Save the date: Brewer’s spent grain - Online event
It is estimated that about 39 million tons of brewer’s spent grain (BSG) is produced annually worldwide and sold for animal feed. In the Netherlands the total production of this side stream is 0.5 million tons annually. Spent grain is a residual waste stream that is left over from the brewing of beer.
Using BSG for human consumption
Brewer’s spent grain is very high in protein and energy. Now it is mainly used in the feed sector, while spent grain could also produce delicious healthy bread. Low-carbohydrate bread with fewer sugars. You can also add BSG directly to products such as cookies, biscuits, muffins, yogurt and milk and ready-to-eat snacks.
There are other benefits to using BSG for human consumption. BSG for human consumption can achieve a greater profit, bakers and flour manufacturers get a sustainable circular product and you use local circular production. So why is brewer’s spent grain mainly used in the feed sector?
BSG now spoils within a day due to the very high water, sugar, and protein content. This makes it difficult to transport and further process into food within a short period of time. Until recently, there were preservation methods available but none of them combined food safety, efficiency and profitability in one process.
New techniques are promising
However, technology is advancing. There are new methods for sterilizing brewer’s spent grain who are efficient, have low operating costs and can handle huge quantities of freshly drained brew grains on a scale never seen before.
Join the global ‘Brewer’s spent grain’ online event
This is the time to look into other possibilities of brewers' spent grain. Beer brewers, researchers, flour manufacturers, bakers or food processors, everyone is welcome to attend Foodvalley's online brewer’s spent grain event on February 8, 2022, from 4:00-6:00 pm (CET).
During the event we will show which applications for BSG there already are, besides animal feed. The event will cover market trends, insights, and opportunities. Read more information here.
Unique to the event is that time will be taken to connect interested parties through a matchmaking tool. This is optional. As part of the (Dutch) Week of the Circular Economy, matching parties have the entire week to choose a suitable moment to get to know each other and the possibilities of brewer's spent grain within their profession.
This way, you can broaden your knowledge and network. Together you can research the possibilities with brewer’s spent grain that are interesting just for you. “By using a matchmaking tool, we want to build on long term a brewer's spent grain community and guide parties on process, content and pace. This way, parties within the community can use their skills and abilities to accelerate the innovation of brewer’s spent grain for human consumption.” Jolijn Zwart - van Kessel explains.
Questions? Get in touch
Jolijn Zwart - van Kessel
Innovation Lead Circular Agrifood
+31 6 82096140