About Us


Nutricia is part of Groupe Danone, a Fortune 500 company. It focuses on dairy, water, baby nutrition and medical nutrition food products, including formulas and supplements for infants and toddlers. It also produces a range of non-food products such as breast and body creams and sterilising tablets. Groupe Danone’s headquarters is located in Paris, France.

Visit Groupe Danone’s website for more information.

At Nutricia products are developed based on sound scientific research and clinical evidence. With our collaboration with healthcare professionals locally and globally we continue to focus on the research and development in early life nutrition.

Nutricia also provides an advisory service to Australian and New Zealand families, focusing on providing support to soon-to-be parents and carers of infants and toddlers. An experienced team of midwives, dietitians and mums are available for free one-on-one advice, tips and reassurance along the journey from pre-conception to parenthood.

Over 100 years of experience caring for babies and children

Karitane began in 1907 in New Zealand, founded by Sir Truby King, a well-respected doctor concerned with the high infant mortality rate of the time. His motto was "Breast fed is best fed"; however this was a time when there was no formula available for mothers who were unable to breastfeed their infants. Dr. King was convinced that at least half the infant deaths occurring in the first year of life were preventable. Shortly after, he began opening clinics and experimenting with milk formula, with which he had extraordinary success.

Dr. King founded the Royal Society for the Health of Women and Children in Dunedin in 1907, a time when he owned a house at Karitane where he and his wife provided care for thirteen malnourished, ailing babies.

Dr. King believed that if the simple essentials of good feeding and health were taught widely throughout the country, the life of one baby could be saved each day – and the health of 25,000 subsequent babies could also be improved. He put his ideas about infant feeding into practice when breastfeeding was not possible, employing a trained nurse and teaching his methods.

In 1918, the Mothercraft Training Society was founded by Dr. King, who was invited to go to London by a small committee formed by Lord and Lady Plunket. They had seen the amazing results achieved in New Zealand by his system of infant feeding and care, and under his supervision a Hospital and School for Nurses was established. The Plunket philosophy and the training of registered nurses began.

In 1923, the Australian Mothercraft Society was established in Sydney by a number of parents and their friends whose babies had benefited from the work done by the Truby King Societies in New Zealand and England.In 1927, under Dr. King’s guidance, the Karitane Products Society developed a range of milks.

In 1986, the range was licensed to Douglas Pharmaceuticals for distribution in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.

In 1996, Nutricia acquired the products from Douglas Pharmaceuticals.

Breast is best

Breastfeeding is best for babies as it provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a healthcare professional responsible for maternal and child care, and based on your baby’s individual needs.

At Nutricia, we are committed to helping you give your child the best possible nutritional start with a balanced diet they will love as they grow and develop. We understand that one of the most essential things in the first three years of life is the food we put into our bodies.

As part of Nutricia’s support of breastfeeding and breastfeeding mothers, the Karimums site was launched in early 2012. This online community provides parents and carers with a place to connect and share personally on a wide range of topics, including pregnancy (morning sickness, cravings, labour and birth), breastfeeding, nutrition, recipes, sleep and teething.

As part of its complete care offering, Nutricia also provides parents and carers with access to a free careline, staffed by an experienced team including midwife, dietitians and mothers. The service is one-to-one to ensure complete privacy and can be accessed by calling 1800 258 268, via email or Live Chat, Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 5:00pm AEST (excluding public holidays).

Social responsibility

Groupe Danone is proudly committed to good corporate citizenship. It has a program to guide the implementation of social and environmental policies in Danone businesses worldwide. Each subsidiary assesses its own performance against over 100 criteria, covering key areas such as food safety, human resource policies, the environment and relationships with suppliers and customers. This results in the creation of action plans, which take into account the socio-economic environments in which they operate.

As Antoine Riboud, the founder of Groupe Danone, said in 1972: “Corporate responsibility does not end at the factory gate or at office doors. The jobs a business creates are central to the lives of employees and the energy and raw materials we consume change the shape of our planet. Public opinion is there to remind us of our responsibility in the industrial world of today”. The Danone model relies on the principle that economic performance and attention to people go hand-in-hand.

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