Insect protein is not a new phenomenon. A couple of years ago, we started reporting on the rise of using insects as a form of protein, in food, as well as the research suggesting it to be the new snacking trend.
However, over these past couple of years the sector has experienced a mixed reaction. We’ve seen a large amount of innovation, as many start-ups work hard to change people’s attitudes towards eating insects. One of the most obvious ways that we’ve witnessed is by combining insect protein into existing popular food stuffs. Combing insect flour in the protein bar is a perfect example.
Despite this, the sector still faces a continued challenge of convincing people that insects are a good, healthy and nutritious food choice. With little resistance in Africa, and some eastern areas, the West is proving a trickier market to break into. Whilst initially storming into the press, and causing quite a stir with the ‘craziness’ of the idea, now, when push comes to shove, are consumers actually accepting the idea or has the bug buzz worn off?
This year, we’ve reported on a growing number of companies launching insect-based foods. We take a look back at some of the companies investing their time and money, trying to convince us that insects are the way to go.
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