried and we still use some of the sweeter ones for desserts/snacks on the go.

Glitterfairys Tue 05-Feb-13 17:18:51

This sounds great . My 3 year old loves yogurts and not much else so hopefully he can try these and see how he gets on with a new variety grin

mummysmellsofsick Tue 05-Feb-13 17:41:20

We'd love to. DS loves Ella's pouches.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Tue 05-Feb-13 18:03:56

ooh, we'd like a go at this
<house of pudding fiends>

Loolumboolum Tue 05-Feb-13 18:23:29

Done!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Feb-13 18:57:15

Hello - some of you have raised some questions/ queries about the products and this project, below are the responses from Victoria at Ella's Kitchen.

nannyn I can already give them some feedback, the fromage frais have upset both of my LO's stomachs. They are fine with the yoghurt.

"Hi there, we’re sorry that happened – our Customer Care team would love to help make it right. Head to our Contact Us page to drop them a note: www.ellaskitchen.co.uk/contact-us/ Thanks"

Firewall Hi, can provide feedback for the thick and smooth yoghurt. It really didn't agree with LO, who loves petit filous, munch bunch etc. not only that, he really didn't like the flavour, myself and OH tasted it too and it really tasted awful and was really sour as well. Perhaps it was a bad bunch but after tasting it myself, it wasn't a pleasant flavour.

"Hi there, some mums + babies told us the same thing and we listened – that’s why we've been back to the kitchen and changed the recipes to make them really tasty for tiny taste buds by adding even more organic fruit and a squeeze of agave nectar. We'd love you to try our new recipes and let us know what your little one thinks"

Tee2072 asked Is there a list of Tescos that have them? Or at least geographical areas? Being in Belfast, I don't have a convenient ASDA or a Waitrose at all.

"Hi there, sadly we don’t know exactly which stores will have our products. We recommend heading to the larger stores where there's more likely to be the space in the fridges for our dairylicious range. I hope this helps".

cassell said; I'm disappointed looking at the links that they gave put agave nectar in all of them, just because it's organic it's still essentially pure sugar. My reason for buying/trying these would be because of no added sugar which is a little misleading as they do have added sugar just not 'refined'. A shame as the pouches etc are good.

"Hi there, we're sorry you’re disappointed. Lots of mums + little ones told us that our yoghurts, fromage frais and rice puddings weren't tasty enough – that's why we added loads more yummy fruit and a squeeze of agave nectar. We used agave because it is naturally sweet and is a store cupboard ingredient that you can find in supermarkets. If you'd like to chat to us more about this, please pop us a note via our Contact Us form and our Customer Care team will get back to you"

StarlightMcKenzie asked How much is a months supply? My DS (7 months) is currently getting through 3 pouches at a time.

"A month's supply is around 1 Ella's pouch or finger food pack per day, the winner will also get one of our fab money-can't-buy cow print cools bags! I hope this helps"

And finally SolomanDaisy asked Ooh, are these going to be available outside the UK? I've never bought any of their products, products but would love to be able to buy stuff with agave rather than sugar or sweeteners.
"Our dairylicious tastes are only in the UK at the moment. Head to our Around the World page to find out where you can keep up to date with all the latest Ella's news in your country (including what fab new food you can buy) www.ellaskitchen.co.uk/around-the-world/ "

Hope that helps everyone!

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Feb-13 18:57:59

And thanks to everyone who has applied already smile

MrsHoarder Tue 05-Feb-13 19:04:05

Done

activatetherhythm Tue 05-Feb-13 19:06:04

Ooooh pick me, sounds excellent.

I have just entered my details but as I am on my phone I am not sure it worked.

Do you have my application mnhq? Thanks

CauDyGeg Tue 05-Feb-13 19:44:39

done

Liveinthepresent Tue 05-Feb-13 20:15:06

I haven't signed up - but if Ella's are interested I currently buy the thick and smooth yoghurts because they aren't as sweet as lots of the other brands.
I would like more products that aren't excessively sweet as I feel this just creates little taste buds to expect that!
As another poster mentioned the 'no refined sugar' claim normally has me reading the small print- as it clearly means sugar of some sort is added...

MumOfMissy Tue 05-Feb-13 20:23:09

I'm up for it. My LO will only eat Ella's at the moment. She gags on Hipp Organic and Heinz...

DS would love these, all signed up!

KumquatMae Tue 05-Feb-13 21:43:18

done

Bibblebobbleparsnip Tue 05-Feb-13 21:59:06

Done. Pick me! Pick me! My baby loves Ella's Kitchen bits and can get to a nice big posh Waitrose (and Tesco's too)

CrispsCrispsCrisps Tue 05-Feb-13 22:15:28

Done!

bemybebe Tue 05-Feb-13 22:34:35

Done. Would love to be selected as dd loves Ella's range and I do not give her any dairy yet, so starting with Ella's Kitchen pouches will be interesting.

LovesBeingWokenEveryNight Tue 05-Feb-13 22:46:25

The went a bit funny - did it go through ok?

sparklystar Wed 06-Feb-13 08:00:11

Done smile

Done my baby loves yogurts and pretty much anything buy Ella's kitchen. Plus I love the lunch bags! wink

CaseyShraeger Wed 06-Feb-13 10:53:37

Like Liveinthepresent, I currently buy Ella's yoghurts specifically because they aren't as sweet as most yoghurts. If they are going to mess around with that I'm very disappointed.

