AgriProtein in the Global Cleantech 100 List for fourth year

London, 22 January 2020

AGRIPROTEIN, a world-leading nutrient recycling company which has commercialised black soldier fly technology to convert food waste into sustainable products for the aquaculture and animal industries, was named a 2020 Global Cleantech 100 company by Cleantech Group for the fourth year in a row.

The 2020 Global Cleantech 100 is the 11th edition of the respected annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation. It features the private, independent and for-profit companies best positioned to contribute to a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient industrial future.

“We are so pleased to be included on the Cleantech 100 list yet again, alongside such an impactful peer group of companies focused and committed to a more sustainable future,” said Jason Drew.

The list combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgements from nominations and insight from a global 80-member expert panel of leading investors and executives from corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the cleantech innovation ecosystem. The Global Cleantech 100 program is sponsored by Chubb.

“It feels right that our first list of the future-defining 2020s, should see a continued strengthening in the representation of truly impactful and necessary innovations to transform our diets, to enable a more renewable-heavy energy system, and to capture and utilize the vast levels of CO2 we have been freely emitting for decades,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “Also included in our 2020 list are some big and critical shots at solving global problems – from proving out fusion and next-gen batteries to zero carbon aviation.”

For detailed information on AgriProtein’s outlook as an innovator, visit Cleantech Group’s market intelligence platform i3 and search for AgriProtein.

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About Cleantech Group

Cleantech® Group provides research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, we bring corporate change makers, investors, governments and stakeholders from across the ecosystem the access and customized support they need to thrive in a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient future.

The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with a growing international presence in London. Our parent company, Enovation Partners, is based in Chicago.

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AgriProtein opens new R&D centre and global project management office in Singapore

Singapore, 18 December 2019

AgriProtein, part of the Insect Technology Group, the global pioneer in waste-to-nutrient upcycling, proudly announces the opening of their Global Hub in Singapore.

We are proud to open our state of the art R&D centre and global project management office (PMO) in Singapore. With the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board, the company will continue to invest in its research and process development. With over 18 colleagues already in Singapore this new hub underlines our commitment to R&D and the Asia Pacific region.

Our Singapore research facility will lead our global research into Anti-Microbial Peptides, Chitin and Chitin derived products in addition to serving as our global analytical chemistry reference lab. The Singapore team will also conduct larvae feed trials using local organic waste streams available in the Asia region.

The Singapore office also includes our global project management office, operating team and regional business development hub to tap into the strategic opportunities Singapore has to offer and will create further exciting job opportunities in a natural and sustainable nutrient recycling industry.

’We are very excited about the opportunities for our business in Asia and creating a global hub in Singapore will help us drive further expansion in the region as well as support our business globally’ says Jason Drew, CEO.

The global hub is led by John Diener, COO of AgriProtein, who commented: ‘Singapore offers an excellent combination of deep talent pools in the domains we needed, so it was an easy choice to establish our global hub here. We appreciate the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board in assisting us with opening our site in Science Park II’.

 

Read more about what we do here – www.agriprotein.com – and discover how we harness the power of insects to help repair the future.

AgriProtein Completes Sequencing of Black Soldier Fly Genome

Cape Town, 28 November 2019

AgriProtein Technologies (part of the Insect Technology Group) in collaboration with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape, have sequenced the genome of the black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) across both sexes and strains originating from Kenya and South Africa. In addition to the whole genome sequence, miRNA sequencing has been carried out on four life stages of the fly, namely: egg, larvae, pupae and unmated male and female fly in order to create a map of expression across the life of the fly.

Within the Insect Technology Group, we have over 50 skilled and experienced scientists working as part of our global Research & Development team to expand the understanding of the insects that we work with. Our team has embarked on unravelling the blueprint of the black soldier fly and continues to push the boundaries of scientific exploration, knowledge and understanding of this remarkable insect to drive our factory operating metrics.

Read more about what we do here – www.agriprotein.com – and discover how we harness the power of insects to help repair the future.

Insect Decline and Biodiversity

London, 22 May 2019

TODAY marks the United Nations’ 2019 International Day for Biological Diversity – launched under the theme “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”. At AgriProtein, we understand biodiversity as the bedrock of healthy food systems, human existence and the wellbeing of planet Earth. Our focus, however, is firmly rooted in the protection and promotion of insects.

