About us

Dihan Chandra, Managing Director

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What inspired you to start this business?

The initial spark was exploring whether my dog’s poo could be used to generate energy to power my house instead of having to pick it up. As it turns out, the answer is no–poo doesn’t produce enough energy. But I became fascinated with finding value in what other people consider waste.

A short while later, I had the privilege of working on a funding application in Sri Lanka that was a response to a United Nations call for practical solutions to deal with plastic ocean pollution. The range of creative solutions that were proposed, including some that made revenue from plastic pollution, was truly inspiring. It cemented my belief that reasonable, practical solutions to reducing waste while generating profits are within our reach.

Then, one night at my local pub talking to the brewery manager, I asked the question we’ve all been too shy to ask: What happens to all the grain used to make beer?

After learning that most spent grain, especially from smaller breweries, ends up in landfills, the Spent Goods Company was born.

What is your background?

In 2006, I started my first social enterprise, Organic Lifestyle, an ecommerce site based on my interest in offering alternative solutions to everyday toxin exposure. It has been profitable for the past 7 years.

Prior to that, I spent 18 years working as an IT Solutions Architect at IBM, where I project-managed teams, created global offerings, managed C-suite stakeholders to achieve buy-in, and met deliverables within specific timeframes.

Meet the team

Justine Geroche – Sales

Marcella Tomas – Sales

Sydney Baker  – Bookkeeping

Ai Morishita, Graphic Design

Miniature Massive – Brand Strategy

Natalia Pereira, Sustainability Consultant

Katrina McGuire, Researcher

Spent Goods Accomplishments

2018

February

  • Started to formalize ideas around Spent Goods
  • Initiated conversations with Henderson’s Brewery based on their interest to transform their spent grains into value

April

May

  • Initated partnership with Drake Commissary (bakery) based on their interest to promote and use locally sourced grains

June

  • Worked with Marc Van Beusekom, co-Founder of St John’s Bakery, to establish recipes and bread samples

August

  • First media mention of the Beer Bread sour by BlogTO during first pop-up at Henderson’s Brewery.
  • Initiated conversations with second bakery to make Toasted beer bread

September

  • Sale of organic sourdough Beer Bread via CSI Cafe
  • Submitted Walmart Food waste RFP proposing Bread -> Beer, partnering with Recycling Council of Ontario
  • Participated in our first Farmer’s Market @ Junction!

October

November

Photo Credit: Scott Morrison, @sustainabilty_certifications

December

2019

May 2019

January

  • Featured in NOW Magazine’s as food startup working on food waste
  • Accepted into Ryerson Social Venture Zone
  • Sale of organic sourdough Beer Bread via retail: Annex based Fiesta Farms. Read Fiesta Farm’s take on Spent Goods
  • Established partnership with Feedback App to ensure no Spent Goods ends up as food waste! They offer consumers favourable pricing to reduce food waste
  • Established partnership with Terus who provides consulting services to reduce waste and save money within the hospitality industry
  • Ended retail relationship with 4Lifenaturals in Kensington Market

February

Photo Credit: youthebest.ca
  • Sale of organic sourdough, Butter Beer Crisps and Toasted Bread in Junction based grocer – Sweet Potato

March

April

  • Sale of organic sourdough Beer Bread at The Big Carrot’s Danforth location
  • Pop up markets at Wychwood Barns, WeWork (1 University) and Allied Properties (134 Peter Street)

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May


  • Started working with Good Foot Delivery to help with just in time delivery and ability to help with packaging crisps


Friends of The Spent Goods Company whose guidance and support we truly appreciate:

Henderson Brewery Co

Drake Commissary

Toronto Environmental Alliance

City of Toronto, Unit for Research, Innovation & a Circular Economy

Marc van Beusekom, co-Founder of St John’s Bakery

Paul Cohen

Ecotone Software Consulting

Evergreen

Green Belt Markets

Building Roots

Summerlunch+

ZooShare

Just Be Woodsy

Dream Zero

Second Harvest

Good Foot Delivery

Kendal Hills Farm

Carrot Cache

For the Record Productions

Centre for Social Innovation Climate Venture’s Accelerator

Ryerson Social Venture Zone

Food Share

Organic Council of Ontario