100+ Accelerator

Waste to Wellbeing

Pillar

Other

UN SDG

Zero Hunger

Help us create nutritious foods and beverages for all from the millions of tons of grain co-product we produce each year.

The current food supply and how we eat globally ­is not sustainable. There is a lot of research and development being done to explore alternative protein and food supply options. At AB InBev, we also believe we have a way to contribute to supplying nutritious, inexpensive and accessible food to the growing global population. Specifically, this comes in the form of the grain and yeast co-product that comes from the beer brewing process. Each year, AB InBev produces millions of tons of co-product, which can be repurposed into other types of consumed products to feed the world. We are particularly interested in seeing solutions (such as Zea10 and Canvas, which we incubated inside AB InBev) that use brewers’ grain and yeast to create nutritious high fiber/high protein foods and beverages.

We’re interested in applications that address the following challenges:

  • Stabilizing our brewers’ grains which if not treated have a very limited lifetime of 4-6 hours
  • Solutions to make transportation economically viable, e.g. low-cost de-watering to reduce original moisture of 80% (saved grain contains only 20%-40% dry matter)
  • Processing technologies that turn our co-products into ingredients for human and/or pet food applications
  • New foods and beverages derived from and linked to our co-products that enable healthier diets and address obesity and malnutrition
  • Processes and materials that incorporate co-products into e.g. sustainable packaging solutions
  • Anaerobic digestion for brewers grain (ideally with cogeneration)
  • Urban gardening, smart gardening, distributed farming solutions