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Edible Insects Are Ready For Prime Time

Aaron Dossey from All Things Bugs

While cost is a barrier – and regulatory issues need ironing out – mainstream food manufacturers are “way more open” to using edible insects than you would think, says the founder of the word’s largest insect-based food ingredient manufacturer, All Things Bugs.

“We’re having conversations with a lot of food manufacturers in baked goods, snacks, protein powders, and even mainstream food manufacturers have been way more open to this than you probably would think.”
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Add Insects To Your Diet… says Huffington Post

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Diets at the best of times are always a bit of a struggle and the fact that we can now incorporate insects as a good source of protein, won’t really diminish that pain.

A group of scientists who met this week at the IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation, a conference on the science of food, decided that creepy critters could solve the world’s growing demand for protein.

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Bugs on the Menu… From Food Navigator

ift-interviewInsects – the edible variety – were a hot topic at IFT this year. High in protein, low in saturated fat and rich in omega-3, iron, calcium and other nutrients, house crickets are gaining the most traction, although mealworms are also attracting interest, said All Things Bugs founder and CEO Dr Aaron Dossey.

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Insects as Protein Alternative

With a growing demand for protein, and the lack of new farmland to raise more livestock, speakers at a symposium in Chicago suggested insects could become an attractive alternative to animal protein sources.

Founder of All Things Bugs, LLC Aaron Dossey told the group that with a raising population and increases in protein demand, “insects are a very nutritional alternative.”

Improving Cricket Farming to Feed More People

Innovations to raise edible insects more efficiently will drive down the cost of this promising food commodity that is growing in popularity in North America and Europe.

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ATHENS, GEORGIA, JULY 7 2015 – New research begins today in the first U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded project to focus on insect farming for human food, concentrating on improving efficiency and lowering costs in farming crickets.

With around 25 U.S. and Canadian companies currently producing consumer products with cricket powder (finely ground crickets in a flour like form), a handful of industrial farms raise crickets for human consumption. The processes involved in farming these nutritious edible insects remain primarily manual, with labor costs in particular keeping the price of cricket powder at over $25 per pound.

The cricket farming research, led by Georgia-based company, All Things Bugs, will study how to increase automation in raising crickets. With a particular focus on harvesting, watering and feed formulations, end goals are to enhance cricket growth while lowering the cost of raising them, which in turn can decrease the price of cricket powder.

According to All Things Bugs‘ founder and lead researcher on the project, Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, “In order for this growing industry to fulfill its potential, innovations must help cricket farmers raise these ‘minilivestock’ more efficiently and thus drive down prices for the food industry. Ultimately crickets and other insects will be the lowest cost animal-based protein on the market.”

This US$100,000 grant is the third the company has received from the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

All Things Bugs’ previous funded projects have included $100,000 from the Gates Foundation to help alleviate child malnutrition via the use of insect ingredients, $100,000 from the USDA SBIR to further develop a “ready to use food” from insect ingredients and insect processing techniques. The company also received a $450,000 USDA SBIR grant to refine the patent pending technology Dr. Dossey invented to manufacture cricket powder and evaluate its functionality as a safe food
ingredient.

The Gates Foundation funded project inspired Dr. Dossey to start All Things Bugs, which in 2014 became the largest insect based food producer in the world. The company produced and sold approximately 10,000 pounds of cricket powder in its first year of operation and will produce approximately 25,000 pounds in 2015.

According to the United Nations, so-called “house crickets” (Acheta domesticus) are just one of over 2000 species of insects already eaten around the world. Requiring 10 times less feed than cattle while producing a similar amount of protein, as much calcium as milk and high levels of many vitamins and minerals, crickets are a sustainable, nutritious food source for an increasing human population.

Dr. Dossey will present results from his current insect based food research at the 2015 Institute of Food Technologists conference and Expo in Chicago on July 13, 2015. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1LSXwNx

About All Things Bugs, LLC

All Things Bugs, LLC is currently the world’s largest insect-based food company. All Things Bugs utilizes insects as “Low-Crawling Fruit,” by developing insect-based food and feed products, insect farming technologies and insect-derived biologically active chemical compounds for use in agriculture and medicine. Learn more at www.allthingsbugs.com

About USDA SBIR
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Learn more at http://nifa.usda.gov/program/small-business-innovation-research-program.

Learn more at www.allthingsbugs.com

Contact: Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, Founder, All Things Bugs LLC

info@allthingsbugs.com, 1-352-281-3643

Dr. Aaron T. Dossey Speaking at IFT Chicago

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Athens, Georgia— Dr. Aaron T. Dossey from All Things Bugs will explore the use of insect-based foods at IFT15: Where Science Feeds Innovation, July 13, 2015 in Chicago. This event is hosted by the Institute of Food Technologists.

Despite billions of pounds of insects produced for the pet food and animal feed industry, a huge global potential exists for nutritious food and ingredient production from insects. The “Insect Based Foods: Views From Different Perspectives” session will cover some of the recent advances in rearing mass quantities of insects for foods and ingredients, as well as regulatory and economic aspects of this emerging industry.

The session will be held on July 13 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in room N427a at the McCormick Place South at IFT15.

According to the United Nations, there are over 2000 species of insects regularly already eaten around the world. Raising edible insects requires less feed than cattle while producing a similar amount of protein, as much calcium as milk and high levels of many vitamins and minerals. Edible insects represent an untapped, sustainable and nutritious food source for an increasing human population.

