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Bühler’s insect technology enters a new phase for contributing to a sustainable value chain

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Bühler is committed to ambitious targets that will help mitigate climate change. The company targets reducing waste, energy consumption and water use by 50% in the value chains of its customers. One opportunity to reduce the CO2 footprint of aquaculture is the use of insects for feed. Bühler provides technology solutions for the growth and processing of insects to enable the industrial-scale transformation of organic residues into high-value insect-based ingredients. 

The company announced another step in its insect production and processing capabilities with the company’s unique larvae storage system that allows full decoupling of insect rearing from processing, which gives outstanding flexibility in the operational schedule. Bühler’s technology succeeded the field test and is now ready for broad industrial use.

Last year, after four years of close collaboration, Bühler reached the major milestone with one of its partners, Protix, as their fully automated industrial black soldier fly processing plant in Bergen Op Zoom in North Brabant, Netherlands, reached its full processing capacity. This marks a proof point in the insect industry and the successful completion of the joint venture between Bühler and Protix.

“We congratulate Kees Aarts and his team at Protix on the extraordinary achievement of their insect protein facility. To be the pioneer in an industry is a challenging role, and to be the first to deliver a commercially viable, large-scale insect plant is a significant step on their ambitious journey,” said Ian Roberts, CTO at Bühler. 

“We believe that insect-based ingredients offer a new category of nutrition for the food system. The realization of such a new category demands a total ecosystem approach with multiple parties collaborating intensely,” said Kees Aarts, CEO and founder of Protix. “At Protix we work with multiple parties to advance the advent of sustainable nutrition enabling a food system in balance with nature. The collaboration with Bühler is a strong example of that. We will further support the growth of the industry and are convinced that further collaborations are needed to achieve important milestones on our journey.”


Photo caption: Larvae of black soldier fly.


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