The word biodiversity invokes images of rare and exotic animals roaming vast and undisturbed plains, schools of colourful fish in deep blue oceans, or rows of lush green trees in enchanting rainforests. Rarely does the word conjure up thoughts of insects who do little to convey the same majesty in most people’s imaginations. Human aversion to insects is clear – from how we refer to them as ‘creepy crawlies’ or ‘bugs’ to the longstanding and disproportionate focus of research funding on ‘pest control’.

Not all insects suffer the same fate. Butterflies and bees are well-researched, and their population declines well-documented. Numerous worldwide support programmes exist to halt their decline and extinction. One of the legacies of underfunded entomological research is a lack of comprehensive, meaningful, long-term and comparable data on wider insect populations. As a result, the rate at which many insect populations are declining is not well understood. This lack of awareness is alarming – as we at AgriProtein understand the intrinsic importance of insects to the survival of our planet.

Insects are part of a natural and clever system of checks and balances – from the foundation of complex food webs to their recycling activities – insects have the power to influence entire landscapes. An immense range of flying species – not just bees – are vital plant pollinators; those that crawl aerate and help our soils retain water; those with stronger stomachs are essential recyclers of the ecosystem – breaking down less savoury waste such as dung and dead animals. It is because of their unique but little understood role that we believe insects should be core to our thinking on biodiversity. Whilst millions of insect species remain to be formally identified, their importance to the ecosystem is abundantly clear. A relatively small percentage loss in insect biodiversity could result in disproportionately large consequences.

Working with several species of insects for close to a decade, most notably the humble fly, has highlighted to us the importance of looking beyond the large endangered animal species. Insects are abundant and often taken for granted yet can provide important lessons about the endurance and success of existing ecosystems. It is through these lessons that the insect community hope to continue to harness the power of these remarkable creatures to address some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the world today. AgriProtein harnesses at industrial scale, the natural lifecycle of the black soldier fly to upcycle nutrients from organic waste streams.

In doing this we are making a small contribution to this years’ International Day for Biodiversity theme: celebrating biodiversity to create a more sustainable solution for our food and our planet that ultimately positively impacts our health.

Read more about what we do here – www.agriprotein.com – and discover how we harness nature to directly reduce landfill and produce cleaner alternatives for a happier and more biodiverse planet.

AgriProtein wins UNIDO award

Rome, 15 May 2019

AgriProtein is proud to announce that we have been selected as a winner in the “Overall” category at International Award 2019: “Innovative Ideas and Technologies in Agribusiness”, which is organised by UNIDO ITPO Italy in collaboration with the Future Food Institute.

We were selected from over 400 applications from 100 countries across five continents. Jason Drew, our Chief Executive, was in Rome to accept the prestigious award.

 

AgriProtein secures a place in the 2019 Global Cleantech 100

London, 29 January 2019

AGRIPROTEIN, a world-leading nutrient recycling company which has commercialised black soldier fly technology to convert post-consumer food waste into sustainable complete protein for the aquaculture-feed industry, insect oil, and organic soil conditioner, was named by Cleantech Group in the prestigious 2019 Global Cleantech 100, out of over 13,000 innovators from over 90 countries.

The Global Cleantech 100 is an annual guide to the leading companies and themes in sustainable innovation. It features the private, independent, for-profit companies best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges. This year marks the 10th edition of the list.

“We are so pleased to be included on the Cleantech 100 lists, amongst such a fabulous peer group of companies committed to repairing the future,” said Jason Drew.

The list combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgements from nominations and insight from a global 87-member expert panel comprised of leading investors and experts from corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the cleantech innovation ecosystem. The list is sponsored by Chubb.

“Our tenth edition is dominated by innovations for the future of food and mobility, and a decentralized and digitized future not only for energy, but for the industrial world more generally,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “This is a far cry from the dominance of hardware, solar and biofuels in the inaugural Global Cleantech 100 in 2009.”

The complete list of 100 companies was revealed on 28 January at the 17th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

For detailed information on AgriProtein’s outlook as an innovator, visit Cleantech Group’s market intelligence platform i3 and search for AgriProtein.

