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Ancient Grains

In light of surging health trends and allergen demands many manufacturers are swiftly shifting from traditional to ancient grains as an ingredient in baked goods. Amaranth, quinoa, spelt and teff among others are increasingly featuring in products and the body of science behind them is growing too. 

Functional flours will ride on the gluten-free wave, says food consultant

The gluten-free boom has sparked incentive to innovate in functional flours, says the president of food consultancy firm Best Vantage.

Additives and carb backlash stumps bread innovation, says Mintel

Packaged bread innovation has been complicated by a consumer backlash on additives and carbohydrates, but manufacturers can still generate interest with healthy, artisan ingredients, says Mintel.

Andean Grain gears up for chia cheer after EU approval

Andean Grain Products has received a positive draft novel food opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) for its chia seeds – deeming them sufficiently ‘equivalent’ to those already...

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content and 75% greater total antioxidant capacity than wheat bread,...

NUWI Quinoa Snacks: We are a snack in a bottle – it’s the future

Liquid snacking is a healthy, convenient alternative to snack bars – a segment many consumers are bored of, according to the co-founder of NUWI Quinoa Snacks; a drinkable snack.

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Glanbia Nutritionals pushes textured ancient grains in Europe

Glanbia Nutritionals has introduced its full line of ancient grains into Europe, targeting the bakery, snack and cereal sectors.

Meet the 20-something entrepreneur behind quinoa-fueled snacking startup eatKeenwa: ‘You’ve got to be tenacious'

“My background is in sales, so I’m used to dealing with disappointment,” observes the founder of quinoa-based snacking brand eatKeenwa. But for every door that’s been shut in Blake Niemann’s...

ASA: Chia and flax ad should be ‘super-seeded’

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld four complaints about the implied health claims of Bioglan ‘superfood’ chia and flax seeds.

The future of snacks? Popped, ancient grains and the rise of craft brands

Craft snack brands will lead innovation because of their fresh take on an old market, and balancing health and indulgence will be top of the agenda, says Innova Market Insights.

Special edition: Closing the fiber gap

Cereal gets to the heart of fiber deficiency, but is fortification the way to go?

High cereal fiber intake after a heart attack may improve long-term survival rates, research suggests, but these benefits could be achieved with a balanced, healthy diet, rather than through fortified...

Vive la revolution! Eurogerm renews ‘historical’ bread

Eurogerm is offering a French bread history lesson with the revival of a pre-revolution bread recipe, Pain Égalité.  

Indian start-up targets global snacks with high protein, price stable quinoa

Snack makers should consider sourcing quinoa from India where the exotica strain is sweeter, higher in protein and sells at a stable, lower price, says the managing director of Ashtral...

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Philibert Savours CEO: Organic cuts my world in two

Philibert Savours CEO said a new organic variety in the firm’s Campasine bread mix line may offer value-added possibilities and be closer to his own ethos, but the firm must provide something...

Kellogg muesli launch taps into ‘superfood’ trend

Kellogg Australia’s new Fibrelicious muesli expands the brand beyond its traditional flake format and taps into the ‘superfood’ seed trend, according to a Datamonitor analyst.

Bakels bakery center opens to aid new product growth

Bakery ingredients business, Bakels, has opened a new center for product development, offering a ‘bridge’ between bakers, confectioners and retail channels to shorten the development cycle.

Carob flours: The novel antioxidant option for cereal?

Mediterranean carob seed flours hold potential as a novel, antioxidant ingredient for cereal products, according to scientists.

Processing with ancient grains? Consider fermentation

The quality of baked goods made with ancient grains and pseudo-cereals can be improved with better fermentation technologies, say researchers.

No, wheat does not make people fat and sick: Scientists

The idea that wheat causes obesity or sickness has been rubbished by scientists conducting a review.

‘Formulation friendly’ quinoa powder aims beyond supplement market

A supplier of drum dried organic ancient grain powders has launched a standalone quinoa powder with applications ranging from supplements to RTD and RTM beverages, baked products and even soups....

Pre-soaked ancient grain mix hits on health and saves time, says Corbion Caravan

Bakers can save production time and win health-conscious consumers with pre-soaked ancient grains, according to creator Corbion Caravan.

‘Buzzworthy’ superfood ingredients invigorate US hot cereal market

Ingredients like chia and quinoa have scored manufacturers points in the thriving hot cereal segment, a Mintel analyst says.

Should the definition of ‘whole grains’ be expanded to include whole seeds, beans and legumes?

As the FDA prepares to conduct consumer research into whole grain labeling statements before it issues finalized guidance for industry, the debate over precisely what should constitute a ‘whole grain’,...

Dessert mixes: How to target a generation who can't bake

Use of functional ingredients and co-branding is needed if dessert mixes are to serve a “lost generation” who want to bake but can’t, says an analyst.

Special Edition: Ancient Grains

Sorghum has bright future with formulation flexibility, drought tolerance

Sorghum is an ancient grain whose natural genetic diversity leaves it well positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st Century, experts say.

Special Edition: Super grains! From chia to quinoa

Chia boom: With 239% growth, chia category set to hit $1 bn by 2020

Driven by demands from the cereals, snacks and beverage categories, and growing at a whopping 239%, is there anything to stop the rise of chia?

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