Barley for bakery: Puratos collaborates with EverGrain

Groot Bijgaarden / BE. (pnv)   TRANSLATE WITH DEEPL  Creating circular breads for a more sustainable future. As part of its FoodTech Innovation programme, Belgian Puratos Group, a leading innovator in the bakery, patisserie, and chocolate industry, is excited and proud to announce a collaboration with EverGrain, a sustainable plant-based barley ingredients company backed by Anheuser-Busch InBev, in order to develop nutritious products for the bakery industry.

EverGrain is founded to create incredible ingredients that nourish the world through the transformative power of circularity. Their focus is to deliver new ingredients from barley, an original ancient grain. Moving beyond the brewing process, EverGrain is able to transform barley into nutrient rich ingredients that can be used in a variety of food and beverage products.

As part of our FoodTech Innovation programme, we are working with EverGrain to accelerate and lead the sustainable transformation of our industry.

EverGrain’s barley ingredients offer a plant-based protein and fibre option that doesn’t require additional land, saves water, and lowers a product’s overall carbon footprint.

Plant-based foods are one of the fastest growing categories in the global food industry, greatly outpacing other traditional categories. According to the HealthFocus International (HFI) 2019 Global Report, a quarter of global shoppers say plant-based foods and beverages have become more important in their diets and are willing to pay a premium for plant-based products.

As only 5 percent of the worldwide population is meeting their daily recommended fibre intake* it is also critical to develop innovative solutions in order to boost the nutrition and health benefits of baked goods without impacting taste and texture.

Puratos will use EverGrain products to develop bakery and patisserie mixes, allowing customers to bake great tasting, nutritious and sustainable finished goods featuring barley ingredients. Promising tests have been driven with customers which prove the potential of the collaboration with this young start-up to create the first circular breads.