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Illinois on track to become home of the world’s biggest insect protein plant



via St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Nov 19, 2020


CHICAGO — U.S. grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland Co. and French biotech company InnovaFeed announced plans on Thursday to build the world’s largest insect protein plant in Decatur, Illinois, about 135 miles northeast of St. Louis.


The announcement comes amid rising global feed grain prices and tightening supplies, and as more companies work toward reducing the carbon footprint of their operations. Insects are seen as a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and other high-protein feeds.


The plant will produce 60,000 metric tons of animal feed protein annually from Hermetia Illucens, a highly nutritional type of fly, along with 20,000 metric tons of oils for poultry and swine rations and 400,000 metric tons of fertilizer, the companies said in a release.


Construction of the facility is slated to begin next year, pending permits and approvals.


The facility will be built adjacent to ADM’s massive corn processing complex and will utilize corn byproducts as feed for the insects, as well as waste heat and steam from the corn processing plant. The collaborative scheme will emit 80% less carbon dioxide than a standalone facility, the companies said.


"ADM Decatur’s corn-based co-products will be recycled locally to feed insects through infrastructure connected to the site. This production model will also allow InnovaFeed to use 27MW of residual energy recovered from the ADM process, energy that was not previously recovered," InnovaFeed said in a statement.


InnovaFeed also on Thursday launched an insect protein production site in...





ADM Building for Insect Protein


By Dave Fusaro, Food Processing

Nov 19, 2020


ADM in partnership with InnovaFeed today (Nov. 19) announced plans to build and operate what should be the world’s largest insect protein production site in ADM's hometown of Decatur, Ill. The immediate use is for animal feed.


The facility will be owned and operated by InnovaFeed, a French biotech company already a key player in producing premium insect ingredients for animal feed. It will co-locate with ADM’s Decatur corn processing complex, with ADM supplying feedstocks, waste heat and more.


“At a time when the demand for animal feed protein is steadily increasing, insect farming stands out as a true solution for the future,” said Chris Cuddy, ADM senior vice president and president of the company’s Carbohydrate Solutions business. At present, insect protein is only used for animal feed and aquaculture, but researchers are looking at it as a protein source for the future. Cultures around the world consume insects.


“Around the world, InnovaFeed is contributing to the emergence of sustainable food systems by developing a pioneering and sustainable industry," Clement Ray, CEO and co-founder of InnovaFeed. The company already operates two insect production facilities in France, including what is today the world’s largest. The Decatur facility represents InnovaFeed’s first international project...