5 - 6 July 2018, Mainz - Akademie Fresenius, are currently organizing the 4th International Fresenius Conference “NOVEL FOOD”. This conference is specially geared to representatives from the food industry in the fields of food law, regulatory affairs, product development, marketing and quality assurance from all over Europe.
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.
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.