Surveys suggest that seven in 10 consumers regularly seek out food and drinks to help improve their digestive health1 and 75% of them consider fiber to be an effective gut health ingredient2.


That is why PGP International (PGPI) partnered with AI-powered bioactives company, Brightseed, to develop their new Bio Hemp Fiber Crisp. This extruded crisp product is formulated with a blend of PGPI’s high-quality rice flour and Brightseed’s Bio Gut Fiber. Featuring two bioactives for gut health, Bio Gut Fiber is a novel insoluble fiber ingredient made from upcycled hemp hulls.

Brightseed Bio Gut Fiber is a dietary fiber ingredient containing two bioactive compounds, NCT (N-trans-Caffeoyltyramine) and NFT (N-trans-Feruloyltyramine). These were identified in hemp hulls by Brightseed’s own Forager® AI and preclinical studies have shown that they support gut integrity to help maintain gut barrier function3.

PGPI’s Bio Hemp Fiber Crisps provide a source of these bioactives as well as distinctive crispy or crunchy texture with 20% fiber content. This makes them ideal for applications such as snack bars, granolas, clusters and other functional foods looking to deliver added dietary fiber content and support gut health.

“As a company that was started by turning the waste product of rice processing into functional and nutritional ingredients, we’re proud to partner with other organizations that share our values,” says Angelica Horst, CEO of PGP International. “With Bio Gut Fiber’s recent Upcycled Certification and Non-GMO Project Verified certification, Bio Hemp Fiber Crisps not only provide nutritional value to product applications, but they also align with consumer desires for more natural and sustainable plant-based ingredients in their snacking choices. Bio Hemp Fiber Crisps are also gluten- and allergen-free to support a clean label nutritional declaration”

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1. FMCG Gurus 2022
2. Innova Trends Survey 2021  
3. Based on recently published preclinical data. (Bolster, D., Chae, L., van Klinken, J.-W., and Kalgaonkar, S. (2022). Impact of selected novel plant bioactives on improvement of impaired gut barrier function using human primary cell intestinal epithelium. J. Food Bioact. 20: 11–16.)

About PGP International Inc.
PGP International (PGPI) is part of ABF Ingredients and is headquartered in Woodland, Calif., with two manufacturing sites across the USA. PGPI specializes in developing and manufacturing a wide range of extruded ingredients including rice, specialty grain and plant-protein crisps as well as milling an assortment of high-quality rice-based flours & gluten free specialty flours.

PGP International has Global Food Safety Certification through BRC, Gluten Free Certification through GFCO and Organic certification through QAI.  

ABF Ingredients (ABFI) is a division of Associated British Foods plc. A Specialty Ingredients world leader, ABFI offers innovative, differentiated and value-added products and services to the food, health and nutrition, pharmaceutical, animal health and industrial sectors.

It comprises a group of businesses operating worldwide under their own identities:

• AB Biotek Human Nutrition & Health - microbiome modulating solutions
• AB Enzymes - enzymes
• ABITEC Corporation - specialty lipids and surfactants
• Fytexia - polyphenols and propolis
• Ohly - yeast extracts and dry condiments
• PGP International - extruded ingredients and specialty flours
• SPI Pharma - pharmaceutical excipients, antacids and drug delivery systems

For further information, please contact Tracy Scribbins, Head of Group Marketing, ABF Ingredients:, or on PGP International, please contact Miranda Ackerman, Product Marketing Manager, PGP International: