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FORMULA THREAD - am absolutely FUMING!

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DanJARMouse Fri 04-Jul-08 15:19:47

We have been feeding DS on Farleys Hungry Baby milk.... piglet that he is.

Farleys has been discontinued and replaced with Nurture. All the advertising with the old Farleys tins said nothing is changing apart from the name.

WHY then, when I went to stock up today, is Nurture £3 a tin more expensive?!

I am absolutely fuming that they can warrant such a hike in price.... with what reasoning?!

Have emailed them telling them as much!

Feel free to ignore rant!

ManhattanMama Fri 04-Jul-08 15:21:25

Do you use less of it with each serving? That's the only way I can imagine they would put the price up so much...

babyOcho Fri 04-Jul-08 15:22:42

is the new design on the tin prettier grin

DanJARMouse Fri 04-Jul-08 15:23:03

No! There is absolutely no difference other than the packaging!!


Am going to go to Asda and Tesco and see if I can buy up the last remaining stocks of Farleys!!!

DanJARMouse Fri 04-Jul-08 15:23:38

yeah ok, its a better design but GRRRRRRRR

EyeballsintheSky Fri 04-Jul-08 15:24:08

I don't use Farleys but, Lidl always have loads of the stuff if you want to stockplie. Have been taking note recently as so many people are complaining about the lack of old supply.

tiktok Fri 04-Jul-08 15:29:39

Nurture is being heavily advertised in the nursing and midwifery press - pages and pages.

You don't think all that, plus a new pack design, comes cheap, do you?

Someone has to pay.

The ads say there are new ingredients in it though - eg 'New Betapol' to 'ease constipation'.

startingtogetveryworried Fri 04-Jul-08 15:31:19

I have noticed this and think it is REALLY terrible!

DanJARMouse Fri 04-Jul-08 15:32:40

I cant afford to buy it now, am back to cow&gate which is still £1 cheaper than Nurture.

No justification for it in my opinion, £1 a tin maybe, but £3 is shocking

Jennylee Fri 04-Jul-08 15:41:09

they want to get the same money as aptamil for their formula so changed the packaging to make it seem like a different thing

tiktok Fri 04-Jul-08 15:47:38

Are consumers really being told there is no difference in the new formula compared to the old?

This is the opposite of what the advertisements to healthcare professionals are saying.

Unless the 'new' formula is not actually all that new, but changed months ago, and the new 'launch' is purely a marketing and price-raising exercise....

2point4kids Fri 04-Jul-08 16:01:45

Bet they are saying it is different to pull in new customers and then in the same breath saying its exactly the same to avoid worrying current customers that their dc's will notice the difference...

tiktok Fri 04-Jul-08 16:12:54

But they are not allowed to tell blatant lies to consumers....which bit is the truth?

DanJARMouse Fri 04-Jul-08 16:36:46

I will check my old tin when i get home, am at my dads at the moment, but from what I can remember, it was just saying the packaging was changing.

Have jsut been to Lidls - they only have the first milk and follow on in store, but are hoping for a new delivery on sunday, so will go back to see if there is any then.

I can see me putting him on follow on milk tbh because the Hipp Organic is the same price as the old Farleys

VictorianSqualor Fri 04-Jul-08 16:45:35

There is another thread on this too, apparently the milk now has the same oil as breastmilk in it as an improvement so is being increased in price at least that's what the MNer was told by customer serviceshmm

VictorianSqualor Fri 04-Jul-08 16:46:25

here mum2angels spoke to them

scorpio1 Fri 04-Jul-08 16:47:36


DanJARMouse Fri 04-Jul-08 16:50:15

So much for being committed to fair prices.

Well, Cow & Gate it is from now on, unless DS starts eating more food (rather than spread it around!) and I can switch from hungry baby milk to follow on Hipp Organic.

tiktok Fri 04-Jul-08 16:50:20

It is not the same oil that's in breastmilk if.

gives you the background - this product is not especially new, as we can see. It was passed for including in formula 11 years ago. It is not the same as the fat in breastmilk, and they should not be telling people this. The ingredient is Betapol and it is the result of a process which alters components of fat (presumably cows milk fat).

"The novel fat blend is produced using an enzyme to rearrange the position of fatty acids present in the triglyceride fat molecules. By rearranging the positions of these fatty acids in the triglyceride to a pattern more like that seen in human milk fat, enhanced fat absorption may result."

Any food scientist mumsnetters might be able to understand this better than me

lulumama Fri 04-Jul-08 16:50:33

what oil in breastmilk?

farking snake oil more like


like what is in breast milk can be duplicated for formula> each woman produces milk that is right for her baby.

TheProvincialLady Fri 04-Jul-08 16:56:10

I know it is not an ideal solution but you might find some Farley's in independent chemists that don't have a high turnover of stock. Both my local chemists are still stocking Farley's (don't ask me how I know - DS is 22m and was never FF except for the first couple of dayshmm)

slummymummy66 Wed 09-Jul-08 21:13:56

Just found this thread after searching for other outraged mums. Just went to my local tesco to get follow on for my dd and found they don't stock farleys (or even Nurture) anymore, so drove to the next town to an even bigger tesco, a journey of twenty miles there and back, and found myself having to pay £8 for a tin, as we don't have enough left to do her first morning drink. Am absolutely furious with Heinz - committed to fair pricing my a*se angry. I shall be buying Hipp next time. Can I suggest that we start a campaign to boycott ALL Heinz products from now on in? Hit them where it hurts, girls!

metmoo Wed 09-Jul-08 22:39:27

really peeved at price goingup just so they can make packaging prettier, as if little one looks at it. in morrisons all follow on milks have gone up too

Sparkly08 Sat 12-Jul-08 15:53:59

Slummymumm66 - did you realise that you've been quoted in the guardian today?

emysmummy Sat 12-Jul-08 18:22:13

I had the same shock when we ran out of milk last week. I drove all the way to asda to find that our not no local store did not have the replacement tin the farleys booklet informed us we needed to move onto in the nuture range. I bought the sensitive tummies formula for newborn as a best option! When we made up a feed the powder was an awful waxy consistancy. What we found next was that the milk would not come through the teat on our bottles, so i asked a friend to try on her babies bottles, still nothing coming out and one very hungry baba. Then we noticed it setting in the bottles, what??? Thought nothing was changing and nuture was the same!! Called Heinz and the lady asked if the water was 40 degrees and had i remembered to shake the bottle!!!!!!!!!!!!! She told me price increase only applied to the product i bought not the whole nuture range!!!! Don't think so! I was so mad as if i would forget to shake the bottle. She also told me that the sensitive tummies formula was alot thicker than the rest of the range and my baby probably has a problem sucking! I replied YES she has a problem sucking solids through a teat!!! Got a £10 voucher but does not make up for the insult from the woman on the phone who sounded as though she was still at school! We are now using Cow and Gate and my 4 week old has slept from 11pm to 6:30am 3 nights in a row now - maybe a coincidence but i'm not convinced when i've always used Farleys! Call the careline for your voucher too no proof of purchase required!

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