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Post Commercial Operations Using BSFL
I think it's pretty much general knowledge that there are a few companies selling BSFL for pet food. These include Phoenixworm.com (link) and Reptiworms.com (link) among others.

There are also companies now starting to use BSFL for large scale waste disposal. A couple of these are Organic Value Recovery Solutions (link) and Green Waste Technologies (link). This article (link) gives some detail about these companies.

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This article (link) gives some detail about these companies.
The link to this article on http://www.mycentraljersey.com no longer works but there are others linked to from http://grnwt.com/gwtinthenews.html

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www.terracyclesg.com is based in Singapore. Not much on the website about BSFL but they do have several videos on YouTube (link)

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There are also companies now starting to use BSFL for large scale waste disposal. A couple of these are Organic Value Recovery Solutions (link)
The OVRSol site has a video page (link) with an interview of Dr. Craig Sheppard one of the prominent BSF researchers. This is hosted on their site (not YouTube) and has high and low bandwidth versions.

Edit to add: Found a YouTube version


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DipTerra - Insect-based Processing of Biodegradable Waste (link) based in Portland, OR

"We engage in consulting and achieving sustainable recycling solutions specifically relating to Black Soldier Fly Applications and Products in Processing Biodegradable Wastes and Production of Animal Feedstock."

Their blog.

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Edit 20130531 There's now more info in this dedicated thread (link)
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Enviroflight (link)

Not much on their website so far but this is from a post on SciDev.Net (link)

"Meanwhile, a US-based company, Enviroflight, is developing black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae to add to fish meal for distribution to developing countries, according to Glen Courtright, chief executive officer of the company.

The larvae consume dry distillery grain solubles (DDGS) — a waste product from brewing and ethanol production — leaving a byproduct that can also be sold on as livestock feed.

Enviroflight is in negotiations with a global charity to use the technology to help develop fish farms in South America, Courtright said. "

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The study "Final Report Saurin HEM , Bioconversion Indonesia 2005 – 2011" on pages 27 & 28 describes a fairly large scale (1000m²/10764ft²) operation for the production of "live food for aquarium fish" in Indonesia. Here are some excerpts:

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The operation concerns the mass production of small size maggot (from 1.5 – 2mm, 3mm et 4mm of diameter) will be used as live food for aquarium fish. The program action has occurred at Balai BRBIHAT Depok. ...

... The minilarvae program (Minimaggot) at 2009 is highlighted by a strong support from IRD to push the project into a real scale. A budget of 45.000€ (forty five thousand Euros) has been agreed to support the construction of set up a prototype of Insectariums (1000m²) for trying a high density culture of Insect Hermetia illucens. The objective is to produce and harvest massively eggs from Hermetia to be used produce industrially the mini-larvae to satisfy the ornamental fish market. On December 2009, after the inauguration 05/11/2009, the production maximal has reached 300gr of eggs per week.


The photo 2 caption on page 28 mentions "Eggs harvested 250gr ( ± 8 750 000 eggs)" so at 300gr per week it would be about 10.5 million BSF eggs weekly.

Here's a link to a post in the Knowledge Base section about this study (link)

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Enterra Feed Corporation (link) based in Vancouver Canada.

"Enterra’s bioconversion technology deploys a local beneficial insect, the Black Soldier Fly, to efficiently recover nutrients from traceable, pre-consumer food waste, such as fruits, vegetables, fish and grains, that are recycled from grocery stores, markets, food distributors and food processors.

... Enterra offers a “concierge” service for collection and transportation of recycled food products sourced from grocery stores, markets, food processors, and food distributors."

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Enterra Feed Corporation (link) based in Vancouver Canada.
CBC Radio's 'What A Waste' podcast (link) featured an interview with the Chief Technology Officer of Enterra Feed. The segment begins at the 11 minute mark.MP3 - right click and save as

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Post Cambodia: Co-Prot Insect Protein For Animal Feed
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"Venture closed
August 2015
We have decided to close the venture because we came to a conclusion that mass insect production for animal feed is not a sound investment."


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A start-up company in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

http://www.co-prot.com/

Co-Prot is established in order to supply the increasing demand in quality animal protein feed.


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Enterra Feed Corporation (link) based in Vancouver Canada.

"Enterra’s bioconversion technology deploys a local beneficial insect, the Black Soldier Fly, to efficiently recover nutrients from traceable, pre-consumer food waste, such as fruits, vegetables, fish and grains, that are recycled from grocery stores, markets, food distributors and food processors.

... Enterra offers a “concierge” service for collection and transportation of recycled food products sourced from grocery stores, markets, food processors, and food distributors."
More about Enterra, a Langley, B.C., company, in this article from the Leader Post in Regina Saskatchewan (link);

"... The Langley facility, which is accepting 100 tonnes of food discards daily, is the first of its kind in the world.

Of the 100 tonnes about 20 tonnes is dry waste; the rest is water. That 20 tonnes is consumed by the larvae, which when cooked become about seven tonnes of protein. They also produce about eight tonnes of waste, which is collected and used as a high-quality plant fertilizer.

If you do that math, that means Enterra is recovering about 70 per cent of the food waste and turning it back into food for animals and plants.

Only about one per cent of the larvae are allowed to mature into flies, which are used as breeding stock, laying about 700 to 800 eggs each. The flies are native to B.C. in the summer, but prefer the warm conditions in the Enterra facility to the outdoors. ..."

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Wow! That's a fantastic conversion ratio!

