Sustainability continues to be making waves in South Korea as more companies embrace eco-friendly practices – recently three companies launched snacks and beverages made from recycled food by-products.
First up is CJ Cheiljedang Corporation, which has introduced a snack using cracked rice and pureed soybean.
Cracked rice, also known as broken rice, is a recycled food from grains that were snapped or modified during processing and are deemed too unappealing to sell to consumers.
Another South Korean food giant, Nongshim Kellog, is also making strides by releasing a granola cereal with wheat bran.
Wheat bran is a common by-product of wheat, previously discarded but not used as an ingredient in other food due to its high-dietary fibre and vitamin content.
Last but not least, joining the cause is Orienta Brewery, which partnered with local startup Re:Harvest to develop the Hanmac Renergy Cracker, made with brewer’s spent grain (BSG).
BSG is the main by-product derived from the brewing industry, accounting for 85 per cent of the total waste generated, an estimated 39 million tonnes yearly.
These new recycled food products from South Korea are just three out of many, paving the way for more eco-friendly food options worldwide, showing that sustainability can still be both delicious and profitable.