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Update: A-Z of insect protein/oil companies

Insect based ingredients as valuable additions to livestock and fish diets is a hot topic. But who is doing what and where? All About Feed has listed some of the top companies from around the world, active in producing insects or insect meal/oil for livestock and fish.

Insect protein companies are popping up everywhere around the world, although a lot of knowledge and companies are seen in the Netherlands and France. These 2 countries have been pioneering in insect research and production already from the very beginning of the insect-meal revolution. Most of the companies use the larvae of the Black Soldier Fly larvae (Hermetia illucens).

Photo: AgriProtein
Photo: AgriProtein

This species is also known for its high conversion rate from feed / substrate to protein. Also the housefly and mealworms are used quite often. Take a look at the list and graphics below to see who is doing what and where. The 19 companies are listed in alphabetical order.

Insect meal/oil producing companies are located around the world.


AGRIPROTEIN

Country: South Africa

Founded (year): 2008

Type of insects used: Black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: protein feed ingredient (MagMeal™), oil feed ingredient (MagOil™) and compost (MagSoil™)

Substrate used: pre- and post-consumer organic waste

Production capacity: greenfield factories will produce: per day, 16 metric tonnes (mt) protein feed ingredient, 9mt oil feed ingredient and 88mt compost.

Website: www.agriprotein.com


BIOFLYTECH

Country: Spain

Founded (year): 2012

Type of insects used: Black Soldier Fly larvae (Hermetia illucens) and Housefly (Musca Domestica)

Technology used: after five years of research in competitive industrial rearing, now in the process of finding investors to scale production according to world demands.

Production capacity: not yet

Website: www.bioflytech.com


ENTERRA FEED CORPORATION

Country: Canada

Founded (year): 2007

Type of insects used: Black Soldier Fly larvae (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: whole dried larvae, meal and oil

Substrate used: pre-consumer recycled food products

Technology used: proprietary insect rearing technology

Production capacity: confidential

Website: www.enterrafeed.com


ENTOBEL

Country: Vietnam

Founded (year): 2013

Insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: Insect meal, insect oil

Substrate used: EU Commission standards - no animal derived ingredients

Technology used: confidential

Production capacity: 24 tons of meal/year

Website: www.entobel.com


ENTOFOOD

Country: Malaysia

Founded (year): 2012

Type of insects: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: whole insect meal, defatted insect meal, insect oil

Substrate used: 100% vegetal substrate

Technology used: Entofood has developed a fully-automated processing line.

Production capacity: pilot production (2017) is 20 metric tons/year. To be upscaled in 2018 to 1,000 metric tons/year

Website: www.entofood.com


ENTOMO FARM

Country: France

Founded (year): 2014

Insects used: Mealworm (Tenebrio molitor)

Products sold: insect meal, insect oil, insect frass

Substrate used: bran

Technology used: only mechanical technologies are used by Entomo Farm for processing insect flour. IoT is used to control insect growing and production process.

Production capacity: 2,500 tons in 2018

Website: www.entomo.farm


ENVIROFLIGHT

Country: USA

Founded (year): 2009

Insect used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: dried BSF larvae, inset meal, insect oil, natural fertilizer

Substrate used: AAFCO approved ingredients

Technology used: proprietary

Production capacity: confidential

Website: www.enviroflight.net



F4F

Country: Chile

Founded (year): 2014

Type of insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: starter feed functional ingredients (fish and poultry), exotic pet snacks, fertilizer and feed development trials

Substrate used: pre consumer organic waste

Technology used: confidential

Production capacity: 100-150 mt per year for 2018

Website: www.f4f.cl


FAIR INSECTS

Country: Netherlands

Founded (year): 1985 (100% owned by Protix)

Insects used: Yellow Mealworm, cricket and locust

Products sold: various applications, meals, lipids, whole dried, whole dried grinded mainly for use in professional food applications. All certified

Substrate used: all EU approved

Technology used: confidential

Production capacity: confidential

Website: www.fairinsects.com


HERMETIA

Country: Germany

Founded (year): 2006

Type of insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: dried larvae, insect meal, insect oil, fertiliser

Substrate used: bruised rye

Technology used: self-developed bio reactors

Production capacity: 350 tonnes/year

Website: www.hermetia.de


INNOVAFEED

Country: France

Founded (year): 2015

Insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: defatted meal and purified fat of BSF larvae

Substrate used: 100% traceable feed-grade cereal by-products from GMP certified providers

Technology used: thermo-mechanical processes only, no solvent.

