Upcycled Foods, Inc. Expands Ingredient Portfolio Five New Ingredients Accelerate Nutritious and Sustainable Product Development


BERKELEY, CA – Upcycled Foods, Inc. is the leading innovation and ingredient platform for food manufacturers and food operators to activate the recycled category. Through a combination of internal innovation, strategic partnerships and supply chain agreements, the company is proud to formally introduce five new commercial ingredient solutions to the industry. Designed to be formulated into food and drink to add flavor, improve texture and naturally enhance nutrition, each ingredient offers a simple solution to drive recycled food innovation.

“We’re launching a series of new ingredients to offer more choices and drive product innovation at scale,” said Dan Kurzrock, co-founder and CEO of Upcycled Foods, Inc. “Our expanded ingredient portfolio combined with the category expertise of our Upcycled Food Lab is here to catalyze the industry.”

The new recycled ingredient solutions enable food manufacturers to tell a compelling sustainability story to their customers at a time when consumers are increasingly demanding it. 62% of consumers are willing to pay more for a product that prevents food waste.1 According to ReFED, upcycling is the number one solution for food waste.

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Additionally, most of the new ingredient solutions are made with ReGrained SuperGrain, an Upcycled Certified™ ingredient, making a food manufacturer’s new products eligible for certification, which will strengthen their story and competitive differentiation. Certification has been shown to increase consumer purchase intent by 54%, and food companies must apply through the Upcycled Food Association (an independent non-profit trade association).2 The new ingredients include:

SuperGrain Sourdough system

Development partner: Puratos

The power of sourdough elevates the flavor and performance of recycled grains in both industrial and artisanal applications. From bread to buns to pizza crusts and more, SuperGrain Sourdough System provides pure, elevated nutrition, superb taste and true shelf life in the baked goods category.

Upcycled Protein Crisp

Development partner: Kerry

This extruded crisp is ideal for nutrition and innovations in snack bars. Each serving of these plant-based puffed cereal bars has 40% protein, 16% fiber and 30% recycled content. Explore what this platform can do for you, from bars to bites to clusters and more.

SuperGrain Multigrain flakes

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Development partner: California Cereal Products

These recycled cereals go beyond conventional raw materials by providing superior texture, taste and appearance. Flakes contain 30% ReGrained SuperGrain and no added sugar. In addition, they deliver up to 3 times as much fiber as a conventional multigrain cereal and an authentic sustainability story.

Upcycled Arabica Coffee Leaf

A unique premium ingredient made from hand-picked leaves from the Arabica coffee plant, with light diffused caffeine, antioxidants and polyphenols. The product is available wholesale as loose leaf tea or liquid extract. Perfect for beverage applications such as kombucha, craft beer and non-alcoholic refreshments or as an alternative to matcha in baked goods. This recycled food ingredient also helps create year-round jobs during coffee’s off-season by generating a new stable source of income for smallholder farmers in Nicaragua.

Upcycled cocoa fruit syrup

This flavorful syrup is made from the incredible pulp of the cacao fruit from Ecuador that is discarded after its seeds have been extracted to make chocolate. Cacao fruit contains theobromine, a powerful antioxidant and natural stimulant similar to caffeine but without the potential side effects. This product has a wide range of uses from sour ale to sauces to marinades and more.

For more information and product specifications for all products, or to discuss potential R&D collaborations, visit UpcycledFoods.com and click on Partner Up!

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1 INNOVA Market Insights, 2021

2 Mattson Proprietary Research: “Upcycling: The Opportunity” April 2021

About Upcycled Foods, Inc.

Upcycled Foods, Inc. drives the upcycled B2B food economy with product development expertise, cutting-edge technology and a growing portfolio of ingredient solutions. With its innovation hub – the Upcycled Food Lab – the company leads the way for food manufacturers as the best development partner. Recycled products close the loop on some of the food system’s most overlooked and undervalued supply chains while delivering on taste, nutrition and functionality. The company launched with ReGrained SuperGrain, which catalyzed the growth of the upcycled food industry. Upcycled Foods Inc. is a proudly certified Public Benefit Corporation and 1% For The Planet member and a founding member of the Upcycled Food Association.

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