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Repurposing ingredients to boost nutrition and reduce waste streams – podcast

One company’s journey to use the spent grains from brewing beer created a platform for upcycled ingredients to positively impact the global supply chain.

From major manufacturers to microbreweries, beer is big business worldwide; yet rarely does anyone discuss the waste stream of spent grains. Dan Kurzrock, co-founder and “chief grain officer” at ReGrained—along with fellow co-founder and “chief grainmaster” Jordan Schwartz—set out to put the nutritious byproduct to work. In a process coined “upcycling,” they repurpose the spent grains with patent-pending technology, creating a nutrient-dense flour for use in a wide range of food applications.

In this podcast, Kurzrock joins Karen Butler, Informa senior editor, in discussing:

• The inspiration behind ReGrained and its voyage into upcycling.

• Creative partnerships emerging out of the Food 2.0 movement.

• Entrepreneurial concerns when pioneering small businesses.

• What it takes to educate consumers about novel ingredients.

• Challenges of offering sustainable packaging, particularly in a category such as bars.

• ReGrained’s Supergrain+Bars being named one of the five finalists in the Bars category for the 2018 SupplySide CPG Editor’s Choice Awards.

Butler can be reached at

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