Enterra raises $6 million to upscale insect production facility
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Enterra Feed Corporation received $6 million under the AgriInnovate Program of the Government of Canada to help increase the production of sustainable, nutritious insect products to feed animals.
This funding supported the construction of a full-scale commercial facility, as well as the adoption of innovative equipment and processes to increase production capacity and improve efficiency, making it the first operation of its kind in Canada. Through the AgriInnovate Program, Enterra has established a state-of-the-art, 188,000-square-foot production facility just north of Calgary, Alberta in Rocky View County. At this facility, Enterra has been producing insect-based feed ingredients, with products for the pet food, poultry and wild bird markets being shipped throughout North America as well as recent expansion to the European Union.
Enterra has developed proprietary farming methods to raise black soldier flies. At its new facility, the company is able to recycle more than 130 tons of food waste per day.
“Our sustainable approach of using pre-consumer food waste and upcycling the nutrients allows valuable nutrients that are often left unutilized or underutilized to be captured. The resulting products are high-quality feed ingredients with unique beneficial properties that markets are demanding around the world. This work is revolutionary and now Enterra is a world leader in harnessing the power of insects to feed and care for the world,” Keith Driver, president and CEO, Enterra.
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