U svijetu je biznis s insektima prilično razvijen, pa smo pokušali na jednom mjestu prikazati startupe koji se time bave.
Protein shake/dodaci prehrani
Tjestenina od insekata
Posebni proizvodi od insekata
Insekti kao hrana
Insekti u restoranima/kuhari/catering
Insekti kao hrana za kućne ljubimce
Insekti kao hrana za životinje
Online stores selling insects for human consumption
Whole sale – edible insects
Jungle bar (www.junglebar.co) (Iceland)
Gathr foods (gathrfoods.com) (UK)
Makes the Crobar.
SEQ Foods (www.seq-foods.eu) (Netherlands)
Gryö Bars (www.gryobars.com) (France)
Edible Bug (edible-bug.co), (South Korea)
uKa Protéine (www.ukaproteine.com) (Canada)
Crick bar (www.crickbars.com) (Sweden)
Näak (naakbar.com) (Canada)
Dare to eat (www.daretoeat.dk) (Denmark)
Crickstart (crickstart.com) (US)
The IQ bar
The Cricket Effect (thecricketeffect.weebly.com) (Australia)
Swarm Protein (swarmprotein.com) (Germany)
Bug Muscle (bugmuscle.com) (US)
(At the moment its not clear what kind of product they will release, but they want to turn insect protein into muscles
Six Foods (www.sixfoods.com) (USA)
The company behind the cricket chips: ”Chirps.
Jacuna (jacuna.mx) (Mexico)
Insect snacks from a country with a long tradition of eating insects: Mexico.
Snack Insects (www.snackinsects.com) (Germany)
Crispizz (twitter.com/crispizzfood) (France)
Insecteo (www.insecteo.com) (France)
Eat:em (www.eatem.se) (Sweden)
Seek (www.seek-food.com) (USA)
Cricket snack bites.
Griyum (griyum.com.mx) (Mexico)
Mexican grasshopper crisps.
Kafka of Sweden (www.kafkah.com) (Sweden)
Protein enriched crisp bread.
Crickster (www.crickster.dk) (Denmark)
Proizvodnja brašna/praha od insekata je potencijalno veliki biznis i s vremenom će postati još veći
Bitty Foods (bittyfoods.com) (USA)
Sells cookies and their own cricket flour mix (mixed up with coconut and cassava)
One of the ento-preneur pioneers. Bugburgers has written about Bitty (in Swedish) here >>
Qvicket (www.qvicket.se) (Sweden)
Swedish startup who imports cricket flour from Thailand and sells under own brand. Unfortunately Swedish authorities have haltered their business awaiting regulation from the EU. BUT: From April 2016 they are selling again, but from Belgium.
Eco Insect Farming (www.eif-th.com) (Thailand)
Primal Future (www.primalfuture.co.nz) (New Zealand)
Acheta (acheta.no) (Norway)
Norwegian startup selling cricket powder under its own brand.
Grilo Protein (www.griloprotein.com.au) (Australia)
Australian company selling cricket powder (with different flavours) and soon also bars.
Going Bugs (twitter.com/GoingBugs), (Italy)
It feels good that an Italian startup is working on an insect based pasta.
Kinjao (www.kinjao.com) (France)
High protein pasta with cricket flour and spirulina!
Bugsolutely (www.bugsolutely.com) (Thailand)
Have launched their cricekt pasta!
Insects & vous (on Kickstarter) (France)
Specijalni proizvodi od insekata:
Proizvodi koji ne spadaju u ni jednu prethodno navedenu kategoriju
Critter Bitters (www.critter-bitters.com) (USA)
Cocktail bitters made out of crickets!
Bug Foundation (bugfoundation.com), (Germany)
Has just released their own bug burger: The Bux Burger! Something Bugburger really must try out!
C-FU Foods (cfufoods.com), (Canada)
Extracts the protein from crickets and makes their own cricket-tofu: C-FU.
Gran Mitla (granmitla.us), (Mexico)
”Sal de Gusano is a traditional Oaxacan spice made from sea salt, toasted and ground agave worms and chile costeño. A distinct Oaxacan flavor to accompany your Mezcal, Tequila or Michelada, on fruits and salads, or in signature Mexican dishes.”
