EverGrain banks on sustainable barley rice protein to shake up the plant-based market

By Gill Hyslop

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EverGrain's barley rice protein is suitable for plant-based protein bars. Pic: GettyImages/biglike/Peter Cade
EverGrain's barley rice protein is suitable for plant-based protein bars. Pic: GettyImages/biglike/Peter Cade

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EverGrain Ingredients’ inaugural showcase at Plat Based World Expo put a barley rice protein ingredient that helps brands maintain the taste, texture and nutrition content typically found in animal-based counterparts.

EverGrain is a member of the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), the only US-based trade association supporting plant-based food companies and organiser of Plant Based World Expo, this year held in New York City on 8-9 September.

“We see this show as the perfect place for EverPro to flourish,”​ said EverGrain’s CEO Greg Belt.

“It’s what we consider the answer to the plant-based industry’s call for better-tasting, nutrient-dense, and quantifiably more sustainable plant-based protein.”

Upcycled Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified, EverGrain’s barley rice protein boasts a market-leading solubility and is suitable for plant-based protein bars, ready-to-mix powders and beverages. It has an 85% protein content and a complementary amino acid profile to pea protein that enables a PDCAAS of 1.0. To demonstrate its neutral taste, the company served up protein-fortified, berry-flavoured smoothies and plant-based milk to show visitors.

EverGrain is also proud of the product’s sustainability backstory, validated by an independent Life Cycle Assessment as one of the world’s most sustainable proteins in terms of carbon emissions and land and water use.

“We’ve put in the work to make EverPro the best plant-based protein ingredient possible – for the formulator, for the consumer and for the planet,”​ said Belt.

Giving an ancient grain the modern touch

Pic: EverGrain

EverGrain is currently finalising its inaugural Upcycled Barley Nutrition Compendium, which it will unveil at the SupplySide West trade show being hosted in Las Vegas in November. The report provides an indepth review of the ancient grain’s history, nutritional profile, health impacts, future opportunities and applications.

“Although we’ve been relying on barley as a source of nutrition since the beginning of humankind, EverGrain is bringing barley to the modern food industry in a completely new way,”​ said Steffen Muench, EverGrain’s head of Research, Development and Nutrition.

“Our compendium encapsulates how incredible we think this raw material is, and how through its nutritional profile, sustainability story and product application, it has the potential to reshape the way that we approach critical health attributes, from gut health to satiety to immunity and beyond.”

Added Belt, “Now is the time to shake up the plant protein market with EverPro. It fills the gaps that defined plant-based products for too long. With our facility now fully operational,” – ​eluding to the full-scale production facility on the Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery campus commission in June – “it’s time to innovate and uplift the plant-based movement.”

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