Production capacity: hundreds of tons of meal per year. Capacity is increased fivefold each year

Website: www.innovafeed.com


INSECTUM

Country: Lithuania

Founded (year): 2016

Insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: BSF larvae frozen, dried and/or defatted

Substrate used: former foodstuff including milk and eggs

Technology used: proprietary

Production capacity: 5 kg/day of live BSF larvae (building a new factory and plan to have about 1 ton/day in about 12-15 months)

Website: www.insectum.eu


KRECA

Country: Netherlands

Founded (year): 1978

Insects used: various

Products sold: 10 types of insects for animal nutrition (petfood)

Substrate used: GMP+ and vegetable streams only

Technology used: proprietary

Production capacity: 500 mt/year

Website: www.krecafeed.com


MULTIBOX

Country: United Kingdom

Founded (year): 2016

Type of insects used: Black Soldier Fly Larvae (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: protein feed ingredient, oil feed ingredient, frass and chitin

Substrate used: EU compliant substrates

Technology used: confidential

Production capacity: confidential

Website: www.multibox.farm


NEXTPROTEIN

Country: France/ Tunisia

Founded (year): 2015

Insects used: Black Solider Fly larvae

Products sold: insect protein meal, oil and fertiliser

Substrate used: organic inconsumable food matter

Technology used: proprietary

Production capacity: target of 1 tonne of insect protein daily, derived from 5-10 tonnes of inconsumable food matter by 2018. Current capacity: 30kg of insect larvae from 300kg of fruit and vegetable matter.

Website: www.nextprotein.co


NUTRITION TECHNOLOGIES

Country: Vietnam and Singapore

Founded (year): 2014

Type of insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: life and dried whole larvae, insect meal, de-fatted insect meal & enriched protein powder, oil and frass

Substrate used: EU quality standard (100% vegetal), Halal

Technology used: 100% proprietary system optimised for tropical conditions (mechanised & automated)

Production capacity: 800 mt annual production (2018), 2,400 mt annual production (2019)

Website: www.nutrition-technologies.co.uk


PROTI-FARM HOLDING NV

Country: Netherlands

Founded (year): 1978

Insects used: buffalo larvae (Alphitobius diaperinus, lesser mealworm) plus 10+ different insects for animal feed

Products sold: various applications with focus on food: buffalo’s frozen, freeze-dried, grinded (EntoPure)

Substrate used: all approved and 100% traceable vegetable and GMP+ feed streams

Technology used: proprietary, fully mechanised and automated on buffalo larvae, patents pending and filed

Production capacity: 2018: 5,000 mt/year, 2019 onwards: 60,000 mt/yr

Website: www.protifarm.com


PROTIX

Country: Netherlands

Founded (year): 2009

Insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: various applications, with focus on animal feed, food and crop growth

Substrate used: all EU approved

Technology used: confidential

Production capacity: confidential

Website: www.protix.eu


RIVER ROAD RESEARCH

Country: USA

Founded (year): 2009

Insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

Products sold: food waste stabilization, black soldier fly protein, fertilizer, biopolymers, pyomelanin, algae, chitin

Substrate used: food waste

Technology used: industrial fermentation, novel fly rearing techniques – 16 patents or patent applications in five main technology areas (pyomelanin production, dipteran fly rearing, algae production, food waste stabilization, and lithium ion battery safety)

Production capacity: Currently at pilot scale but expanding

Website: www.riverroadresearch.com


YNSECT

Country: France

Founded (year): 2011

Insects used: mealworm (Tenebrio molitor)

Products sold: protein, oil, frass

Substrate used: vegetal material only, like cereal by-products

Technology used: highly automated

Production capacity: confidential

Website: www.ynsect.com

This list does not intend to be a complete list of all the companies and start-ups around the world but is a selection made by All About Feed. This article will be updated on a regular basis (last update December 6,2017).

6 comments

  • fu wen jiang

    Why does not contain GzUnique,China insert company?

  • Emmy Koeleman

    Dear Fu Wen Jiang, as mentioned at the end of the article, this list is not a complete list of all insect meal/oil companies in the world, but a selection of the biggest and most advanced companies, that have presented their work/R&D extensively over the last months/years.

  • fang farm ytaf

    Have you guy heard of Langshi Insect Industy,they process defatted mealworm powder.but I do believe you will be surprised .

  • Dan Pullman

    Yes, not a complete list. Need to add Beta Hatch in US .. www.betahatch.com

  • Michel Sauvain

    Dear Editor
    Thank you for this list of the most advanced companies
    Our young company Bioconvertin is developing some applications in Peru . You can see some details in:
    www.bioconvertin.com

  • Emmy Koeleman

    Dear Dan and Michel, If you send an email to me: emmy.koeleman@proagrica.com I can send you information to be included in the next update of this list. Thanks, regards Emmy (editor All About Feed).

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