Loulouka: Everything We Know So Far

Hi everyone! Over the last few days, we’ve had several customers ask us about the new Loulouka baby formula that appears to have recently launched. New formula brands don’t come to market very often, so we were intrigued.

We did some research to learn more about the formula and decide whether it’s something we would recommend to parents and consider stocking. The questions we received had two major themes:

1. What’s in Loulouka? Is the formula high-quality?

2. Who makes Loulouka?

We took a look at both of these, and here’s what we found.

What’s in Loulouka?

Based on Loulouka’s ingredient list, it looks like it shares a lot in common with some of the leading HiPP and Holle formulas, including organic certification and whey supplement. It doesn’t have prebiotics or probiotics, but it does have coconut oil instead of palm oil, which is nice.

However, information on the quality of Loulouka’s ingredients at this point is still just limited to what we can find on their site, so we concluded that further validation from third parties would be necessary before we’d be comfortable making any recommendations.

Who makes Loulouka?

Interestingly, it turns out that it’s not obvious who is actually making the product. As parents, we’d really like to know this sort of thing!

It’s well-documented that HiPP and Holle have both been perfecting organic farming and food production since at least the 1930s, so we conducted a quick research project to find out who is behind Loulouka.

We started with a google search for “Loulouka”, and the top results are all pages on organicstart.com. Organic Start appears to be a retailer of all sorts of different brands of baby formulas including Topfer, HiPP, Holle and Lebenswert. The Loulouka brand is currently featured prominently on the homepage of their site.

But this doesn’t explain who is actually behind its manufacture. Searching for “Loulouka Baby Formula” yields this:

Clicking on that result redirects us to loulouka.nl. The .nl tells us it’s a site from the Netherlands, but as the customers who reached out to us confirmed, there is no “about-us” page on the site, and the contact page is just an email address. The site doesn’t make it clear who actually makes the product.

As a next step, we thought maybe the ingredients list would give us a clue. Reading through the list, the ingredients seem to match Bimbosan, a Swiss formula.

Loulouka ingredient list, from loulouka.nl

Photograph from package of Bimbosan

Pretty similar! However, a search for “bimbosan loulouka” only yields a database for a Swiss organic certification that both hold, which point to a company called Hochdorf that seems like it might be a whitelabeling company for a variety of brands. Interesting, but if Hochdorf is manufacturing Loulouka, why wouldn’t they just specify that on their site?

Our next step was to turn to some tools to help us figure out who was behind the Loulouka site, specifically looking at the WhoIs registration info (a service that shows who owns web domains). However, this search showed that the web registration info for Loulouka was private.

Digging deeper, we looked at historical registration info, where we uncovered our first breakthrough. While the registration info for loulouka.com has been private since 2012, this was the first non-private historical entry, dated 2012-10-22:

We have blocked out the contact information in case the registrant prefers to keep that information private.

Ok! So what does this tell us? Using Radaris, we see that there is one person with this name in the US, and that he also goes by Peter Basios.

Searching instead now for Peter Basios, we find that he is the founder of Organic Start, from this article, and this Facebook post from Organic Start.

So there we go! It looks like Organic Start is actually behind Loulouka.

Our takeaways

In terms of ingredients, Loulouka seems to have a lot in common with some top formulas. In terms of backing, Organic Start seems to be behind it, launching their own formula with a new brand.

For now, while the formula looks interesting, we are going to proceed with caution and wait for some more validation of the quality of Loulouka before we consider stocking it.

We’ll also be reaching out to their team to see if we can learn more about their quality assurance processes and expertise in formula, as well as to understand if they are whitelabeling a product from Hochdorf or making a new one, how they source their ingredients, what type of facility they have, and more.

If you have any additional information on Loulouka that would be helpful for parents evaluating the formula or see any errors in our research above, let us know in the comments below. We’ll be sure to update the article as new information arises!

9 comments

  • Also most of the comments appear to be written by the owner of this dubious brand owner .

    Sara
  • Great work! You saved me a ton of effort. I looked at the packaging and thought it was a rip off of lebenswert.

    Sara
  • I was also doing a research about Loulouka and couldn’t find manufacturer and etc. When I read your article about the formula being similar to Bimbosan, I checked out this brand too and found this
    https://food.chemlinked.com/news/food-news/non-compliant-imported-food-data-bimbosan-blacklisted

    All those milk that couldn’t be imported into China was supposed to be destroyed but who knows. I don’t know but the little info we have on Loulouka seems suspicious.

    Jen
  • This is great sleuthing work. Thanks to you we now know that Loulouka is manufactured in Switzerland according to the most stringent standards by a company with an unassailable track record that goes back to 1895 — a full 47 years longer than Hipp and Holle! If I was evaluating formulas and looking for evidence of credibility and stability and safety, I would be foolish not to conclude that Loulouka was among the highest quality products available.

    Marisa
  • Confused with this article? My baby feeds on loulouka and it’s great. The owners of the company are organic start and they promote that? Why is this fake news article misleading people? Maybe competition? Angry? Did you know that Holle and HiPP are also white label? Did you know that 90% of the baby formulas are all made in 3-4 factories in the world? I do. I’m in the business, that’s why I choose it.
    This is a cheap attempt at gaining SEO by using the loulouka name. Makes this company look bad.

    Jasmine

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