Anheuser-Busch’s EverGrain opens first major US site

By Rachel Arthur

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The opening of the new facility in St. Louis. Pic: Anheuser-Busch
The opening of the new facility in St. Louis. Pic: Anheuser-Busch

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EverGrain, a sustainable ingredient company backed by AB InBev, has officially opened a full-scale plant protein production facility in the US.

The company’s mission is to take brewers spent grains (renamed as ‘saved grains’) and bring nutrient-rich products to market. Its protein-rich barley isolate, 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 used in brands such as Nestle’s Garden of Life and Airship’s Cold Brew Coffee).

The new facility in St Louis is the first major production site for EverGrain globally and will create a local and sustainable supply of plant protein to fill growing consumer demand. This facility marks the first commercial-scale facility dedicated to upcycling barley at scale.

EverPro is Upcycled Certified and Non-GMO Project Verified, with Anheuser-Busch sourcing 98% of its ingredients from US farmers.

“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, EverGrain CEO. “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.”

“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,”​ added Brendan Whitworth, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “EverGrain is one of the standout examples of this commitment, helping achieve a more sustainable food chain while making a major impact through job creation and investment in St. Louis.”​ 

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