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Farming insects for animal feed could potentially use less land and water than conventional feed crops such as soya and grain and, importantly, help with food waste management. Regulatory change, however, is required in most markets before insect derived feedstuffs become a reality.

Insect meal producer, Entobel, seeking additional investment, partner

Vietnam based insect feed producer, Entobel, won the final of the Aquaculture Innovation Challenge held in Ho Chi Minh City last week. 

Earthworm meal and vermi-humus may boost broiler performance, gut health

Feeds with earthworm meal and vermi-humus may improve broiler feed efficiency, growth and gut health, say researchers.

Insects are a promising alternative source of proteins: FEFAC

The inclusion of insect meal could further contribute to the sustainable development of EU aquaculture, in the long term, says the EU compound feed manufacturing trade group, FEFAC.

Special Edition: Feed Processing Technology

Will blue protein plug the gap in organic pig and poultry production?

Organic pig and poultry producers in Europe face a lack of organic protein sources. Mussels and starfish may fit well as future feedstuffs for that segment but there are challenges...

European seabass production sustained when insects partially replace fishmeal in diets

Black soldier fly pre-pupae meal offers a partial alternative to fishmeal use in the diets of farmed European seabass, according to a new study.

Insect feed market forecast to top $1bn by 2022

The size of the insect feed market is predicted to top $1bn by 2022, according to a new report.

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

Insect protein production offers ‘viable alternative to landfill’

Organic waste is the opportunity, says Jason Drew, co-founder of the Cape Town headquartered AgriProtein, as he predicts huge growth for the insect protein industry over the next 10 to 15 years.

Special Edition: Protein Alternatives

Mealworm meal supports shrimp growth, development

Farmed shrimp may be set to see a change in menu options from fishmeal to mealworm meal, as the alternative feed ingredient supports growth and production, say researchers.  

South African insect meal producer plans to build 20 fly farms in US and Canada

AgriProtein said it wants to bring insect protein into the mainstream of animal feeds in North America.

Project aims to find protein feeds ‘fit for the future’

The team behind the Protein Challenge, an initiative aimed at taking the pressure off land and sea for feed, has begun work on the development of a new benchmarking tool. ...

EU insect meal manufacturers look beyond fish

European insect protein players are aiming to push for regulatory change to allow larvae meal to be used in EU pig and poultry production. 

Irish insect protein biotech firm secures €1m funding for industrial scale-up

Three young Irish entrepreneurs are on the cusp of bringing to market insect protein and oil after securing second round funding of €1m for their “revolutionary” insect farming venture, Hexafly. ...

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Vietnamese production base keeps costs low for Belgian insect meal producer

Entobel is aiming to achieve 100,000 tons a year of insect meal production by 2025.

News in brief

Locusts destroy feed crops in Bolivia

A plague of locusts has descended upon the feed crop producing region of Bolivia, says the USDA.

Engineering deal ushers in insect meal factory builds in Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the US

South Africa’s AgriProtein is collaborating with engineering group, Christof Industries, to build up to 25 cost-efficient, high-volume fly farms a year in global locations.

'The industrial scale will be in the many 10s of thousands of tons per annum'

Bühler and Protix align for 'breakthrough' in large scale insect production

Protix and Bühler have joined forces to develop "cost-effective, industrial scale" insect feed production technology.

Investors back French insect feed start-up to the tune of €1.3m

Paris headquartered, nextProtein, says it is ready to scale up production at its new expanded operations this year, after generating €1.3m in fundraising.

US: Mad Agriculture seeking FDA approval for poultry targeted insect meal

Mad Agriculture is working to produce insect-based feed and reduce the need for fishmeal in animal diets, says CEO.

French insect protein producer scaling up

60 second interview: InnovaFeed bitten by the bug

August saw French insect protein producer, InnovaFeed, set up R&D laboratories at Genopole in Evry, a hub near Paris focused on biotech, genomics and genetics research.

Investors give South African insect feed firm massive dollar injection

South African insect derived feed producer, AgriProtein, has generated USD$17.5m in capital to fund expansion into Europe, North and South America and Asia.

US: Bitwater Farms looks to develop cricket derived feed industry

Bitwater Farms is developing cricket production units with the goal of expanding cricket production and use in the US feed industry.

Barentz acquires feed vitamin and amino acid distributor

Dutch group, Barentz, says its animal nutrition portfolio has been strengthened through the acquisition of the majority shares in feed additives trader and distributor, Globe Ingredients.

Special Edition: Existing and emerging feed risks

DDGS: US Grains Council strives to keep Vietnamese market open

The US and Vietnam are in talks following threats to suspend DDGS imports, says industry expert.

Georgia-based start-up looks to bring more bugs to aquafeed

Grubbly Farms is in the process of scaling production of a bug-based feed ingredient for salmon and trout, but for the moment, the company is bringing more insects to poultry...

Arctic Char can be a sustainable alternative to salmon: investors

Sustainable aquaculture investors, Aqua-Spark, have ploughed $2.5m into an Icelandic fish farm that raises Arctic Char fed an antibiotic-free diet. 

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