Global Bugs

Insects as future food

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.

 

CRICKETS, A SUPERFOOD

Cricket powder is a very interesting food both in terms of macronutrients (carbohydrate, lipids, proteins, fibres) and micronutrients (minerals and vitamins).

PROTEINS

Cricket powder is a food rich in proteins. In fact, by 100 g of powder, there is approximately 60 g of protein! In comparison, a 100 g beef steak contains around 20 to 30 g of protein, thus 2 to 3 times less.

But what about the quality ? Cricket proteins are complete: they possess the 9 essential amino acids in their structures.

Graph 1: Percentages of the daily essential amino acid requirements for a 65 kg person covered by 100 g of crickets

As one can observe on the graph above, 100 g of cricket powder covers the double and even the triple of the essential amino acids daily needs for a 65 kg individual. Thus, it is a food very rich in high quality proteins.

OMEGA 3 AND OMEGA 6

mega 3 and omega 6 are two fatty acids essential to our body. Since it can not synthesize them, it is thus important to ensure a steady supply in our diet. The organism use them as base element to form other molecules necessary for the proper functioning of the cells.

However, these two fatty acids compete in the process of assimilation and absorption. It is therefore important to be careful not to consume too much of one to the detriment of the other. A ratio ranging from 3: 1 to 10: 1 (omega 6: omega 3) is often recommended.

The cricket powder possesses these two fatty acids in the optimal ratio of 3: 1.

FIBRES

Fibres are carbohydrates usually contained in plant-based food. On the contrary of traditional animal proteins like beef or chicken, cricket possesses fibres, which confers him an advantage.

Fibres help in promoting a healthy digestive system. Eating high-fibre foods also helps you feel full for a longer time, which helps with appetite and weight control.

CALCIUM

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body and is stored at 99% in the skeleton, providing structure and support to our body. The last 1% is found in body fluids. Although this is only a small proportion, this calcium is vital to the metabolism as it contributes to blood clotting, hormones secretion, muscle contraction, and blood pressure. Adequate intake throughout life is therefore essential, both at structural and metabolic levels.

Integrating enough calcium into your diet is a crucial point during growth, when the skeleton grows and strengthens, but also later in life, to minimize the bone loss that occurs naturally with aging. In fact, when calcium intake is not sufficient, the body draws this mineral from bones, in order to maintain the adequate concentration in the body fluids required to meet the metabolic needs. This can weaken the skeleton, making the bones more fragile.

When practicing sports, it is important to have adequate calcium intake to maintain healthy bones that can support exercise and resist fractures.

IRON

Iron is a mineral essential to cell activity. Most iron used in the human body helps carrying oxygen in two main proteins: hemoglobin, making up red blood cells, and myoglobin, contained in muscle cells.

Iron, like many other nutrients, is only partially absorbed by our body. This is due to interactions with other elements also contained in food. For example, vitamin C increases the absorption of iron while tannin (vegetable substances) contained in tea or coffee decrease it.

It is also important to identify the two forms of iron present in food: heme iron and non-heme iron, derived respectively from animals and plants. This latter is absorbed in smaller amount than the previous one, 17% against 25%.

Iron deficiency is the most common deficiency in the world. About 10% of children, adolescents and women of childbearing age are iron deficient in the United States. It induces recurrent fatigue during physical activities as well as headaches.

Iron is a very important mineral for athletes. In fact, it is at the origin of oxygen transportation in the blood, from the lungs to the different tissues of the human body.

POTASSIUM

Potassium is a mineral used by the body to maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes, and is also involved in preserving cells integrity. A diet low in sodium and high in potassium reduces blood pressure and therefore can help preventing hypertension.

Potassium deficiency results in increased blood pressure, renal calculi and muscle weakness.

After an effort, a potassium intake can help with hydratation because the latter, regulating the balance of fluids in our body, is lost in perspiration.

VITAMIN B12

Vitamin B12 is usually found in products of animal origin such as meat, fish, eggs, milk and crickets!

It has various functions in our body. Alone, it helps protecting nerve fibres and promoting their growth, and it is involved in the metabolism of bone cells. Coupled with vitamin B9, also called folate, it is essential to many enzymatic reactions involved in the various synthesis, including those of DNA, red blood cells and the non-essential amino acid methionine.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is characterized by megaloblastic anemia (red blood cells are taller than normal and therefore less effective), fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Source: näak

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 närvarar på Matdagen 2017

Global Bugs kommer att närvara på årets matdag som handlar om Innovation, startups och riskkapital.

Enligt Livsmedelsföretagen som anordnar Matdagen så står såväl nya som etablerade företag står inför en spännande resa när mat och livsstil blir allt mer sammanvävda. Men hänger branschen med? Varför saknas ofta det välbehövliga riskkapitalet? Vad krävs för att alla de bubblande nykomlingarna ska utvecklas och bli nästa generations etablerade företag?  Vi vrider och vänder på utmaningar och möjligheter.

Global Bugs kommer att dels vara talare och dels som utställare där vi bjuder på crispy crickets och proothies. Våra crispy crickets tillverkar vi i vår egen farm i Thailand medan våra proothies blandas på plats av våra representanter och Co-Founders av Global Bugs, Rickard Engberg och Peter Arndt.

Väl mött i vår monter den 8 maj i Moderna Museets lokaler på Skeppsholmen i Stockholm.

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ACFS push on “cricket” as the new economic insects of Thailand

According to the European Union (EU) has adopted rules Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 with new foods (Novel Food) instead of the existing rules. The regulation also covers new foods, such as foods not consumed in the EU prior to May 15, 1997, local food (Traditional Food) consumed in a third country not less than 25 years, the food component is engineered nanomaterials (Engineered Nanomaterial), including dishes made with insects or insect parts. The adoption of such rules affects the export of food products, especially insects, such as crickets. In Thailand the insects as the new economy have expanded and has raised increasing every year. They are also the foods that get the attention of consumers. Both domestic and abroad extensively due to a highly nutritious, cheap, low cost, and can be processed to add value in a variety of species.

National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS) and Delegation of European Union, Khonkaen University and the Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joined the seminar “The new EU regulation for food: The special case of insects” on 26-27 October 2016 by inviting experts from agencies of the EU risk assessment (EFSA) to provide knowledge and understanding about the Novel Food Regulation to manufacturers and operators of Thailand to prepare for the enforcement of such regulations. And encourage farmers and entrepreneurs, accelerate the development of processing and manufacturing products that are safe, according to EU standards. This will increase competitiveness further.

Present ACFS accelerated preparation of the cricket farm and expected to be adopted formally by the year 2017 to support the party because it processed and exported to international cricket. And support the forthcoming Regulation (EU) 2015/2283 which will take effect on January 1, 2560.

On 19 January 2017 our Chief Operations Officer, one of the academic committee, participated the meeting for Good Agricultural Pratice (GAP) for cricket farms standard. Thailand will be the first country in the world where has GAP for cricket farm standard.

Source: http://www.acfs.go.th and https://www.linkedin.com/company/global-bugs