The US$20m equity round in the Black Soldier Fly (BSF) based producer was led by PTT Ventures and supported by Sumitomo Corporation, ING Sustainable Investments, Mandala Capital, as well as continued participation from existing investors: Openspace Ventures, SEEDs Capital and Hera Capital.
Nutrition Technologies argues that insects represent a virtually unlimited and untapped pool of biological assets, with huge opportunities for value creation. “Tackling food security is only the tip of the iceberg and with our strengthened balance sheet, great partners and best in class IP, we are strategically positioned to lead the next agricultural revolution,” said Richard Hayler, CFO, Nutrition Technologies.
The investment comes at a critical time for global food security, which the company maintains has steadily declined in the past few decades and has been significantly tested in recent years through extreme weather events and war:
“Population growth has fueled the current 1.2bn tons demand for animal feed ingredients, which has severe environmental consequences both for land and sea. There is a growing protein deficit, with supplies of traditional proteins for feed, such as fishmeal and soybean meal, stagnating due to overfishing and deforestation.
"Meanwhile, organic matter and food waste in landfills are significant contributors of GHG emissions, and the overuse of chemical fertilizers is severely reducing the productivity and resilience of crucial agricultural soil.”
The Asian operator is planning to expand production capacity both at its current operating plant in Malaysia as well as through a new JV project in a soon-to-be-announced second country in Southeast Asia.
The company is also intending to expand its R&D capabilities in Singapore; commence commercial activities in the UK and EU; and add several new patents to its existing IP portfolio.
“We believe our technological developments can help address some of the world’s most critical problems and are highly motivated to accelerate expansion as quickly as possible. Our novel microbiology solution to insect production allows us to use a wide pool of raw materials which negates the most significant barrier to scaling,” said Charlie Carter, COO, Nutrition Technologies.
Nutrition Technologies has been conducting multiple trials of its products in fish, shrimp, poultry, piglets and pets, and its 165-strong team has been scaling up its operations and selling the products into both domestic and regional markets. “We are increasing production to meet market demand and providing essential ingredients to the domestic agricultural sector as well as boosting exports through shipping our products to Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, and Chile. We will also commence shipments to the UK and EU very soon.” said Nick Piggott, the company’s co-founder and co-CEO.