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Singapore Company Searches For Perfect Blend Of Insects, Plants For New Snacks

June 9, 2020: 12:00 AM EST
Insect-based foods firm Bugsolutely is developing a new snack with the help of Singapore-based partner Asia Insect Farm Solutions (AIFS) and supported by the government-based Food Innovation and Resource Centre (FIRC). The new snack will be formulated with both insect- and plant-based proteins to maximize nutrition, while minimizing processing costs and maximizing consumer benefits, according to founder Massimo Reverberi. Production costs can be steep in the insect-based foods sector, which is why Riverberi is working plants into the mix. He says the nutritional profile of insects is rich: protein content is between 50 and 70 percent, they contain omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, and a variety of minerals and vitamins. Supplementing with plants that require little processing to extract the desired proteins makes the formulation very cost-effective. Plants used to make the snacks include mung beans, seeds, and flours; cricket flour is the current choice for the insect portion.[Image Credit: © Bugsolutely Ltd]
Pearly Neo, "Best of both worlds? Bugsolutely fuses insect and plant proteins in new snack to maximise health and cost benefits", Food Navigator Asia, June 09, 2020, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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