Global Bugs

Insects as future feed

There is a first time for everything – Europe here we come.

A first step to a tight collaboration between Global Bugs and the eat:em is taken. Global bugs will during the end of this week deliver the first batch of Premium High Quality Cricket Powder to eat:em.

This is the start for Global Bugs brand new production facility, adapted to all regulations and demands from EU, USA, Canada and all other markets. This is also the first order we deliver within Europe and we are more than proud that it goes to our Swedish colleagues in the Insects business.

Even though some countries are “late adapters” (Sweden included), the Insects business is booming all over the globe and the curiosity of our new facility is beyond words.

It´s with great satisfaction that we started this collaboration journey together with eat:em. We share the same basic values, to deliver high quality protein rich sustainable end products to a global market.

eat:em produce and sell the future of super snacks, based on Cricket Powder in three different flavours, read more about them here: www.eatem.se/

The global protein shift has just begun, and insects as an alternative source of premium protein is here to stay.

Dressed for success

Global Bugs is proud to announce that the company has been awarded the Seal of Excellence by the European Commission, with the purpose of implementing automated industrial production of insects based on vertical farming under controlled environment. Following evaluation by an international panel of independent experts, Global Bug’s project was scored as a high-quality project proposal in a highly competitive evaluation process i.e. passing all stringent Horizon 2020 assessment thresholds for the 3 award criteria (excellence, impact, quality and efficiency of implementation) required to receive funding from the EU budget Horizon 2020.

As we strive to be the best company when it comes to the production of, and the shift to, new protein sources based on insects, we are also proud to announce that Global Bugs have been approved by the Board Of Investment (BOI) which operates under the Prime Minister’s Office and is the principal government agency for encouraging investments in Thailand where our production facilities are located. We are the first cricket farm of 20,000 farms in Thailand, that has been approved by the Board Of Investment. By this approval we will, among other things, receive exemption from company tax and tax on dividends for a period of 8 years. This will lead to an enhanced competitiveness on the global market, which in turn will generate good ROI to the owners of Global Bugs.

A demand from the Board Of Investment to Global Bugs is to certify the company according to ISO 9000 and/or ISO 14000. As we strive for the highest quality within our production processes with a responsibility to contribute to a sustainable development in an environmental point of view, Global Bugs will implement both ISO 9000 and ISO 14000.

Prior the implementation of the quality and environmental management systems, we continue to implement the standards of GMP (Good Manufacturing Process) and the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) to our processes.

 

Our first modern cricket and BSF farm is soon ready for production start

Global Bugs is proud to announce that our first modern farm for crickets and Black Soldier Flies is soon ready for production start.

The drivers for the Edible Insects Market are:

  • Insect rearing involves low capital investment as compared to other conventional livestock rearing such as that for beef, pork, and chicken.
  • Substantial increase in global population and decreasing resources is expected to drive demand for alternative food sources.
  • Insects are a highly nutritious and a healthy food source with high content of nutrients (fats, protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals) required by humans.
  • Insects have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint over their entire life cycle.
  • Insects have a low risk of transmitting zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) such as H1N1 (bird flu) and BSE (mad cow disease).
  • Insects contain higher protein and nutrients and micronutrients such as copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium and zinc, and fatty acids in comparison to meat and fish products. Insects are particularly important as a food supplement for undernourished children as it is easier to digest.
  • Insect production is less water-intensive in comparison to other conventional meat production.

Edible Insects Market – Global Industry Size, Market Share, Trends, Analysis, and Forecast 2016 – 2024

Global Bugs to increase the efforts and investments in Black Soldier Fly R&D activities

Global Bugs Asia Co., Ltd. has officially opened our new Black Soldier Flies (BSF) Research & Development Unit at our new farm for production of Crickets and BSF in Thailand.

The result of our R&D in Thailand will be primarily used in an ongoing project together with Almhaga AB (that can be read in detail via this link, in Swedish only).

