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Meet Faranak

Faranak Sharifi is a third-year student who is studying computing at Queen’s University. Faranak started Cromble, with her two co-founders, Evan Mackenzie and Janki Patel on June 1st, 2019. Cromble works magic with spent grain, which is the resulting product of the brewing process. Spent grain, unlike grain, is actually better for us because it has 20% protein, 70% fiber, and less fats. We use it to make delicious and nutritious granola products, so keep a lookout for our BrewBites!



We asked Faranak some questions about the journey and Cromble, and here is what she had to say:


Where did you get the inspiration to start this hustle?

The inspiration came from the tremendous amount of food that is wasted every year.


What’s the big idea?

To rescue brewer's spent grain and use it as feed to sustainable farms, such as insect farming. The mission of Cromble is to reduce food waste by encouraging a circular economy!


What was the biggest challenge you faced starting the company?

The biggest challenge they are facing currently is trying to figure out what is the best way to go forward as a company; trying to tackle logistics first, or drying, or both.


Where do you see the company in 5 years/what are your plans/goals for the future?

In five years, Cromble would ideally be the brewer's spent grain management company in Kingston. It would be able to successfully divert 100% of brewer's spent grain in Kingston to sustainable uses.


Do you have any calls to action for our readers?

If you have any input for us, feel free to shoot us a message!


To learn more about Cromble, visit their website at www.cromble.ca !

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