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The project

Funbrew integrates both fundamental and applied research to fully exploit the potential of breweries side streams and to enable the development of sustainable food systems.

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What?

Brewer’s spent grain is a by-product of beer manufacturing, consisting of the external layers of barley which are separated from the mash before fermentation. It is produced in big amount worldwide, estimated as 39 million tons on average. The spent is rich in fibers and protein and is a potential source of valuable nutrients. Still, the majority of it is used as animal feed or discarded. The project aims at recycling brewer’s spent grain into a functional ingredient for food industry. Our target are cereal-based food such as baked goods, pasta and breakfast cereals, widely consumed every day in our diets.

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Why?

The raising world population and food demands require a more sustainable approach towards natural resources. The use of agricultural by-products in food manufacturing is one way to increase the sustainability of the food chain. The use of spent grain proposed in Funbrew follows a “closed-loop” model expected to have a positive impact on environment and nutrition, making more of a good resource. Bread, pasta and breakfast cereals nutritional value can increase, delivering healthier products to everybody.

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How?

Brewer’s spent grain is rich in nutrients but does not have a good performance when used in food as such. The focus of Funbrew is the establishment of bioprocessing technologies, such as controlled fermentation, able to transform the properties of the brewer’s spent grain enhancing its processability. The mission of Funbrew is to integrate both fundamental and applied research to use the potential of breweries side streams and to enable the development of more sustainable food systems. And it will be healthy too!

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Who?

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The University of Helsinki carries out research of an internationally high standard and has regularly been ranked among Europe’s 10 to 15 best universities on worldwide ranking lists. At the Grain Technology and Bioprocessing Research Group (Department of Food and Nutrition), biotransformation of agricultural resources is a main research topic. The group has several collaborative projects publicly or industrially funded with national and international partners.

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The Department of Plant, Soil and Food science is involved in a broad range of agricultural related research for the public and private sector. Within food science, the study of traditional and innovative food products as wells the development of novel/functional foods are among the core activities. Its favorable position in the city of Bari attracts several international researchers and collaborative project within the Mediterranean basin.

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ISE-Division of AgriFood and Bioscience conducts strategic and applied research on an extensive range of subjects related to product and process development, quality, product safety, production efficiency and environmental matters. RISE has a strong industry-driven research program and several international collaborations.

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The Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, is the only trilingual university in Europe, located at the crossroads between the German-speaking and Italian economies and cultures, carries out research on multiple fields. At the Faculty of Science and Technology, sustainability and interdisciplinarity constitute the starting point for the solution of complex issues related to mountain territories and the fields of energy efficiency, food production and food quality control as well as innovation in industrial processes and products including the exploitation of by-products by lactic fermentation.

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Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject See? Microbiology is really worth it! https://t.co/TVbCTUVs3l 5 days ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @EUFIC: It's #WorldPulsesDay! 🌱 How can we feed more people sustainably? Eat MORE #pulses! (via @FAO) #LovePulses, they: 1⃣Are a heal… 6 days ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @TAchermannPhoto: it was an intense Aurora show last night over #jerisjärvi #laplandfinland #onlyinlapland #visitfinland https://t.co/ 1 week ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @Laura_ENRD: Possibilities of #bioeconomy for new products in feed, energy, cosmetics etc seem endless. But are they profitable? What do… 1 week ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @FAO: Tonnes of fruit and vegetables are rejected because they don't look 'perfect'. Instead, let's celebrate their diversity and redu… 2 weeks ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @ErrantScience: In science there are 4 key methods for saving data, one of them is more common and involves a lot more crying #data #sci 2 weeks ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @marblebrewers: We've had one solitary application from a woman out of 30 applicants. We know there are definitely more than one who kno… 2 weeks ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @FAO: “If we grow our own vegetables, we don’t have to buy them...the savings can then be used to pay for our daughter’s education.” T… 2 weeks ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject Brewers´spent grains are full of microbes, here some of the good ones🙂 #Sustainability, #brewers_spent https://t.co/eWRCSjVpSj 3 weeks ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @biovoices: Wheat bran or cassava by-products are natural raw materials, already available in large volumes almost everywhere around the… 3 weeks ago
Funbrew Funbrew @funbrewproject RT @Prokaryota: Best vortexer upgrade EVER! 😂 Inspired by @HeemstraLab https://t.co/GY68MVGldn 3 weeks ago

Contact

Dr. Rossana Coda
University of Helsinki
rossana.coda@helsinki.fi

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