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WEDA and Agroloop collaborate on black soldier fly larvae rearing facility project 

June 13, 2024  By Hatchery International staff

(Photo: WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp)

A German feeding technology company, WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp, is supplying Hungarian insect producer, Agroloop Hungary Kft, with feeding technologies for its new black soldier fly larvae rearing facility. 

According to a press release from WEDA, Agroloop is increasing its existing larvae breeding capacities for the European market by building the plant with an investment of over 20 million euros (US$21.4 million). The plant for the industrial production of the feed insect is being built near Budapest Airport and will go into operation in the fall of 2024.

“This significant investment promotes the expansion of the company’s production capacities and technological development. This will enable us to contribute even more intensively to the development of the domestic circular economy based on biomass,” said Rajmond Percze, CEO and co-founder of Agroloop, adding that the breeding of the black soldier fly contributes to reducing the environmental impact of animal feed production

Insect-based feed proteins are being used as a health-promoting source of protein for aquaculture feed, pet food and livestock feed segment. The global demand for animal proteins is expected to increase by around 100 per cent by 2050. It is estimated that the insect feed market will reach a total annual turnover of €2 billion (US$2.1 billion) by the end of the decade, producing 1 million tonnes of insect meal per year. Black soldier fly larvae meal is an animal protein source that can be used in aqua feed.

(Photo: WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp)

By the end of the year, the agrotech company is expected to receive 120 tonnes of raw material per day. Six thousand tonnes of soil improver granules, about 3,000 tonnes of feed protein and over 600 tonnes of feed fat will be produced annually, producing about 10,000 tons of end product in its 13,000 square metre plan.

To ensure reliable transport of the substrates, WEDA uses its conveyor technology from the agricultural sector. Using a special control system, the feed components can be combined from a variety of storage containers. 

“This enables Agroloop to produce the most cost-effective recipes depending on requirements and stock levels. The WEDA tanks specially developed for mixing viscous materials are then used for the mixtures,” said Yannik Weinreis from WEDA. 

Weinreis said these tanks give insect producers a high degree of flexibility in terms of the feed components that can be used, and enable the use of “drier-than-average feed mixtures.” This means less water has to be evaporated than in conventional systems in the downstream insect fattening process and valuable energy can be saved.

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