Ynsect, the world leader in the production of insects for animal feed needs, is inaugurating its Ynsite demonstration unit, located at the Innovia cluster in Dole, Jura, on Thursday 23 February 2017.
A Originally, there is a simple observation: while insects are at the base of the food chain and are an integral part of the diets of fish, poultry and other mammals, these same insects are completely absent from the food ration of farm animals (terrestrial or aquatic) and our pets. There will be nine billion of us by 2050 and food needs will increase considerably, especially protein requirements. This will raise the problem of producing enough protein to feed animals, especially fish and poultry, the most consumed animals in the world.
Backed by cutting-edge R&D, patented technologies and a world-class multidisciplinary team, Ynsect, founded in 2011, was created on a visionary principle: to position insect proteins at the heart of the agri-food system in order to sustainably meet the planet's growing demand for meat and fish.
Ynsect's headquarters and R&D center, Ynstitute, has been located at the Génopole d'Evry since 2013 and is the largest private research center in the sector worldwide. The company has developed a proprietary technology for rearing and processing Tenebrion milling larvae and has the largest portfolio of patents in the sector internationally.
This technology, first developed in the laboratory, then on a pilot scale (one ton and then ten tons of insects per year), was then developed on a real scale with the construction of a technological and commercial demonstration unit - Ynsite - of 3000m2, enabling the production of several hundred tons of insect proteins per year. This successful change of scale is a world first. Ynsect has successfully responded to the technological challenge of automating an insect farm, adapting the technology at each stage of their development to ensure not only their well-being, but also the constant quality of the finished products, good working conditions for operators and traceability throughout the value chain.
"Until now, no company had managed to combine entomology (insect science), robotics and digital technology to create a business project that really creates economic, environmental and societal value. » Explains Antoine Hubert, president of Ynsect. "This is a real feat achieved by all the Ynsecters (Ynsect collaborators) and their technological, industrial and academic partners, and was made possible thanks to their multidisciplinary approach. »
The Ynsite site is located in Damparis, on the Dole community of communes, on the Innovia pole, a business park dedicated to eco-activities and environmental technologies. Construction of the building began in September 2015 and was completed in April 2016, after which all the machinery was delivered and assembled by the end of the year. The site delivered its first customers in the pet-food sector at the end of 2016 and now employs nearly fifteen people.
Inauguration of the site - From left to right :
"Only two years ago we had our first discussions with the local elected representatives of the Dole, Jura and Region, as well as the representatives of Innovia and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry", comments Antoine Hubert. "It is truly remarkable to see how quickly the project has progressed thanks to this strong partnership with all the players in the area: local elected representatives and State services, their respective administrations and our various local partners and subcontractors. It is a great source of pride, a shared pride I think, to see the outcome of these exchanges and to see Dole become an essential global hub for the production of insect proteins. This project also highlights the industrial dynamism that is just waiting to develop in France thanks to the determination of the State, local elected officials and entrepreneurs. »
Ynsite represents the last stage of technology validation before the construction of a much larger unit in 2018, which will enable the company to reach the aquaculture market, which requires large volumes of protein.
Ynsite, demonstrating the viability of the industrial and commercial concept, enabled the company to close its second round of financing last December, amounting to €14.2M, enabling the engineering work necessary for the construction of this next unit to begin. The latter will be capable of producing more than 20,000 tons of insect proteins per year.