Walkers may have bagged the world&'s supply of Sunseed oil for its new-look crisps (The Grocer, 18 February, p40), but there could still be another option for rivals keen to find their own healthy oil.

United Oilseeds has been granted £31,000 by arable levy body the Home Grown Cereals Authority to test and commercialise Natreon, a low-saturates oil made from oilseed rape.

The company said the oil did not require processing to achieve stability in storage or use, which would help to address health concerns ­regarding trans-fatty acids.

United Oilseeds said it was holding frying trials with a number of leading crisp manufacturers.