Insect meal is replacing fish meal in the shrimp diet

SINGAPORE, September 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Singapore headquartered, Nutrition Technologies, recently announced the results of its latest trial using the alternative protein Black Soldier Fly Meal (“BSF meal”) to replace fish meal in shrimp feed. The study found that shrimp fed a diet containing the BSF meal performed better and were more cost effective than traditional diets.

Tom Berry, Co-CEO of Nutrition Technologies, stated, “These results are really important to the future of agriculture. Not only is insect meal a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative, but it has now proven nutritionally and economically to outperform fish meal. “

In recent years, the global supply of fishmeal has stagnated due to strict quotas for the conservation of critical marine fish stocks. This, combined with the increasing demand for livestock and seafood, has resulted in the feed industry facing a significant deficit of high quality proteins as ingredients in feed. The insect protein sector has gained increasing attention in recent years, with investments amounting to almost $ 1 billion. Insect meal is advertised as a viable alternative to fish meal because insects can be raised with food waste and it is much less polluting.

In her most recent attempt at ShrimpVet, Vietnam, all treatments using BSF meal showed more desirable results than control. The best result was obtained with a diet containing 25% fishmeal substitutes (a total of 6.6% BSF meal). This led to a 14% higher survival rate, 17% higher live yield and a better feed conversion rate of 20% compared to the control feed. The inclusion of the BSF (Hi.ProteinⓇ) meal from Nutrition Technologies in this treatment increased the total cost of the feed by 3.3%, but resulted in an overall 14.4% better value for money shrimp feed due to the improved performance -Relationship. The BSF meal used in this experiment was produced in Nutrition Technologies’ new industrial manufacturing facility in. manufactured Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia, the largest insect meal plant in Asia.

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“By replacing a quarter of the fish meal with the black soldier fly meal in the shrimp diet, we saw the greatest performance gain, representing a 24: 1 ROI over commercial feed,” said Rafael Hermes, Director of Animal Nutrition at Nutrition Technologies.

“There is a big gap in the aquaculture market for products and solutions that represent great opportunities, and that’s exactly where our insect meal fits,” explains Nick Piggott, Co-CEO of Nutrition Technologies.

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Nutrition Technologies is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of insect proteins committed to reintroducing insects into the food supply chain through animal feed. Founded in 2015 by Nick Piggott & Tom Berry, the company has developed its own tropical production system that uses a unique combination of specially selected black soldier fly bacteria and larvae to recycle nutrients from food waste. At the beginning of 2021, the company started production with the commissioning of its new industrial production facility in. scaled Malaysia. Nutrition Technologies plans to build several facilities of similar size throughout South East Asia in the next 5 years and is currently in discussion with new investors to fund this expansion. Further information is available at

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