Insect-based Cat and Dog Food

Insects as novel protein sources in dog and cat food, such as black soldier fly larvae and crickets is gaining acceptance as alternatives to conventional pet food proteins and oil sources. Read the latest about the feasibility of insect-based ingredients, regulatory issues ensuring these ingredients are safe and how to market these products to consumers.

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3 most reviewed insect-based pet food marketing claims

Globally, a research team counted 43 brands selling pet products using insect-based ingredients, with 35 of those brands operating in Europe. Black soldier fly larvae and mealworms were the two most frequently used insect species.

Globally, a research team counted 43 brands selling pet products using insect-based ingredients, with 35 of those brands operating in Europe. Black soldier fly larvae and mealworms were the two most frequently used insect species.


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Interest in alternative proteins grows in pet food

In response to consumer interest and continuing industry trends, pet food companies are expanding into the idea of using non-traditional sources of protein in pet food formulations.

Learn about the current top alternative protein sources in pet food formulations, including yeast, insect protein, eggs and cell-based meat options.


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Reptile food ahead on whole-prey, fresh, frozen trends

Humanization of animals and premiumization of pet foods march together in lockstep, even for pets without legs.

Whole prey diets are passé for reptile pets. Fresh, frozen snake food has been de rigueur for decades. Insect-based pet food is nothing new to owners of lizards.


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BSF protein an ‘easy swap’ for other proteins in dog food

Enterra palatability, digestibility and maintenance trials show black soldier fly-based diet performed well and provided all of the necessary nutrients to maintain dog health
With alternative proteins increasing in popularity in human foods, they are also gaining interest from consumers of pet food, and black soldier fly (BSF)-based ingredients are among the most popular.
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Black soldier fly larvae calcium low for leopard geckos

Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) have grown in popularity for leopard geckos because they have a higher calcium concentration than mealworms and crickets.

Black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) have grown in popularity for leopard geckos since they have a higher calcium concentration than mealworms and crickets. Long-term feeding of BSFL without vitamin supplementation or variation could result in deficiencies. Reptile supplement makers may continue to market their products as BSFL become more common in the reptile food market.


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3D printing pet treats with plant, insect, algae protein

A pet food and treat company could offer a 3D-printing device optimized for producing pet treats, then sell the ingredients to pet owners via a subscription service. For large, established companies, 3D-printed pet consumables could streamline the new product development process or allow specialized services for pet owners.

Ordering a perfect cup of Earl Grey tea from a Star Trek-style replicator remains for the next generation. However, small-scale 3D printing of pet treats may not be science fiction for long. Those futuristically created treats may themselves contain equally unconventional ingredients, such as insect and algae proteins.


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