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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. 

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?

Special edition: Super grains!

Barley ‘always a bridesmaid, never a bride’: getting this super grain into the spotlight

Long the victim of an outdated image problem—canned beef and barley soup anyone?—barley has the nutritional profile, cost and versatility that should catapult into the realm of super grains like...

Special Edition: Super grains!

10 ancient grains to watch: from kamut to quinoa

Wheat may be a staple in many diets worldwide, but there’s a whole host of super grains—some well-known and others still under the radar—each with their own unique set of...

SPECIAL EDITION: MINIMIZING COSTS THROUGH INGREDIENTS

Pick your bread side: Cheap and cheerful or health value?

Price is a top priority for bread consumers, but long-term growth opportunities for the struggling bread sector may well lie outside of these 'cheap and cheerful' ingredient walls, says an...

IBIE 2013: EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

ADM R&D head: Bakers should start from scratch when formulating with whole grains

Incorporating whole grains into bakery formulations dramatically impacts functionality and so it is easier if bakers start from scratch, says the director of R&D at Archer Daniels Midland.

News in brief

US firm sells ‘India Pale Ale’ snack bars with spent beer grains

California startup ReGrained is using barley grains leftover from brewing to make sustainable granola-based cereal bars – such as Honey Almond IPA – high in dietary fiber and protein.

IBIE teaser: You’re never too old, or big, to learn…

IBIE 2013 has a fantastic educational program lined up from tips for gluten-free and whole grain use, to insight on food safety regulations and labeling laws. BakeryandSnacks takes a look...

New-generation snacks boom: Think pulses, beans, rice and seaweed…

The traditional snacks category has veered off course with pulses, beans and veg being favored over potato and corn. But what does this mean for old favorites? 

Ancient grains can improve extruded snacks: Study

Gluten-free grains amaranth, quinoa and kañiwa can be used to develop novel corn-based extruded snacks with improved expansion and softness, finds new research.

How sustainable is quinoa?

Interest in quinoa has surged among consumers in Europe and the United States – but the rapid increase in its popularity has also given rise to concerns about sustainable production.

Ancient grains: Health versus history

The heritage and authenticity behind ancient grains is a key selling point that bakers should work hard to communicate, says Datamonitor.

CHEWING OVER IDEAS WITH PURATOS

‘It’s quite a challenge to satisfy consumers’: Puratos R&D head

Consumers want the best of everything and the challenge for bakery manufacturers is to address complicated paradoxes, says the head of research and development (R&D) at Puratos.

Millet promise stopped short by processing shortfalls, review

Millet is nutritionally superior to wheat and other gluten-free grains, yet a lack in novel processing technologies at a commercial level is holding industry use back, a new review finds.

Puffed and toasted ancient grains plug unique texture and flavor demands, says ConAgra Mills

Puffed and toasted ancient grains fulfill consumer demands for unique texture and flavor in baked goods and snacks, says developer ConAgra Mills.

Kamut International: ‘We believe our ancient wheat can become a culture and not a fad’

With some of the nation’s biggest organic brands already among its customers, Kamut International is anticipating even more growth as it expands the science behind its ancient grain to target...

Packaged Facts on the hottest food trends of 2013: Pulses, popped whole grains, quinoa, almonds and high-protein breakfasts

Expect more products containing beans and lentils, new quinoa-packed soups and entrees, high-protein nut and seed-based spreads, and more popped whole grains in US grocery stores this year, predicts market...

Big breakthrough in ancient, organic grains? Researchers make ‘great strides’ in health benefits of ancient wheat

A new study that reports the potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of Khorasan wheat, an ancient grain, has been hailed as ‘making great strides in documenting the significant health benefits...

Canada needs more standardized whole grain labeling, say researchers

Canada needs a more standardized whole grain labeling system to better inform consumers on content and limit premium targeted marketing, researchers say.

Barley bread has great potential but there are formulation challenges, say researchers

Barley has great potential to leach the charge in a new era or functional bread products, but more needs to be done in understanding the key formulation challenges, warn researchers.

FAO urges greater use of ‘neglected’ grains

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged greater use of neglected traditional grains, saying that there is global overreliance on just a handful of staple foods.

Buckwheat benefits linked to d-fagomine content

A diet rich in buckwheat products would provide a daily dose of the sugar d-fagomine linked to benefits in the range of the active dose seen in supplemental studies, says...

Buckwheat flour improves nutrition and texture in gluten-free bread, study

Buckwheat flour significantly improves the nutritional and textural properties in gluten-free bread formulations, a study has found.

Some quinoa varieties may be unsuitable for strict gluten-free diets, study suggests

A new study has questioned advice to include quinoa in gluten-free diets for those with celiac disease, finding that some varieties may trigger symptoms.

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