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Help us create nutritious foods, beverages and other products for all, from the millions of tons of grain and yeast 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 consumer products to feed the world. We also believe our co-products can be used beyond food as ingredients in cosmetics or pharmaceuticals, as well as packaging.

Examples of startups that we would like to see apply are those working on:

  • Find a second life to all of our co-products through products that generate value to our consumers, especially for: dry/wet yeast and brewers’ grain
     

  • 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% (brewers’ grain contains only 20%-40% dry matter)
     

  • Processing technologies that turn our co-products into ingredients for various 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
     

  • Biological / chemical process to extract valuable properties for skincare products, pharmaceutical products
     

  • Anaerobic digestion for brewers’ grain (ideally with cogeneration)

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