Alternative Proteins Magazine - April 2024 Issue 3

April 2024 - Issue 3 Alex Diana, Innovafeed Innovafeed creates a new aspect to the insect industry with its investments Andrea Lopez, Selko From waste stream to alternative protein - Preserving food by-products for animal feed Aubin Bernard, Flylab Maximizing performance, a necessary transition to BSF ingredients by Feed Additive Magazine Alternative Proteins INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE FOR ALTERNATIVE PROTEINS TO ANIMAL FEED A step from plastics to proteins - Larvaes that eat plastic Insect meal as a tool for reducing the environmental impact of livestock production

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CON T E N T S EntoGreen to produce 25 tons of larvae per day with WEDA feeding system 16 Leading innovators collaborate on alternative protein production solutions 8 Meatly creates world’s first lab-grown cultivated chicken for cats 18 Northern Europe's largest insect farm opens in Denmark 14 Enifer builds first-of-its-kind mycoprotein ingredient factory 12 Protix to construct new production plant in Poland 10 Hungarian insect producer chooses Bühler for industrial insect plant 11 Innovafeed launches its new brand Hilucia for monogastrics and aqua 21 NEWS ARTICLES 38 MEALWORMS: LOW ASH CONTENT WITH AN INTERESTING MINERAL PROFILE FOR PET FOOD RECIPES Dr. Lorena Sanchez, Ynsect 54 WHY EDUCATION IS KEY TO PROMOTING INSECTS AS FOOD AND FEED Rodrigo Llauradó Casares, Insect Academy 41 FROM WASTE STREAM TO ALTERNATIVE PROTEIN - PRESERVING FOOD BY-PRODUCTS FOR ANIMAL FEED Andrea Lopez, Selko 57 MAXIMIZING PERFORMANCE, A NECESSARY TRANSITION TO BSF INGREDIENTS Aubin Bernard, Flylab 46 INSECT MEAL AS A TOOL FOR REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION Nick Piggott, Nutrition Technologies 50 INSECT MEALS AS A SOURCE OF FUNCTIONAL AND BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS Dr. Milos Petrovic, Professor & Masa Ivkovic, Green Cell Innovation, Serbia 60 NEW STUDY: FUNGI-DERIVED MYCOPROTEIN DELIVERS OPTIMAL PROTEIN AND FIBER Elisa Arte, Enifer 62 ENSURING QUALITY, FEED SAFETY AND HYGIENE: A COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE Azwa Aasdik, Veolia & Tze Min Teo, Entofood 65 HOW BSF IS ‘CLOSING THE LOOP’ BY BUILDING A ZERO-WASTE FOOD SYSTEM Nicola Gardner, Beta Bugs Ltd

NEWS 6 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 Progressing closer towards the goal of building a more sustainable and resilient aquaculture supply chain, Entobel and Vinh Hoan announced the signing of an expanded strategic partnership. The partnership includes an offtake agreement by Feed One, a subsidiary of Vinh Hoan, to purchase a substantial volume of insect protein produced at Entobel’s Vung Tau factory in 2024. According to the companies, this landmark partnership builds upon the global leadership of both companies in developing a more sustainable food system with a lower environmental impact and accelerating the adoption of insect protein in aquaculture. In addition to the offtake for 2024, through this agreement, Vinh Hoan will purchase a minimum of 15,000 metric tons of insect protein from Entobel over the next three years, from 2025 to 2027, inclusive. “Today, in collaboration with Entobel, we are creating a more sustainable and resilient aquaculture value chain with the added benefit of incorporating nutritious aquaculture feed ingredients with demonstrated health and immunity benefits,” said Nguyen Ngo Vi Tam, the CEO of Vinh Hoan. “Accelerating the adoption of Entobel’s insect protein in pangasius production will make it possible for Vinh Hoan to source aquaculture feed ingredients in a more sustainable way and use feed ingredients that are not in direct competition with human nutrition, facilitating a more responsible aquaculture industry.” Read more>> Entobel and Vinh Hoan partnership accelerates adoption of insect protein in aquaculture MARA approves FeedKind protein for aquafeed China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) has formally given Calysta’s single cell protein full approval for use in fish and shrimp feeds after an extensive evaluation process. It means that protein produced by Calysseo – Calysta and Adisseo’s joint venture to produce FeedKind for the Asian aquaculture market – can now be sold and used in Chinese aquaculture feeds. Calysseo’s first production plant is in Chongqing, already producing sustainable FeedKind protein for the aquaculture industry, giving producers access to an alternative to plant or animal sources for aquafeed diets. The protein is produced by harnessing the power of a naturally-occurring microbe that converts methane into a healthy, nutritious feed ingredient, FeedKind. Sun Bin, Calysseo’s Chairman, commented: “This is an important step forward not just in helping make food production systems more sustainable, but in improving global food security, by providing feed producers with a domestically-produced, reliable feed ingredient that isn’t susceptible to weather or climate-driven fluctuations in supply.” According to the company's statement, FeedKind is a natural, sustainable and traceable feed ingredient produced by fermentation for aquaculture feeds and pet foods producing using no plant or animal ingredients. FeedKind has been validated via extensive trials across popular aquaculture species, including shrimp, seabass, and salmon. Research previously demonstrated distinct benefits for shrimp, concluding that FeedKind promotes strong, healthy growth, while also helping activate shrimp’s immune response to Vibrio, the causative agent of Early Mortality Syndrome. Read more>>

