EverGrain launches sustainable barley proteins and fiber for functional food and beverage market

January 12, 2021
Sebastian Krawiec

EverGrain, a newly launched sustainable ingredient company backed by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is introducing sustainable and innovative plant-based protein and fiber ingredients made from barley.

EverGrain, a newly launched sustainable ingredient company backed by Anheuser-Busch InBev, is introducing sustainable and innovative plant-based protein and fiber ingredients made from barley. EverGrain utilizes saved grains from brewing and then through a proprietary process, transforms the circularly sourced barley into nutrient-rich ingredients that can be used in a variety of food and beverage applications. This process was developed over five years of rigorous research and development.

“Our unique barley ingredients will transform plant-based products, delivering better tasting and more nutritious options to consumers who seek a healthier and more sustainable future,” said founder and chief executive officer of EverGrain, Greg Belt, in a press release. “EverGrain’s innovative and circular approach, which we’ve honed over the past five years, offers a scalable, local and reliable solution for the global food industry to help address the world’s food security and sustainability challenges.”

Plant-based foods are one of the fastest growing categories in the global food industry, and with backing from one of the world’s leading breweries, EverGrain will be able to support this growing demand by providing a scalable, consistent, and stable supply of its ingredients. “AB InBev is proud to support such a remarkable, purpose driven venture with a mission to create incredible ingredients to nourish the world through the transformative power of circularity,” said Tony Milikin, chief sustainability and procurement officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, in a press release. “EverGrain marks an important milestone in our ultimate goal of building a better world as we look to the next 100 years and beyond.”

EverGrain is launching two product lines: EverPro and EverVita. EverPro is a fully soluble protein isolate that is currently being formulated in multiple plant-based protein products, including beverages, protein bars, and snacks. EverVita are barley fibers and proteins with minimal starch being used as a single solution to boost the nutrition and gut health benefits of baked goods, pasta, and snacks without impact on taste or texture. EverGrain ingredients are currently available in products such as Take Two, a plant-based barley milk line, and the company has multiple product launches with commercial partners planned for products to reach shelves in both the U.S. and Europe in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021.