The ancient grain hemp has been applied in various industrial products, including paper, clothing and of course food & beverages. The usage of industrial hemp is safe and legal because it contains much lower content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than that of marijuana. With a comprehensive development in the food & beverages industry, hemp and its ingredients (such as hemp seeds, hemp oil and hemp protein) show potential in an extensive range of applications. As one of the plants rich in nutrients, it provides consumers with naturally gluten free and high source of protein & fiber options. The most active categories for hemp are cereals, sports nutrition and snacks, showing rapid growth over the past five years.
Ancient grains' versatility and unique taste/texture allow them to have a place in a variety of applications. On-the-go snacking, especially for the breakfast occasion, is a popular application for ancient grain inclusions. Quinoa and chia have moved into the mainstream, and it is likely that other ancient grains, such as millet and spelt, will follow this trend. Ancient grains are a good option for consumers looking for wheat-alternatives that are naturally gluten free. A high source of protein/fiber is another factor driving popularity among consumers and is claimed on the majority of product launches.