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RENEWAL MILL

Renewal Mill launched to tackle food waste
by transforming byproducts into nutritious,
functional ingredients.

months, animal-free dairy ice cream has
rolled out from brands including Brave
Robot, Graeter's and Nick's.
Perfect Day is set to announce additional products debuting this year, including, fittingly, an animal-free cream cheese.

The food waste fighters
Cookies, tortillas and baby food are
among products in the marketplace featuring okara flour, an upcycled ingredient
supplied by Renewal Mill. Okara is the
fiber-rich pulp left over from soy milk
and tofu production and was previously
discarded or used as animal feed.
Renewal Mill launched to tackle food
waste by transforming byproducts like
okara into nutritious, functional ingredients. Claire Schlemme, co-founder and
CEO, previously operated an organic juice
business and dreaded discarding too much
nutritious fruit and vegetable pulp left

Claire Schlemme, left,
and Caroline Cotto.

of the popularity
over from production.
of oat milk in
Okara flour has
this moment,
more fiber, protein
but also the
and calcium than
nutritional value
white flour with fewer
Renewal Mill's upcycled ingredients are used
of that product
net carbohydrates, yet
in products by companies like Pulp Pantry,
and the fact that
the ingredient offers
Humphry Slocombe, Fancypants Baking Co.
the processing
the same functionality,
and Tia Lupita Foods.
is very similar to
taste and price, accordokara. "
ing to Renewal Mill.
The oat milk flour is allergen-free and
It may be used in sweet and savory applicahigher in protein than the okara flour.
tions, pasta, biscuit mixes, cookies, sauces,
" We're seeing people make things like
pizza dough and extruded puff snacks.
high-protein pancakes, any sort of tradiRenewal Mill recently added its sectional baked good you're trying to boost the
ond upcycled ingredient to its portfolio, a
nutritional content of, " Ms. Cotto said. " It
flour based on the pulpy byproduct of oat
can also be used for thickening for sauces
milk processing.
and any sort of vegan meat application...
" Since our founding, Renewal Mill has
always wanted to be a next-generation ingre- We know it works for extrusions, snack
applications. Chips, crackers, as well as
dients company, so we were excited to bring
tortillas, flatbreads. "
on a new ingredient this year, " said Caroline
The company's upcycling process
Cotto, co-founder and chief operating
may be applied to numerous byproducts,
officer. " We've chosen it not only because
including carrot pulp, vanilla bean pulp
and the leftover cake from sunflower seed
oil production.
" There's a whole host of other
byproducts, " Ms. Cotto said. " Like pea
starch left over from pea milk and some
of the larger byproduct streams like
potato peels. "
Consumer adoption of upcycled
foods has increased in recent years.
Renewal Mill has been instrumental in
the founding of the Upcycled Food Association and the creation of the Upcycled
Certification Standard. Ms. Cotto is board
president of the Upcycled Food Association, which is educating consumers
about the climate benefits of reducing
food waste and facilitating partnerships
between upcycling brands during the
COVID-19 crisis.
Renewal Mill's okara flour has been
used in products by companies like Pulp

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