Ingredients

    Ever wondered how we select our ingredients?

    To the naked eye, it's just a whole grain hoop, a crunchy flake or a chocolate flavoured ball. If only you knew how much attention and care has gone into your breakfast cereal! We know ingredients matter to you, so we make it our business to source and select in the best way possible.

    Gorgeous grains!

    Our in-house experts work closely with farmers, producers, traders and suppliers, carefully selecting just the right grains to give you the quality and consistency you expect from a Nestlé breakfast cereal. So when you pour your CHEERIOS® into your breakfast bowl, you know exactly what you’re getting: great taste, good ingredients, and no surprises!

    Did you

    know?

    Rice in disguise

    Wild rice isn’t really rice at all – it’s the seed of an aquatic grass originally grown by Native American tribes. It has a strong flavour and is quite expensive so it’s usually mixed with other types of rice.

    Pure gold

    Quinoa, pronounced ‘keen-wa’, is a whole grain that was highly prized by the ancient Incas – they called it ‘gold of the Incas’.

    A local touch

    We strive to work with local farmers whenever we can and have the ambition to build closer relationships with more growers in the future. Over the next three or four years, we’ll be rolling out our responsible farming programme, where we work with the people at the heart of grain production, promoting sustainable farming methods to improve biodiversity, soil quality, and water management, to keep growing more and more of the good stuff to keep your appetites satisfied.  


    Step by step

    We go through a rigorous seven step process when we’re sourcing and selecting the ingredients we need for our breakfast cereals. We are committed to sourcing our priority ingredients, including wheat and corn, sugar, cocoa, and cardboard, so that they meet the Responsible Sourcing Guideline criteria.

    Learn more about the ingredients in our cereals

    Footnotes

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      We've tried to answer as many of your questions as possible. You can search them all here:

      How can I find foods made with whole grain?

      Two things to remember: • Look for food labels where the word 'whole' appears in front of the name of the grain, like “whole wheat” or “wholemeal bread”. • For foods with more than one ingredient, make sure whole grain is listed towards the top of the ingredients list. The further up the list it is, the more whole grain has been used in the recipe. And look out for the percentage of whole grain. You should find this in the ingredients list too.

      What’s the difference between a whole grain and a refined grain?

      A ‘whole’ grain has more nutrients than a ‘refined’ grain, because all parts of the grain are retained – kernel, bran, endosperm and germ – along with their fibre, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. But most of the bran and germ are removed when producing refined grains. Whole grains therefore contain more nutrients than refined grains.

      What is gluten?

      The general name for proteins found in cereal grains such as wheat. It holds the food together, like a ‘glue’, and gives dough its elasticity.

      How much whole grain do I need to eat every day?

      Keep it simple: make grains the base of your diet and choose whole grains over refined grains wherever possible. U.S Dietary Guidelines recommend eating 3 servings (48g) a day. So, whenever you look for breakfast cereals, bread, pasta, rice or flour to cook at home, look for the word “whole”, ideally among the first ingredients in the list.

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