EverGrain opens first major US plant protein production facility

USA — EverGrain, a sustainable ingredient company backed by AB InBev, has officially opened a full-scale plant protein production facility in St. Louis, Missouri for its barley protein, EverPro

EverPro, is ‘unique in the plant protein space, with superior solubility versus other plant proteins’ and can be used in tea/coffee drinks, protein powders and bars. It is already being used in brands such as Nestle’s Garden of Life and Airship’s Cold Brew Coffee.

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The facility which was made possible by last year’s US $100 million investment deployed into the St. Louis community, marks the first major production site for EverGrain globally and supports EverGrain’s mission to revolutionize sustainable ingredients.

“We started our journey in 2013, long before upcycling was a trend, with the goal of unlocking every grain of potential in our barley to have a positive impact on people and the planet,” said Gregory Belt, CEO of EverGrain.

 “This new commercial facility in St. Louis is a significant milestone in our journey to transform spent barley at scale into one of the world’s most sustainable, accessible, plentiful sources of plant-based protein.”

This facility also marks the first commercial-scale facility dedicated to upcycling barley at scale. It will begin producing sustainable barley proteins and bring jobs to the Anheuser-Busch St. Louis brewery campus.

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Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC is an American brewing company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. Since 2008, it has been wholly owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV, now the world’s largest brewing company, which owns multiple global brands, notably Budweiser, Michelob, Stella Artois, and Beck’s.

“At Anheuser-Busch we approach sustainability with an innovative mindset so that we can integrate cutting-edge solutions throughout our supply chain. This makes operating sustainably a commitment, not just a priority, and it leverages the power of our network to solve important challenges,” said Brendan Whitworth, CEO of Anheuser-Busch.

“EverGrain is one of the standout examples of this commitment. We’re working with them to achieve a more sustainable food chain while making a major impact through job creation and investment in St. Louis.”

EverGrain’s upcycle process transforms barley used in the brewing process into sustainable protein ingredients that can be used in a variety of foods and beverages. EverPro is Upcycled Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified, as well as 98% sourced from US farmers, leveraging Anheuser-Busch’s relationships with growers.

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