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Silvery Tweed Cereals

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Blending, Milling, Seed Cleaning, Flaking, Coating

Ancient grains selection

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The rise and rise of ancient grains

April 2015


UK retail sales of ‘free from’ foods have doubled since 2008, with £469 million predicted in spend this year. Here we look at the role of ancient grains in a ‘free from’ diet…

The pursuit of a healthy lifestyle can mean many things. For some it’s regular exercise. For others, eating well can help weight control. Others make choices that will help them tackle intolerances or illness.

Many more people are choosing products that are free from wheat or gluten, which has in turn seen a significant rise in the popularity of ancient grains – both in raw form and as ingredients in other products.

Quinoa is a great wheat-free alternative to starchy grains. Technically not a cereal grain but a pseudo-cereal, sales have increased year on year, rising 35% last year.^ The UN named 2013 ‘International Quinoa Year’ in recognition of its rich nutritional content. It is high in protein and fibre, loaded with antioxidants and high in essential nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron.

Spelt also saw a whopping 363% increase in sales globally^ in 2014. Spelt is frequently substituted for wheat and, although it’s not gluten free, it has a high water solubility – making it easier to digest for those with a wheat intolerance. It is high in protein and is an excellent source of fibre.

Buckwheat has also found new popularity, particularly as it offers a number of health benefits. While you might think buckwheat is a cereal grain, it is actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. It’s a great source of magnesium, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure—the perfect combination for a healthy heart.

Buckwheat is also high in soluble fibre, helping to slow down the rate of glucose absorption – so particularly good for managing diabetes. A study by the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that eating foods high in insoluble fibre, such as buckwheat, can lower the chance of gallstones by around 13%.

New product development and formulations that reflect food trends is just one area of our work. We continue to react to consumer demands, and have developed a wide range of cereal flakes and snack foods that include ancient grains.

If you would like to know more about ancient grain formulations please contact us.

^ Data Source: SPINS, 52 weeks ending 7/13/2014.

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We can provide storage for up to 2500 pallets