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What's Bugging You? a NewProtein Special Focus on Insect Protein


Insect protein has emerged as a promising alternative to traditional protein sources, offering both environmental advantages and nutritional benefits. From an environmental standpoint, insect production requires significantly less land, water, and feed compared to conventional livestock farming. This reduces the environmental footprint associated with protein production, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving precious natural resources.

Moreover, insect protein is a nutritional powerhouse, boasting an impressive protein content of 50-70% by dry weight. It also contains all essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. Additionally, insects are a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc, and vitamin B12. These nutrients play crucial roles in various bodily functions, contributing to overall health and well-being.

Challenges and Opportunities

Despite its numerous advantages, insect protein faces certain challenges and opportunities. Consumer acceptance remains a hurdle, as some individuals may harbor misconceptions or concerns about consuming insects. Addressing these concerns through education and promoting the benefits of insect protein is crucial for wider adoption.

Evidence suggests that those with a shellfish allergy will be susceptible to allergic reactions should they eat insect protein; therefore, allergen labelling will be essential.

Regulatory frameworks also need to be established to ensure the safety and quality of insect protein products, and this is happening. In July 2022, we reported that the lesser mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus) has become the fourth insect to receive a positive assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for human consumption.

Yet despite these challenges, the insect protein market is poised for significant growth, driven by several key trends. The rising demand for protein, fueled by population growth and changing dietary patterns, presents a strong opportunity for insect protein. Additionally, increasing consumer awareness of sustainability is driving a shift towards eco-friendly food choices, making insect protein more appealing. Further, growing recognition of insect protein's nutritional value is gaining traction among consumers and food manufacturers alike. Technological advancements in insect production are also paving the way for more efficient and cost-effective production methods, making insect protein more competitive with traditional protein sources.

In this NewProtein special focus, you'll find information on producers of yellow mealworms, black soldier flies, and crickets.  There are details of manufacturing facilities, ingredients for aquaculture, animal feed and pet food, food ingredients, food regulation, insect-rearing training providers, and equipment suppliers.

Insect Rearing and Processing

Divaks Selects Bühler to Develop its First Industrial-scale Yellow Mealworm Plant

Divaks Selects Bühler to Develop its First Industrial-scale Yellow Mealworm Plant

Scheduled to go into operation in 2025, the plant will produce up to 15,000 tonnes of yellow mealworm, which is an environmentally friendly, nutritious protein source with applications in a range of foodstuffs and premium pet foods. Meet Divaks at FiE booth #3.0A200
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Entobel Sets Industry Record With Largest Insect Protein Production Plant in Asia

Entobel Sets Industry Record With Largest Insect Protein Production Plant in Asia

Transforming the insect protein landscape the facility will supply sustainable feed ingredients to the rapidly growing aquaculture and pet food industries.
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Insect Genetics and Advanced Production Technology Increases Competitiveness of BSF Industry

Insect Genetics and Advanced Production Technology Increases Competitiveness of BSF Industry

Buhler and NRGene partnership will work towards integrating production equipment and tailor made high-performance BSF strains into a customized solution that ensures cost-effective industrial scale production from the start.  
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Arla Foods Ingredients Reduces Waste by Partnering With ENORM Insect Farm

Arla Foods Ingredients Reduces Waste by Partnering With ENORM Insect Farm

Arla Foods Ingredients estimates that by supplying Delactosed permeate (DLP) to ENORM for use as feed for Black Soldier Fly larve, the partnership will enable its Denmark Protein facility to achieve a significant (16%) reduction in food waste.
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Nasekomo Insect Center of Excellence (NICE) End-to-End Solutions for the Bioconversion Industry

Nasekomo Insect Center of Excellence (NICE) End-to-End Solutions for the Bioconversion Industry

Pioneering the future of sustainable food ecosystems, the Bulgarian scale-up Nasekomo has launched operations in its new demo facility, producing insect ingredients for petfood, animal feed and soil fertilizers.
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Increased Demand is Expected to Drive Exponential Growth in the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Market

