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Vital Wheat Gluten in Plant-based Alternatives

Vital Wheat Gluten finds a place in plant-based alternatives

Vital wheat gluten is a protein-rich, plant-based ingredient that is finding its way into plant-based meat alternatives, as developers discover how its high protein content and functional benefits can make valuable contributions to their formulations.

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Vital Wheat Gluten

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With plant-based eating firmly rooted as a mega-trend, consumer demand for innovative and satisfying choices continues to gain momentum. Cargill vital wheat gluten can help you create satisfying and delicious plant-based products. 

Vital Wheat Gluten Sourcing Also known as wheat gluten, vital wheat gluten is produced by hydrating wheat flour to activate the gluten (the main protein in wheat), then extracting everything but the protein. The result is a protein-rich, exceptionally useful ingredient for bakery, meat alternatives and beyond.


  • Minimum 75% protein content
  • Sustainably sourced 
  • Supports vegan / vegetarian formulation*
  • Non-GMO available**

Versatile functionality:

  • Neutral flavor profile enables a wide range of product formulations
  • Enhances moisture retention and mouthfeel
  • Supports texturizing and binding; offers excellent extrudability
  • Improves dough texture, elasticity in bakery
  • Contributes to crumb structure and bread volume
  • Economical source of protein enrichment


  • Bakery 
  • Meat / Meat Alternatives 
  • Pasta 
  • Pet Food
  • Snacks / Cereals
  • Sports Nutrition

Contact us today for more information or to request a convenient sample.


*The USA FDA has not defined vegetarian or vegan. The ingredients are made from plant-based materials and have not been produced from animal (including fish), dairy, or egg products, nor have those products been added to the ingredients.

**There is no single definition of “non-GMO” in the USA. Contact Cargill for source and processing information.

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