Thanks to an innovative patented process (HSCD – High Speed Cold Dryer) that allows products from distillates and fermented products to be transformed into flour, the start-up Circular Food has officially entered the circular economy market with Ley, a new flour obtained from the beer thresher that recovers production waste from breweries, previously treated as organic waste or intended for animal feed.
Thus restoring their dignity to this waste, an excellent whole beer and protein flour was born, with a high fiber content (52%), with a characteristic toasted flavor that makes it ideal as a base for the production of bakery products: pasta, breadsticks and savory snacks low in gluten and high in fiber and vegetable protein. Ley products are also respectful of the environment: the circular, sustainable and cooperative approach adopted by Circular food with large and small breweries helps to reduce the high waste that characterizes the world of food production with a respectful attitude towards the environment and people.
The innovation lies not only in the idea, already laudable in itself, of giving a second life to malted barley residues that fermentation has not transformed into beer, but also in the use of technologically advanced systems capable of radically change the traditional production model by reducing production times and improving the organoleptic qualities of the product, while keeping its nutritional values intact. All this with a 60% saving in energy needs, a reduced CO2 impact, the recovery of the extracted water, the absence of the use of fossil fuels.
The circular economy of the Castelfranco Veneto (TV) start-up in Italy, starts from the territory. In order to be processed within 24 hours and to ensure the freshness and safety of the product, in the current start-up phase, the thresher is completely collected from local breweries. The products obtained with this flour are made by local ovens and producers selected for the quality of production and respect for the environment. The initial production capacity allows the company to position itself in small and medium-sized distribution chains with the immediate objective of entering the world of large-scale distribution.