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25th January 2021  Content supplied by: Enterra Corporation

Insect Company Enterra Receives 6m CAD From Canadian Government to Upcycle Food Waste

Farming insects for food and feed can solve two pressing issues at once: producing a more sustainable form of animal protein and recycling food waste.

The Canadian government recognised this important role of the food industry, by granting Enterra Feed Corporation, a producer of ingredients for feed, aquaculture and pet food from the black soldier fly, funding for 6m CAD (€3,87m USD4,7m) to build a full-scale commercial facility and improve production capacity.

Enterra’s products include black soldier fly dried larvae, protein meal, fertiliser, and fat. The company developed proprietary farming methods (by) recycling food waste from local farms, grocery stores and food production facilities to feed insects. Its 17,500m2 production facility in Rocky View county, Alberta, is able to recycle more than 130 tonnes of food waste per day.

Enterra was founded in 2007 and was the first insect company in Canada licensed to use and commercially produce insects for animal feed. Its dry larvae already received the approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for use in feed for salmonids (salmon, trout, arctic char), tilapia and poultry and for use in salmonids in the US.

The funding was given under Canada’s AgriInnovate Programme, which provides repayable contributions for the development of projects that increase sector competitiveness and sustainability.

The initiative complements the Government of Canada's actions to reduce food waste. It is estimated that over half (35.5 million tonnes) of Canada's food supply is lost or wasted annually, and the value of the avoidable waste is $49.5 billion. The Government of Canada is also leading by example by investing $6.3 million to cut its own food waste in federal facilities.

"Our government wants to reduce food waste and we are counting on our entrepreneurs to help us get there. It is an important way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions while helping Canadian consumers save money. The Enterra model is very promising, and our investment will allow them to continue their launch,” said Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau.

"Our sustainable approach of using pre-consumer food waste and upcycling the nutrients allows valuable nutrients that are often left unutilized or underutilized to be captured. The resulting products are high-quality feed ingredients with unique beneficial properties that markets are demanding around the world. This work is revolutionary and now Enterra is a world leader in harnessing the power of insects to feed and care for the world,” said Keith Driver, Enterra’s President and CEO.



Date Published: 25th January 2021

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