In nature, insects play an important role at the end of a material cycle.

Circular Organics™ applies cutting edge insect technology on EU-approved agricultural by-products and organic waste. These by-products and organic wastes are processed into protein, oil and soil products for feed, food, and other applications.

Circular Organics™ is a division of the Insect Technology Group.

PRODUCTS

Protein

All livestock animals need protein for their growth. Aquaculture farms rely on high-quality animal-based protein to produce salmon, trout and shrimp. Fishmeal cannot sustainably meet this growing demand as the world population expands and changes its culinary habits. Locally produced insect protein can substitute or complement fishmeal in most livestock diets.

Lipids

Black Soldier Fly lipids are a sustainable new source of lipids, with a fatty acid profile similar to coconut oil. Its abundant lauric acid has anti-microbial and probiotic qualities, which makes it a great product for a wide range of applications.

Chitin and Chitosan

Insect chitin is a versatile biopolymer that can be further purified and processed into chitosan and glucosamine. The range of applications for these specialty chemicals is broad and very versatile. Circular Organics focuses mainly on the animal feed additive market, where chitin’s remarkable anti-microbial properties contribute to animal health and welfare.

Frass

“Frass” is the rest fraction of the fruit and vegetables that the larvae have not fully consumed. It is rich in carbon, phosphorus and minerals. Circular Organics brings insect frass products as natural soil improvers and bio-stimulants to the horticulture market.

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Background

The Circular Economy

In nature, insects play an important role in the material cycle. Many insect species live on fallen leaf litter, rotting plant material, dung heaps left behind by roaming animals, or other organic matter.

Quite often, the same insects are then devoured by amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and, in many parts of the world, humans.

At the Insect Technology Group, we’ve translated this natural circle of life into the industrial process of “insect bioconversion”: we use insects to turn waste streams into valuable raw materials. We call it nutrient up-cycling.