Circular Organics has been operating in Belgium since 2012 as “Millibeter”, and is now part of the Insect Technology Group (AgriProtein).
Millibeter was founded in 2012 by Johan Jacobs, a former diplomat. His team of dedicated biologists, chemists and engineers had developed the technologies to transform organic waste streams into high value products using the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens). These technologies, some of which are patented, complement the existing technology base of ITG, and will be integrated in the technology package ITG and its subsidiaries will roll out across the world.
The Circular Organics team has been breeding the black soldier fly for nearly 7 years now. It has already successfully initiated and led R&D projects with a budget of over €3m.
One of these projects is the Kempen Insect Cluster. Circular Organics leads the CoCreation-Hub of Companies of the Kempen Insect Cluster, which runs parallel to the Insect Pilot Project by our academic partners KU Leuven, Thomas More Kempen and VITO. The Kempen Insect Cluster project has a total budget of €1,050,000 and receives €525,000 in financial support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Flemish Hermes fund.
The Circular Organics office and its 1,200m² R&D-lab are located on the Open Manufacturing Campus, in Turnhout (Belgium). This location is in the middle of the BeNeLux, its first roll-out region. It’s also close to Brussels, allowing for regular contacts with Flemish, Belgian and European authorities regarding legislation on the insect industry.