NEWS Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 7 Bond Pet Foods shipped its first two metric tonnes of animal protein created through fermentation to Hill’s Pet Nutrition, which will begin to formulate test products using the innovative, more sustainable ingredient for regulatory review and market evaluation. Separately, the companies announced a second joint development agreement to create an additional animal protein for potential use in Hill’s products. The collaboration between Bond and Hill’s, announced in late 2021, aims to develop a source of more sustainable animal protein to fulfil the dietary needs of dogs and cats. The two metric tonnes produced by Bond represent a major milestone towards commercialising its fermentation technology for pet food applications. The scale of the delivery will allow Hill’s to formulate a variety of products at its Pet Nutrition Centre in Topeka, KS, for evaluation. That data will be used for the ingredient’s eventual review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Centre for Veterinary Medicine, as well as to prepare prototypes for market evaluation. “Hill’s is known for its leadership in precise, complete, and balanced, science-based nutrition. We are excited to continue our relationship with Bond and support their truly novel approach to producing animal proteins in a more sustainable way that meets our high-quality standards,” said Dave Baloga, Executive Vice President of Science & Technology for Hill's Pet Nutrition. Read more>> Fermentation-based animal protein being tested in pet food Nasekomo, a biotech scale-up, and Siemens Bulgaria, a part of the global digital leader Siemens AG, forged an agreement to collaborate on the digitalization of insect biotransformation—an emerging industry with significant potential for sustainable development. The partnership between Siemens and Nasekomo, unveiled during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 28), will serve as the foundation for establishing an intelligent insect industry 4.0. with built-in industrial cyber security to fulfil the growing demand for protein in both quality and quantity. The collaboration aims to expedite the expansion of the insect industry by leveraging digitalization to enhance capacity. The official signing took place in the presence of the Bulgarian Minister of Innovation and Growth, Milena Stoicheva, and the Minister of Environment and Water in Bulgaria, Julian Popov. The strategic cooperation document was signed by Virak Chhuor, Vice President of Engineering and Production at Nasekomo, and Dr. Eng. Boryana Manolova, CEO of Siemens for Bulgaria, North Macedonia, and Ukraine. The partnership will bolster Nasekomo's development concept, which envisions a data-driven franchising business model. This involves initially creating a connected network of factories within European countries and eventually expanding globally. The initial phase of the collaboration will focus on establishing a state-of-the-art breeding centre to provide a sustainable supply of young insects for the network of bioconversion factories. Read more>> Siemens, Nasekomo collaborate on digitalization of insect production

NEWS 8 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 International technology group Andritz and Netzsch-Feinmahltechnik GmbH, one of the leading companies in grinding and classifying technologies, entered a strategic partnership to collaborate on serving the alternative protein market with future-oriented technologies and processes. The collaboration will bring together Netzsch’s expertise in fine grinding and subsequent classifying to extract a protein-rich fraction with Andritz’s extensive know-how in key processes such as conditioning, extraction, dewatering, drying, extrusion, and pelleting complemented by advanced process automation and a first-class global service offering. Tailor-made process solutions include conceptual design, process engineering, implementation, automation, and maintenance of turn-key plants, as well as trials in the laboratories. One key aspect of this partnership is the commitment to energy efficiency. The companies state that they provide innovative technologies and processes that enable a significant reduction in energy consumption and thus create both ecological and economic added value. Christian Kling, Director Business Development for Alternative Protein Solutions at Andritz, says: “We are very pleased to have found a partner in Netzsch that shares and strengthens our vision for the alternative protein market. It is an exciting market but moving from lab to industrial scale can be challenging. Andritz – as a trusted partner on the side of its customers – not only has the production technology but also helps customers speed up commercialization and bridge the gap to full-scale production. With a history of 170 years, we have been engineering and implementing solutions for many industries including food and feed for decades.” Read more>> Leading innovators collaborate on alternative protein production solutions Globe Buddy introduces new dog food with insect protein Danish pet food company Globe Buddy introduced a super-premium dog food based on a novel and sustainable source of protein: insects. The brand wants to inspire a positive change and help dog owners live greener pet lives. “We have made it easy to feed your furry friend a healthy and tasty diet while doing some good for the planet, simply by reducing the climate impact of dog food,” said Bjarne Gravesen Jensen, CEO and co-founder of Globe Buddy. According to the company's statement, the insect-based dog food Globe Buddy Brown features protein from the black soldier fly larvae, which is good for all dogs, especially those with sensitive digestion or intolerances to traditional meats. It is also a win for the climate. Using insect protein in pet food reduces carbon emissions. The carbon footprint of the ingredients in Globe Buddy's new product is just over half that of the ingredients used in the market's average dog food, according to calculations performed by the consultancy firm Viegand Maagøe on behalf of Globe Buddy. The insect-based product comes with a third-party-verified carbon footprint, something that is still rarely seen in the pet food industry. “While many companies have brought what are claimed to be green pet foods to market, we saw a need among pet parents for increased transparency in the environmental sustainability of their dog’s food. Our brand aims to address this unmet need,” said Bjarne Gravesen Jensen. Read more>>