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http://www.fodurskordyr.is/english-version/
Víur—farmed insects in Iceland

"The black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) has been shown to possess a range of positive properties, such as high growth rate, pathogen reduction in substrate, self-harvesting nature, capability of ingesting a wide range of substrate, palatability for fish, high protein and lipid content, and a short life cycle. For Icelandic conditions, the black soldier fly would have to be reared indoors in high temperature. If flies escape, they would not pose any infecting risks because they neither feed, bite or sting. Furthermore, in the frigid outdoors, its chance of survival is little.

Given that Iceland follows European feed legislation, the legislative framework of using animal by-products for rearing insects is quite restrictive, both in terms of what insects can be fed and how they can be integrated into feed for other animals. The legislative framework for fish feed is less strict than that for feeding land animals. Reform will have to be made for insect products to safely but economically enter the diet for both animals and humans.

Our preliminary results indicate that combined, these factors make Iceland an exciting option for mass rearing of black soldier fly. Experiments with local waste streams will start in 2014 with the goal of further assessing the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the endeavour."

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" ... Only about one per cent of the larvae are allowed to mature into flies, which are used as breeding stock, laying about 700 to 800 eggs each. The flies are native to B.C. in the summer, but prefer the warm conditions in the Enterra facility to the outdoors. ..."

Call me pedantic but, by my reckoning, only half of that one per cent of larvae that are allowed to mature into flies lays 700 to 800 eggs since half of them would be male flies!


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From a post in the Vendors thread

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Enterra Feed Corporation (link) based in Vancouver Canada.


Excerpts from an October 23, 2014 article New businesses worm their way into the market (link) in the Vancouver Sun from Canada with some info about Enterra Feed Corporation:

But while one-third of the world’s population eats insects such as crickets, mealworms and silkworms, North Americans are still a little uncertain, said Brad Marchant, CEO of Vancouver-based Enterra Feed Corp., which is also investigating the commercial use of insects for feed. Another key challenge is waiting for federal government regulations to catch up with innovation.

For the past three years, Enterra has had an application pending with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for permission to sell feed products in Canada.

“From what we can see, there’s no red flags,” Marchant said. The application is just slowly going through the process, he said...

In Canada, “ironically, you can feed bugs to people, but you can’t to livestock,” Marchant said. “You can go to specialty stores and markets and buy insects and eat them, but you can’t feed them to little piglets, fish or chickens.”...

Enterra feeds grocery store food waste to black soldier fly larvae, which are then themselves cleaned, cooked, dried and ground into feed for farmed salmon and chicken. The company has a 56,000-square-foot pilot facility in Langley and has secured $10 million in equity investment. Marchant developed the idea with his fishing partner David Suzuki, who donated his share of the firm to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Enterra is still testing its model, but has begun selling to producers of poultry feed, fish feed and pet food in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Enterra is permitted to, and does sell into Canadian pet food and fertilizer markets.

“The product we make is exactly what chickens and fish eat out in the wild,” Marchant was quick to explain.

Enterra’s plant is at half-production now and expected to be running at capacity (producing 2,500 tonnes of protein product and 3,000 tonnes of organic fertilizer per year) by year end, Marchant said. “There doesn’t seem to be a problem selling the product,” said Marchant, who does not sell to end users. “People are looking for protein and they are looking for organic fertilizers.”

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Ofbug (link) is a Canadian start up company raising BSFL and other insects for livestock feed and possible future human consumption.

This October 23, 2014 article New businesses worm their way into the market (link) in the Vancouver Sun from Canada has more details about Ofbug and it's founder Kathryn Redford.

TEDx Talk by Kathryn Redford What to feed our food? January 24, 2015


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Enterra Feed Corporation (link) based in Vancouver Canada.


Enterra Forms Joint Venture in Switzerland With Entomeal S.A. to Expand Commercial Operations Into Europe (link)

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http://www.proento.com/ in Mexico
"ProEnto is started to promote, produce & process insects as food for humans and feed for animals.
We are originated from The Netherlands and currently upscaling our production facility in Mexico."

More in the Introductions section in this thread by C. Roskam (link)

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Enterra Feed Corporation (link) based in Vancouver Canada.

Aiming to secure world’s food supply (link) by Monique Tamminga - Langley Times posted Sep 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Selected excerpts below:

"Enterra marketing and sales manager Victoria Leung gave a presentation about the black soldier fly the Langley company is breeding to make larvae used as nutrient rich food for animals and fish in replacement of fish meal or soy feed. ...

Enterra accepts pre-consumer organic waste from a variety of sources including farms, greenhouses and grocery stores — ­including Overwaitea Food Group and T&T Supermarket Inc. — all over the Lower Mainland.

Enterra breeds soldier flies and then feeds fruit and vegetable waste to the fly larvae.

The company sells the dried larvae to feed manufacturers, who include it in animal feed, mostly for chicken and farmed fish. It is also being put in pet food. ...

... Enterra is currently working with Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s horticultural program to study their fertilizer because it appears it is a natural pesticide to root maggot.

“That was an unexpected benefit to the fertilizer,” said Marchant. “Agriculture Canada is doing research to prove out the pesticide aspects to our fertilizer which also may have mold control aspects which could be huge for greenhouses where mold is a problem.” ...

... Despite being world leaders and successfully selling their larvae feed to the U.S. and Europe, Enterra can’t sell its feed in Canada.

“We have had our application into the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for four years now,” said Marchant. ..."

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