Agreements are with Ardent Mills in US and Corporativo Kosmos in Mexico

Powder Bulk Solids Staff

December 13, 2022

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Ÿnsect is partnering with Ardent Mills in the US and Corporativo Kosmos in Mexico to build insect production facilities. Image courtesy of Ÿnsect

A certified B Corp company and world leader in the production of premium insect-based ingredients, Ÿnsect is entering an accelerated phase of international development with the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Ardent Mills for an industrial facility in the US and the signing of a joint development agreement with Corporativo Kosmos in Mexico.

These agreements were signed as Ÿnsect launched the world’s largest insect farm in Amiens, France, with a height of 36m and a building surface area of 40,000 sq m. With the arrival of the first insects on site in recent weeks, the livestock’s growth phase has already started. The operation of the facility will be rolled out over the next few months, with each site’s remaining workshops to be phased into operation.

With Ÿnsect having already sold more than the capacity of the Amiens site in the coming years, taking on new projects is key to matching the growing demand from its customers. This will also allow Ÿnsect to build on the momentum for its premium ingredients while fostering a positive impact on ecosystems.

Ÿnsect’s plans to build 10 to 15 farms worldwide by 2030. The company also plans to expand its activities on all continents to help meet the challenge of feeding more than 8.5 billion people in a healthy and sustainable way by 2030.

Ÿnsect is focussing its developments within the heart of agricultural areas to increase easy access to raw materials used to feed the insects, such as agricultural co-products from the cereal industry. The choice of these strategic locations, with close proximity to resources needed, reflects the company’s commitment to limit the impact of its activity on the environment, including CO2 emissions and water consumption. Ÿnsect has adopted a circular economy model based on its vertical farms to create value chains aligned with the Paris COP21 agreements.

Ardent Mills Agreement 

Through this agreement, Ÿnsect affirms its intention to expand its insect-based ingredient production activities in the US. As part of this expansion, Ÿnsect will explore synergies with Ardent Mills, the leading supplier of wheat flour in North America, with the aim of starting the construction of a new site in 2023. This agreement follows the acquisition of Jord Producers, the group’s first farm on US soil, in Nebraska in March 2022.

“We have many synergies with Ÿnsect in the sense that both our companies are striving to help positively transform the way in which the world is fed. We are excited to explore sustainable food and ingredient production opportunities with Ÿnsect, which has unique expertise in producing insect-based ingredients,” said Angie Goldberg, director of development at Ardent Mills.

“Ÿnsect wants to help reinvent the global food system with a focus on sustainability. That’s why we are very excited about this agreement with Ardent Mills, the leading North American milling company. This marks the beginning of potential exciting collaborations between two key players in the global food industry,” adds Antoine Hubert, CEO and co-founder of Ÿnsect.

Corporativo Kosmos Agreement  

Ÿnsect and Corporativo Kosmos, a leading provider of food and general services in Mexico, have also just signed a joint development agreement to establish and operate a first insect farm in Mexico, with construction also aiming to start before the end of 2023. This agreement marks the culmination of a year-long collaboration between these two key players in the global food industry. Mexico is the leading country in the world in terms of human consumption of insects and insect-based proteins. In addition, this insect farm will bring Ÿnsect closer to the US, by far the largest future market for insect proteins.

“We are particularly pleased with our continued collaboration with Ÿnsect, a company that has developed unique expertise in insect production. The future Mexican production site will allow us to combine the best of our expertise to provide a quality and sustainable product offering,” says Jack Landsmanas, president of Corporativo Kosmos.

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