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FT-Sep16 5 Functionality as an ingredient also plays a key role when using nuts in food products, along with the many health attributes. Nuts are a tasty and simple solution for enhancing the fat, fibre and flavour profile of foods. While their crunchy texture and rich flavour add value to the eating experience of a wide variety of products, their healthy oil and fibre content helps enhance satiety. The crunch and richness of nuts such as walnuts, almonds or macadamias is an excellent combo for trail mixes, cereals, main meals, baked goods, cookies, desserts and much more. Nuts can also be dry or oil roasted, enhancing the flavour profile that FT146 becomes part of the taste profile of the finished product. Consumer interest in health and wellness is a major driving factor for the increase in demand for nut products. The ever-popular Paleo diet, with its emphasis on protein including nuts, has driven many new nut-based product launches. Snacking between meals is on the rise, increasing the demand for nut-based snack foods. Consumers also appreciate the relationship between frequent nut consumption and reduced risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. As a key food ingredient, nuts can be chopped, ground or processed into oils, pastes and butters or flour. Peanuts are the most commonly used nut ingredient because they’re the least expensive, and almonds are used extensively because they provide an upscale value proposition to consumers, and their fatty acid profile makes them more shelf-stable. James Crisp is a leading New Zealand importer and supplier of quality nuts to bakers, food service and the food manufacturing industry. Sourced from around the world, James Crisp offers an extensive selection of high quality nuts. The variety of nuts available is extensive but includes almonds, brazils, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, peanuts and walnuts. NUTS BOOST FOOD PRODUCTS Nuts offer New Zealand food manufacturers flavour, texture and the appearance advantages that can transform an ordinary product into a premium product.

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