Bioconversión opens insect meal production plant in Ecuador

The factory is located in the ZEDE del Litoral, a special economic zone located in Guayaquil, Ecuador and managed by the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL).

At maximum capacity, the new facility is expected to produce 1,200 MT of BSFL flour and 2,000 MT of excreta per year, said Enrique Garcia Romero, Production Manager, Bioconversión.

The company, which has so far secured $ 2.5 million from Ecuadorian private investors, plans to employ 13 people in the initial phase.

Skretting Ecuador has supported the company from the start. “Bioconversión is now an official supplier of Skretting BSFL meals. Currently our product is used in rainbow trout farmed in the Ecuadorian Andes for export ”, Garcia Romero reported.

Development phaseHave

Bioconversión started its BSF operations in 2018, on a very small scale. She then developed and improved her BSF breeding protocols to increase efficiency, worked with organic waste suppliers to find the best ways to handle and transport the residue, and tested her BSFL meal with feed manufacturers. local and global.

As part of the agreement with ESPOL, Bioconversión has the option of doubling the size of its production site if done within the next five years, the production manager said. “In terms of production, this would mean the tripling of our annual production of BSFL meals”, Garcia Romero said.

Add value to precious nutrientsHave

Bioconversión sources its organic waste from several agro-industrial companies located near its factory in Guayaquil, and the insect producer claims to be committed to the highest environmental and sustainability standards.

He explained how he reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by ensuring that organic waste is diverted from landfills or does not cause direct contamination, and that it also recycles organic waste. valuable nutrients in the food chain, while creating social links that contribute to the development of a circular economy.