Golden Malt and FoodFarm have collaborated on a pair of health-enhancing wholegrain products. BARLEYmax, a prebiotic, along with a naturally gluten-free Kebari barley will be introduced into the North European market this spring by the two Finnish companies.
The barleys are bred in Australia, and besides Australia, the first foods processed from these barleys are on the market in Japan and the USA. They’re suitable for many products of the milling, bakery and beverage industry, including cereals, mueslis, bread products, snack bars, and production of beer and beer malt products.
In spring 2022 the companies will deliver small test quantities of these barleys to the food and beverage industry. Deliveries of larger quantities are planned to start in one year.
BARLEYmax is designed to bring significant added value to the food with its prebiotic properties. The ingredient’s fibre content is significantly higher than standard barleys, the company claims but according to the experience of Australians. The barley is a combination of four prebiotic fibres, including resistant starch and high betaglucan content. This combination is aimed to enhance health, helping with weight control and combating diseases such as intestinal and heart diseases, and diabetes.
The naturally gluten-free Kebari barleys can be divided into two types: malting barley for breweries and beverage industry, and hulless food barley for food applications.
Kebari malting barley has a gluten content of less than 5 ppm. Its malting quality slightly differs from the quality of generally used European malting barleys, but with recipes which take the ingredient’s special characteristics into account, it offers a method to get gluten-free, balanced barley malt for breweries and other beverage industries. Batches are delivered from the company’s malthouse located in Hausjärvi, Finland.
Hulless Kebari barley is designed for food applications, with low gluten and high fibre content. It has a neutral flavour, which enables food applications, for example in the mill and bakery industry.