ReGrained, Kerry Launch 'Upcycled' Protein Crisp

The crisp is designed to add texture and nutrition when formulated into products.

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BERKELEY, Calif. – Upcycled Foods Inc. — dba ReGrained — is thrilled to announce the launch of the first value-added product the ingredient tech startup co-developed through partnership with Kerry: an upcycled protein crisp.

Designed to be formulated into products to add texture and nutrition,  the crisp’s familiar format provides food makers an easy solution to accelerate innovation of sustainable  food products. Upcycled foods are made from ingredients that would otherwise have ended up in a food  waste destination. The protein crisp is just the beginning of this collaboration, pairing together Upcycled Food Inc.'s expertise and recognition in upcycling with Kerry's formulation, application and category  expertise. 

Upcycled Food Inc. and Kerry developed the upcycled crisp to meet the rapidly increasing demand of food makers to create more environmentally sustainable products. Protein crisps were a natural starting  point for the two company’s ongoing commercial collaboration. Crisps deliver desired nutritional benefits  to consumers and are ubiquitous in a wide range of snack products — from bars and cereals to clusters to crunchy mixes and more. The companies immediately received interest from manufacturers for a product that would combine the flavor, nutrition and sustainability of ReGrained SuperGrainwith the textural benefits of a crisp.

The new protein crisps are now available through Kerry and are ready to elevate product innovation. 

“Our food manufacturer partners come to us searching for R&D expertise and ingredient solutions for new sustainable foods. Value-added ingredient applications like our new crisp offer a platform for finished product innovation, thus enabling more partners to have a bigger impact,” said Dan Kurzrock,  founder and CEO of Upcycled Foods. “Collaborating with Kerry exponentially amplifies our mission to better align the food we eat with the planet we love.” 

At a typical customer usage level, the crisp contains enough ReGrained SuperGrain+, an Upcycled Certified ingredient, to be eligible to apply to the Upcycled Food Association (an independent non-profit  trade association) for certification. The plant-based crisp delivers 40% protein and 16% fiber, suitable for vegetarian, vegan and kosher applications, and is made in the U.S.  

“We exist to be our customers’ most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition,” said John Kaufmann, senior director of business development with Kerry. “Innovating new upcycled ingredient solutions with Upcycled Food Inc.’s leadership enables us to develop exciting new food items that live up to this vision and move us towards our goal of reaching over 2 billion people with sustainable nutrition solutions by 2030.”

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