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About Cleantech Group

Cleantech® Group provides research, consulting and events to catalyse opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, we bring corporate change makers, investors, governments and stakeholders from across the ecosystem the access and customised support they need to thrive in a more digitised, de-carbonised and resource-efficient future.

The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with a growing international presence in London. Our parent company, Enovation Partners, is based in Chicago.

Media Contact:
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Cleantech Group
Email: laura.dolby@cleantech.com

AgriProtein Contact: press@agriprotein.com

Sustainable feed firm is a TIME Genius

London, 5 October 2018

AGRIPROTEIN has been named by TIME magazine as a Top 50 Genius Company in a new league table of businesses it believes are inventing the future.

The fly farmer and waste-to-nutrient pioneer, which uses fly larvae to turn food waste into animal feed, features in TIME’s first ever annual list of Genius Companies launched this week, alongside tech giants such as Amazon, Apple and Airbnb.

The magazine describes the businesses nominated by its global network of editors and correspondents as companies built around creative solutions to problems capable of changing the world, who are driving progress now and who bear watching for what they do next.

Jason Drew, AgriProtein co-founder and CEO, said: “We’re flattered, but in fact we’re not really doing anything new, as Mother Nature has been recycling nutrients for millennia. All we’re doing is harvesting that bounty to produce a much-needed sustainable protein for animal diets.”

The company, which won acclaim as the BBC Food Chain Global Champion 2017, is building a global business through its circular economy strategy: up-cycling organic waste to tackle the food security and waste disposal challenges posed by the world’s burgeoning population, while helping conserve wild-fish stocks in our threatened oceans.

AgriProtein uses black soldier flies and their larvae to convert organic food waste into a high-protein alternative to fishmeal suitable for fish, poultry, pigs and pet food.

Said Jason Drew: “There is simply not enough marine material left in the oceans to meet fishmeal demand in aquafeed, let alone in feed for poultry, pigs and pets. Along with algae and bacteria, new, disruptive sources of protein like our own are needed to close the feed gap and, in the process, help repair the future of the planet.”

In June AgriProtein raised USD 105 million in funding, the largest investment to date in the insect protein sector, and has fly farm projects under development across the world to produce its flagship product MagMeal™.

USD 105 million raise for sustainable feed firm

London, 4 June 2018

FLY-FARMER and waste-to-nutrient pioneer AgriProtein, named as one of the UK’s 10 most disruptive businesses*, has raised a further USD 105 million in funding, marking a new high in investor appetite for the insect protein sector.

The record raise by AgriProtein Holdings UK, together with additional local project finance for a series of factory builds in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, puts AgriProtein on track to deliver its ambitious factory roll-out plans.

Jason Drew, AgriProtein co-founder and CEO, said: “This is a significant vote of confidence in a growth industry producing a sustainable protein for use in animal diets. It reaffirms our position as the leading up-cycler of waste-to-protein and brings us the financial resources for further global expansion.”

The company, which won acclaim as the BBC Food Chain Global Champion 2017, is building a global business through its circular economy strategy: up-cycling organic waste to tackle the food security and waste disposal challenges posed by the world’s burgeoning population, while helping conserve wild-fish stocks in our threatened oceans.

AgriProtein uses black soldier flies and their larvae to convert organic food waste into a high-protein alternative to fishmeal suitable for fish, poultry, pigs and pet food.

Jason Drew said: “We need to see waste differently – as a resource – particularly food waste. A growing population, scarce water and land resources, and declining natural fish stocks make this more critical than ever.”

AgriProtein has fly farm projects under development across the world to produce its flagship product MagMeal™.

The company has expanded its R&D capability, hiring new staff and building chemistry and genetics labs. It has also hired senior staff from engineering and waste management backgrounds to increase its project roll-out capacity.

The company is focusing initially on the aquafeed market, where demand is increasing year on year to satisfy growing consumer appetites for farmed fish.

Worth over USD 114 billion in 2017, aquafeed is predicted to grow by a factor of 2.5 in just eight years to nearly USD 290 billion in 2026. (Source: Reuters/MRC Stratistics, March 2018).