Damhert Nutrition, (www.damhert.be/nl/shop/insecta) (Belgium)
One of the first brands selling burgers, nuggets, and schnitzels where the protein comes from insects!
One Hop Kitchen (onehopkitchen.com) (Canada)
Seems to be working on a pasta sauce with crickets and mealworms.
Anti Gin (www.cambridgedistillery.co.uk/antygin/)(Denmark/UK)
A unique drink from Nordic Food Lab!
Gryllies (gryllies.com), (Canada)
Are now focusing on selling a cricket-enriched tomato sauce.
Nutrient (nutrient.se) (Sweden)
The first Swedish entopreneur breeding its own mealworm. Working on some really interesting products that soon will be revealed…
Insects as food (generalists):
There are also a lot of startups/companies who have a more general approach to insects as food and don’t rely on one product.
Grub (www.eatgrub.co.uk) (UK)
Grub will soon also launch their own insect bar, but until now their main focus have been selling freezedried insects , collecting recipes and advocating insect eating. They also sell fudge and chocolate so they could also have made it into the snack category
Bugalicous (www.bugalicious.nl) (Netherlands)
Patricia Stevens company Bugalicous could have been placed in several categories. She gives lectures, do catering, produces an insect bar (”the first Dutch insect-based bar ever”) and drives around her Insect van, ”De Buggy”.
Green Kow (www.greenkow.be) (Belgium)
Claim to be ”first in Europe to offer products containing insects (mealworms), to be distributed in regular stores (organic and nature food stores)”.
Their products: 2 salty spreads: carrot- and tomato-mealworm, and 2 chocolate spreads: dark chocolate-mealworm and milk chocolate-mealworm spread.
Entomo Farms (entomofarms.com) (USA)
Previously known as Next Millenium Farms. Has a lot of interesting products.
Next Protein (www.nextprotein.co) (France)
Myldregard (myldregard.no), (Norway)
Ben’s Bugs (www.bensbugs.be), (Belgium)
Bugburger likes the fact that Bens makes a hamburger ”Great Burgondy”. They also sells an insect wok-dish.
Inspiro Foods (www.insprofoods.com) (Canada)
Bugzz (bugzz.nl), (Netherlands)
Entotech (www.entotech.fr), (France)
Creators of Insectéo snacks and Kinjao.
Viur (www.fodurskordyr.is), (Iceland)
Have plans to breed the soldier fly.
Steak TzarTzar (www.tzartzar.biz), (Israel)
Little food (littlefood.org), (Belgium)
Spieseplan (www.speiseplan.wien), (Austria)
Nordic Insect Economy (nie.fi) (Finland)
essento (essento.ch) (Switzerland)
Finsect (www.finsect.fi) (Finland)
Italibugs (www.italbugs.com) (Italy)
Italian food (pasta) and sport supplements (protein powder and bar)
Imago insect products (www.imago-insects.com) (Germany)
Protein flour, dried crickets and proteinbars.
Detroit Ento (US)
Tiny Foods (www.tinyfoods.nl) (Netherlands)
Insekten Essen (insektenessen.at) (Austria)
Enorm (www.enormfood.com) (Denmark)
Danish company working on products using mealworms.
Flying Spark (www.theflyingspark.com) (Israel)
Israeli company working with fruit fly larvae. The currently produce whole powder, reduced-fat powder, dry larva and larvae oil.
Farming Insects (farming-insects.com) (Germany)
Ïhou (ihou.fr) (France)
” The houhou products are exclusively from our breeding based in the East of France . Our insects are born there and live in an environment created to be as close as possible to their natural ecosystem.”
Insect restaurants/insect chefs/insect catering
In the list below I include companies/chefs focused on insects. I’ve not included restaurants that have one or two dishes with bugs on the menu. If you know Swedish or do a google translate you can read Bugburgers article on gourmet restaurants like Noma in Denmark and D.O.M in Brazil. Bugburger has also have visited Archipelago in London, and Mexican restaurant Ty y Yo in Boston.