For more information about this project, please contact our Chief Marketing Officer Mr. Peter Arndt using email address peter.arndt(a)globalbugs.se

Hua Hin, Thailand, 2017 07 07

Global Bugs och Almhaga AB i spännande samarbetsprojekt – Att frigöra potentialen av insektsprotein som del i djurfoder

Global Bugs och Almhaga AB i samarbete där ändrade regler, mer forskning och kommersiellt tillgängliga produkter innebär att insekter i fiskfoder blir verklighet från 1a juli.

Global Bugs och Almhaga AB har tillsammans startat ett ekoprojekt för att odla “black soldier fly” (BSF) i syfte att använda slutprodukten som fiskfoder i ett internt kretslopp inom Almhaga Gård. Varje år skapas inom gården 1500 ton biprodukter av lök. En del av dessa biprodukter har sedan en tid använts i ett forskningsprojekt med BSF mellan Global Bugs Asia (Thailand) och Almhaga AB (Skåne) för att se om resultatet är tillfredsställande nog för att bearbeta och kommersialisera BSF som fiskfoder. Fiskfodret är tänkt att användas av Almhaga AB i deras satsning på egen fiskodling för produktion och försäljning till befintliga kunder som bl.a. ICA och AXFOOD m.fl.

I EU har det huvudsakliga hindret för kommersiell användning av insektsproteiner varit lagstiftning, men från den 1a juli 2017 kommer insekter som del i fiskfoder att godkännas.

Global Bugs tillför projektet mångårig kompetens och erfarenhet från insektsodling i Thailand. Tillsammans med Almhaga tar vi ytterligare ett kliv framåt och ser till att de oerhört stora miljömässiga fördelarna nu också kan tillvaratas i Sverige. Odlingen kommer att ske i en eller flera ISO-containers, vilket innebär att den är både mobil och skalbar.

Följ våra framsteg i Sverige och Thailand via LinkedIN och vår blogg på global bugs’ hemsida

 

Insects show ‘huge’ potential as protein feed ingredient

New research indicates that insects are a safe source of protein for animal feeds and a viable option for the future.

The potential for using insect protein as a source of animal feed for pigs, poultry and fish in the European Union was described as “huge” at a recent conference organized by PROteINSECT in Brussels.

While the deliberate feeding of insect protein to farmed animals intended for food is not permitted under EU law, there is a growing desire to reduce reliance on imports of protein feeds from non-EU countries, according to Adrian Charlton of Fera Science in the U.K. Recognized for its global expertise in safety assessments and quality data, Fera Science has been investigating the implications of feeding insects to livestock as a source of protein as part of the PROteINSECT project.

“Environmental concerns and the EU protein deficit, along with fluctuating global protein prices, are huge concerns and it is important we look at additional sources of protein to achieve a sustainable U.K. agriculture,” said Charlton. Insects are an innovative new source of feed. And, according to initial studies, a viable option for farmers to consider for inclusion in livestock diets. They are also a natural component of the diet of poultry, pigs and fish, so it is logical to investigate the options of feeding insects.

“There is a lot of work to do to understand and manage safety risks for animal feed, however, early indications are very promising. In terms of a protein source, insect protein is around 86-89 percent digestible, which is significantly higher than most vegetable-based protein. There is also the potential for high value by-products such as fats and oils.

More efficient protein?

Combined with potential production efficiencies, insect feed is attractive for the future of animal nutrition. For example, soybean yields around 0.9 metric tons (mt) per hectare (0.36 tons/acre) of protein, compared with insects that potentially yield 150 mt per hectare (60 tons/acre) protein. That offers the potential of a 200-fold reduction in land use.

Charlton stressed the need to understand the methods of production, the costs of production and the safety elements, but “early data suggests this is a viable option for the future,” he said.

“As part of this research, insects were fed to quality-assured animal trials in late 2015/early 2016, under the protocol of European feed industry standards,” Charlton said. “Control diets contained fishmeal. This was substituted at a range of varying inclusion levels with insect meal. The results showed that all animals performed in line with controls.”

