What is Canvas?

CANVAS is a sustainable, barley based beverage made from ‘Saved Grain.’ Our barley milks are designed to offer balanced nourishment to help support a health-conscious lifestyle. While we believe that Canvas is a nutritious beverage, it is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

How did you create Canvas?

We designed Canvas alongside nutritionists, food scientists, chefs, and friends just like you. Together, our goal was to create a beverage that offers balanced nutrition, celebrates the natural goodness of barley, tastes absolutely delicious, and maximizes the potential of an underutilized source of plant fiber and protein.

We combined saved grain with other carefully selected ingredients, to offer the right kind of micro- and macronutrients to help support a health-conscious lifestyle. Our barley milks offer a rich source of dietary fiber, a convenient source of complete protein, medium-chain fatty acids, and a blend of delicious ingredients.

What does being a sustainable business mean to Canvas? 

Our business is driven first and foremost by our desire to do good and to create a positive impact that stretches far beyond the shelf. In fact, it’s the reason why we created Canvas in the first place, as we saw the opportunity to make a significant contribution to a few major social issues: approximately 40% of our world’s food supply goes to waste, almost half of the world’s population is malnourished (either from overfeeding or underfeeding), and animal protein production can’t keep up with the rate of population growth (nor is it environmentally sustainable). We believe that we all make better choices when we know better and when we have access to the right resources, which is why we are committed to expanding access to good nourishment.

Sustainability and responsibility are core values that drive who we are and what we do. We believe in finding the good – the opportunity to do good – in everything. As we grow, our focus will continue to be on how we can improve our environmental footprint – from packaging, to our supply chain, our energy use, and waste streams. Stay tuned and join us on this journey towards a better future!

Who is Canvas?

Canvas was founded in New York in 2017 by Sarah Pool, a health food entrepreneur, and Jason Stamm, an innovation director in craft beer supply. Combining their passion for food and beverage with a dream for creating upcycled value streams in the food system, they set out to expand access to convenient, plant-based nourishment. Canvas is an independent company within ZxVentures, the venture group of AB InBev.

When do I drink Canvas?

Canvas was created to provide balanced nutrition to help support a healthy and active lifestyle – anytime, anywhere. We love to drink it for breakfast or as convenient, hassle-free nutrition anytime throughout the day.

What is barley?

Barley is a major cereal grain grown across the globe. It is an ancient grain, cultivated for the last 10,000 years, and is used as a key ingredient in various staple foods as well as brewing and distilling.

Barley is also well known for its wonderful nutritional qualities. It is a rich source of dietary fibers like beta-glucans and arabinoxylans, which may help support digestive health, heart health, and overall well-being. While we believe that Canvas is a nutritious beverage, it is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

What is ‘Saved Grain’?

‘Saved Grain’ is brewers spent grain that has been upcycled into nutrition for human consumption.  

What is spent grain?

Spent grain refers to grain produced as a byproduct of the beer brewing process. The starch from the barley grain goes into the process of making beer. The leftover protein and fiber in the grain is what constitutes “spent grain.”

How do you process your spent grain?

We apply a special lactic acid fermentation process.


Do your products contain alcohol?

Our beverages do not contain alcohol. Even though our spent grain comes from the beer brewing process, it is never a part of the actual liquid beer that contains alcohol.


Where do you source your spent grain?

We are proud to partner with Anheuser Busch InBev to source our high quality spent barley grain. AB InBev produces approximately 3 billion pounds of spent grain each year.


How much spent grain is created in the world every year?

Approximately 8 billion pounds of spent grain are produced across the globe every year. AB InBev produces approximately 3 billion pounds of spent grain annually, >95% of which currently goes to feed livestock.


Are you taking a food source away from livestock by using the spent grain to create Canvas?


Traditionally, spent grain goes to feed livestock or because it is highly perishable, it simply goes to waste. Our goal is to do our part to upcycle as much of it that would go to waste as possible, while honoring the long-standing relationships farmers have with breweries. We are just one part of the ecosystem, aiming to expand access to good nourishment.


Where is Canvas made?


Canvas Barley Milks are made in the United States.


Why is it called milk?


Plant milk has been around for centuries, consumed in different cultures around the world. Some popular plant milks include soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, and now – barley milk. It is often consumed as a regular drink, sometimes as a substitute for dairy milk because of dietary issues like lactose intolerance, or because of lifestyle preferences (i.e. veganism).

