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Edible-Insect Supplier Entomo Farms Attracts Grocers, Manufacturers

April 12, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
A co-founder of Canada’s Entomo Farms, an insect farmer and processor, says recent moves by grocery chain Loblaws and Maple Leaf Foods indicate that the edible insect movement may be gaining momentum. According to Jarrod Goldin, meat- and plant-protein company Maple Leaf Foods bought a minority stake in Entomo, and Loblaws is now marketing a private-label version of Entomo’s cricket powder. Some small food brands in North America buy cricket powder from suppliers in Thailand, Vietnam and other countries, but larger ones prefer dealing with suppliers closer to home They also prefer companies certified by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Entomo Farms supplies more than 50 companies in eight countries with cricket and mealworm ingredients for protein bars, smoothies, chips, crackers, pasta and pasta sauce, baking mixes, hot dogs, and pet treats. [Image Credit: © Entomo Farms]
Elaine Watson, "Maple Leaf Foods invests in Entomo Farms as Loblaws bets big on edible insects", Food Navigator USA, April 12, 2018, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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