Flying off the shelves
TROUT produced and processed by Truite Service in France, fed Skretting feeds containing insect meal from InnovaFeed, has now reached the French consumer.
Auchan, a leading French retailer committed to responsible aquaculture, has made the insect-fed trout available in 52 supermarkets in the north and Ile-de-France, with plans to sell throughout France by the end of 2019.
‘The term ‘insect-fed fish’ applies only to aquaculture fish that meet two criteria – they have been fed a diet wherein at least 50 per cent of the fishmeal has been replaced by insect meal, and the fish have doubled in weight after the insect protein has been applied,’ said Elodie Petit, marketing manager at Skretting France, when the announcement was made before Christmas.
Laurent Terninck of Truite Service added: ‘As a leader in fresh, high quality trout in France, we have been excited to be a player in this new phase for aquaculture.
‘The fish have performed well; of course, insects form a natural part of a wild trout diet, but we have been delighted that the new feed has been received well by the fish and shown great results in terms of growth, health and flesh quality.’
For InnovaFeed, this marks an important step in the development of the insect sector, and the company is keen to continue pioneering the commercial implementation of insect meal.
‘We are making a new source of protein from insect rearing (Hermetia illucens), and the protein produced is high quality and able to replace more traditional ingredients,’ said Maye Walraven of InnovaFeed.
InnovaFeed established a partnership with French company Tereos last September, and will use co-products from the Tereos starch facility to breed black soldier fly. The site will bring InnovaFeed’s production capacity up to 10,000 tonnes of protein a year, Feed Navigator reported last year.