SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s largest beer maker is looking to repurpose byproducts of the brewing process into a nutritious food lineup including healthy snack bars.
Oriental Brewery Co. said on Nov. 20 that it will upcycle byproducts generated during the beer making process to transform them into nutritious alternatives such as energy bars, granola and other cereals.
The brewing process is made up of a series of procedures including malting, mashing, lautering, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, filtering and packaging.
Brewer’s spent grain (BSG) or draff is a byproduct of the brewing industry that accounts for up to 85 percent of brewing waste, according to related data.
While spent grain is an excellent source of high-quality protein and fiber, it could not be utilized due to regulations in the beer industry that limited its use to brewery products.
However, authorities relaxed regulations in July, opening the door for new opportunities in the beer industry.
Oriental Brewery announced it would team up with REharvest Co., a South Korean food upcycling venture. An official with the company said, “We have a new opportunity to diversify our businesses and develop a new revenue stream from BSG.”
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