FAQS: Upcycled Grain Project
HOW DO YOU UPCYCLE GRAINS?
When we saw how much waste was involved in the beer brewing process, we had… a grain wave! We decided to use the grains from the beer-brewing process and upcycle them into our tasty and healthy snacks.
When making beer, brewers steep malted barley to give beer its body and flavour. The resulting liquid is used to make beer, and the leftover ‘spent’ grains – which are usually discarded – are brimming with nutritional value. So, we rescue them.
We mix the spent grains with other natural ingredients to produce our plant-based, GMO-free snacks right here in Wellington, New Zealand.
The grains we use are sustainably sourced from local breweries. Upcycling is smart AND scrumptious.
WHERE ARE YOUR SNACKS MADE?
Our snacks are proudly made in our Wellington factory.
WHERE CAN I BUY YOUR SNACKS?
We are stocked throughout supermarkets and retailers across New Zealand:
- New World
- Pak N Save
- Moore Wilsons
- Four Square
Click here for our store locator to find your nearest stockists.
You can shop direct from us right here on our online store.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY ORDER?
WHAT IS YOUR RETURNS POLICY?
We don’t accept returns for our snacks but if you are dissatisfied with any of our products please contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org and we will organise a replacement.
HOW ARE YOUR PRODUCTS PACKAGED?
Our packaging is 100% recyclable. The cardboard boxes can be recycled with all other paper and cardboard. If you didn’t know you could recycle soft plastics, now you do! Check out our blog here to see how to recycle the plastic wrappers.
WHAT IS THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF UPCYCLING?
Every year, 1/3 of the food produced globally is wasted. That’s $940 billion worth of food thrown away annually. In New Zealand alone, 500,000 tonnes of food goes to landfill every year 1 and that food contaminates our earth’s soil, water and air.
BUT! It’s not all doom and gloom. when we upcycle our EXISTING resources, we reduce the costs and negative impacts of production and our reliance on new resources. Also, barley plays an important role in the global economy as a common and resilient grain that’s easy to cultivate. Barley is here to stay, so it’s our mission to make the most of it.
The upcycling impact:
- Minimizes waste
- Reduces pollution
- Decreases emissions
- Supports local industries
- Conserves global resources AND
- Inspires innovation and creativity!
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BUT… DO YOUR SNACKS TASTE LIKE BEER?
While we’ll always enjoy a cheeky pint or two, we’re not sure about beer-flavoured food. But have no fear! Spent grains add a wholesome, nutty and sweet flavour to our crackers, bites and bars.
And in case you were wondering, it’s the liquid the brewers take after steeping that has alcohol content – not the spent grains we use in our products – making them a healthy and nutritious snack for children, too.
WHAT ARE THE NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF USING SPENT GRAINS?
The term ‘spent’ implies that the grains have been used, and unable to be used again. It turns out, these leftover grains are BURSTING with fibre, protein, and a great source of minerals, vitamins and trace of amino acids.
And did we mention they’re GMO-free, plant-based, and made entirely with natural ingredients?
WHY THE UPCYCLED GRAIN ‘PROJECT’?
We chose to call ourselves a project because we know that our goal to minimise waste and reduce reliance on new resources will be an ever-evolving mission – and we need YOUR help!
HOW CAN I TAKE ACTION?
Whether you choose to support local businesses like ours or create a closed-loop waste system in your own home – reducing food waste is one of the easiest and most effective things you can start doing today to protect the environmental future of our planet.
WHAT ARE YOUR GRAIN CRISPS?
Our indulgent and innovative Grain Crisps are the perfect solo snack or addition to any platter board. In four delicious flavours, it's going to be hard to put the box down.
Plus they are dairy-free and vegan friendly!!
WHAT ARE YOUR CRACKERS?
Upcycled Crackers are sustainably delicious and nutritious snacking crackers. They’re perfect for a quick and easy snack or add them to a platter next time you’re celebrating. Top them with cheese, dip them in hummus or enjoy them on their own.
Our Rock Salt crackers are vegan-friendly and dairy-free!
ARE YOUR SNACKS GLUTEN-FREE?
Our snacks are not gluten-free. Brewers’ spent grain is made up of barley grain husks. Some snacks also contain wholemeal flour and white wheat flour.
ARE YOUR SNACKS VEGETARIAN OR VEGAN?
All of our snacks are vegetarian, however they aren’t all vegan. The parmesan crackers contain parmesan cheese.
DO YOUR SNACKS CONTAIN GENETICALLY MODIFIED INGREDIENTS?
None of our products contain Genetically modified ingredients – they are all GMO-free!
I’M INTERESTED IN STOCKING UPCYCLED GRAIN PROJECT IN MY STORE – WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?
Please email us at email@example.com
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