My Story

“If you couldn’t find it in your pantry you wouldn’t find it in our meals. All our ingredients are real food.”

 

HOUSE RULES

  • Gluten & lactose free
  • All natural ingredients
  • No preservatives
  • No artificial flavours or colours
  • Made in Australia
  • Lovingly hand made
  • 100% Aussie meat
  • Truly recyclable packaging
  • No GM ingredients
  • Frozen, locked in full of goodness
  • Contains more than 25% protein

I came to Australia as a Vietnamese refugee when I was just 8 years old, and food has been a major part of my ancestry, and my most precious family memories. Both my grandmother and mother have instilled in me a love of good food; the creation of unique flavours; and the joy of sharing a home prepared meal with family and friends. It was inevitable that I would one day meet my husband, and together build a successful food business that incorporates our family values and love of the science of flavour creation – Berger Ingredients Pty Ltd.

The namesakes and inspiration behind the Coco & Lucas range are my daughter Coco and nephew Lucas, who every day remind me of the importance to nourish our children with healthy nutritious and yummy meals, and protect them from the chemical ‘nasties’ often found in pre-prepared, packaged meals. Coco & Lucas’s Kitchens has been created for Australia’s Junior foodies – it contains all natural foods, with no chemicals, and is completely lactose and gluten free. The meals are prepared with ‘hand made’ love in our kitchens, using Australian sourced produce and low tox sustainable packaging.

 

“As a mother of two young children I created Coco & Lucas’ hand made meals to help families like my own, who want quality, home-cooked meals, but don’t always have the time to create them.

Our children are precious and every mouthful is carefully crafted to give them the wholesome nourishment they need.”

 

My daughter loves that I cook for her every day, and I love to cook for her – she is a fussy, discerning eater and has high standards for how her food should be presented on her plate. When Lucas was born he had a lot of problems with different allergens, as many children do today. We were ignorant as to the underlying cause and did not understand why he was so sick with bad skin rashes and food reactions, with constant crying and weight loss. It is both stressful and heartbreaking for a parent to see their child suffer like this and not know what to do.

After seeking professional help it was eventually confirmed that Lucas was intolerant of lactose and gluten, with allergies to nuts, seeds, eggs and lupin. It was a constant battle for his mum to source healthy meals that he could eat and would not cause him to be sick, and eating out was very difficult. This was the inspiration for me to spend nearly a year developing a range of recipes, that would be tasty for the discerning kids like like Coco, allergen free for children like Lucas, and most importantly nutritiously balanced in terms of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables.

This is how Coco & Lucas was born. It is “Australia’s 1st Junior Foodies range that is Gluten and Lactose Free” and I am really proud that I have developed balanced meals that kids will love and families can enjoy at a reasonable price.

Meet Coco & Lucas, the inspiration behind the kitchen. Their story and personalities will be brought to the forefront in campaigns

 

Miss Coco is 11 years old

Favourite Coco & Lucas Dish: Chicken Schnitzel and Spaghetti Bolognese
Can Cook: Cupcakes and pancakes
Foodie Tip: Choose good pieces of meat for schnitzel so you don’t need to soften the meat!

Master Lucas is 4 years old

Favourite Coco & Lucas Dish: Beef Cottage Pie and Spiral Pasta & 5 Veggies
Can Cook: Fruit salad, in fun shapes
Foodie Tip: Cut veggies bite size and serve them steamed in a cup!

 

Locally sourced.
Organically grown.
No preservatives.