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Divaks, an insect producer, selects Bühler for the establishment of an industrial-scale yellow mealworm plant.

Divaks, an insect producer, selects Bühler for the establishment of an industrial-scale yellow mealworm plant. Bühler, Divaks, industrial-scale, Insect, plant, producer, yellow mealworm Food and Beverage Business

Divaks, a Lithuanian insect producer, has chosen Bühler, a Swiss technology group, to construct its first commercial-scale yellow mealworm plant, expected to be operational by 2025. The plant will have the capacity to produce up to 15,000 tonnes of sustainable insect-derived products annually. This new facility signifies a significant advancement for Divaks, as it looks to capitalize on the growing demand for high-quality insect-derived ingredients in the global food industry.

Bühler will be overseeing the entire process, from feedstock preparation to the transformation of harvested larvae into textured insect proteins, insect protein concentrates, and other specialized food ingredients. Divaks’ CEO and Co-Founder Kęstutis Lipnickas expressed excitement over the collaboration, emphasizing the state-of-the-art technology provided by Bühler, which will allow Divaks to focus on market development and the creation of sustainable, nutritionally superior products. Andreas Baumann, Head of Market Segment Insect Technology at Bühler, also highlighted the company’s commitment to building a more sustainable food system through ambitious endeavors like this partnership with Divaks.

Research indicates a growing need for sustainable protein sources to meet the demands of an expanding global population. Yellow mealworms, a recognized safe source of complete protein, offer several advantages as a nutritious, environmentally-friendly protein source for various applications such as meat alternatives, sports nutrition, snacks, and confectionery. Additionally, the residue from mealworm production will be utilized as organic fertilizer, contributing to a circular economy approach.

With the new facility, Divaks aims to assist food brands in accessing high-quality protein ingredients for premium food products, tapping into a fast-growing, high-potential market. The company, founded in 2020, is currently in the final stages of its Series A funding round, having already secured a substantial portion of its EUR 67 million target while remaining open to new investors.

Divaks is representing a compelling new frontier in sustainable food production, and its collaboration with Bühler is poised to drive significant innovation in the global food industry. The advancement of this yellow mealworm plant not only reinforces Divaks’ commitment to sustainable practices and product quality but also demonstrates a pivotal step forward in meeting the evolving needs of the food industry and contributing to a more resilient, sustainable food system.

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