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NEWS 10 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 Scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) announced that they have devised new techniques that can produce nutritious microalgae in industrial volumes, which could interest countries looking to diversify themselves off imported feed products and promote domestic food security. Algae is recognized as a superfood that can be grown cheaply with just sunshine, carbon dioxide and water. However, cultivation at scale is difficult, meaning its potential has yet to be realized. Scientists working at KAUST’s new Saudi Center for Algal Biotechnology Development and Aquaculture, have developed their own Spirulina and Chlorella strains of algae which is uniquely adapted to seawater. Scientists state that the innovation dispenses with the need for freshwater and make the production of livestock feed cultivated from algae sustainable and economically viable. Saudi Arabia currently imports most of the raw materials it needs for livestock feed – protein, lipids, and carbohydrates – from countries like Brazil and USA. KAUST’s groundbreaking research means locally produced microalgae could ultimately become a substitute for the 13 million tons of imported feed materials that it is predicted the Kingdom will require annually by 2030. According to KAUST’s statement, the Kingdom’s plan for algal cultivation on an industrial scale aligns with its Vision 2030 goals. These include increasing its domestic food security and decreasing its dependency on imported feed and raw food materials. Read more>> KAUST scientists develop new techniques for industrial microalgae production Protix to construct new production plant in Poland The European Investment Bank (EIB) has committed to supporting Protix in the expansion of its sustainable protein production. The signing of the loan agreement marks a significant milestone, providing Protix, a producer of sustainable protein used for animal feed and pet food, with up to €37 million in additional funds for its international rollout. This agreement is in line with the InvestEU objective of a Sustainable Bioeconomy and Circular Economy and was made possible with the support of the InvestEU programme, which aims to trigger more than €372 billion in additional investment in the European Union over the period 2021-27. EIB Vice President Teresa Czerwińska said: “Supporting innovative solutions is one of the priorities of the European Investment Bank, and we are pleased to start collaborating with Protix. This financing is supported by the InvestEU programme and will enable the company to expand its activities and to apply its technologies, which contribute to the sustainable development of solutions within the bioeconomy sector.” Protix CFO Lynn De Proft said: “We are thrilled about this agreement with the EIB, not only for the opportunities it brings for further expansion but also as a resounding affirmation. This support reinforces the fact that our industry is not just here to stay but is poised for significant growth. Following our expansion to the United States and now our ability to do the same in Poland, we are excited to accelerate our mission to bring the food system back in balance with nature." Read more>>

