Insect snacks idea really flies
WA’s first edible insect farm has partnered with a local gourmet foods wholesaler to market a range of culinary crickets.
Last year the WA Health Department gave GrubsUp founder Paula Pownell the go-ahead to sell her product for human consumption.
The business has developed a line of products using a commercial kitchen at Coolup, where crickets are roasted after first being freeze-killed.
Ms Pownell said the business intensively farmed high-protein crickets to produce cricket dukkha, roasted cricket spice grinders containing whole crickets and organic cricket powder (at this stage imported from Canada), and will now work with a company to distribute the products around Perth.
Ms Pownell, who started her business from her home in Coolup two years ago, has also been nominated as one of four Rural Women’s Award finalists in the running for a $10,000 prize that will go towards job-creating business ideas in agriculture and tourism.
The development award celebrates female leaders across rural and regional WA and provides a platform to support women to create an impact.
Paula Pownall from Grubs Up with a dried cricket and other products.