Food ingredients manufacturer Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) has unveiled its first concentrate containing ancient grains.

The new concentrate comprises five different seeds - brown and golden linseeds, sunflower, pumpkin and poppy seeds - as well as the ancient grains millet, chia seed, amaranth and quinoa.

ADM said its new mix can be combined with different flour varieties to create a range of seeded breads and help bakers diversify their portfolio to meet demand for healthier products.

“With a growing interest in more wellness-focused lifestyles, the demand for healthier and nutrient-enriched bread varieties continues to grow,” said Peter Hayes, national sales manager for bakery at ADM.

“The trend towards preferences for more natural and wholesome products has resulted in an increase in global product launches of baking ingredients and mixes containing ancient grains. Bakers can therefore leverage these premium ingredients to create differentiation in a highly competitive market.”

In July, ADM completed the acquisition of French producer of wheat-based sweeteners and starches Chamtor.

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