Cargill and InnovaFeed extend insect feed deal to include swine

US agriculture giant Cargill and French biotech firm InnovaFeed said they aim to feed 20 million piglets with insect oil by 2026 as part of a wider alternative protein deal.
calendar icon 4 May 2021
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Cargill and InnovaFeed announced a first agreement in 2019, initially focusing on fish feed.

"The expansion of this partnership will include more species, starting with the use of oil derived from insects for pig feed," the companies said in a joint statement on 3 May.

InnovaFeed will produce the insect oil in its plant in Nesle in northern France, currently the world's largest, which will then be shipped to Cargill in the United States for inclusion in animal feed products, Innovafeed's spokeswoman said.

Insect oil is rich in lauric acid, a fatty acid that helps improve the intestinal health of animals, especially piglets, the companies said.

InnovaFeed teamed up with US grain trader and processor Archer Daniels Midland Co last year to build the world's biggest insect protein plant in Decatur, Illinois. Construction is due to begin next year.

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