NEWS Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 11 Nasekomo appoints Stefka Mavrodieva as CDO Nasekomo, one of the leading biotech companies in the insect bioconversion industry, announced the appointment of Stefka Mavrodieva as its new Chief Digital Officer. Mavrodieva brings over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, with a focus on strategic programs involving digitalization, cloud solutions and overall business development. In her new role, Mavrodieva will be responsible for the development and execution of Nasekomo’s digital strategy, including big data management, artificial intelligence driven automation, technology integration and cyber security. She will also play a role in the company’s efforts to scale its operations and expand into new markets through its innovative franchise model. The appointment comes a few months after the company attracted an investment of 8 million euros to develop a new generation of bio-based technologies with zero waste and after late last year Nasekomo and Siemens Bulgaria announced a strategic partnership to digitise the cultivation of Hermetia Illuces for industrial purposes. “I am inspired to join Nasekomo at this pivotal time in the company’s growth,” said Mavrodieva. “The company presents the unique opportunity to revolutionise the insect bio-engineering industry and I am confident that my experience and expertise will help achieve these goals.” Read more>> Stefka Mavrodieva Hungarian insect producer Agroloop chosen Bühler’s sophisticated insect growth system for its industrial black soldier fly plant. The facility will produce up to 4,000 metric tonnes of animal feed ingredients per year and will be built in Üllő, Hungary. Swiss technology group Bühler will deliver its proven crate-based nursery and rearing technology, which will enable a quick ramp-up of the plant for commercial production. By the end of 2024, Agroloop plans to launch its first products, contributing to a more sustainable animal feed value chain. Following its foundation in 2017 and the successful operation of a pilot facility, Agroloop got the green light for the implementation of an industrial insect plant in Hungary in 2022. Now they have selected all execution partners and are working at full speed to construct the plant and get it operational. The insect facility will be realised in an existing building of the Aerozone Park in Üllő, which is located next to the Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport. The new plant, Agroloop, supported by Bühler insect technology expertise, will produce more than 25,000 metric tonnes of black soldier fly larvae that will be turned into sustainable feed ingredients for the pet food, aquaculture, and livestock sectors. The plant is only the first step in Agroloop’s strategy to make insect feed ingredients available for Central and Eastern European (CEE) agribusiness. “The abundance of food processing by-products presents a unique opportunity for Agroloop's multi-plant rollout strategy in the CEE region. Leveraging our strategic partnership with the leading regional feed producer, UBM Group, we improve feed quality and sustainability by creating future-proof feed formulas. This enables Agroloop to focus on rapid expansion and solidifies our position as a key player in the region,” said István Nagy, co-founder and CEO of Agroloop. Read more>> Hungarian insect producer chooses Bühler for industrial insect plant

NEWS 12 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 MicroHarvest, one of the leading industrial biotechnology companies dedicated to advancing sustainable protein production, launched its cutting-edge pilot plant in Lisbon, Portugal – enabling the company to produce single-cell protein samples. The official launch of the pilot, marked by an event held on November 16th in Lisbon, attended by investors FoodLabs and Faber to name but a few, marks a significant milestone in MicroHarvest’s mission to reshape the landscape of sustainable food production. With the ability to operate beyond labscale inhouse, the pilot plant will accelerate MicroHarvest’s journey toward commercialization and market availability. The plant will produce protein samples for customers, allowing the company to further hone its technology and test production runs before bringing them to commercial scale. The pilot plant is located at their Factory Lisbon site. In a remarkable span of six months, MicroHarvest transformed a portion of its office space into a fully equipped laboratory and pilot plant. Luísa Cruz, CTO of MicroHarvest, notes, “This pilot plant serves as tangible evidence of the scalability of our process. With a lower investment when compared to alternative technologies, and within a mere 200 square meters, we can achieve a daily production of 25 kg.” Simultaneously, after successfully transferring the technology and scaling up production to reach daily outputs in tons, the team engaged a commercial production partner. Read more>> MicroHarvest launches pilot plant to produce single-cell protein samples Business Finland has conditionally approved a recycling and reuse investment grant of more than €12 million for biotech startup Enifer to build its first commercial-scale PEKILO® mycoprotein ingredient factory. The funding comes from the European Union NextGenerationEU recovery instrument. It will support building first-of-its-kind industrial facilities promoting the reuse and recycling of industrial by-products and waste streams, hence aligning with the EU’s circular economy action plan and the Sustainable Growth Programme for Finland. The commercial-scale factory will produce Enifer's unique PEKILO® mycoprotein ingredients, which are made using fungal fermentation. The PEKILO® fermentation process has a long legacy; it was originally developed by Finnish forest industry engineers in the 1970s. As the world’s first commercial mycoprotein production process from 1975 to 1991, it converted forest industry by-products into sustainable feed protein for the domestic market. The new facility will have a production capacity of 3 million kilograms a year of sustainable, locally sourced protein -roughly equivalent to the protein content of meat from 30,000 cows- but with at least 20 times lower carbon emissions and considerably lower water and land use. The factory is currently projected to cost €30 million to build and is expected to be completed by the end of 2025, with production ramp-up occurring in 2026. Read more>> Enifer builds first-of-its-kind mycoprotein ingredient factory

