Student Launches Brewing Company Using Discarded Supermarket Bread
An innovative student has launched his very own brewing company with a twist, creating carbon negative beer from discarded supermarket bread.
Dimitris-Marios Stoidis hopes to offset one million kilograms of CO2 by 2022 with his new pale ale, Dough Dough, which uses wasted bread and other discarded food.
Each pint saves 160g of CO2 from the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of driving 1.5km in a car.
According to food waste charity WRAP, 1.9 million tonnes of food are wasted every year in the UK - with bread alone making up 900,000 tonnes of this.
But now Stoidis, 23, is hoping his product will help reduce this, while also ensuring Brits still have delicious beers to quaff.
And it seems others have faith in his business, Future Brew, as he's just managed to scoop a £20,000 investment for the venture from business gurus at a Dragons' Den-style event.
Stoidis, an engineering student, currently sells the beer across Southhampton, Hampshire, where he's currently at university.
But he hopes that the funding boost will help him expand to shops and supermarkets across the UK.
Stoidis said: "This investment will help us expand our operations and provide our product to beer lovers across the UK.
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"I am so excited with everything that we have achieved so far, from providing ingredients for 8,500 meals to the most in need during the lockdown to have saved over 11.5 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.
"This investment will help us upscale our production, access big retailers and supermarkets and increase our impact across Southampton and the UK in the future."
The two businessmen who decided to make an offer to invest in Future Brew are Chris Broad, former Apple head honcho, and Andrew Doe, serial digital entrepreneur and founder of confetti.co.uk.
Ben Clark, director of the event where Stoidis secured the investment, said: "There are moments when a single encounter can be life-changing.
"Future Worlds Dragons' Den is such a moment for some of the immensely talented founders that pitch in front of four millionaire investors who have offered more than £500,000 investment to student startups live on stage and propelled founders on to international success."
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