Ancient Grains Remain in Demand

Baking Business recently interviewed industry experts who reaffirmed what the Firebird Artisan Mills team has been saying for a long time: If you want to add functional nutrition, variety and versatility to your products, look no further than ancient grain ingredients.

Ancient grains are a group of grains, pseudograins and pseudocereals that have remained unchanged over the last several hundred years. Most of the ancient grains are gluten-free. Those include amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, sorghum, and teff.

What makes ancient grains an increasingly popular choice?

Ancient grain products, as a group, are higher in protein and fiber than their modern counterparts.

At seven to 16% protein, grains are a good source of protein for a wide variety of consumer products and baked goods.  High values of B-group vitamins, and minerals like magnesium and phosphorus are found in ancient grains. Plus, these novel ingredients offer a variety of interesting flavor profiles.

In a Packaged Facts survey, about a fifth of American adults say they’ve recently bought ancient grain items off a menu or grocery store shelf. These health-seeking consumers certainly impact the higher margin end of the CPG market. Package Facts also reports the salty snacks category (and other categories) accounts for 65% of gluten-free market share. Manufacturers are also incorporating ancient grains, pulses, and vegetables to add health benefits.

Highly nutritious and packed with flavor, it’s no wonder that ancient grains are in virtually every grocery category in the United States.

Often, once manufacturer research and development professionals gain an understanding of what each individual grain brings to the product, they can’t wait to try them in their own formulations. Read the report here, then bring us any questions you have. We’ve worked with ancient grains for over a decade and are always glad to talk with you about them.

To learn more about ancient grains and gluten-free customized blends, contact us today for a free consultation. Give us a call at 701-324-4330 or email us at