Paterson Arran has been named the first company to be part of the HGCA’s Supply Chain Partnership Innovation Showcase. The initative has been devised to help promote best practice in the cereals supply chain in innovation, cost and price, transport, materials testing and communication and collaboration.

The Scottish biscuit manufacturer, based in Livingstone, was chosen for reducing the saturated fat content in its products by replacing the previously used palm oil with rapeseed oil.The range containing rapeseed oil was launched in 2007, as managing director Alan Hardie said the company predicted the healthy eating trend gathering pace.

“We are using 250% more rapeseed oil than originally anticipated, and having this product range available has led to a number of new retail listings,” commented Hardie. “The conversion process from palm to rapeseed oil is still ongoing, and we are developing new products all the time.”

Earlier this week, the Foods Standards Agency launched a campaign to reduce consumers’ intake of saturated fats.