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NEWS 14 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 A recent study published in the Journal of Insects as Food and Feed into the impact of insect ingredients in dog food reported positive effects on dental health. Volatile sulphur compound (VSC)-producing bacteria in the dental plaque were reduced and beneficial bacteria such as Moraxella were increased in saliva microbiota. The study, conducted with a diet based on the black soldier fly (BSF), shows a drop in the dreaded bad breath that afflicts many of our canine companions. The results open up exciting opportunities for pet food manufacturers to develop new applications, from treats and kibble to wet food, that capitalise on the positive oral health message. Researchers at the Federal University of Paraiba (UFBP) in Brazil reported a 7% reduction in the bacteria that cause VSC and trigger bad breath. This outcome is particularly notable since VSC-producing bacteria would generally be expected to increase with the consumption of regular food with no dental prophylaxis. In addition, based on a metagenomic analysis, the black soldier fly diet seems to modulate saliva microbiota. The abundance of Moraxella in saliva was increased. The Moraxella group of bacteria is considered a marker of oral health and beneficial for the oral microbiome. Read more>> New study: Diet based on BSF improves oral health and reduces bad breath in dogs Enorm Biofactory inaugurated the largest insect farm in Northern Europe in Hvirring, Denmark. Enorm aims to produce 100 tonnes of larvae per day on its new farm. On the new 22,000-square-meter farm, black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) will be bred and processed into insect protein and insect oil. Much of the technology installed at Enorm Biofactory was supplied by Better Insect Solutions, a subsidiary of the Big Dutchman Group that specialises in complete solutions for insect farming. Better Insect Solutions provided the climate systems for the breeding and growing sections, air cleaning and heat recovery equipment, the liquid feeding system, and the crates for the larvae. Overall, around EUR 70 million was invested in the project. “Enorm Biofactory is a milestone for insect farming in Europe, and we are delighted that our equipment has made such an important contribution to the success of this lighthouse project,” said Dr. Frank Hiller, CEO of Big Dutchman. “We value this cooperation very highly because the larvae of the black soldier fly have enormous potential. We believe that this alternative protein source can permanently replace a large part of the soy that is currently being imported to Europe.” Accordingly, Big Dutchman has bundled the group’s insect farming know-how into the subsidiary Better Insect Solutions, which was founded in 2020. Enorm Biofactory breeds black soldier flies that mate and lay eggs, from which the larvae hatch. The larvae’s main food source is residue from the regional food industry. After around 12 days, they are processed into insect oil and insect meal, products that have already shown promising results in connection with the management and health of pigs and poultry. The goal to produce 100 metric tonnes of larvae per day. Read more>> Northern Europe's largest insect farm opens in Denmark

NEWS Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 15 Manna Insect sells insect farming technology to more than 20 countries Manna Insect announced that it became one of the world's leading insect farming solution providers and has sold its insect farming technology to well over 20 countries across 6 continents since it started selling about 18 months ago. The company states that especially the Manna MIND climatization technology has been raising interest across the globe since its 2nd generation version was launched in September 2023. "Counting the number of climatization units that have already been sold and shipped or that will be shipped in the next few weeks, in May 2024 we will surpass 50 MIND unit milestone," Manna Insect officials say. According to the company, the milestone is significant, in practice it means that Manna Insect’s technology is the centre piece and enabler of professional level insect production in over 50 insect farming facilities around the world. Manna Insect notes that compared to other insect farming technology providers, no other company has helped set up more than a handful of insect farms anywhere in the world. Manna Insect aims to solve biowaste and animal feed problems with a set of solutions that are specialized in the utilization of black soldier fly (BSF) to upcycle organic waste into cost-efficient and nutritious animal feed and organic fertilizer. Some of the solutions are technical – the climatization technology, readymade BSF production units, and an insect farming mobile app – whereas some are services, such as the new insect business accelerator program and insect farming trainings, according to the company's statement. Read more>> Entobel opens largest insect protein production plant Entobel, one of the global leaders in the production of functional insect protein for animal and plant nutrition, celebrated the opening of its new black soldier fly (BSF) production plant, the largest of its kind in Asia. Entobel’s state-of-the-art facility was constructed in an industry record time of 12 months and is currently the world’s most CAPEX-efficient BSF production facility. The facility features 50 levels of vertical rearing, incorporating automation via robotics, cutting-edge sensors, and data analytics that enhance productivity. Leveraging a US$33 million Series B funding round raised in 2022 and backed by Mekong Capital, Dragon Capital, and The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Vung Tau facility marks Entobel’s second industrial-scale production facility in Vietnam and will have an annual production capacity of 10,000 MT of insect protein. The facility will serve as an economic and community anchor, creating 150 jobs in manufacturing and operations. “Today marks a major milestone in our journey to transform the insect protein landscape and supply sustainable feed ingredients to the rapidly growing aquaculture and pet food industries,” said Alexandre de Caters and Gaëtan Crielaard, co-founders and co-CEOs of Entobel. Read more>>

