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Silvery Tweed Cereals

01289 307419

Blending, Milling, Seed Cleaning, Flaking, Coating


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5 Jul 2018
Borders-based cereal processing firm Silvery Tweed is raising a glass to its 175th birthday, marking the occasion by collaborating with a local brewery to create two limited-edition Silvery Tweed beers.
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Super-seeded: The health benefits of seeds

July 2017

Here at Silvery Tweed Cereals, we’re market leaders in the processing, milling and blending of grains – the clue’s in our name, after all. But today on the blog we’re focusing on the benefits of another of our key products: seeds.


At our dedicated seed plant in Berwick-Upon-Tweed we clean, sort and blend a wide variety of seeds, which we source from all over the world from accredited growers who share our commitment to quality. Once processed, our seeds go into all kinds of products. From bakery items and toppings to snack foods, crackers and breakfast cereals, we’ve done it all – and, as global seed consumption increases steadily every year, it looks like we’ll continue to do so.

So why is UK consumer demand for seed products still on the up? According to a 2015 market research report by Transparency the healthy-eating market is driving the trend, with ‘health and wellness [being] the major factor fuelling the demand for nuts and seeds globally’.

Keen to find more information about the health benefits of seeds? Want to know how incorporating healthy, seeded products into your range can help expand your market reach? Read on to find out more…


Sesame seeds

Whether toasted and sprinkled on a burger bun, bound with syrup into crunchy sesame snaps, or ground into smooth, rich tahini, sesame is one of the most widely used seeds in baking and food manufacture. In addition to their rich, nutty flavour they also score remarkably well in the nutrition stakes: sesame seeds are high in protein as well as many essential dietary minerals including copper, iron, manganese, and calcium (with an impressive 9% of an adult’s recommended daily calcium intake in one tablespoon).

Sesame seeds are also impressively high in tryptophan, the essential amino acid which helps regulate essential sleep processes and allows the body to synthesise the 'happiness chemical' serotonin. If the secret to happiness lies in eating more sesame snaps, we’re more than willing to oblige.

It’s worth noting that sesame is a known allergen, and UK products containing or processed alongside sesame are required to declare this on their packaging. Silvery Tweed’s dedicated sesame-handling line greatly reduces the risk of cross-contamination, giving customers and allergic consumers peace of mind and ensuring transparency in the supply chain.


Bread toppings, snacking and healthy foods, ingredients manufacture (e.g. tahini)


Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a veritable motherlode of nutrition. From protein to iron, vitamins to fibre, they’re a rich source for a range of essential nutrients – and scientists think that, so far, they've only just scratched the surface of their benefits. These little green morsels are rich in iron, providing 16 percent of your daily quota in just a quarter of a cup; they’re also a notable source of vitamins and essential trace minerals such as riboflavin, folate, pantothenic acid, and potassium, containing up to 19% of an average adult’s guideline daily amount.

Additionally, pumpkin seeds are a valuable source of 'complete' protein: the protein present in pumpkin seeds contains all nine of the essential amino acids required to fulfil the body's needs. This is particularly useful for vegetarians and vegans, as it's less common for plant-based proteins to be 'complete' than those derived from animal products.


Bread toppings, snacking and healthy foods, cereals (muesli and granola)


Sunflower seeds

They grow into beautiful yellow blooms, and we use their oil for frying and spreading on toast, but there’s plenty more than this to the humble sunflower. Its seeds are a rich source of protein, fibre and B vitamins as well as vitamin E, which has antioxidant effects and plays a vital role in neurological function.

Additionally, although seeds are often denounced as being high in calories and fat, sunflower seeds have been shown to contain low levels of saturated fat, the ‘bad fat’ which is linked to the occurrence of high cholesterol and heart disease. Research into the health benefits of sunflower seeds indicates that, far from being an unhealthy choice of snack, consumption of sunflower seeds may actually lower the level of cholesterol in the blood and improve heart health.


Bread toppings, snacking and healthy foods, cereals (muesli and granola)



Used by humans for over 30,000 years, the humble flax plant is the source of linen fabric and the parent plant of the linseed (or flaxseed). The Ancient Egyptians entombed mummies in its fibres; many a piece of furniture has been polished to a beautiful shine with its oil; and its seeds are used in breakfast cereals and as a highly convincing egg substitute for home baking.

As well as being high in protein and containing many of the essential amino acids, linseeds are particularly rich in essential dietary minerals including thiamine, magnesium and phosphorus: a standard serving provides more than 90% of the recommended daily amount of each.

Incorporating linseeds into the diet, particularly for women and those with high cholesterol, has also been shown to significantly reduce levels of cholesterol in the blood. This is at least partly due to linseeds' high content of soluble fibre (up to 40% of the seeds' total fibre content), which is a known contributor to better heart health and a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.


Bread ingredients, healthy foods, cereals (e.g. muesli)


Poppy seeds

Poppy seeds may be tiny, but they're an impressive powerhouse of nutritional benefits. For starters, they're a particularly good source of calcium: just one tablespoon of poppy seeds contains 126mg, or 13% of an adult's recommended daily calcium intake. They're also high in manganese, a trace mineral which helps the body form connective tissue and plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.

If that doesn't sound impressive enough already, you may also be interested to know that poppy seeds are also being studied for their potential anti-carcinogenic properties. Research published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology indicates that compounds found in poppy seeds may help prevent the growth of cancerous cells – now that's what we call a super seed.


Bread toppings, bakery ingredients (e.g. muffins), crackers and crispbreads


Keen to find out how Silvery Tweed can help you with all your seed needs? Visit our Seeds page, or contact us for more information.


We can provide storage for up to 2500 pallets