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Panko, fast becoming a pantry staple

The use of this Japanese breadcrumb product is going beyond Asian dishes into mainstream fare

A mainstay in Asian grocery stores, panko, a Japanese breadcrumb is going mainstream.

U.S. grocery chain Kroger for example, has added four varities of the product to its private label roster over the last two years.

Consumer packaged goods companies are also getting onboard: General Mills' Progresso brand has a new line of seasoned panko that can be used to make chicken fingers and meatballs more flavourful; while American Roland Food Corp. and Kikkoman Corp. both launched whole wheat varieties.

Kraft Foods' 2012 pantry study in the U.S. reported that panko is one of the foods that are fast becoming a common ingredient found in kitchens.

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