WHEN Prince Louis of Cambridge grows up he will be able to look back and thank a Kendal company for nourishing him in his formative months.

The fifth in line to the throne, who was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April, is being fed on Kendamil infant formula made by Kendal Nutricare in Mint Bridge Rd.

Chief executive Ross McMahon said the royal appointment began after he met Prince Charles at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in April, talked to him about the company and invited him to visit the factory.

Kendal Nutricare also sent samples of Kendamil to Norland College, in Bath, which trains the royal nannies. They were subsequently contacted by Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo - nanny to Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte.

“She asked me questions for about an hour about the provenance of the product and the difference between Kendamil and other products,” said Mr McMahon.

“We sent our product to Norland for them to consider and taste test and they were very happy.”

Kendal Nutricare now sends Kensington Palace batches of its Kendamil Stage 2 formula and its Creamy Oat Porridge for Prince Louis to enjoy.

Mr McMahon said Kendamil was made using full cream milk from farms in the north west.

He said one of key differences between Kendamil and other products was that it did not use any palm oil, which he said could lead to constipation for children as well as being linked to deforestation and destruction of habitats around the world.

Kendal Nutricare exports its products across the world, including to Singapore and Malaysia, and in February signed an £85 million deal to export to China.

It was its success as an exporter which led it to be invited to the commonwealth meeting with Prince Charles as a Commonwealth Export Champion.

Mr McMahon said he hoped to organise a royal visit to Kendal Nutricare next year to show the family where the products were made.