I've just completed the survey but entered my username wrong. What a plank. I'd be interested in trying these though - my little boy hates typical baby food, but I don't like giving him normal supermarket snacks as you can never tell, for all the small print and dietary information, what's in them.

stormforce10 Wed 06-Feb-13 11:59:52

Done. DS is really fussy about anything with calcium (except breastmilk) for some reason. Maybe these will suit him. HE loves their pouches

MummyPigsFatTummy Wed 06-Feb-13 12:16:27

Details added. Having filled in the survey, I see the range is already on sale. I haven't seen it in the supermarkets I usually visit. Will have to look in larger stores as it would make a nice change from Plum and Yeotubes.

Bicnod Wed 06-Feb-13 13:08:12

Done

Done!

cheesenpickle Wed 06-Feb-13 14:37:50

Ive done it too but im not convinced its gone through, the screen suddenly went blank when i submitted it.

Done

bluechik Wed 06-Feb-13 21:14:17

Done - the DCs would love to be in this trial!

TitHead Wed 06-Feb-13 21:31:45

Done DS will be one happy toddler if we get picked. Yogurt and fromage frais are his favourite foods in the world.

Northernexile Wed 06-Feb-13 22:00:42

All done, fingers crossed!

llamallama Wed 06-Feb-13 22:22:41

Done! Fingers crossed!

CaptainNancy Thu 07-Feb-13 01:35:28

Well I won't be signing up! I'm fed-up of companies constantly making things sweeter; yes people say it tastes sour, but that's because everything else has had so much sugar/sweetener/corn syrup added to it!
I love french yoghurts, as their natural yoghurt doesn't have sugar added (or maybe evn that does too now? sad smaller brands such as loseley farm used to be low sugar too, but can't get them where I am now)

BuddhaBellyXmasBaubles Thu 07-Feb-13 01:42:00

Done

SirDoris Thu 07-Feb-13 10:04:48

Survey done

florencebabyjo Fri 08-Feb-13 21:17:34

This would be great. my DD is very fussy and has been since weaning, but loves her yogurt, thank goodness! Would be a great chance to try something healthy and tasty but packed full of goodness not sugars!

flubba Sat 09-Feb-13 07:25:31

Done smile

Fillybuster Mon 11-Feb-13 09:59:19

Done...but not holding my breath....it's not been a good year for Fillytesting so far....!

Sokmonsta Mon 11-Feb-13 16:59:15

Yay! Babies are going to be happy smile

Yeah we are in!!!grin

flubba Mon 11-Feb-13 19:47:07

Yay for you! How do you know? sad

florencebabyjo Mon 11-Feb-13 22:36:11

Hurrah! Have been accepted and now waiting for vouchers. Can't wait to try this as we tried the baby foods and they were lovely. My DD has just started nursery and the lunchbox will come in handy too!

flubba Tue 12-Feb-13 06:36:56

envy

Fillybuster Tue 12-Feb-13 11:39:52

Might have to give up on applying for product tests this year... sad

LillethTheCat Thu 14-Feb-13 14:36:40

I didn't get an email (unless I deleted by accident) but I got some vouchers today for this. Hope they weren't delivered to me by accident.

Arion Thu 14-Feb-13 15:36:24

No email, but vouchers and up cycled cool bag arrived today! Will be going to Asda on Sat to get the puds.

Thank you Mumsnet and Ella's kitchen. smile

CharlotteBronteSaurus Thu 14-Feb-13 18:07:59

Got my lunch bag and vouchers today - thank-you.
Will get to Tesco over the weekend. DDs are very excited at the prospect of new puddings.

I had an email but no vouchers today sad

I hope they arrive soon!

McPheetStink Thu 14-Feb-13 21:00:56

Received my vouchers and lunch bag today. And very snazzy too grin

Sokmonsta Fri 15-Feb-13 11:57:34

Received. Fromage frais bought as our ASDA didn't have the others. Hoping for better luck at Tesco but babies enjoying them so far.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Feb-13 12:22:32

LillethTheCat and arion - I did email you - please email me and that may help stop any emails going into junk etc (ann @ mums net .com ) (no spaces!)

LillethTheCat Fri 15-Feb-13 12:30:43

I found it now. It was always in the inbox. I must have missed it in the sea of crap I get as I am signed on to a fair few sites and blogs over the net.

Thanks, sorry to be a pain.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 15-Feb-13 12:55:04

It's ok - just glad you got it!

flubba Fri 15-Feb-13 12:59:54

sad I'll just carry on as I was then, with my children crying into eating their non-Ella's Kitchen yoghurts... >>sniff<<

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 15-Feb-13 21:14:57

Is there a feedback thread for this MNHQ?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 16-Feb-13 13:37:21

Soon Iwish...

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 16-Feb-13 16:34:43

we're also ready to give feedback - well, after dinner tonight we will be
our Tesco was sold out of the rice pudding, and no sign of the yoghurt, so we just have fromage frais

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 16-Feb-13 21:42:54

Ok, I'll keep checking!

I am still waiting for my vouchers hmm

Where they sent through courier?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Feb-13 12:59:29

SalagadooLamagicaboo- that's really odd as you are on the list - will check for you.
Hope to get feedback up later today

Thank you, I have already checked the stores around me and I already know where I can get all varieties,

Just waiting on the vouchers smile

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Feb-13 14:25:24

Feedback thread live now! thanks

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