NEWS 16 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 Benson Hill, Inc., self-described as an ag tech company unlocking the natural genetic diversity of plants, announced that recent advances in its soybean breeding programme will drive the doubling of its seed portfolio by 2025. The latest field evaluations on Benson Hill’s third generation of Ultra High Protein Low Oligosaccharides, non-GMO soybean varieties, showed protein gains of 2% over the previous generation and achieved a yield gap of only 3 to 5 bushels per acre, compared with commodity GMO soybeans. “We’ve successfully demonstrated that CropOS®, our AI-based prediction and data insights platform, can drive our predictive breeding efforts and give us a stepchange forward on multiple traits like protein and yield,” said Jason Bull, Chief Technology Officer of Benson Hill. “We are now seeing massive gains in the field that minimise the tradeoff between yield and protein, surpassing expectations from when we began building on the high-protein soybean genetics we acquired in 2019.” “What this means for the industry is that we’re accelerating our speed to market with de-risked, outcome-based products in record time,” Bull added. “We expect to expand our portfolio of seed innovations again in 2025 to offer two dozen varieties that encompass protein, lower-indigestible sugars, and quality oil.” Read more>> Benson Hill introduces five 2024 soybean varieties The German feeding technology specialist WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp supplied a liquid feeding system for the black soldier fly (BSF) to the Portuguese breeder EntoGreen. Founded in 2014 by Daniel Murta, EntoGreen produces high-quality animal protein and organic fertilizer from by-products of the agricultural and food industries at its headquarters in Santarém. In the system, the larvae of the BSF are fed with the by-products until they reach their final weight. The WEDA system, including control and process visualization, is a container system with mixing tanks that were specially developed and built for EntoGreen. “We worked closely with our partner WEDA on the design and construction,” emphasizes Daniel Murta, founder and CEO of EntoGreen. According to WEDA's statement, the feed substrate can be mixed in parallel in the liquid feeding system. The integrated Intrix dosing system ensures an individual combination and precise portioning of the feed substrate in the rearing units. In numerous test runs, even viscous substrates could be dosed and conveyed without any problems. At EntoGreen, the vegetable materials on which the larvae of the black soldier fly thrive consist of regional vegetable by-products that otherwise could not be used as nutritional sources and were lost. Read more>> EntoGreen to produce 25 tons of larvae per day with WEDA feeding system

NEWS Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 17 Following several acquisitions, including Klifovet, Pen & Tec Consulting, and Ondax Scientific, Argenta rings in the new year by bringing its businesses together under one, energised brand. The combined identity reflects the company’s enhanced offering to customers, providing them with unparalleled, comprehensive support right across the animal health product development cycle from ‘molecule to market.’ According to the company's statement, Argenta already held a unique position as the world’s only combined CRO and CDMO dedicated to animal health, partnering with clients big and small for more than 17 years on the pathway from concept to market. The acquisition of Klifovet, Pen & Tec Consulting, and Ondax Scientific has strengthened this offering, and joining together under one brand reflects a determination to maximise the group’s collective capabilities and global footprint to help more clients improve the health of pets and livestock, and achieve their commercial goals. Argenta stated that the good news for customers is that there will be no changes to legal entities and who they do business with, and they’ll continue to work with the same experienced contacts at Argenta but will now have easier access to a greater range of expertise and capabilities as their requirements evolve. “As we’ve grown in recent years, we’ve brought some great companies into the group, expanding our offering to customers and strengthening Argenta’s position as the world’s only combined CRO and CDMO dedicated to animal health,” said Will Downie, CEO of Argenta. “Now, bringing our businesses together under the Argenta brand reflects our collective expertise and truly specialised role as a leading global partner in our industry, supporting clients right across the product development cycle, from molecule to market.” Read more>> Argenta combines legacy brands to further advance animal health

