AB InBev’s ingredient company enlisting leading scientific experts from around the world to advance understanding and study of the health, nutrition and sustainability benefits in brewers spent grain
EverGrain, a sustainable ingredient company created by AB InBev, announces the launch of its scientific advisory board to unleash the full potential of brewers spent grain (BSG) and its benefits to human health and environmental sustainability.
BSG is the nutrient-rich byproduct of the beer brewing process. Five scientists from leading universities in food, nutrition and health, agriculture, and environmental sciences will advise and collaborate with the EverGrain R&D team to accelerate the use of BSG’s uniquely sustainable plant-based proteins and fibers in nutrient-rich, low carbon foods and beverages.
The members of the EverGrain Scientific Advisory Board (ESAB) are
The ESAB is led by EverGrain’s Global Head of R&D Steffen Münch and Dr Harold Schmitz, PhD, ESAB Chair and Senior Scholar in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Davis.
“We at EverGrain consider upcycled BSG as one of the most sustainable protein sources on Earth because it delivers high quality nutrition with a very low carbon impact,” said Münch. “Until now, BSG has gone to animal feed or simply been thrown away, so we are excited and privileged to team up with such talented scientists to increase the health and sustainability impact of this untapped super grain.”
Because of the diverse strengths of the universities each of these scientists represents, the ESAB will play a key role in supporting EverGrain’s ingredient and new product innovation pipeline.
The brewing industry generates nine million metric tons of dry spent barley grain a year. Utilising BSG via innovative upcycling can therefore enable a future in which it is one of the most accessible, sustainable plant-based ingredients in the world.
“Being an ingredient company within one of the world’s largest brewing companies gives us the capability to scale production of upcycled barley grain – what we at EverGrain affectionately call saved grain – around the globe,” said Gregory Belt, EverGrain CEO.
“Adding some of the world’s best and brightest scientific minds to the process will accelerate our goal of helping to nourish a growing population while overcoming the resource challenges caused by climate change.”