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.
For businesses ranging from cricket farms to manufacturers of bug burgers, it is a big moment. They reckon that common rules across the bloc should enable them to scale up and allow the insectsy industry to burst from its chrysalis. The new regulations now explicitly covers whole insects and ensures that the European Commission will handle insect-food applications directly, with the EFSA advising.
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.
In 2014, Kreca (an insect producing company with over 35 years of experience) was acquired by Proti-Farm, whose goal it is to become the world's leading producer of insects for human consumption. "Demand is increasing every year and we are currently building an automated facility where we can produce insects on an unparalleled scale”.
The demand for natural and specialty foods has increased dramatically in recent years and is expected to continue to rise even further in the near future. Meeting this demand may require producers to take a closer look at “alternative” ingredients. Ingredients derived from insects in various forms are now seen as “the new kid on the block”.
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.
Healthy diets and new food trends are becoming ever more popular and diverse as more and more people are trying to find the perfect solution for a truly healthy lifestyle. This has resulted in a wide variety of different diets, such as vegetarian, flexitarian, vegan, paleo, DASH, TLC and Clean Eating. But what do all these terms mean exactly and perhaps more importantly, what will you be giving up?! ...
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!
29th of November 2017 - KU Leuven, Belgium - As part of the start-up bootcamp at the KU Leuven University, three students developed their own pancake with Proti-Farm's buffalo insect flour as ingredient. On World Science Day, visitors were treated to the innovative pancakes and reactions were very positive on both taste and appearance.
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.