Don Bugito (www.donbugito.com) (USA)
”The prehistoric snackeria”, serving mexican bug food.
Grub Kitchen (www.grubkitchen.co.uk) (UK)
The first dedicated insect restaurant in Britain.
The Bug Chef (www.davidgeorgegordon.com) (USA)
The guy behind the classic ”The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook”.
Bug Appétit (USA)
The restaurant at the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium.
The Bug Banquet (UK)
”The Bug Banquet is a culinary and aesthetic exploration of entomophaghy which aims to redefine the parameters of food through the art of presentation.”
The Black Ant (theblackantnyc.com)(USA)
Mexican restaurant serving insects in New York.
Insect-o-shi (twitter.com/insectoshi) (Netherlands)
The company’s primary objective is to create a sushi bar with just edible insects.
Chirp cuisine (chirpcuisine.wixsite.com) (Canada)
Catering and workshops.
Insects as pet food:
Why not give your best friend an insect snack?
Conscientious cat (www.conscientious.cat) (USA)
Sustainable, ethical cat food.
Insects as animal feed:
Several companies see the potential in feeding livestock, fish, pigs and poultry with insects instead of other protein sources. Not as energy efficient like eating the insects our selves but more environmentally friendly then shipping soya beens all over the world and feeding fish with fish. Especially if you can feed insects with leftovers from for instance the food industry.
Protix (www.protix.eu) (Netherlands)
Ynsect (www.ynsect.com) (France)
Entomo Farm (entomo.farm), (France)
Diptera (www.dipteranutrition.com), (Italy)
Entobel (www.entobel.com) (Vietnam)
Agriprotein (www.agriprotein.com) (South Africa)
Hipromine (www.hipromine.com) (Poland)
Entofood (entofood.com) (Malaysia)
Bugimine (bugimine.com) (Estonia)
Online stores selling insects for human consumption:
For Swedish readers of this post, please check out Bugburgers shopping guide >>
Another important notice: Most of the companies above have their own shops selling directly to their customers. Below are company who sell a range of different insect products.
Thailand Unique (www.thailandunique.com) (Thailand)
The shop with the widest range of insects. Many of them also sold in shops in the US and Europe.
Hakuna mat (www.hakunamat.se) (Sweden)
Swedish webshop that has been closed down awaiting directives from Swedish food authorities (Livsmedelsverket).
Next Food (www.next-food.net) (Thailand)
A farm that sells their home grown insects. And they also sell them wholesale if you want to start a restaurant or consume a lot of insects.
MiniFood (www.minifood.be), (Belgium)
Edible Bug Shop (www.ediblebugshop.com.au) (Australia)
Delibugs (www.delibugs.nl) (Netherlands)
Jiminis (www.jiminis.com) (France)
Sexy food (www.sexyfood.fr) (France)
Extreme food (www.extremefood.se) (Sweden)
The first shop in Sweden that sold insects as food (Hotlix products). At the moment they have been stopped by Livsmedelsverket (read more about the regulations in Sweden).
Crawlers. (crawlers.co.nz) (New Zealand)
DinInsektButik (www.dininsektbutik.dk) (Denmark)
Whole sale – edible insects:
Here is a list of companies who works primarily wholsesale selling insects to restaurants, shops etc.
Anteater (www.anteater.co.nz) (New Zealand)
Professional insect farmers:
Here a list of companies that are rearing insects for human consumption. In Sweden we have one farm (Cricket Express) that unfortunately only is allowed to farm insects for pets.
Micronutris (www.micronutris.com) (France)
Proti-Farm (protifarm.com) (Netherlands)
Kreca (www.krecafood.com) (Netherlands)
Part of Proti-farm
Sahakhun Bug Farm Ltd.,Part, (Thailand)
Eco Insect Farming (eif-th.com) (Thailand)
Chapa farms (www.chapafarms.com) (Mexico/Canada)
Next Food (www.next-food.net) (Thailand)
Insagri (www.insagri.com) (Spain)
Established in 2012, offers edible insects (mealworms and crickets) of premium quality in Europe, fed with organic products only.
