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You’ve probably noticed that our packs have been re-designed, we think beautifully, hopefully you’ll agree – but if you’re a little confused about what your pack now looks like you can have a look here to see the new packs, and rollover them to see what they used to look like: www.dorsetcereals.co.uk/whats-changed.
However, if you were a fan of our Heavenly High Fibre or Perfectly Balanced mueslis, unfortunately we had to stop making them, simply because they weren’t popular enough. It’s a shame, but there are some very good replacements:
To replace Heavenly High Fibre try:
To replace Perfectly Balanced try:
You can also find out which shops stock our recipes here: www.dorsetcereals.co.uk/where-to-buy
If you’re still confused in any way, or just want to ask a question, get in touch and we’ll do our best to help: www.dorsetcereals.co.uk/get-in-touch
The card for our boxes is unbleached and made from 100% recycled fibre and so do please recycle it when you’ve run out of uses for it.
The inner bags for our muesli, granola and porridge (including the sachets) are not currently widely recyclable, because we need a high enough food barrier to keep everything fresh. However, we are looking into biodegradable bags among other options, so hopefully will soon have a solution.
As our customers know, our premium cereal recipes are packed full of dried fruit, nuts and seeds – and these are the ingredients that make our cereals taste great.
When fruit is dried to preserve it, the naturally occurring sugars are concentrated into each little raisin, cranberry or blueberry and these tasty fruits then add sweetness to a recipe – it really is as simple as that.
A small number of our ingredients have a minute amount of sugar added to either preserve the fruit or bring out the flavour of the ingredient. This sugar is only found in our recipes in very small amounts and we avoid using ingredients with added sugar wherever possible. Many of our recipes are completely free from any added sugar whatsoever, such as Our Lovely Organic Muesli, Classic Fruit, Roasted Nuts and Seeds, Simply Delicious, Gloriously Nutty, Simply Nutty, Proper Porridge and Proper Raspberry Porridge.
Our premium granolas are baked products and we want them to deliver a good crunchy sweet texture. To enable the oats in the recipe to do this we have used either honey or golden syrup depending on the product.
Our products are not complicated. We mix fruit, nuts, seeds and flakes together and we would never try to hide anything. So, all our packs carry full nutritional and ingredient details, with further information including full GDA figures available on each individual recipe page on the website. To make the figures as easy to use as possible we have included milk in our calculations, so the figures shown are for exactly what you would have in the bowl. If you have any specific nutritional questions, please do contact our nutritional team at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We decided to change the way our Chocolate Granola was blended in order for it to really live up to its name, adding the chocolate drops and a small amount of cocoa powder gives real chocolate bursts as you eat and a beautiful chocolatey taste throughout (well, we think so anyway). The chocolate is, of course, the same high quality dark chocolate we’ve always used, but now it’s added after the baking process instead of during it. Adding the chocolate during the baking resulted in a lack of consistency from one bake to the next with the quality sometimes dipping, which we just were not happy with. It also took hours upon hours to clean up the melted chocolate in the factory (although we did have plenty of volunteers). We’re pretty pleased with the result, after all tasting it many times, but if you have any questions or feedback, just let us know here: www.dorsetcereals.co.uk/get-in-touch/
The fat in our recipes is “good” fat from the delicious nuts and seeds we pack into our recipes. Nuts and seeds are high in fibre, rich in a wide range of vitamins and minerals and a good source of protein. They are also an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, which is thought to help reduce cholesterol in the blood. Some of the wholegrain cereals we use – for example, oats and barley – also contain naturally occurring fats and sugars.
“May contain XXX”, means that we cannot guarantee that the product is totally free from XXX, despite all reasonable precautions. An example would be “May contain nuts”. Due to the allergenic nature of nuts, we cannot say that a product is nut-free as it is manufactured in an environment where nuts are used. All precautions are in place, such as separate storage and full clean-down between products, but there is still a very small risk of cross-contamination.
Dorset Cereals is proud to be an environmentally responsible company and we’re singing it from the, well, tree-tops. As part of our commitment we have worked closely with the Woodland Trust for years to plant over 16,000 trees and counting. We’re also very careful with the waste we produce, aiming for nothing to go to landfill and any food waste that occurs goes to The Prince of Wales biogas plant on the edge of Poundbury, where it’s anaerobically digested to provide gas for 56,000 homes in summer and 4,000 in winter!