This month, Dr. Dossey also begins new research in the first U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project to focus on insect farming for All Things Bugs www.allthingsbugs.com info@allthingsbugs.com // (352) 281-3643 human food, concentrating on improving efficiency and lowering costs in farming crickets.

More than 20,000 top food science and technology professionals from more than 90 countries, representing the most prominent organizations in the global food sector will come together at IFT15 to feature the very latest food products, the hottest food trends and the most important developments in the world of food science.

Scientific and applied education sessions will address hot topics in food safety, product development, food health and nutrition, environmental sustainability, and novel processing and packaging. Over 100
educational sessions and 1,000 poster presentations will provide information on the latest developments and trends in food science.

For more information about IFT15 visit: http://www.am-fe.ift.org/cms/.

About All Things Bugs, LLC

All Things Bugs, LLC is currently the world’s largest insect-based food company. All Things Bugs utilizes insects as “Low-Crawling Fruit,” by developing insect-based food and feed products, insect farming technologies and insect-derived biologically active chemical compounds for use in agriculture and medicine.

Learn more at www.allthingsbugs.com

Contact: Dr. Aaron T. Dossey, Founder, All Things Bugs LLC

info@allthingsbugs.com, 1-352-281-3643

All Things Bugs: We’re having conversations with a lot of mainstream food manufacturers

Aaron Dossey from All Things Bugs

We are trying to move people away from the term “Cricket Powder”.

While cost is a barrier – and regulatory issues need ironing out – mainstream food manufacturers “have been way more open to this [using edible insects in their products] than you would probably think”, says the founder of the world’s largest insect-based food ingredient manufacturer.

And given how long it takes larger manufactures to bring new products to market, food companies want to be ahead of the curve from an R&D perspective by starting to experiment with cricket powders now, All Things Bugs found Aaron T Dossey, PHD, told FoodNavigator-USA.

“In the early days we got a lot of inquires that didn’t really go anywhere, but now we’re starting to get more serious inquiries.  People will buy 3olbs, and then they will come back and buy 60-90lbs….”

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Behind the Scenes with a B2B Industry Leader – All Things Bugs

In Episode 49, Food Startups Podcast had a chance to speak with the industry leader of cricket powder, All Things Bugs. They got their start with the Gates Foundation. Today, all of the “big boys” use them as their supplier. Whether you are B2B, B2C, or both, there is a lot to learn here.

  • Why they chose to be a B2B supplier as opposed to B2C
  • How they became the industry leader
  • The key to keep B2B clients/brands happy
  • The brand/product awareness challenge
  • Why insects may be an untapped resource for drug discovery

Weak Oversight Is Holding Back Edible Insects

Chefs David George Gordon and David Gracer cook a variety of insects, including crickets, at the Broad Appetit Food Festival in downtown Richmond, Va., May 18, 2008. MARK PETERSON/REDUX

BY KYLE LIGMAN / MARCH 28, 2015 2:22 PM EDT

On a rainy night in New York City last December, a man in a leather jacket stood alone in a dark parking garage just across from Penn Station. He held a briefcase tightly and wore a straw fedora that hid his eyes. Inside his case were samples of his specially milled cricket powder, created using a process developed with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that, if all goes right, could change the food industry.

A Florida native, Dr. Aaron T. Dossey is one of the main suppliers fueling a burgeoning insect boom. That powder, his latest product, was made for Exo, an insect protein bar company. His company, All Things Bugs, has also supplied cricket protein bar company Chapul, as well as Six Foods’s cricket chips.

Since the United Nations came out with a report in 2013 recommending insects as food, entrepreneurs, restaurants and farms have been scrambling to cash in. The report hails the environmental benefits—since insects are cold-blooded, they burn fewer calories and therefore need less food than chickens…

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Athens Scientist Aaron Dossey Is Filling Bellies with Bugs

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By Allison Floyd
Monday, November 10th, 2014

Aaron Dossey thinks crickets could provide life-sustaining protein to malnourished children in developing countries. So far, the Gates Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture have thought enough of the idea to give him more than half a million dollars to figure it out.

“When I first started taking this seriously, it was 2009, and I was having lunch with a group of entomology students,” Dossey says. “I was a post-doc and looking for areas to research. One of the people in the group said she was dedicating her career to promoting insects as a food source.

I thought that was amazing.”

A biochemist living in Athens, Dossey invented a new process to prepare crickets into a powder and just received another $450,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to refine the process, test for allergies and do other research. Dossey started the work three years ago, when the Gates Foundation awarded him a grant to study the potential of using dried crickets in RUTFs, ready-to-use therapeutic food that is delivered to places where a natural disaster or some other crisis has led to food insecurity. “I thought, ‘Sure, I’ll give it a shot,'” he says. He founded All Things Bugs, a company to facilitate his research and spread the word about the benefits of bugs. (The company’s website even includes recipes for using the powder in everyday dishes.)

Dossey isn’t the only one working to create a protein supplement out of insects. The globe is dotted with researchers refining the process to dry and pulverize crickets into a powder that can be used as a supplement for health-conscious consumers or malnourished children. They argue that 30 percent of all land is devoted to livestock production, a proportion that is unsustainable as the world’s population grows.

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NEW sample bags starting at $39 per pound. Check out our products today! Contact us about Discounts our 30 pound bags for larger volume orders. info@allthingsbugs.com

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