To honor the first edition of World Edible Insect Day (the 23d of October 2015) Bugburger has composed a list of entopreneurs around the world. That is companies, organisations and individuals who either are working on an edible-insect product, are planning to deliver one or are just advocating the benefits of eating insects. (Update: To honor the second edition of WEID Bugburger wrote an article about how entopreneurs are treated in Sweden…)
Normally Bugburger.se primarily covers the Swedish ento-scene, and the posts are usually written in Swedish. This time we make an exception.
The list is not complete (that is an almost impossible task), and it will probably loose its actuality in a couple of months, but it shows in a good way what is happening out there, and what kind of products start ups go for!
Please post comments if you would like to add a company to the list.
The list was updated 2017-03-19, 202 companies/organisations.
THE LIST – CATEGORIES:
Protein shake/nutrition supplements
Special insect products (unique products hard to categorize)
Insects as food (generalists)
Insect restaurants/insect chefs/insect catering
Insects as pet food
Insects as animal feed
Online stores selling insects for human consumption
Whole sale – edible insects
Professional insect farmers
Home farming insects
Insect farming for the poor
Insect eating advocates and business organisations
INSECT STARTUPS THAT DISAPPEARED:
Here is a list of startups that seems to have stopped existing (they are not inclued in the company count)
Please contact Bugburger if that is not the case.
There are lot of people out there that think Patrick Crowley really came up with a great way of serving crickets as food when he founded Chapul (Aztec for crickets). The Chapul bars have been sold for a couple of years and as you can see in the list below they are getting more and more competition!
Crowbar (www.crowbarprotein.com) (Iceland)
Makes the Jungle bar.
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)
Jumping Jack Snack (jumpingjacksnack.com) (Netherlands)
uKa Protéine (www.ukaproteine.com) (Canada)
Ecobar (www.ecobars.com.au) (Australia)
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)
Insects contain a lot of protein. So why not make protein shakes out of them? Or Omega-3 supplements?
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 😉
Grilo (www.griloprotein.com.au) (Australia)
Hotlix are the pioneers of ”insects candy” and started their business in the 70:s. They sell the classic lollipops with a worm, dried grasshoppers etc. They have relied a lot on the scary/yuck factor of insects, and maybe they won’t do that well when insects become more mainstream. The new startups like Sixfoods selling their Chirps and Crickers selling their Crickers crackers have a different more serious agenda.
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.
Making flour/powder out of insects is big business, and will become an even bigger business as it its the bases of many insect products.
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.
Gryllies (gryllies.com), (USA)
Eco Insect Farming (www.eif-th.com) (Thailand)
Primal Future (www.primalfuture.co.nz) (New Zealand)
Mophagy (mophagy.com) (UK)
Also sells spicy crickets.
Acheta (acheta.no) (Norway)
Norwegian startup selling cricket powder under its own brand.
Nutribug (www.nutribug.com), (UK)
Nutribug has been working on two products: Pro pasta with cricket flour, and Pro crackers. So when they deliver they deliver in two categories 😉
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)
Special insect products (unique products hard to categorize):
Some products are harder to categorize then other. Here are some extra interesting insect products.
Nutrient (nutrient.se) (Sweden)
The first Swedish entopreneur breeding its own mealworm. Working on some really interesting products that soon will be revealed…
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!
Insekt KBH (www.facebook.com/insektkbh) (Denmark)
Producing their own juice with crickets as one of the ingredients.
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)
Entoeats (entoeats.ca) (Canada)
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)
ofbug (www.ofbug.com), (Canada)
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)
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)
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)
Sahakhun Bug Farm Ltd.,Part, (Thailand)
Dimini Cricket (diminicricket.com) (France)
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)
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.
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.
Buggies (buggies.dk) (Denmark)
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.
Insect startups that disappeared:
Unfortunately not all make it. Here is a list of some of the startups that seems to have stopped existing.
Please contact Bugburger if that is not the case.
bodhi (www.bodhiprotein.com) (UK)
Cookies and seasoned dried insects.
Edible Unique (www.edibleunique.com) (UK)
Slightly nutty (www.slightlynutty.com) (USA)
Esculent (www.esculentinsects.com) (USA)
The End… but its far away from complete! Please write a comment below if you want to add a company!