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Case studies - Insect breeding

  • Essai
  • Plan d'accès

The breeding of insects which corresponds to entomoculture, concerns more manufacturers in France and internationally. The development of the edible insect market responds to the need to find an alternative to meat. While the consumption of insects is still not widespread for human consumption (entomophagia) in Europe, this is not the case for animal nutrition which has already experienced strong growth in recent years. It is following the evolution of European regulations that the insect protein environment is expanding. Insect meal thus comes as a substitute for fish meal, soybean meal and other cereals which are scarce and expensive.

The breeding of agricultural insects has several benefits: nutritional, economic and environmental.
Insect meal produced from farmed larvae (beetles, termites, ants, caterpillars, locusts, etc.) constitute an important source of protein for animals: fish, poultry, livestock, pets (dogs/cats) and New NAC Pets (rodents, birds, reptiles, etc.). For example, black soldier flies contain 42% protein and 35% fat alone. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), insect products are a "healthy and highly nutritious food source." For insect breeders, entomoculture also represents a low environmental cost.
Molitor beetles, mealworm larvae (tenebrio molitor), black soldier flies, house fly maggots and silkworms are all edible insects that can participate in animal nutrition.



Insect mixing and sorting line

Processed products: bran, meal, droppings, live insects, dead insects - Insect breeding unit - This workshop is the heart of the insect breeding process.

Edible insect sorting line

Treated products: droppings, dead insects, live insects - Treatment unit in the entomoculture - This unit allows the treatment of non-compliant products from the main process.

Insect meal production workshop

Processed products: dried insects - Grinding and packaging of finished products - Workshop for processing and packaging products for the animal nutrition sector.

Process for insect nutrition

Process products: wheat bran, wheat flour, disinsected wheat bran - Unloading big bags containing grains and cereals - This big bag emptying station aims to feed insects (larvae and adults) with dry...

Automatic big bag unloading system for PET flakes and pellets

Processed powders: PET resin granules and PET flakes - Fully automated big bag discharging line - Big bag compaction at the end of the line

Separation and crushing processes are common in this type of industry. The separation operation is generally done mechanically via pressing and then by centrifugation. The crushing process can produce a fine powder rich in protein.

After the crushing and separation process comes packaging where the insect powder will be dosed into bags or bulk bags suitable for transport and storage.

Control of the various stages of production process is guaranteed and ensures compliance with standards in food safety, in accordance with European regulations.

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