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Scaling insect production for sustainable protein

Ÿnsect is the world leader in the production of protein and natural insect fertilizers.

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Their mission
Reinvent the food chain with natural, healthy, tasty and sustainable food.
Sustainable nutrition
Paris, France

Their UVP

Founded by both scientists and environmental activists, the company processes insects into high-end, high-value ingredients for pets, fish, plants, and humans. From its purpose-built state-of-the-art farms, Ÿnsect offers a long-term, sustainable, organic solution to accelerate protein and plant consumption.
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Grand challenge

Sustainable nutrition

estimated increase of global protein consumption between 2007 and 2030

By 2030, we’ll need to feed over 9 billion people, 4.5 billion of whom are part of the growing middle class increasingly adopting meat- and fish-heavy diets. On top of that, it takes a lot of protein to grow a full-sized chicken, cow, pig or fish — producing more animal protein ironically means we need to produce more protein to feed them while they grow. As a result, the demand for protein is expected to rise by up to 70% in the next 15 years.

Production of protein at this scale significantly impacts our environment and health. Antibiotics in intensive livestock production create drug-resistant bacteria, with severe trickle-down consequences on our health systems. Overfishing has led to global crashes in fish stock (25% of our global fish catch is dedicated to feeding other fish or livestock). And vast areas of arable land are being used for animal feed production – mostly split between soybean, legumes and oil crops, all of which require extensive land and water and are draining the soil due to their widespread monocultures – which drains our soils and contributes to the loss of biodiversity.

We need new solutions.

Why did we invest?

Defensible technology with 350+ patents

Ynsect founders
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Antoine Hubert
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Jean Gabriel Levon
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Alexis Angot
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Fabrice Berron

After having read about 40+ companies in the sector and met with 20+ of them traveling from New York to LA to Toronto and London, we ended up meeting Antoine, the founder of Ynsect, in… Paris, a short walk away from home. Within 20 minutes of speaking with him, we knew this was the opportunity we were looking for.

Ÿnsect was built by a mission-driven and visionary team. They started R&D five years before we invested, while selling insect protein in western markets was still illegal. Antoine, the CEO, is an exceptional leader. As the founding president of IPIFF (the International Platform for Insects for Food and Feed) — the foremost industry association working with European institutions, industrial associations, and European Member States to evolve legislation in the space — Antoine travels the world to promote the insect sector. He and his co-founders, Jean-Gabriel Levon, Fabrice Berro and Alexis Angot, are perfectly complementary with 20+ years of experience in insect farming, manufacturing, energy and finance.

In addition to operating Ynstitue, the largest private research center in the world in insect protein, this team owns the largest patent portfolio in the sector. Leveraging their extensive experience in agro, robotics, and software, Ynsect developed a suite of proprietary robots to fully automatize all operations (feed supply, tray cleaning, dead and grass removal, separation etc.) and high-performance sensor-based software that measures over 100+ parameters to simulate and predict productivity. Today, Ÿnsect uses pioneering proprietary technology covered by 377 patents across 44 categories to produce lesser and yellow mealworms in fully automated vertical farms.

The results are there. Tests with industrial partners show that substituting 100% of fish meal with Ÿnsect’s #1 product increased body weight in the fish population by 30%, and showed a 18 % decrease of FCR — at a very competitive cost and pricing (vs. fishmeal).

Today, Ÿnsect runs three production sites, one in Dole, France (commissioned 2016), one in the Netherlands (2017), one in the USA (since 2022), and a third site, the world's largest vertical farm, in Amiens in France, is currently under construction. The company employs 360+ people and has raised around $500 million from significant global investment funds, banks and public bodies and exports its products worldwide.

The market is large, and the timing is now. If we just look at the animal feed market — a stunning $400 billion opportunity––insects are incredibly promising. According to the FAO, insect protein “can replace between 25% to 100% of soymeal or fishmeal depending on the animal species” diets with no adverse effects. And the EU Commission and the United States have regulated insect protein for both animal and human consumption.

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