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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 26 companies are listed in alphabetical order.

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


ALAPRE

Country: Colombia

Founded (year): 2014

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

Products sold: insect meal and compost sold under the trademark “ENTHOS”

Substrate used: organic waste and animal by-products

Production capacity: Pilot II project, 6 tons of meal/day

Website: www.insectmeal.com.co


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


GLOBAL BUGS

Country: Sweden/Thailand

Founded (year): 2016

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

Products sold: cricket powder and snacks

Substrate used: initially Ecological Cricket Feed

Technology used: Confidential

Production capacity: initially 32 ton raw crickets per annum

Website: www.globalbugs.asia


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


NEXTALIM

Country: France

Founded (year): 2013

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

Products sold: Insect fertilizer, BSF live or dried, BSF defatted proteins and BSF oil

Substrate used: 100% traceable EU approved by-products

Technology used: proprietary technology, LT process of the larvae, without solvent

Production capacity: 10 tons larvae per day (2018)

Website: www.nextalim.com


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


NUSECT

Country: Belgium

Founded (year): 2004

Type of insects used: Locusta Migratoria en Molitor tenebrio

Products sold: Whole insects

Substrate used: All GMP certified ingredients

Production capacity: Mealworms: 60 ton a year. Locusta: +/- 1 ton a year

Website: www.nusect.be


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


TOPINSECT

Country: Belgium

Founded (year):

Insects used: Buffalo worms

Products sold: Whole insects, live and frozen

Substrate used: GMP certified feed products

Production capacity: 30 ton a year

Website: www.topinsect.be


UNIQUE

Country: China

Founded (year): 2014

Insects used: Black Soldier Fly ((Hermetia illucens))

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

Substrate used: AAFCO approved ingredients

Technology used: confidential

Production capacity: 100 ton per month

Website: www.gzunique.com.cn


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 April 24, 2018).

12 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).

  • fu wen jiang

    UNIQUE
    Country: China

    Founded (year): 2014

    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: 100 ton per month

    Website: www.gzunique.com.cn

  • NextAlim

    Country: FRANCE
    Founded (year): 2013
    Type of insects used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)
    Products sold: Insect fertilizer, BSF live or dried, BSF defatted proteins and BSFoil.
    Substrate used: 100% traceable EU approved by-products.
    Technology used: proprietary technology, LT process of the larvae, without solvent.
    Production capacity: 10 tons larvae per day (2018).
    Website: www.nextalim.com

  • Arnold Tanoy

    Hi, any suppliers here who distribute or have carriers in the Philippines? I would like to inquire more on the potential of insect meal as a major component as protein source in animal feeds.

  • RP Pat

    Hi. Can somebody please tell me the EU rules for what insects are allowed to be grown as feed for poultry and cattle which will be finally consumed by humans and what these insects are allowed to be fed. Also could someody please tell me the EU rules for for what insects are allowed to be grown as feed for aquaculture and also what these insects can be fed. Also when looking at the substrates used to grow the insects on the list above it says EU approved; what are these things and also what are 100% traceable vegetable and GMP+ feed streams?

  • Stephen Seah

    BIOCYCLE INDONESIA

    Country: Indonesia

    Founded (year): 2017

    Insect used: Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens)

    Products sold: dried BSF larvae, BSF eggs, natural fertilizer

    Substrate used: Palm Kernel Meal, 100% zero foodwaste

    Technology used: proprietary

    Production capacity: 100 ton per month

    Website: www.biocycleindo.com

  • fu wen jiang

    Thank you for your support, the currenttly UNIQUE BSFL(dry)production reached one hundred tons a month, food-grade raw materials, safety exports, indicators meet the US FDA, EU standards, welcome to purchase, Fu Wenjiang email: scaufuwenjiang@163.com

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