The Insect Protein Market by 2030
Dilepix, who provide industrial insect farming solutions give us an overview of their thoughts on the protein market by the year 2030.
The poultry and aquaculture markets are the most likely to use insect proteins (to a lesser extent for the pig industry), opening up new opportunities for entomoculture.
According to IPIFF (The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed), in the next 10 years, the insect sector will become an integral part of the European agri-food chain:
- More than 10% of the fish consumed in the EU will come from fish farms that use insect protein in their feed
- 1 in 4 eggs consumed in Europe will come from insect-fed laying hens, while 1 in 5 portions of chicken meat will come from insect-fed broilers.
- 1 in 100 servings of pork will come from insect-fed pigs
A Market That Should Explode
According to the FAO, agricultural production will have to increase by +70% to meet the growing needs of the world population. The protein issue will play a central role.
If the trend continues, the demand for insect proteins should increase significantly in the next 5 years. Currently, the European market represents a few thousand tons while investments represent more than one billion euros
– this figure should exceed 3 billion euros by 2025.
“Industrial insect farming is growing rapidly in Europe for both food and feed. Because we are certain that this trend will continue to grow, we have developed an automatic counting solution for BSF and Mealworm larvae.
This solution, which is currently being industrialised with one of our partners, is expected to be on the market in the autumn of 2022. Technologies such as artificial intelligence are the allies of human operators when controlling production. We provide powerful measurement tools that save time and allow the operator to free himself from certain less valuable tasks. In this way, operators can focus on tasks that bring real value to the company.” – Alban Pobla, CEO Dilepix
Automate Insect Production To Meet Demand
Today, with the exception of a few very large operators capable of producing several thousand tons, the vast majority of insect farms are startups, VSEs or SMEs with little or no automation in their production systems. If the industry is to become more competitive with vegetal proteins and move to an industrial scale, Black Soldier Fly and Mealworm producers will have to automate their production system to ensure the necessary yields.
This will necessarily involve better control of production and the automation of certain actions such as the counting at different stages (larvae, pupae and adults) and mortality rate estimation.
Dilepix is one of the few companies to develop solutions to assist insect producers in the automation of their production tool.