One of the issues around food waste is the byproducts produced in making certain foods. Often these leftovers end up in landfills. Now, more companies are finding ways to use byproducts to create new food or other products, which not only decreases waste and helps feed the increasing population, but also speaks to the values of consumers.
Beer production results in spent grain that’s typically fed to farm animals or tossed away. But the San Francisco-based company Regrained is now taking that grain, upcycling it into SuperGrain+ flour, and using the flour to produce snack bars. The company looks poised to grow after receiving $2.5 million Series Seed financing in September 2018.
Regrained isn’t the only enterprise making flour from spent grain. Rise Products upcycles the grain into a barley flour that’s sold to consumers and food manufacturers. Rise also sells both a brownie mix and ready-to-eat brownies made using the flour. Another company making flour from leftover beer grain is Grain4Grain.
Companies are also finding other uses for spent grain:
Other byproducts into flour
Spent grain isn’t the only byproduct being made into flour. Here are three other byproducts being upcycled into flour:
Vegetable and fruit pulp
Vegetable and fruit pulp, along with “ugly produce,” creates significant food waste. Ingredient company PurePlus+ uses juice pulp and second tier produce to create a nutritious plant-based powder that food companies can add to their products.
Pulp Pantry uses pulp left over from juicing vegetables and fruits to make grain-free granola. Barnana takes “imperfect” organic bananas rejected by retail buyers and makes snacks. Even chicken-giant Tyson is getting in on the action with Yappah Chicken Crisps, which contain rescued carrot and celery purees from juicing or rescued malted barley from beer brewing.
Here are three other examples of companies upcycling food byproducts:
By Carol Wiley
Source: Food Industry Executive
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