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The shift to alternative proteins

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 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

 

“One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

With a history since 2011, Global Bugs is now entering a new phase and is setting up our brand new R&D cricket and black soldier fly (BSF) farm, just outside Hua Hin in Thailand.

Presently we have started the casting of the foundation which will be finished in July. Thereafter, the building for farming and processing of crickets and BSF will be constructed. Beside this, machines and necessary equipment are ordered, ready to be installed when the R&D farm is ready for production.

With focus on R&D and the right balance in feed for the best protein quality we will be able to produce 8,000-10,000 tons / month with a start in the 4th quarter 2017. For wholesale customers and partners, we presently work directly with old customers in Asia and Australia, but discussions are also held with new customers in EU and US as well.

The new R&D cricket and BSF farm is a result of long hard work, analyzing the potential to breed crickets and BSF in a more advanced manner, compared to the present old-fashion farming methods.

“It is a big moment says Rickard Engberg, Chief Innovation Officer at Global Bugs and for all parties participating in the project”.

Rickard further says that “since the beginning of 2011, the team and I have put a lot of effort to make this happen, and to finally see the first modern farm being built, is very emotional”.

Since the forming of Global Bugs in June 2016 and the concept of our future full scale EntoPark™ taking place, things really speeded up. In just a couple of month we got the basic funding to start the construction of the R&D farm. Presently we are in close dialogue with partners and investors that will contribute to the development of the first full scale EntoPark™ that we plan to have in place by the end of 2018.

Keep yourself updated about our progress by following Global Bugs via our blog.

Peter Arndt / Chief Marketing Officer

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.

For more information, please follow this link.

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