Insect muesli for breakfast, a salad with insect croutons for lunch and insect noodles in the evening. In search of new products, the Düsseldorf-based Metro Group now relies on foods with insect proteins. Mealworm noodles are currently on offer. Founder Daniel Mohr of the Pforzheimer start-up Plumentofoods is convinced of the health benefits of foods with insect proteins.
Through sophisticated processing of the insects, a 100% pure insect powder is developed which can serve in a variety of food formulations. This insect powder delivers protein along with a rich collection of fiber, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The powder can be used to enhance characteristics of existing food, substitute ingredients with a high footprint or develop new products.
In many countries of the world insects are considered an important part of the human diet and even as a high-priced specialty. A new European "Novel Food" regulation makes it possible for the creepy-crawlies to land on our plates. In some restaurants they are already offered, for example as insect burgers, locusts on skewers, maggot chocolate or mealworm energy bars.
In an increasingly populated world, it seems that insects are the future of food. Everything indicates that we will soon be placing them in our shopping carts. At least, that's what the experts are saying and what the growing number of companies, who are producing and developing food products with insects as ingredients, indicates.
As the new EU novel food rules start kicking in (from January 1, 2018), European insect producers have welcomed the move claiming that it should pave the way for the wider use of insects as food. And an influx of applications concerning the use of insects in food could be seen this year as the new rules take effect, according to IPIFF.
Could insects soon become a worldwide dietary staple? Since 2014 two German entrepreneurs have been honing their recipe for an insect burger. The potential, advocates say, is huge. With buffalo's from Proti-Farm the German entrepreneurs have been perfecting their burger and are now hitting the market!
IPIFF - the European Umbrella Organisation representing the interests of the Insect Production sector for Food and Feed – emphasized the role insects for food and feed could play in answering global societal challenges and reminded about the opportunities opened under the EU policy and legislative framework to maximize this potential.
Eating insects has a long-established history in many cultures around the world and is expected to grow in popularity in Western markets in the years to come. Swiss supermarket chain Coop is getting right in front of the trend by offering more adventurous eaters several products that contain insects in their ingredients list, including burgers and “insect balls.”
IPIFF, the European Umbrella Organisation representing the interests of the Insect Production sector for Food and Feed, emphasized the role insects for food and feed could play in answering global societal challenges. The organisation also highlighted the fact that under the EU policy and legislative framework opportunities opened to maximize this potential.
A Finnish bakery is to offer bread made from crushed crickets in a move that is hoped will help tackle world hunger. Fazer Bakery in Finland said the product, available in its stores from Friday, was the first of its kind. Each loaf produced will contain about 70 crickets that have been dried and ground, and then mixed with flour, wheat and other seeds.
While IKEA is best known for its furniture, the retailer also has a well-known food retail business, including in-store restaurants selling its famous meatballs and marketplaces selling over 180 Swedish food products. This sideline food business sells a cool €2 billion ($2.3 billion) of food per year and serves 650 million customers.
Companies from startups to conglomerates are expanding their portfolios to serve consumers concerned not just about what they eat, but how their food is grown. More U.S. consumers are looking for healthy, minimally processed ingredients sourced in a way that is kind to the environment.