Chinova Bioworks launches research initiative with college to develop vegan beer


FREDERICTON, New Brunswick, Sep 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Vegan beer drinkers will soon be able to brew a beer to celebrate Chinova Bioworks has just launched a major research initiative with the INNOV center of the Collège Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB), supported by the Innovation Voucher Fund of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation to develop new support for exciting transformation for vegan beers.

Chinova leverages its clean ingredient expertise at CCNB’s Grand Falls campus, which has been developing technology around brewing and distillation for years. The research project aims to develop a new application for Chinova’s proprietary white button mushroom fiber, Chiber, as a rapid sizing agent for breweries. The initiative comes at a time when many breweries are striving to switch to vegan practices to meet consumer demand for healthier and more sustainable products.

“People are looking for vegan and plant-based options for every aspect of their lifestyle, so we are committed to innovating and delivering sustainable solutions based on our button mushroom fiber technology,” said David Brown, COO and co -Founder of Chinova Bioworks. . “Alcoholic beverages, especially beer, are plagued with the use of animal and synthetic ingredients, and we believe we can have a big impact here with Chiber.”

Many brewed beers and other alcoholic beverages contain animal compounds that are added throughout the production process. For example, many include pepsin, a foaming agent obtained from gastric enzymes from pigs; chitin, derived from lobster and crab shells; as well as carmine, which is found in the crushed scales of mealybugs. Another commonly used compound is isinglass, a kind of gelatin obtained from the swim bladders of fish. All of these are often used in the process of producing and filtering alcohol to make drinks clearer and brighter. Chinova’s technology is said to provide brewers with a vegan alternative to animal-based fining agents, glass glue and synthetic PVPP (polyvinylpolypyrrolidone) which has long been used in the beverage industry as a processing aid.

Early results show that Chiber works eight times faster to decant yeast after fermentation and, as an added bonus, may leave residual antimicrobial benefits in beer, making it stay fresher for longer. Chinova aims to launch Chiber for alcoholic beverages in the first quarter of 2022 and is currently working with early adopters for market testing, while actively seeking more innovative companies to participate in the initiative.

Chiber is an economical and natural solution for the brewing industry. It is a pure fiber extracted from the stems of button mushrooms and which does not contain any allergenic material of the fungus. Chiber is odorless and tasteless and does not alter the taste, color or consistency of the drink. Chinova Bioworks is a food technology company headquartered in New Brunswick, Canada, with five years of experience developing natural preservatives and clean mushroom extracts for the food and beverage industry. Chiber is Certified Vegan, Kosher, Halal, Organic Compliant, GMO Free, Allergen Free, Paleo, Keto Compatible, Low FODMAP, Gluten Free, Whole 30, Sodium Free. To learn more or be part of Chiber’s Vegan Alcohol Research Initiative, visit:

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