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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 15 companies are listed in alphabetical order.

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


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.



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



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



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



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



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



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


The most used insects for processing are Black Soldier Fly, followed by the Housefly and Mealworm.


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



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



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)



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.



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 larvae frozen, grinded, defatted powder, purified oil, chitin, natural fertiliser (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



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



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



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


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.


  • 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 .

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