Protix opened its new, 14,000 square meter facility, making it the largest processing plant for insects worldwide. It is proof that insects have become a viable protein source for sustainable animal feed. Bühler is proud to have supported Protix in reaching this milestone. In order to create a major impact on the sustainability of the global supply of protein, many more plants need to be built across the globe following this pioneering effort.
Bringing a EUR 45 million investment to a close, Protix last week opened the world’s largest insect protein facility with His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. “Protix has now fully transitioned into a commercially operating company with the new facility as proof of our progress,” says Kees Aarts, founder and CEO of Protix. “We are leading the way here, technically, operationally, and commercially. The new fully automated processing solution provides a major quality increase with consistency improvements. This opening of the new facility therefore marks a major transition, not only for our company, but also for the entire sector, and the markets we are producing for.” The plant produces protein meal and lipids that are used in the animal nutrition sector to feed pigs, chicken, fish, and domestic animals. The black soldier fly larvae that are bred and processed in this facility are fed carefully selected organic byproducts from local distilleries, food producers, and vegetable collectors.