Denise obtained her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan. During graduate school she learned that the only thing better than drinking beer, is making it!
For the past 4 years she has refined her beer craft. She quickly discovered not only was the end product delicious, each brew created "spent" grain that was reminiscent of oatmeal.
Realizing the LARGE amount of “spent” grain, she began to research if the grain could be used as a delicious snack. Through trial and error and the help of her parents, they created Anu snacks!
Microbreweries produced a large amount of "spent" grain on a weekly basis.
The grain is called spent because over 80% of its sugars are extracted to make beer. Once sugars are extracted, the grain serves no other purpose for the brewers.
Surprisingly there are still some beneficial uses of the spent grain!
"Spent" grain has low amounts of sugar yet high levels of fiber and other proteins that promote a healthy gut.
We combine the grain from breweries with other products (e.g., dried fruit and nuts) that contain antioxidants and vitamins.
We re-purpose this grain into delicious, tasty, and nutritious snacks.
Our mission has three parts:
Reduce food waste and increase food sustainability in our community.
Educate the public about re-purposed food and demonstrate its nutritional value.
Provide a nutritional utopia of various snack items.
Anu will release the following products in 2018
Simple blend of spent grain, chopped walnuts, and almonds. With under 5g of sugar it’s a satisfying nutty snack that only seems indulgent.
Spent grain is paired with dried cherries and chopped almonds. These bars are filled with antioxidants.
A berry-laden bar with crunchy walnuts. This is a wholesome snack you can enjoy anywhere, anytime.
For the extreme health nut, this bar contains no dried fruit just chia and flax seeds to boost heart health in a delicious and balanced snack.
You don't have to wait until the fall for acaramel apple! This bite contains dried red delicious apple chunks topped with caramel and sea salt.
Looking for something with a little kick of tart? Try the berrylicious bites which are bursting with flavor from dried cranberries and almonds.
From our market research analysis, we discovered the biggest concern is taste - this is due to the use of re-purposed food.
Thus far we have had over 200 people try our bites!
"I hate overly sweet snacks but Anu bars have the right amount of sweetness."
"Love the texture!"
"I was interested because of the story but once I tasted the bars I was sold."
"Taste is fantastic! Best bar I have ever tasted."
"Love the use of natural ingredients and being able to see all of the ingredients."
"Extremely tasty - great ratio of dried fruit to nuts."
"Solid crunch, definitely would take these on hiking trips!"
"Full of flavor and I still felt healthy after eating."