Barley has the highest fiber content of all the whole grains, is high in beta-glucan, antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals, but it is often overlooked in favor of grains that are either trendier or more mainstream. Barley can be found on many nutritional labels, but is relegated to the middle and often not highlighted on labels. Playing up its history as the first domesticated grain could elevate its status. "It'd be great to see barley elevated to 'cool' status," said Elizabeth Arndt, director of R&D at ConAgra Foods.
Faerch Plast has developed Re-lock, a packaging tray for chilled foods and snacks that can be re-closed by clicking a tab attached to the film or slipping a tab into a pre-cut opening. The new product is a part of the company's increased efforts to focus on the chilled food and snacks segment.
Hostess-owned Drake snack cake brand, which produces Ring Dings, Yodels and Devil Dogs, is being purchased by McKee Foods. It is the last of the major cake and bread brands to be sold by the bankrupt Hostess Brands.
Cargill's Barliv barley betafiber is poised to receive a heart-health claim after the FDA issued a ruling that supports the ingredient's ability to lower heart disease risk. The product was declared a good source of beta-glucan soluble fiber because it can be used at concentrations above the FDA's minimum requirement of 0.75g per serving. Cargill said this development is part of its "drive to commercialize new products with high relevance to consumers, capitalizing on the increasing demand for heart-healthy products."
Cevena Bioproducts is researching its Viscofiber product, which is derived from barley and oat beta-glucan concentrates, as a potential weight-loss ingredient. The company has completed a pilot study of the product.