HydroReleased Ingredients™ Fueling the evolution of plant-based foods.

HydroReleased Ingredients have “evolutionized” the way plant-based ingredients are made, unlocking a whole new universe of opportunity for plant-based food innovation. Through our transformational water-powered method, HydroReleased Ingredients unlock the nutrition, taste, and functionality of whole grains, nuts, and seeds. More than any other ingredient, our ingredients enable the development of advanced plant-based foods.

, How They Do Manufacturing

How They Do Manufacturing The Old Way

Humans have been milling, separating, (and often chemically extracting) raw plant materials into highly refined ingredients for thousands of years. Utilizing these antiquated harsh methods has resulted in denatured ingredients with limited function, stripped of valuable plant-based antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, and requiring a host of complementary emulsifiers and stabilizers for use. As a result, the old ways of ingredient manufacturing has yet to deliver on the wholesome promise of plant-based foods. By “sticking to the grind”, humans have limited the potential of ingredients from the beginning.

How We Do Manufacturing The HydroRelease Way

The HydroRelease Method harnesses the power of water to liberate and activate the essential nutrients of whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Our hydro-powered method uses the naturally occurring emulsifiers from plant cell membranes to preserve and protect the interaction of functional proteins and carbohydrates, delicate fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals – creating self-stabile emulsions for superior plant ingredients.

Born from nature and unrefined by design, our ingredients deliver uncompromised functionality, nutrition, and performance across the complete spectrum of plant-based food and beverage applications.

While other products leave the nutrition behind, we deliver the goodness of plants in plant-based ingredients.


Endless Potential Applications


Nutritional dairy replacements for drinking and cooking.

Plant-Based Meat

3-ingredient plant-based meat

Vegan Cheese

Vegan cheese that stretches and melts

Soup Base

Creamy bases for savory recipes


Fluffy plant-based eggs


Decadent vegan milk chocolates

Ice Creams & Frozen Desserts

Creamy, dreamy, plant-based soft serve

Culinary Creams

Plant-based culinary heavy whipping creams


With HydroReleased ingredients, you can include more grains, nuts, and seeds in products that are traditionally limited by viscosity challenges or thermal heating processes-expanding the horizon on plant-based possibilities.


  • Gluten-Free
  • Kosher
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan

Organic Offerings Available


HydroReleased Ingredients™ About Us

Our Parent Company

Steuben Foods, located in Elma, NY, is a low-acid, aseptic, and extended shelf-life (ESL) blender, processor, and packager that utilizes Tetra Pak, Sig Combi, Evergreen, and bottling formats. Steuben Foods has > 700 employees, a total footprint under the roof of > 500,000 sq. ft., and operates 24/7, 365 days a year. For more information about Steuben Foods, visit their website www.SteubenFoods.com. (click here)

Who We Are:

Steuben GNS is the Ingredient Manufacturing Division of Steuben Foods. In August of 2021, Steuben Foods, Inc., through its Steuben GNS ingredients division, under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Mitchell, announced the official launch of a line of plant-based ingredients made using their proprietary HydroReleased Technology (US Patent #7,678,403). Ingredients and applications were exhibited at the SCIFT 2021 in Anaheim, California and at the Supply Side West 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. HydroReleased Ingredients are the products made by Steuben GNS’s proprietary technology. Now operating a 20,000 sq ft facility in Elma, NY, Steuben GNS has the capacity of processing over 20 million pounds of raw material annually.

Our Mission

To enhance the nutritional, flavor, and textural value of foods and beverages by providing HydroReleased Ingredients from grains, nuts, and seeds.

Our History

2005 – The HydroReleased Ingredient™ (“HRI”) technology was developed by Dr. Cheryl R. Mitchell and patent filed.

2006 – First HRI ingredient plant developed by Dr. Mitchell was built in California.

2010 – HRI ingredients and process received US patent.

2015 – HRI technology was sold to Steuben Foods, Elma, NY.

2016 – Construction of HRI manufacturing facility in Elma, NY began.

2017 – Launch of HRI ingredients for use in Elmhurst 1925 beverages.

2021 – HRI ingredients opened sales to food and beverage industry.

2022 – Introduction of functional HydroReleased fiber, oil, and protein ingredients.

We Care About Sustainability: Water & Power

Water Usage: All of Steuben’s electricity is derived from renewable energy; the hydroelectric grid of the mighty Niagara River. We started 2021 with the progressive goal of saving 2.6 million gallons of water in our ingredient manufacturing plant this year. As of April 2021, we’ve met and exceeded our goals- and are projecting to save approximately 8 million gallons of water by year-end.

Power Usage: We’ve invested in high-efficiency LEDs company-wide, from parking lots to offices.  This switch is saving 94 kW of power/hr, over 800,000 kW per year!

Raw Material Traceability:

We believe in traceability of our raw materials right back to the farm and field. Raw materials such as oats that are certified to be gluten-free are subject to the Purity Protocol.  Since we use a variety of raw materials, some of which are considered allergens, we process only one raw material at a time. After extensive cleaning, we validate that the equipment is free from any allergen-containing raw materials.

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HydroReleased Ingredients

is a Division of Steuben Food, Inc.


1150 Maple Road
Elma, NY 14059