All beer is made from four ingredients - water, carbohydrates, hops and yeast. In ancient Babylonian times, they would use bread as the carbohydrate source as a way to preserve a food prone to spoilage. When Tristram Stuart, founder and CEO of Toast Ale, first heard about this recipe he realized he had found the perfect project to go all in on.
Toast takes leftover bread from bakeries and sandwich shops and turns it into delicious beer. The company has open sourced its recipe and encourages franchises and partnerships in other cities and countries. They have partnerships in New York City, Iceland, South Africa, and Brazil, with further plans to expand. All proceeds go to Tristram's charity Feedback.
Louisa Ziane is the Chief Financial Officer and Brand Manager for Toast Ale UK. She went from working in finance to the Carbon Trust and eventually landing the opportunity to help Tristram start Toast from the ground up. Louisa shares with us some incredibly inspiration stories about how she chose her current career path and how she made huge pivots in her life.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
- The Carbon Trust
- Impossible Burger
- WASTED! A Story of Food Waste
- Dan Barber of Blue Hill
- WastED London
- Tea People
- Change Please
- Moon Cups
Toast Ale is hiring in the UK and across their global partners. Check it out.
We're also gearing up for our screening of WASTED! A Story of Food Waste that Toast and Tristram Stuart are featured in. The screening will be held on Tuesday, April 10th at the Kickstarter HQ in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Tickets include Toast beer and other sustainable beverages and food. We will have special early bird pricing specifically for Trash Talking listeners, so sign up for the mailing list and be the first to know. There are limited spots and we anticipate the event selling out.
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