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Development of technologies to produce feed proteins on the basis of waste materials from agriculture and the food processing industry


Given the rising demand for animal-based protein feed ingredients for livestock (fish and farm livestock production), insect-based protein has been discussed as an alternative ingredient for some time. All developmental stages of the Black soldier fly Hermetia illucens are suited to this use. The lipid and amino-acid profiles of feed meal produced from the flies’ prepupae are ideal for animal nutrition. In a comprehensive collaborative project between the industry, the farming sector and scientists, the mass production, processing techniques and product characteristics are being progressed from preliminary work and brought to industrial maturity.


The feed industry has a major interest in this type of sustainable product. Judging from up-to-date FAO figures, it can be estimated that the fish feed industry alone has a need for a five-to-six figure tonnage per year in Europe of such a fish meal substitute. However, the technology needed for the industrial production of such quantities in Europe is as yet less than rudimentary in its development.
The project’s techno-scientific objective is to develop practical targeted solutions for in-door applications for the mass production of the larvae, allowing for the utilization of synergies with existing enterprises (livestock and crop production, biogas, food industry).

Financing/ Donor

Kommission für Technik und Innovation, Schweizer Detailhandel und Industrie

Project partners
  • Coop Fonds für Nachhaltigkeit
  • H. U. Hofmann Nutrition AG
  • New ValFish
  • Substain Tech
  • HAFL (Fachhochschule Burgdorf, Fachhochschule Zollikofen)
Project Advisory Board

Coop Fond für Nachhaltigkeit

FiBL project leader/ contact
  • Stamer Andreas
(people who are not linked are former FiBL employees)
FiBL project staff
Role of FiBL


Research area
FiBL project number 40020
Date modified 12.11.2019
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