The venture, known as EnviroFlight, will involve the construction of a new production facility designed to convert black fly larvae into protein and other nutrients for pet food and other applications. The facility, for which construction began last month, is expected to be operational by early 2018.
The use of insect-derived nutrients as a food ingredient has become a recurring subject for pet food manufacturers seeking to improve sustainability. Advances in research have made less conventional nutrient sources — such as insects and aquatic plants — increasingly viable ways to meet the demands of both animals and humans.
“Leveraging more than eight years of applied research and development, the new facility will employ our industrial BSF platform and opens the door to a sustainable source of high quality nutrients for the aquaculture, livestock and specialty pet feed industries.”
— Glen Courtright, President and Founder, EnviroFlight
Despite advances in the science, many of these alternative nutrient sources still face hurdles before they are ready for market. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), a group that helps to inform and shape policy, recently indicated that definitions for insect-based ingredients would need to be established before they should be deemed acceptable. So far, black soldier fly larvae are the only insect to have been defined in this way.