ELMA, NY. — Steuben Foods Inc. launched a line of plant-based ingredients through its Steuben GNS Ingredients Division.

The ingredients are made using the company’s proprietary HydroReleased process, which harnesses the power of water to liberate and activate the essential nutrients of whole grains, nuts and seeds. The liberated nutrients help preserve, emulsify, protect and enhance the functionality and digestibility of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, according to the company.

The resulting shelf-stable, milk-like ingredients are available as liquid concentrates or powders. They may be used to create new products with clean ingredient labels and neutral tastes across a broad range of plant-based food and beverage applications.

The unique functionality of liberated nutrients allows manufacturers to include more plant-based ingredients in food products without the traditional fouling or burn-on caused by typical cooking of grain flours, nuts or seed pastes, according to the company. It also eliminates the need for added refined oils, stabilizers, emulsifiers and nutrients that have been deactivated by the traditional heating and chemical extraction process.

Steuben Foods will showcase the new ingredients at the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists’ SCIFT21 conference in Anaheim, Calif. and at the SupplySideWest 2021 conference in Las Vegas.