The plentiful possibilities of Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins (HVPs)

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins transform food crops from a familiar side dish to a flavor sidekick, enabling their essence to take on new life in various savory delicacies. They offer affordability and an indulgent umami flavor that can ensure a multitude of products including vegan “meat” products can entice your taste buds. Keeping taste profile at the forefront, HVPs offer customization even from the starting sources, including soy, corn, and wheat. This sensory solution looks towards the future to meet unique challenges – but what exactly is it?

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, often referred to as HVP results from a hydrolysis process when water, among other agents, breaks apart chemical bonds. Hydrolysis reduces proteins to free amino acids, which are the building blocks for flavor creation and delivery.  

After the hydrolysis process, the result is a liquid consistency with a bouillon-type flavor, similar to the profiles of soy sauce. Depending on the product development needs HVPs can be utilized in liquid or dry format. Consider HVPs as an umami flavor booster, the ideal partner for your hearty soup, sizzling spice mix, or crave-able snack. The flexible formats of HVP delivery ensure that it can meet your needs.

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins flexibility extends past the form and protein sources, they can also contribute a wide array of flavor and color profiles. For example, soy offers the deepest color to complement its beefy notes, while corn is the lightest in color with its mild base notes. Wheat is the perfect balance of the two in color and can make any savory item stand out with its umami taste profile. Keeping your consumer target in mind, choosing the HVP source can address any allergen concerns. Our experienced team of Flavorists can help build further customized options for color, taste and nutritional profiles to match your vision of the ideal look and taste.

Sensient’s portfolio of Hydrolyzed Vegetable Proteins may be your missing piece to unlocking a new world of elevated flavor capabilities. With its numerous benefits and applications, the possibilities for HVPs are plentiful. We can’t wait to help you find your perfect savory solution. Let’s be tastebuds!