We are uncompromising in our dedication to finding the highest quality; the ingredients we use are sourced from the four corners of the world. For example, the recipes don’t just use raisins, they use jumbo-size black raisins, which are believed to be the most flavoursome and have become Dorset Cereals’ signature ingredient.
The majority of Dorset Cereals grains are grown and processed in the UK although as Britain doesn’t produce dried fruit and nuts in any great quantity we have to import these. Our Simply Delicious and Simply Fruity mueslis contain the largest majority of British ingredients and if you want to eat totally British our Oat & Barley Porridge is your best bet.
With all of our recipes we make sure they taste great and keep salt to a minimum. However, some of our toasted flakes taste better with just a tiny bit of salt added. We think that breakfast should be enjoyed not endured, so we use just enough salt to achieve this. We monitor the amount used very carefully to make sure that we do not make a significant contribution to the total amount of salt allowed for the day. For example a 65g serving of Tasty Toasted Spelt with 125ml of milk (milk also contains salt) contains 0.8g of salt or 13% of your recommended daily amount.
We cannot categorically claim that a serving of our muesli can count towards a portion of your 5-a-day. According to the Food Standards agency, 1 portion = 80g. In the case of dried fruit, this equates to 1 heaped tablespoon. The added issue is that it should be a single ingredient. This would mean a tablespoon of sultanas / raisins, or a tablespoon of apricots in a serving. (Nuts and seeds don’t count.) If you would like to find out more information about 5-a-day, have a look at the Food Standards website www.eatwell.gov.uk/healthydiet/nutritionessentials/fruitandveg or the NHS 5-a-day website, www.5aday.nhs.uk/topTips You could, however, use orange juice instead of milk on your cereal. 125ml of juice is one of your 5-a-day.
No, we don’t make any products which are totally gluten-free. Our Tasty Toasted Spelt Fruit & Nut Muesli has a gentle gluten structure which some people with gluten sensitivities might find easier to digest.
Yes, we do – our Organic Fruit, Nuts & Seeds. This is a tasty blend of organically grown raisins, sultanas, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts and multi-grain flakes.
No, we can’t guarantee our cereals were in a nut free environment, simply because we handle a huge amount of nuts every day throughout the factory. However, we do have robust procedures in place to ensure there is no cross-contamination of allergens (such as peanuts – see below), and our staff are fully trained on identifying allergens.
None of our recipes contain peanuts and we produce our mueslis, porridges and cereals bars in a peanut free environment. We also work closely with our suppliers to ensure they can provide us with a peanut free guarantee. However, our granolas (Honey Granola, Berry Granola, Chocolate Granola, Simply Oat Granola and Simply Nut Granola) are baked on a different site that does not have a peanut free guarantee, and so we cannot guarantee our granolas are peanut free.
We do not use any palm oil in any of our recipes. We made the decision because of the damage that it can cause to the environment and we don’t feel the issues around ‘Sustainable Palm Oil’ are clear enough.
Diabetics should follow a nutritionally balanced diet according to the type and severity of their diabetes. Unfortunately we cannot recommend our products for specific diets, and you should consult with your Practice Nurse / Dietician for specific food advice. Our products which do not have added sugar in are: Simply Delicious Muesli,Simply Nutty Muesli, Heavenly High Fibre Muesli, Classic Fruits, Roasted Nuts & Seeds Muesli, Our Lovely Organic Muesli and Gloriously Nutty Muesli along with our Oat & Barley porridge and Raspberry & Pumpkin Seed porridge .
With the exception of the recipes listed below, all of our products are suitable for vegans.
All our products are registered with The Vegetarian Society.
Yes, our Tasty, Toasted Spelt Flakes recipe makes a great alternative to modern wheat. Spelt’s fragile gluten structure makes it more water soluble and therefore easier to digest than modern wheat – though please note that spelt is still a source of gluten!
We do not use any Genetically Modified ingredients in any of our recipes at all. We are uncompromising in our dedication to finding the highest quality ingredients and both our suppliers and ourselves test all ingredients to ensure that our products are free from GM.
All our recipes are suitable for a Kosher diet and all our products, except our cereal bars (which are still Kosher) carry the Kosher symbol and are approved by the London Beth Din.