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Insect Protein Market Segmented By Insect Types like Black Soldier Flies, Crickets, Mealworms, Ants, Grasshoppers and Applications are Food and Beverages, Animal Nutrition, and Pharmaceutical & Cosmetics
The concentrate obtained after several levels of drying and processing of edible insects rich in protein content is referred to as insect protein. Protein is a fundamental component of all living cells and contains many ingredients, such as hormones, enzymes, and antibodies that are necessary for the proper functioning of an organism.
The insects are rich sources of protein and are expected to become sustainable alternatives for all protein products in upcoming years. The insect protein contains all essential substances which are available to any other common protein products.
The requirement of protein is increasing all around the world, and the food industry is already under pressure to fulfill the protein demand. Insect protein responds to the demand for sustainable and high-quality protein to feed a growing population.
Besides the feed industry also required a huge amount of protein in the feed products and the resources are not sufficient to fulfill the demand. Insect protein will be used in a wide variety of food and feed products with the help of developing science and technology.
The global food and beverage, animal feed industry are in the search of new ingredients and nutritional sources which can fulfill the consumer’s nutritional demand, the adoption of insect protein is has been growing in the food and beverage industry.
The consumption of animal products such as, meat, aquatic animals, milk, and egg continues to rise, which becoming a challenge for environmental sustainability. Plant-based proteins are sufficient to fulfill the demand for animal feed and food industry.
However, more than 2000 insect species are already being consumed by domestic animals and humans as part of their regular diet owing to their favorable fats, vitamins, high protein content, and minerals. This has created opportunities for food and protein manufacturers to produce a product such as mixed insect snacks, protein bars, protein drinks, whey protein, and many other products based on insect protein.
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Some of the key players are operating in the global insect protein market are, Imago Insect Products GmbH, Aspire Food Group, AgriProtein Holdings Ltd., Hexafly, EnviroFlight LLC, Protifarm, Protix, Jimini’s, EntomoFarms, Ÿnsect, Chapul Cricket Protein, and others.
These key players are focused on investing in research and development to innovate new and safer insect protein which can be applicable in many varieties of food and feed products. Also looking for the strategic business development in global insect protein market.
In most countries or regions, the consumption of insect or insect-based products is very low and often considered as culturally inappropriate has slow downing the growth of the insect protein market. However, manufacturers of insect protein and insect-based food manufacturers need to make awareness about the safety and health benefits of insect protein.
Thus, the insect protein-based food products protein bars, pasta, bakery product, protein powders are witnessing acceptance by consumers. Europe is importing more than 60% of protein for animal feed, who is in the need of additional sources of protein for the feed industry, where insect protein is become a sustainable alternative to fulfill the protein demand for the animal feed industry.
The Asia Pacific will lead the insect protein market due to the varied climate zones and some of the Asia Pacific countries are already consuming insects as their regular diet. This will lead to a wide acceptance of insect protein in the food and feed industry in the Asia Pacific.
The global young population is considered as most health aware and environmentally conscious, who are seeking alternatives for traditional meat protein, and this population will create huge opportunities for global insect protein market in upcoming years.