Samples of the fish, chicken and pork were also analyzed for contaminants, taints and changes in nutritional profile, and no difference was found.

To coincide with the conference, PROteINSECT published a white paper. The document, titled “Insect Protein – Feed for the Future: Addressing the need for feeds of the future today,” covers safety, nutritional value, environmental impact, commercialization and consumer acceptance of insect protein in animal feed. It endorses two key actions: to review key EU regulations that prohibit the production and feeding of insects to livestock, and to present data to allow the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to carry out a full risk profile for insects reared on organic wastes.

PROteINSECT is an EU-funded project enabling the exploitation of insects as a sustainable source of protein for animal feed and human nutrition. Bringing together expertise from China, Africa and Europe, the project has 12 partners from 7 countries and is coordinated by Fera Science Ltd.

It was reported late last year that changes to the regulations indicate that insect protein may soon enter the animal feed market in the European Union.

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European Commission OKs insect protein for aquafeed

But one company says more must be done to allow insects in pig, poultry feed

The European Commission has officially authorized insect-based protein for aquaculture feed, with the regulation text to come into effect on July 1.

European Union regulations will now allow insect protein to be fed to farmed fish, but at least one company says the European Commission should act to allow safe and sustainable insect-based feedstock to be used in the pork and poultry industries.

“We welcome the European Commission’s official ruling on this important reform for the aquaculture industry,” said nextProtein co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Syrine Chaalala. “With the vast majority of farmed fish relying on fishmeal and the depletion of our marine ecosystems, insect-based proteins offer the aquaculture industry a more sustainable way to ensure fish for human consumption.”

NextProtein, a French-Tunisian agritech startup, said “more must be done to ensure outdated regulations do not slow progress in such a vital field of sustainable agriculture.”

“What must now be a priority is ensuring outdated regulations are amended to ensure safe and sustainable insect proteins can be used in the poultry and pork industries,” said nextProtein co-founder and CEO Mohamed Gastli said. “Insect proteins are one of the most abundant sources of alternative proteins but until now the legal framework covering insect proteins needs has yet to fully catch up to the future of what businesses like ours can offer to modern agriculture.

“We now need the European Commission to amend regulations to include the poultry and pork industries and ensure safe and sustainable insect proteins, which are created using significantly less land, water and energy resources, with less greenhouse gas emissions.”

The European Food Safety Authority in 2015 published a risk profile on the use of insects as human food and animal feed, addressing and comparing various potential hazards. It noted that risks would very much depend on production methods, substrate, life cycle stage at harvesting, species and methods used for processing.

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Facility to make insect-based novel pet food ingredient

A joint venture between a bio-engineering firm and a pet food ingredient maker will focus on black soldier fly (BSF) larvae.

A joint venture between a bio-engineering firm and a pet food ingredient maker will focus on black soldier fly (BSF) larvae, an insect which can serve as a novel pet food ingredient among other uses.

Intrexon Corporation, which works in the engineering and industrialization of biology, and Darling Ingredients Inc., a developer and producer of sustainable natural ingredients from bio-nutrients, formed the partnership. The joint venture, called EnviroFlight, plans to significantly expand production of ingredients for sustainable feed and nutrition derived from black soldier flies. The facility will be the largest commercial-scale BSF larvae production facility in the United States, according to an Enviroflight press release.

At the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) meeting in January, the Ingredient Definitions Committee deliberated on the use of insect ingredients in pet food and other products, reported David Dzanis, DVM, PhD, CEO of Regulatory Discretion, for Petfood Industry.

The Committee indicated that new AAFCO definitions for each insect, type of ingredient (flour, meal, protein concentrate, etc.) and intended species would need to be established first for the insect ingredients to be considered acceptable. To date, only one insect, black soldier fly larvae (AAFCO #T60.117) has been defined, and that is limited to use in salmonid feeds.

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