edibl- Introducing sustainability for you and your pets
In recent studies, it has been found that consumers are now switching to more sustainable products for their four legged friends.
A consumer research project conducted by PROteINSECT highlighted that “Market research work was undertaken by PROteINSECT (2016) indicates that a high percentage of consumers demonstrate acceptability of insects as a protein source in animal feed4 . They also showed a desire for more information about insects as an alternative sustainable protein source.”
With growing approval for not only sustainable but alternative protein sources, there is no doubt that change is forthcoming primarily because “insects such as BSF (black soldier files) are rich in protein and have a clear potential in animal nutrition. The well-balanced amino acid profiles of certain insect ingredients are shown to be comparable to meat- and fishmeal (Spranghers et al., 2017). Due to their novel protein structure there is a lot of interest for use of insects in diets that are intended for pets diagnosed with food intolerance or allergies... Additionally, insects can have high fats/oils, mineral and vitamin levels, depending on what they are fed on.” With positive expansion underway, there are currently 7 species of insects that are authorised in the EU which include Acheta Domesticus (House Crickets), Tenebrio Molitor (Yellow Mealworms) and Hermetia illucens (Black soldier fly-BSF).
In a latest market analysis, it was found that “the demand for insect protein, mainly as an animal feed and pet food ingredient, could reach half a million metric tons by 2030, up from today’s market of approximately 10,000 metric tons.”
As great potential builds, it is evident that the market will continue to expand as consumers begin to become more socially conscious in what they not only feed their pet, but how it will ultimately affect the environment.