Are your drinks vegan?


Yes – all of our barley drinks are vegan, plant-based, and dairy free.


Are your drinks gluten free?


No, but because grains can be an essential part of a balanced diet for many people (not not those who are gluten-intolerant), our beverages are not gluten free. The gluten in our beverages comes from the saved barley grain.


Do any of your beverages contain dairy, soy, or refined sugars?


None of our barley milks contain dairy, soy, or refined sugars.


Are your products certified organic? Are they certified Non-GMO?

Though we are not Certified Organic or Certified Non-GMO at this time, we are committed to delivering a great product made from ingredients you know and trust. One of Canvas’ central aims it to create reputable and widely accessible plant-based nutrition products that are clean label. We meticulously and thoroughly source all of our ingredients to ensure the highest quality standards.

What is fiber?

Dietary fiber is a nutrient in plant foods that travels through our digestive system and helps speed up the elimination of toxins in our colon. It is found in various foods, particularly cereal grains like barley. Studies have shown that a diet high in fiber may help support the reduction of blood sugar levels, appetite, the risk for diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

How much fiber per 12 oz bottle?


Our Barley Milks contain between 11 and 15 grams of fiber per bottle, and a mix of both insoluble and soluble fiber. The Daily Value of fiber is 28 grams.


What type of protein is in Canvas? 

Spent grain isolate is the primary source of protein in our barley milks. By combining grain and legume (peas) protein sources we are able to achieve a complete plant protein. A complete protein is a protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids.

Our Barley Milk flavors contain between 7 and 10 grams of protein per bottle.


What are MCTs?


MCTs are Medium Chain Triglycerides. This type of fat is quickly digested into ketones, which can be used as a source of energy. They occur naturally in coconut.


What type of sugar do you use?

We use coconut sugar. Coconut sugar comes straight from the sap of coconut palm, is minimally processed, contains important minerals and nutrients, and is low in fructose (3% to 9%). Regular cane sugar is about 50% fructose, while agave is 70% to 97% fructose.


What accounts for the sodium content in your products?

The sodium comes from sea salt, which contains minerals and is used to emphasize certain flavors in our ingredients.

Do any of these beverages contain caffeine?

Yes! They do. Our Cold Brew Latte contains 123 mg/12 oz bottle, our Matcha contains 70 mg/12 oz bottle, and our Cocoa contains 19 mg/12 oz bottle.

What are the “natural flavors” listed on your ingredients list?


Our natural flavors are a blend of natural food extracts, made from real food ingredients to emphasize and enhance flavor. Our special and proprietary blend differentiates Canvas from other beverages.


Where does the matcha in your Matcha flavor come from?

Our matcha comes from Japan.


What kind of coffee do you use in your cold brew coffee?

Our coffee is made with Fair Trade certified coffee from countries such as Colombia, El Salvador, and Guatemala.


Do all of your barley milks contain Tree Nuts?


Yes. Each of our barley milks contain tree nuts (coconut and cashews).


How are your products processed or treated?

Our products are homogenized and pasteurized for quality and safety. In homogenization, pressure is applied to the beverage to prevent separation and ensure consistency. We pasteurize our products to ensure food safety, which is the standard for alternative dairy free milk products.


How long do your products stay fresh?


Our products should be consumed by their expiration date, which can be found on the bottle, and should always be kept refrigerated. We recommend drinking them within 7 days of opening.

Does my product need to be refrigerated before opening?

Yes – our barley milks are perishable and must always remain refrigerated. Please refrigerate as soon as you receive them and refrigerate them after opening. Consume within 7 days of opening. 


Are your bottles recyclable?


Yes, they are (#1 PET). Please recycle according to your local recycling program.


How do you ship the barley milk?

We ship the barley milk in an environmentally responsible alternative to Styrofoam. Our recyclable corrugated boxes contain an insulation made from cotton fibers. The bottles are kept cold with frozen gel packs. 


Is the barley milk shipped to me in styrofoam?

We never use Styrofoam to ship the barley milk. We use foam free packaging, made from cotton fibers.


How do I properly throw away the packaging?

Please recycle the cardboard according to your local recycling program. For the cotton insulation, tear the thin polyfilm away from the cotton fiber and recycle the plastic (#4) according to your local recycling program. The cotton fiber is biodegradable, so just toss in the trash. We recommend freezing and reusing the gel packs.