ATLANTA — AHD International, a supplier of nutraceutical ingredients and functional food products, has introduced chia flour, an alternative to white flour that the company said may be used in bread, baked snacks, cakes, cookies and brownies. The gluten-free flour is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

"Chia flour allows baked goods manufacturers to expand offerings targeted toward consumers suffering from gluten intolerance or celiac disease, as well as those looking for an enhanced nutritional profile in their favorite comfort foods and baked desserts," said John Alkire, president of AHD International. "Because of our exclusive distribution partnership with Australia-based The Chia Co., AHD is able to ensure the safest sourcing and highest quality control measures through every step of the supply chain."