Nestle HealthCare Nutrition has launched a nutrition drink in the US, targeted at children in the country.

The Nestle unit today (8 January) announced the release of Boost Kid Essentials Nutritionally Complete Drink. The beverage is designed to fortify a child's diet with 25 vitamins and minerals, seven grams of protein, antioxidants and 244 calories, the division said.

"We are offering parents, for the first time, one complete drink for children that helps supports a healthy immune system and fills in the nutritional gaps they may be worried about," says Barbara McCartney, vice president of retail marketing at Nestle HealthCare Nutrition.

"The patented straw, which contains probiotics, is a kid-friendly way parents can bolster their children's natural defences and help support their healthy growth and development."

Available in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavours, Boost is now available at retail stores across the US.