NEWS 18 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 Meatly creates world’s first lab-grown cultivated chicken for cats Meatly, one of the leading cultivated meat companies in the world, announced that it created the world’s first cans of pet food that use cultivated chicken as the protein source. The product was created in collaboration with its first brand partner, Omni, a fast-growing novel protein pet food company in the UK, founded by veterinarian Dr. Guy Sandelowsky. This is also a significant step in Meatly’s B2B route to market, as it looks to become both the first company in the world to sell cultivated meat for pets, and the first to gain regulatory approval and sell cultivated meat-based products in the UK and Europe. For Omni, which has achieved more than £2 million in sales to date selling dog food crafted from pulse, algae, and yeast protein diets, this first venture into the cultivated meat market comes in the form of canned wet food for cats. By utilising Meatly’s cruelty-free chicken ingredient, this step represents a much-anticipated evolution of the pet food market as pet food brands, like Omni, look to offer ethical and more environmentally friendly products that are healthier for pets, Meatly stated. It also marks a huge moment for the wider pet food industry, which is growing 7% per annum globally and is expected to be worth £120bn by 2026. However, with this growth, the industry’s environmental impact is increasing rapidly. 22% of the meat currently consumed in the UK is consumed by pets, representing a significant amount of GHG emissions. Meatly said that it addresses this by producing sustainable, tasty and nutritious meat, whilst reducing our reliance on industrial agriculture. Read more>> Jointly organized by EABA and DLG Benelux, AlgaEurope 2023, the annual conference highlighting breakthroughs and trends in the algae biomass sector, saw an extraordinary gathering of 407 delegates from 40 countries and 221 organizations. Hosted in Prague, Czech Republic, from December 12-15, the event unfolded over four days, featuring a curated programme delivered by 112 expert speakers. The content spanned scientific, technological, and business dimensions within the global algae biomass sector. Exploring an array of subjects, AlgaEurope is one of the most comprehensive conferences in its field. More than 20 plenary sessions covered Physiology, Biorefinery, Food, Feed, Biostimulant, Bioremediation, and Biomaterial among others. The conference featured distinguished keynote speakers, including Sónia Ventura (Portugal), Susana Coelho (Germany), Angela Wulf (Sweden), and Robert Henrikson (USA), offering profound insights and expertise. One of the highlights of the conference was the poster presentation area, which provided researchers with a platform to present their work. Some 136 scientific authors presented their work. The introduction of the Poster Presentation Award this year recognised outstanding contributions. The next AlgaEurope conference will be held in Athens on December 10-12, 2024. Read more>> AlgaEurope 2023 highlights future of algae industry

NEWS Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 19 Future Green Solutions announced that it rebranded to Arvela. Since its inception in 2012, Arvela has been at the forefront of sustainable agri-business, supplying industry-leading black soldier fly eggs and converting organic waste into high-value products like antibacterial oils, animal protein substitutes, and biofertilizers. “This is a significant move that symbolises our ongoing commitment to sustainable development and marks a new chapter in our business journey,” said Luke Wheat, Arvela founder. According to the company's statement, the rebranding coincides with the addition of new leadership talent to the company's board and management team. These seasoned professionals bring a wealth of experience, invigorating Arvela's strategic vision and heralding an era of heightened innovation, operational excellence, and business growth. Arvela, a creative reimagining of the word 'larvae', encapsulates the company's ethos of transforming waste into valuable, eco-friendly products. From industry-leading black soldier fly eggs to a diverse range of agri-products, Arvela continues to redefine sustainable agricultural practices, contributing significantly to a circular economy – living its mission statement to ‘give waste a purpose’. The company stated, “We embraced this change to better reflect who we are today and to symbolise our dynamic future. In a world that never stands still, it’s crucial that our brand mirrors our ability to adapt and thrive. The new brand is a clear representation of our values and our promise to tackle environmental challenges while ensuring commercial success.” Read more>> Future Green Solutions rebrands as Arvela Ÿnsect receives approval to commercialize mealworms in US Ÿnsect, one of the strongest players in the production of insect-based proteins, has been granted authorization by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) to use defatted mealworm proteins in dog nutrition. It is the first time that mealworm-based ingredients for pet foods have been approved in the USA. The authorization follows two years of evaluation by AAFCO, the organisation responsible for the safety of animal food in the USA. Approval was granted to Ÿnsect based on a comprehensive scientific dossier that included a 6-month trial introducing mealworm-derived ingredients into the diet of dogs. The results demonstrated the safety of the product and its nutritional benefits. A further study commissioned by Ÿnsect with Professor Kelly Swanson from the Animal Sciences Laboratory at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign, proved that the protein quality of defatted mealworm flour from Tenebrio molitor was comparable to high-quality animal proteins traditionally used in pet food manufacturing, such as beef, pork, and salmon. “We are very proud to have obtained the very first authorization for the commercialization of mealworm-based ingredients for pet food in the United States. It is the recognition of over 10 years of research for the benefit of animal health. This authorization opens the doors to the immense American market just as we are preparing to deliver our first pet food customers from our Amiens farm,” said Shankar Krishnamoorthy, CEO of Ÿnsect. Read more>>

