Probiotic bread and cakes could be on UK shelves within the year, potentially stealing share from dairy cabinets.

Products containing traditional probiotics are usually in the chilled, short-life dairy category such as yoghurts, but US manufacturers have started adding probiotics to dry goods and Orlando Baking has just launched what it claims to be the first probiotic bread.

Traditional probiotics good bacteria which can deliver health benefits have not been able to survive extreme temperatures, which meant baking or freezing foods containing the cultures was not possible. However, Ganeden Biotec’s new probiotic strain GanedenBC30 is a powder that claims to overcome these problems and can be used in products such as muffins, cereal bars and extruded products.

UK-based ingredients firm Cornelius has recently started distributing GanedenBC30 in the UK and reports plenty of interest from bakery firms. "People are serious about using it," said Joy Thomas, business manager, health and food, at Cornelius. "It shouldn’t be too long before a bakery product is launched."