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Food & Beverage

The 8 Most Exciting Brands Saving Food Waste by Upcycling Ingredients

Here at vegconomist we applaud and support innovation in plant-based but especially those who are working on upcycling ingredients and helping to solve the horrific global issue of food waste whereby around a third of the food produced around the world is discarded. The issue is beyond imperative but it is not beyond solution, so we here celebrate some of the brands innovating for our planet, upcycling ingredients from spent grain, to cashew fruit, to cauliflower and carrots. Spent barley from the beer industry – Take Two Portland-based Take Two transforms barley grains leftover from beer brewing into nutritious, fiber-rich barley milk. A subsidiary of EverGrain, owned by beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, Take Two reuses over 500,000 pounds of discarded grain each year. Co-Founder & …


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Company News

World’s Largest Beer Company Anheuser-Busch InBev to Upcycle Spent Grains for Alt Protein 

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer maker and parent company of Budweiser, has doubled down on its commitment to recycling barley protein from its brewing process that can be used in plant-based products.  “We are the largest buyer and fermenter of malt globally” In a new interview with Yahoo! Finance, Anheuser-Busch InBev CEO Michel Doukeris explains the latest on the venture, including millions of dollars in new investment to repurpose the protein for the plant-based sector.  Doukeris details how through biotech technology, the company is able to separate fiber and protein, creating a high-quality end product without carbohydrates and a low carbon footprint. EverGrain, an Anheuser-Busch InBev company, has begun work on a $100 million protein in St. Louis, Missouri, and a second such facility …


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Take Two: “Championing the Upcycling Movement By Transforming the Billions Of Spent Grain Wasted Each Year Into BarleyMilk”

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Take Two is the first company to utilize upcycled barley into nutritious plant milk. Holding the claim that its milk outperforms other plant-based milks when used in recipes, Take Two is on track to upcycle at least 500,000 pounds of spent grain this year. With the company recently launching its new Barista Barleymilk for coffee aficionados, we thought it was a good time to meet Jerek Theo Lovey, Co-founder and CEO of Take Two. Can you give us Take Two’s elevator pitch? Take Two is championing the upcycling movement by transforming the billions of spent grain wasted each year into great-tasting, nutritious, and sustainable barleymilk. Upcycling is at the core of Take Two. What are the benefits of this business model, and do you think it will spread …


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Products & Launches

Portland’s Take Two is On Track to Upcycle at Least 500,000 Pounds of Waste Grain From Beer Industry Into Barley Milk

With over 8 billion pounds of spent grain going to waste annually, Portland Oregon’s Take Two is the first company to utilize upcycled barley into nutritious plant milk. Committed to using upcycled ingredients, Take Two is one of the first companies to become Upcycled Certified by the Upcycled Food Association. The company announces the launch this week of its Barleymilk at Schnucks stores throughout Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. The upcycled milks already launched last year in cafes across the Pacific Northwest and Los Angeles and are available in Original, Vanilla, Chocolate, which can also be shipped nationwide. Take Two sources its upcycled barley from EverGrain, an Anheuser-Busch InBev-backed company based in St. Louis, which transforms the spent grain into high-quality, sustainable ingredients to create nutritious food …