Alex Villeneuve is a third year apprentice chef, recent graduate of the brewmaster and brewery-operations-management program at Olds College and director of Ceres Solutions Ltd. Alex’s passion for local and sustainable food, waste up-cycling, permaculture, and of course craft beer all played a role in the creation of his company. Ceres takes an innovative and environmentally conscious approach to adding value to the tons of spent grain produced as a by-product of the beer brewing process. Ceres uses these otherwise wasted spent grains as a substrate to cultivate gourmet mushrooms which can be sold to local restaurants and farmer’s markets. As a result of the mushrooms’ growth, the protein content of the spent grain substrate is drastically increased making it a valuable animal feed. Alex’s company has won a number of prestigious awards since its incorporation in 2015 and has been featured in media profiles across the country including Macleans, CBC, Canadian Living, and The Walrus.
View Ceres’ promotional video at http://www.ceres-ab.com