Sprouting seeds and pulses are poised to take the fresh produce fixture by storm, it has been claimed. Hailed as "superfoods", they look set to become the latest must-have ingredient for salads, sandwiches and wraps.

Paul Beynon, sales manager of salad supplier Langmead Farms, which counts Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons among its customers, said his company was considering putting them in some of its prepared salad mixes. "They are the next big thing," he added.

This could be good news for Hereford-based Aconbury Sprouts, one of just a few companies in the UK growing sprouting seeds and pulses in commercial volumes.

Its products - including sprouted chick pea, broccoli and leek - are grown organically indoors in tanks of fresh water. It has just installed a packaging line that will enable it to supply large volumes to major retailers.

The company, which boasts a listing with Booths and recently met buyers representing Waitrose and Fresh 'n Wild, has also redesigned its packaging.

Aconbury's organic Sango radish sprouts were named best fresh fruit and vegetable product at this year's Food from Britain-sponsored Ideas to Dine For! awards, presented at last week's Food & Drink Expo.

Judges said the sprouts were "a really innovative range with great potential".

Aconbury marketing manager Philippa Swattridge said: "We hope that this award will increase mainstream awareness of our premium organic sprouted range. They are a highly nutritious living food."