Nordic Food Supplements (www.nordicfoodsupplements.no) (Norway)
Norweigan startup who is breeding mealworms with the plan of making petfood, plants nutrition and human nutrition.
Bugging Denmark ( buggingdenmark.dk) (Denmark)
Heimdal Entofarm (entofarm.dk) (Denmark)
Cowboy Cricket Farms (cricketcookie.com) (US)
”We have a family farm in Montana called Cowboy Cricket Farms. We raise crickets, do research, and sell 3 cricket products: Chocolate Chirp Cookie, Cricket powder, and Cricket flour.”
Cricket farm (cricketfarm.org) (US)
Cricket Farm is a tiny indoor farm in Brooklyn NY that raises crickets for people to eat & also offers tiny residencies for people to work on projects while learning about cricket farming.
Home farming insects:
Open Bug Farm (www.openbugfarm.com), (US)
Tiny farms great open source project where insect farmers share their experiences and practices for insect farming. They have also set up an open source kit on GitHub.
Cricket Man (thecricketman.com), (US)
The Cricket Man, Marc Sanchez, has helped setting upp micro farms and larger farms since 2007.
Insect farming for the poor:
Some companies main focus is to come up with solutions that can help poor people in poor countries breed insects and give them a cheap source of protein.
Aspire FG (www.aspirefg.com), (Ghana, Mexico, US)
Aspires wants to save the world with insects, and they have started by establishing farms in Ghana, Mexico and USA.
EntoCube (entocube.com) (Finland)
EntoCube insect farm works well almost everywhere, but the original idea was to provide a solution for poor people in developing countries.
Read Bugburgers interview (in Swedish) with one of the founders >>
Khepri (khepri.eu), (France)
Working on a breeding case that can be used by poor communities.
MealFlour (www.mealflour.org) (Guatemala/USA)
MealFlour is a social enterprise founded in 2015 to promote better nutrition through sustainable farming of protein-rich mealworms.
Wageningen University (www.wageningenur.nl) (Netherlands)
éntomo (www.entomoproject.eu) (Ireland)
GREEiNSECT (greeinsect.ku.dk) (Denmark)
MIGHTi (mighti.co) (US)
Nordic Food Lab (nordicfoodlab.org) (Denmark)
Insect eating advocates & business organisations:
Bugburger.se isn’t the only website promoting insect eating. Here are some other insect advocates that don’t sell stuff, just the message: Eat insects 😉
International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (www.ipiff.org) (based in Belgium)
IPIFF is a non-profit organisation founded in 2013 which represents the interests of the breeders associated to this organisation.
IPIFF gathers the main private players in the insect industry.
Woven Network (woven-network.co.uk) (UK)
Woven Network is set up to directly benefit, through a set of membership services, entrepreneurs and researchers working in the role of insects in the human food chain. Indirectly, through supporting its members, the company will also benefit the wider public across the Globe that need sustainable, alternative sources of protein.
Belgian Insect Industry Federation (www.biif.org) (Belgium)
Unite all actors working in Belgium on the breeding and/or use for commercial purposes of insects and other arthropods.
Exchange and spread the knowledge regarding of insects and other arthropods, more specifically about their breeding and different commercial applications, to the general public, public authorities, the academic world and at a corporate level.
To promote Research & Development regarding the breeding and commercial use of insects and other arthropods, or parts/extracts thereof.
4ento (4ento.com), (Switzerland)
Entomove Project (www.entomoveproject.com), (France)
Florian Nock is an environmental engineer, certified nutritionist and a great advocate of eating insects.
entonote (www.entonote.com) (Italy)
Bugible (www.bugible.com) (USA)
Bugs on the menu (Canada)
Tastebugs (www.tastebugs.net) (Australia)
Bugsfeed (www.bugsfeed.com) (Denmark)
Impressive website made by the team behind the danish documentary ”Bugs – will eating insects save our Earth?”
Insect cuisine (insectcuisine.jp) (Japan)
A group that get together once a month to enjoy edible insects.