ADM Building for Insect Protein

Nov. 19, 2020
Joint venture with France's InnovaFeed will create world’s largest insect protein facility for animal feed in Decatur, Illinois.

ADM in partnership with InnovaFeed today (Nov. 19) announced plans to build and operate what should be the world’s largest insect protein production site in ADM's hometown of Decatur, Ill. The immediate use is for animal feed.

The facility will be owned and operated by InnovaFeed, a French biotech company already a key player in producing premium insect ingredients for animal feed. It will co-locate with ADM’s Decatur corn processing complex, with ADM supplying feedstocks, waste heat and more.

“At a time when the demand for animal feed protein is steadily increasing, insect farming stands out as a true solution for the future,” said Chris Cuddy, ADM senior vice president and president of the company’s Carbohydrate Solutions business. At present, insect protein is only used for animal feed and aquaculture, but researchers are looking at it as a protein source for the future. Cultures around the world consume insects.

“Around the world, InnovaFeed is contributing to the emergence of sustainable food systems by developing a pioneering and sustainable industry," Clement Ray, CEO and co-founder of InnovaFeed. The company already operates two insect production facilities in France, including what is today the world’s largest. The Decatur facility represents InnovaFeed’s first international project.

Construction is targeted to begin in 2021, with production coming in two phases. When both are complete, the plant would have a target annual production capacity of 60,000 metric tons of animal feed protein derived from Hermetia Illucens, a type of fly with exceptional nutritional qualities; the plant will also have the capability to produce 20,000 metric tons every year of oils for poultry and swine rations, and 400,000 metric tons of fertilizer.

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