Part of the Global Innovation team at AB InBev
Saved grains: How AB InBev invests in sustainable innovations
Linked to beer production, the brewing industry is currently creating a by-product commonly referred as “spent” grain (Brewer’s Spent Grains, BSG), with an estimated global production exceeding 30 million tons annually, creating enormous amounts of organic waste
The global search for a sustainable and stable food chain and circular economy, and the interesting nutritional composition of BSG, have recently pushed research towards its use as ingredient in the food industry.
AB InBev has recently developed a proprietary process for the conversion of BSG into a food ingredient, resulting in the launch of the first nutritional beverage made from this material: Canvas (https://drinkcanvas.com/). This process, normally referred as Canvas technology, allows us to stabilize the otherwise perishable “spent” grains, and to unlock the value from their nutrients.
This research, in which we had the outstanding collaboration from the University College Cork in Ireland (https://www.ucc.ie/), has been coordinated at the AB InBev Global Innovation and Technology Center (GITEC) in Leuven, Belgium