A charity organisation and a brewery in Alberta are the latest to get into a recent form of “recycling”.
The Calgary-based Leftovers Foundation gets donations of food and also of day-old bread from local bakeries which they provide to their needy clients. It’s not a wild stretch as beer is made with grain, and bread is made with grain, so the bread can be used in the fermentation process.
The founder of the Leftovers charity Lourdes Juan says some of their homeless clients with dentures were having trouble chewing some of the older sourdough bread and so making it difficult to donate
Rather than have it go to waste, she contacted a local craft brewer who will add it to one of their beers. A portion of sales will be given to the charity.
Other groups around the country are also involved in this effort to save useful food from landfills, Cowichan Green Community collects stale bread from bakeries and gives it to the Small Block Brewery on Vancouver Island who have created a beer with it.
In Toronto, Second Harvest a long established charity in the city team with ad agency Bob’s Your Uncle, and the Common Good Brewery to develop “Been a Slice” beer, and profits will go to help the charity.
In Montreal, a company seeking to promote the “circular economy” by reducing waste through new products from surplus food. The company, Loop Mission, already makes cold pressed juices from surplus and unsold fruit and vegetables. They say there are about 750,000 loaves of bread tossed out every day in Canada. They plan a beer from old bread as well, taking their inspiration from a Vermont brewery and a brand called “Toast”.
- CBC:B Labby: Dec 17/18:From bread to beer-
- Leftovers Foundation
- Global News: K Stanton: Nov 21/18: Vancouver Island company bread into beer
- CBC: M Humphrey: Nov 12/18: Cowichan brewery bread beer
- CBC: Nov 12/18: Second Harvest- Been a Slice beer (video report)
- Cowichan Green Community
- Been a Slice
- CBC: M Steuter-Martin: Oct 28/18: Montreal- Don’t toss that bread, make beer
- Second Harvest