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Beverage Startup Turns Beer Byproducts Into Plant-Based Protein

By Tessa Love

In the beginning of the beer-making process, barley is milled and mashed to separate the starch from the fiber and protein. The starch goes into creating the beer itself and the fiber and protein turn into a leftover product called "spent" grain, which more often than not is thrown away. Some companies send their spent grain to feedlots, and others have created products like bread and dog treats. Now a new company is using this barley byproduct to create a line of healthy and sustainable plant-based protein beverages. 

Backed exclusively by Zx Ventures – the incubator and VC arm of the largest beverage company in the world, AB InBev – the startup Canvas is turning this spent grain into what they're calling Saved Grain. Using a proprietary fermentation process developed by AB, Canvas is refining the protein and fiber left from the barley grain to create a drink that co-founder and CEO Sarah Pool describes as “holistic, all-encompassing nourishment."