Company: Glanbia Nutritionals

Ingredient Snapshot: Glanbia Nutritionals has launched the first line of fully-traceable, heat-treated sprouted seed ingredients in the market. Responding to industry concern of increasing outbreaks of foodborne pathogens in sprouted products, Glanbia Nutritionals has developed ChoiceGrad Brown Sprouted MP and ChoiceGrad Golden Sprouted MP. They are the only sprouted ingredients on the market to offer such strong safety credentials.

Produced following the industry-leading MeadowPure process of sourcing, cleaning and sorting seeds, this new line of ingredients also undergoes Glanbia Nutritionals’ robust MicroSure Plus heat treatment to ensure optimal purity, stability and shelf-life.

Currently, there are no officially regulated steps in the production of sprouts that prevent bacterial growth or completely eliminate pathogens. Aiming to address this gap, Glanbia Nutritionals’ processes include a robust seed selection management and traceable supply-chain, carefully controlled germination of mucilaginous seeds as well as air and water quality control. Low-heat drying steps lock in nutrients and ensure vitality of seed. A further validation process tests seed purity and the ability to germinate, creating sprout seed ingredients with the highest safety and quality standards.

Glanbia’s sprouted portfolio currently includes two flaxseed ingredients for ready-to-eat food products: ChoiceGrad Brown Sprouted MP and ChoiceGrad Golden Sprouted MP. ChoiceGrad Brown Sprouted MP is also available as organic. The company also offers a sprouted flaxseed ingredient for use in pet foods, PetGrad Brown Sprouted, and is working to offer a wider range of options in the future.