Insect company Tebrio increases production in Spain, with aquaculture market firmly in sight

The company is currently building an 80,000 square meter farm in Salamanca, Spain, which will produce 100,000 tonnes of mealworm (tenebrio molitor) products per year.

Currently, 90% of our gross revenue comes from pet food and 10% from aquaculture. But once our new facilities are complete, aquaculture should be our main market,”​ Fran García, spokesperson for Tebrio, told us.

The company, backed by venture capital, is investing around 60 million euros in the construction of the new factory.

Tebrio is ramping up production, García said. “We plan to increase our production tenfold each year, to reach 100,000 tonnes [output] by 2024.”

Regarding what distinguishes the Spanish company in what is rapidly becoming a very competitive landscape, he said that thanks to the technology developed in-house, Tebrio can offer large production volumes at competitive prices with raw materials. current market. animal feed market.

Founded in 2014 in Salamanca, Tebrio also promotes sustainable production, claiming its current operations have a negative carbon footprint.

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The clinical data supporting the nutritional profile of its protein product, branded oProtein, was performed by a laboratory in Salamanca, García reported. The product is said to have a crude protein concentration of over 72%, to be highly digestible and also to have a high oleic acid fat profile.

For the aquaculture market, Tebrio targets oProteins in the diet of freshwater and marine species. The product is designed to promote the growth of fry and juveniles at a critical time in their youth, according to Sabas de Diego, the company’s technical director.

In addition to protein meal for animal and fish feed, Tebrio also produces excrement product to be used as organic fertilizer for plant nutrition and it contains chitosan extract for multiple industrial uses.

Tebrio participates in Acuisost, a Spanish project funded by the EUinvolving academic and industrial partners. The initiative aims to promote the sustainability of aquaculture through the implementation of nutritional strategies based on new ingredients and technological additives.