UP, INC. NAMED TO FAST COMPANY’S SECOND ANNUAL LIST OF THE NEXT BIG THINGS IN TECH
Recognized as a tech breakthrough that promises to transform the future
Upcycled Foods, Inc. (UP, Inc.) is thrilled to announce that Fast Company named the upcycled food leader to it’s second annual “The Next Big Things in Tech” list. Recognized as one of four innovators in the Food & Agriculture sector, winners are selected because they’re reaching key milestones in order to have a proven impact in the next five years.
UP, Inc. powers the B2B upcycled food economy with product development expertise, cutting-edge technology, and a growing portfolio of ingredient solutions. For the award, the company featured its flagship ingredient, ReGrained SuperGrain+®, which catalyzed the growth of the upcycled food industry.
Upcycled food products close the loop on some of the food system’s most overlooked and undervalued supply chains while delivering on taste, nutrition, and functionality. In partnership with the USDA, UP, Inc. developed a patented thermo-mechanical process that converts brewer’s spent grain (BSG) into a nutrient-rich, flavorful ingredient. The technology unlocks the remaining fiber, protein, and other nutrients in BSG. ReGrained SuperGrain+® delivers a minimum of 3.5-times the dietary fiber and 2-times the plant protein of whole grain and white flours on a pound for pound basis.
“This recognition acknowledges our leadership and hard work in the upcycled food movement these past 10 years. We are here to continue accelerating food system circularity at the nexus of flavor, nutrition, and sustainability. We have come a long way, but in many ways, this is just the beginning,” says Dan Kurzrock, Co-founder & CEO of Upcycled Foods Inc.
With its innovation hub – the Upcycled Food Lab – the company leads the way for food makers as the go-to development partner to make a tangible and measurable impact with upcycled food products and menu items. SuperGrain+® ranks among the lowest CO2 emitters compared to popular alternative functional flours, such as pea protein, inulin, and almond flour. And it has superior water efficiency: 0.04 L/kg water use for SuperGrain+® versus 434.03 L/kg water use for virgin wheat flour.
The company’s expanding portfolio includes six upcycled ingredients, most of which are Upcycled Certified™ by the Upcycled Food Association. The company continues to drive the category forward with more product innovation and ingredient solutions to meet consumers’ growing demand for more sustainable products and food system.