Horizon Organic, a Broomfield, Colo.-based brand of Danone North America, debuted Horizon Organic Growing Years, a whole milk created specifically for children ages 1 to 5. Developed in partnership with pediatricians, Growing Years is formulated to deliver key nutrients to young children, Horizon said.
"This delicate growing and transition period can feel like a big change for parents and kids alike, and it's important to Horizon that we continue to support families every step of the way," said Domenic Borrelli, president of premium dairy at Danone North America. "Throughout history, milk has been synonymous with childhood nutrition and healthy development, and offering an organic product specially made for those early years is a natural next step for us."
According to Horizon, children's nutritional needs are not the same as adults, and food options need to reflect that important difference. Every 8-ounce serving of Growing Years contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 to support brain health, choline to transport DHA in the body, prebiotics that feed good stomach bacteria and vitamin D and calcium for strong, growing bones.
"As a mom of three, I know firsthand what a whirlwind those early years are, and keeping track of everything, including nutrition, can be tough," said Frances Largeman-Roth, registered dietitian nutritionist, health expert and best-selling author. "Horizon Organic has been a trusted brand in my household for years, and I'm happy to see Growing Years give parents one less thing to worry about so they can spend more time being present for all those precious growing moments."
While the nutrients found in Growing Years may be specially formulated for growing bodies, Horizon Organic said its commitment to quality and taste is consistent with the rest of its products. In partnership with a network of more than 600 certified organic family farms across the country, Horizon sources its milk from pasture-raised cows that spend at least 120 days grazing each year.
Horizon Organic said Growing Years milk is now available at select stores nationwide.