Con­sumer ac­cep­tance af­ter trout trial

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IN­SECT fed trout has been com­mer­cialised in France since June of 2018.

‘We’ve seen a strong ac­cep­tance of our prod­ucts by con­sumers look­ing for nat­u­ral and sus­tain­able prod­ucts,’ said In­no­vaFeed‘s head of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, Maye Wal­raven.

Chloé Phan Van Phi said: ‘In 2018, In­no­vaFeed launched with

French re­tailer Auchan the first in­sect fed trout in su­per­mar­kets in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Skret­ting and fish farmer Truite Ser­vice.

‘Our con­sumer sur­veys showed that con­sumers wanted to know what their fish was fed with and that the risk was to not com­mu­ni­cate rather than over com­mu­ni­cate.

‘This prod­uct has been avail­able and suc­cess­ful for over a year now in 52 Auchan su­per­mar­kets in France, with the plan to ex­pand it to the whole French ter­ri­tory in 2020.

‘In terms of taste, organolep­tic tri­als have shown that in­sect fed fish tasted at least as good if not bet­ter than tra­di­tional fish on 3 cri­te­ria: higher omega-3 con­tent, deeper colour, and a more juicy flesh.’

Else­where, In­no­vaFeed has also helped Dutch fish feed spe­cial­ist All­tech Cop­pens launch Mi­dori, the first in­sect based koi feed.

The float­ing lar­vae shaped pel­let is de­signed to mimic the black sol­dier fly lar­vae, stim­u­lat­ing the nat­u­ral feed­ing pat­tern of the koi.

Ear­lier in 2019, In­no­vaFeed and Le Goues­sant Aqua­cul­ture also an­nounced a suc­cess­ful 100 per cent fish­meal sub­sti­tu­tion with in­sects in rain­bow trout feed.

The joint trial, it said, was the first time that 100 per cent of the fish­meal has been sub­sti­tuted by high qual­ity in­sect pro­tein de­rived from black sol­dier fly lar­vae.

In­no­vaFeed said: ‘The re­sults of the trial con­firm the in­ter­est for this in­no­va­tive source of pro­tein and the po­ten­tial to to­tally sub­sti­tute fish­meal by in­sect meal in a com­mer­cial trout feed.

‘These good re­sults are en­cour­ag­ing us to launch other stud­ies in the fu­ture, on other aqua­cul­ture species or to fur­ther ex­plore the ef­fects of in­sect meal on fish health.’

Above: Maye Wal­raven

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