Name of the sustainable initiative
The Agrain(r) products are products based on upcycled brewers spent grains (BSG), in this way we ensure that the malted barley is not only used once for brewing, but also as ingredient in the Agrain(r) products. So in essense you can now drink your beer and eat the food loss from brewing it as well. Currently, the beer industry produces 40mio T BSG, by using the Agrain(r) technology we can upcycle this and provide healthy, tasty and sustainable food. Agrain(r) is launching 4 types of brewers spent grains flours (with high protein 20% and 45-55% dietary fiber), crisps (two flavors), granola (3 flavors), crackers (3 flavors), muslibars as well ready to drink products.
Agrain(r) products can take part in solving: 1) Food scarcity, 2) bringing food production closer to cities, 3) water scarcity, 4) healthy eating (obesity), 5) loss of agricultural land, 6) environmental footprint of goods, and last but not least 7) food waste. These categories together feed into four main pillars of UNs Development goals: Zero hunger (#2), Good health and well being (#3), Clean water and sanitation (#6), and Responsible consumption and production (#12)
Food scarcity: The Agrain(r) technology and its value chain is a truly novel circular food system, enabling the usages of grains not only once (for beer) but secure a second usage for both drink and fiber and protein ingredients. Indeed, if we in 7 years use the Agrain(r) value chain and turn all BSG into food and beverages, it will cover 8% of the 214 bn kcal food deficit expected in 2027. As beer production sites are globally distributed, also available in countries that will be facing severe hunger, enabling the solutions developed in this project globally, including 3rd world, countries is of utmost importance.
Urban food production: With Agrain(r) products we also bring food production closer to cities, often breweries are located close to urban areas in order to access their distribution points more easily. According to Carolyn Steel ""Feeding cities arguably has a greater social and physical impact on us and our planet than anything else we do."" (source: Hungry City)
Water scarcity: Water scarcity is increasingly becoming a global risk, almost two-thirds of the world population (4 Bn people) live under severe water scarcity at least one month/year. The 320 mio. hl BSG liquid that we can recover by utilizing the Agrain(r) technology we will provide a significant resource to fight water scarcity – and does not require a single liter of water to separate.
Healthy eating: In the western part of our world we are facing serious health issues, that will have large impacts on our health system spending in the years to come. We have experienced a steep increase in obesity the last decades (3-fold increase since 1975), as of today 1.9 bn adults are overweight. BSG is a nutritional super tanker in itself, that can ensure healthy and sustainable eating.
Loss of agricultural land: Every year we lose 10 mio. acres of agricultural land, this equals 600.000 FIFA standard football fields. Upcycling grains are therefore of utmost importance - a clear example of how we can ensure that grains can be used several times - if thinking of the food system as circular.
Environmental footprint: Through life cycle assessment (LCA) analysis conducted by University of Copenhagen the Agrain(r) valuechain has been analyzed in respect to its current CO2 footprint. The results show that the Agrain(r) circular production system the same amount of CO2 is spent as wheat flour. However, CFTs flour has 12 times the fiber and double the protein as compared to wheat flour. In fact, BSG is among products with lowest footprint per kg/fiber and per kg/protein. The LCA conducted was done on utilizing ONLY the flour, and not the liquid, when also utilizing the liquid the footprint will improve.
Food Waste: 30-50% of all food is wasted. In Denmark we waste 700.000 ton food yearly. In Denmark BSG is not defined as food waste as it is used for feed. However, if defining food waste as side streams that are not upcycled but wasted for lower ranking purposes, with the Agrain(r) technology we would in 5 years be able to upcycle what accounts as 1/3 of all food waste from all Danes yearly.
Aviaja Riemann Andersen, CEO
What sector is the business involved in
Food & Agriculture
List of regions the company could be targeting
Number of employees
Partnerships, Research, Awareness