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Distillery Based On Discarded Bread Offers Two Key Benefits

August 18, 2017: 12:00 AM EST
A start-up distillery in California has come up with a novel scheme to make money while cutting food waste. The idea is to turn bread products that can no longer be given away into vodka. Misadventure & Co. picks up a thousand pounds of bread from a local food bank each week. The bread is past its expiration date, but still useable. It is combined in a giant blender, and mashed into a sort of sweet porridge. Yeast is added to eat the sugar and create alcohol. This “bread beer” is heated to extract the alcohol that is eventually turned into vodka. The bread products from the food bank are free, so the beverages made can be sold for less. And it’s also keeping tons of food out of landfills.
Greg Bledsoe, "Your Corner: Turning Old Cupcakes and Bread Into Vodka", NBC San Diego, August 18, 2017, © NBCUniversal Media, LLC
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