Increased Demand is Expected to Drive Exponential Growth in the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Market

The 3rd issue of Beta Bugs covers Pronuvo, BSF farmers in Costa Rica, an overview of the EU’s SUSINCHAIN project, perspectives on insect farming from retail giant Tesco, Black Soldier Fly genetics, and regulatory landscapes.
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Tyson Foods and Protix Join Forces

Tyson Foods and Protix Join Forces

Tyson Foods has teamed up with Protix for more sustainable protein production.  The partnership includes the formation of a JV for the construction of an insect ingredient facility, in the United States, and underscores Tyson Foods’ commitment to continuous innovation and business growth.
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Insect Proteins for Pet Food and Animal Feed

Ÿnsect Launches Sprÿng: New Sustainable Insect-Based B2B2C Protein for Pet Foods

Ÿnsect Launches Sprÿng: New Sustainable Insect-Based B2B2C Protein for Pet Foods

Made using the Molitor mealworm, the ingredients are natural, highly nutritious, and healthy, and can be used in the production of dry and wet pet food. The ingredients boast the highest protein content in the insect market (up to 71%), low ash content (less than 5%), and linolenic acids.
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Palatability Test Shows ‘Pawsitive’ Results for Insect-based Pet Food

Palatability Test Shows ‘Pawsitive’ Results for Insect-based Pet Food

In this test, both cats and dogs ate up their pet food formulation containing 60% PureeX, a fresh insect meat made from the black soldier fly. PureeX is a true innovation in pet food as it is minimally processed and maximally nutritious.
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Food Ingredients

Divaks Unveiled Innovative Texturized Insect Protein at Fi Europe

Divaks Unveiled Innovative Texturized Insect Protein at Fi Europe

Divaks has launched their Texturized Insect Protein at FI Europe, a versatile, sustainable ingredient blending yellow mealworm powder and pea proteins for enhanced taste and nutrition in meat and alternative meat products.
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EU Grown and Milled Cricket Flour: A Sustainable Clean Label Protein Source

EU Grown and Milled Cricket Flour: A Sustainable Clean Label Protein Source

Eurocrickets offers food processors flour made from crickets (Acheta Domesticus) which has over 64% protein and is very rich in saturated fatty acids, vitamins, etc. The crickets have been fed on cereal-based, 100% vegetable, soy, and GMO-free diet, without fish meal or other additives.
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Understanding the Regulatory Landscape

What You Need to Know About Insects as Novel Food

What You Need to Know About Insects as Novel Food

Do you have food safety questions about edible insects?  Here R-Biopharm consider the potential implications of insects on the menu.
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EFSA Podcast Considers - Is it Crunch Time for Insects?

EFSA Podcast Considers - Is it Crunch Time for Insects?

Listen to this episode of EFSA's Science on the Menu podcast and hear Ermolaos Ververis explain how EFSA’s novel foods team assesses whether foods such as insects are safe.
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Insect Rearing: Training Providers and Equipment Suppliers

Insect Engineers Launch Insect School Website

Insect Engineers Launch Insect School Website

Founded by Insect Engineers, the Insect School website will foster knowledge sharing and the of development of black soldier fly (BSF) farming expertise.
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Divaks Unveiled Innovative Texturized Insect Protein at Fi Europe

Divaks Unveiled Innovative Texturized Insect Protein at Fi Europe

Divaks has launched their Texturized Insect Protein at FI Europe, a versatile, sustainable ingredient blending yellow mealworm powder and pea proteins for enhanced taste and nutrition in meat and alternative meat products.
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Nasekomo and Siemens Bulgaria Partner on Digitalization of Insect Biotransformation

Nasekomo and Siemens Bulgaria Partner on Digitalization of Insect Biotransformation

The initial phase of the collaboration will focus on establishing a state-of-the-art breeding center to provide a sustainable supply of young insects for the network of bioconversion factories.
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Date Published: 4th December 2023



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