Said Jason Drew: “There is simply not enough marine material left in the oceans to meet fishmeal demand in aquafeed, let alone in feed for poultry, pigs and pets.  Along with algae and bacteria, new, disruptive sources of protein like our own are needed to close the feed gap and, in the process, help repair the future of the planet.”

In January 2018 AgriProtein was named a Global Cleantech 100 company for the second year.

*Top 10 Disruptors to Watch: Sunday Times/Virgin Media Fast Track 2017.

Insect Protein in Historic Polar Expedition

AgriProtein’s MagOil helps Robert Swan to new polar first

5-Miles from the South Geographic Pole, 9 February 2018

AMONG the essentials for his gruelling 600-mile walk to the South Pole, polar adventurer Robert Swan packed a 100ml bottle of MagOil, a high-energy oil derived from the black soldier fly larvae.

Swan’s mission, with his son Barney and their team, was to walk to the South Pole using only renewable energy, demonstrating its viability in one of the most challenging environments on the planet.

Intended as a feed supplement for animals, MagOil was apparently most welcome at -35°C!

At a stop just five miles from the Pole, Robert Swan said in a video report: “I use MagOil to survive out here. It’s a great product and a great idea to create a protein source (and oil) out of waste.”.

The beneficial up-cycling of food waste as a feedstock for larvae is key to AgriProtein’s fly-farm technology, a factor which has helped it enter the Global Cleantech Top 100 for the second year running in 2018.

AgriProtein CEO Jason Drew said: “We’re delighted MagOil made it on to the expedition and we hope Robert Swan’s bold example will inspire its intended consumers, the producers of – farmed fish and chickens – to raise their sustainability game.”.

The Shell-sponsored South Pole Energy Challenge, which set off in mid-November 2017 and reached the Pole ahead of its end-January target, has chalked up another first in polar exploration history. In the 1980s, Robert Swan became the first explorer to walk to both Poles.

Now MagOil has scored its own record – the first known insect-derived product to be part of an incredible journey to the South Pole.

AgriProtein is named in the 2018 Global CleanTech 100

List Recognizes the Top Private Companies in Clean Technology

Cape Town, 23 January 2018

AGRIPROTEIN, a pioneer of waste-to-nutrient recycling using proprietary technology that recycles organic waste into natural protein at an industrial scale, today announced it was named for the second year running in the prestigious 2018 Global Cleantech 100, produced by CTG (Cleantech Group), whose research and events services keep its audiences and clients in touch with emerging trends, leading innovation companies and all key players in sustainable innovation.

The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide range of industries, according to the players in the market. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential today to make significant market impact within a 5-10-year timeframe.

“We are pleased to be selected for the second year running to be part of the highly respected Global Cleantech 100 list. It is a tribute to all our staff that our role helping provide sustainable protein for food security has been recognised by so many global leaders.” said Jason Drew.

This list is collated by combining proprietary CTG research data, with weighted qualitative judgments from hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 86-person Expert Panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.

This year, a record number of nominations were received: 12,300 distinct companies from 61 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 312 companies. Short-listed nominees were reviewed by CTG’s Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 18 countries.

The 86-member expert panel is drawn from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America. The composition of the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community, from pioneers and leaders to veterans and new entrants. The diversity of panelists results in a list of companies that command an expansive base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem.

“The ongoing mainstreaming of clean technology solutions and the rise in their strategic importance was evidenced by an unprecedented burst of recent M&A activity,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, CTG (Cleantech Group). “For the first time, now in its 9th year, four of this year’s Global Cleantech 100 companies were acquired by multi-nationals between the striking of the final list (in September 2017) and its official release today (in January 2018). More will surely follow if this set of companies achieve even half of their anticipated impact.”

  • The complete list of 100 companies was revealed on January 22nd at the 16th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco: https://i3connect.com/gct100/the-list
  • For complete information on AgriProtein’s leadership within the cleantech space, access i3by visiting i3connect.com — CTG’s leading market intelligence platform — and search for AgriProtein.
  • The list is accompanied by a full report with commentary and insight on the 2018 Global Cleantech 100 — authored by CTG, powered by data from i3, and sponsored by Chubb. Download the report at: https://i3connect.com/gct100/reports
  • The complete list of Global Cleantech 100 expert panel members is available at https://i3connect.com/gct100/panelist

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