NEWS 20 Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 Deep Branch, one of the creators of high-value ingredients for a more sustainable food system, announced the appointment of Kaspar Kristiansen as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), taking over from co-founder Peter Rowe. With Kristiansen’s arrival, Rowe will dedicate his focus to commercial development activities, with both working closely together to redefine the company’s long-term strategy and lay the foundations for growth. The company unveiled that this management team evolution is combined with an injection of additional funding from existing investors. Kaspar Kristiansen joins Deep Branch following six years serving as Managing Partner and Managing Director of Waterland, where he was responsible for the global private equity firm’s Nordic business. Having also previously headed up Danish engineering firm FLSmidth’s M&A and business improvement activities, Kaspar is seasoned in dealing with the challenges of scaling and commercialising novel process technologies. He brings extensive experience in enabling high-potential businesses to realise their true value; experience he will apply to Deep Branch as he oversees the successful completion of the company’s ongoing pilot project and prepares the organisation for future growth through the establishment of stronger internal structures, planning and processes. Read more>> Deep Branch appoints Kaspar Kristiansen as new CEO Kaspar Kristiansen Ittinsect secures €600,000 in funding for sustainable protein production Ittinsect secured over €600,000 in non-dilutive funding from Invitalia, Italy’s Development Agency. This funding will facilitate the construction of a pilot plant capable of producing 2,300 metric tons of sustainable proteins annually. This marks a key step toward the biotech company's goal of scaling up to an industrial-scale production of proteins derived from 100% circular economy processes by 2025. This initiative highlights the importance of scaling up sustainable aquafeed for safeguarding our oceans, according to the company. Ittinsect will deploy €602,500 to build a section of its inaugural production facility. The facility will prove both the technical and economic advantages of Ittinsect's products at scale, laying the groundwork for the company's first industrial plant. This scale-up will also bolster the recruitment of specialized personnel and the pursuit of new patents, solidifying Ittinsect's position as the preeminent innovator in the market. Ittinsect’s CEO, Alessandro Romano, underscored the significance of national support from Italy’s National Development Agency, stating, "We are honored to secure this funding, building upon the trust already received from the Lazio Region during the project's pre-seed phase. The backing from Invitalia confirms the regional interest has transcended into a national one. Our goal is now to extend public support to an international level." Read more>>

NEWS Alternative Proteins Magazine April 2024 21 In order to support the acceleration of its production and sales growth, which more than doubled in 2023, Innovafeed unveiled its new brand Hilucia™. With Hilucia™, the company redesigned its offer around a complete range of high-quality ingredients for animal and plant nutrition, with minimal environmental impact. Hilucia™ embodies the combination of the exceptional upcycling capabilities of the Hermetia illucens larvae with the cutting-edge technology developed by Innovafeed's teams, according to the company's statement. “Enhanced and expanded with two new products - protein for monogastrics and oil for aqua - the Hilucia™ range reaffirms Innovafeed's anchoring and leadership in its four main markets: pets (Hilucia™ for pets), livestock (Hilucia™ for monogastrics), aquaculture (Hilucia™ for aqua), and agriculture (Hilucia™ for plants),” said Elizaveta Le Floch, Chief Business Officer of Innovafeed. The company states that the Hilucia™ range is the result of an extensive effort made in recent years by Innovafeed's teams. Innovafeed emphasizes that it has created a unique model of "industrial symbiosis" that maximizes the natural productivity of Hermetia illucens larvae. This model is based on the clustering of facilities with suppliers of the two main inputs required for insect rearing: agricultural co-products for larval feed and energy. The facilities are directly connected by pipelines, which significantly reduces environmental impact, transport needs, and production costs. The ingredients of the Hilucia™ range aim to meet the growing demand for high-quality food products - it is estimated that global protein demand will increase by 40% by 2030 – while meeting sustainability requirements, both in resource use and CO2 emissions. Read more>> Innovafeed launches its new brand Hilucia for monogastrics and aqua FreezeM raises $14.2 million in Series A funding FreezeM, one of the Agri-tech pioneering biotechnology companies, announced the closure of $14.2 million in Series A funding. The funding round was led by a group of seasoned industrial investors and the prestigious European Innovation Council Fund (EIC Fund), along with FreezeM's existing investors and partners. The funding will be used to accelerate the growth of the company's breeding hubs network and commercialize its novel solutions at scale, accommodating the rapidly increasing market demand. "The current funding round will enable FreezeM to embed our technology globally at scale and accelerate the growth of our breeding hubs in Europe and Israel, thereby driving successful commercial expansion. Our technology unleashes the insect market from its shackles and will propel the insect protein market to fulfill its true potential," said Dr. Yuval Gilad, Co-founder and CEO of FreezeM. FreezeM aims to simplify BSF reproduction and increase protein yield through the supply of its PauseM® product to BSF protein producers, tapping an estimated $3.96 billion market by 2033 according to Meticulous Research forecast. This innovation plays a vital role in boosting insect protein production capacity for livestock and pet food while implementing a circular economy, conserving precious global farmland, and reducing ocean depletion, according to the company. Read more>>