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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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FINELY MILLED WHOLE CRICKET POWDER

1 Pound Sample Bags Now Available

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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