Hargol FoodTech

Hargol FoodTech (formerly Steak TzarTzar) has developed optimized methods and technology to enable grow large quantities of grasshoppers quickly in captivity. 

The Product & Advantages

The Company’s optimized methods and technology will enable growing several species of grasshoppers quickly and under sanitary conditions for a reliable, sustainable, and quality protein source. Hargol FoodTech’s product lines will include grasshopper protein powder, food additives, and pet food. Read more about the idea behind Hargol FoodTech.

  • Superior nutrient content: over 70% whole protein, plus lipids, iron, zinc, and more
  • Year-round production as opposed to limited seasons in the wild yields a large, ongoing supply to meet growing demands.
  • Optimized feeding reduces growing costs and improves nutrient content.
  • Automated handling and harvesting.
  • No waste: All materials converted into products.
  • Efficient growth and production methods saves resources and creates high margins.

The Hargol Opportunity

  • Edible insects are gaining momentum as a high protein alternative that is efficient to produce, low cost, and requires minimal resources.
  • With insects already an integral part of the diet of more than 2.5 billion people, and growing awareness of insects’ advantages in new food markets.
  • Consumed by over 1 billion people, grasshoppers are the world’s most edible insect.
  • Grasshoppers provide superior nutrient content at over 70% whole protein, plus lipids, iron, zinc, and more.

The Team

Steak TzarTzar team

The Hargol FoodTech founders (from left): CEO Dror Tamir, COO Ben Friedman, CTO Chanan Aviv

  • Dror Tamir, Co-Founder & CEO: Over 24 years’ experience in strategic planning and finance management, Israeli Navy, Cellcom; founded numerous companies, including several involved in food or nutrition
  • Ben Friedman, Co-Founder & COO: Serial entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in strategic operational management
  • Chanan Aviv, Co-Founder & CTO: Growing and breeding insects and livestock for more than 30 years

Status

Founded: 2014, incorporated in 2016
Stage: Revenue
Investor: The Trendlines Group, Sirius Investment (Singapore)

Awards

Hargol FoodTech has won a number of international competitions:

Hargol FoodTech is middleweight winner at Get In The Ring global competition.

Hargol does it again! CEO Dror Tamir (2nd from right) battled to victory in the middleweight category at Get In The Ring Global competition in Singapore.

Achievements

  • Successful completion of 10 full cycles of hatchery protocol
  • Established world’s first commercial-scale grasshopper farm

In the Media

Hargol FoodTech has received significant media attention. Selected articles:

  • “Ten firms leading the Agtech revolution” (ThinkBusiness)
  • “Food Wars: A New Hop” (Start-Up Nation Central)
  • “Grasshoppers jump into the U.S. market” (Foodtank)
  • “Feeding the world with grasshopper protein” (AgWired)
  • “Hargol: A stroke of genius and grasshoppers” (Alltech)
  • “14 disruptive food-tech startups that will change how you eat” (Israel21c)
  • Hargol FoodTech featured in the Russian media
  • Hargol FoodTech in the media (here and here)
  • “A healthy Israeli delicacy: protein from grasshoppers” (ynet)
  • “Edible grasshopper startup hops to top at int’l contest” (Israel21c)
  • “High-protein grasshoppers are about to jump onto your plate” (Israel21c)
  • “This Israeli start-up is breeding grasshoppers to fight famine” (Quartz)
  • Q&A with the 2016 Prize Finalists [Food+City Challenge Prize]: Steak TzarTzar (Food+City)

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Background & Market

To feed the expanding world population, more high-protein food from sustainable sources – and at affordable costs – is needed. Yet, current protein sources – beef, chicken, fish – are reaching their limits, putting pressure on natural resources and damaging the environment.

Edible insects are gaining momentum as a high-protein alternative that is efficient to produce, low cost, and requires minimal resources. With insects already an integral part of the diet of more than 2.5 billion people, and growing awareness of their advantages in new food markets, there is a need — and an opportunity — for quality insect products that can be mass produced efficiently and economically.

Consumed by over 1 billion people, grasshoppers are the world’s most edible insect. They enjoy high market demand and command a high price, especially in parts of Africa, Asia, and Central America. The U.S. protein ingredient market exceeds $2.5 billion (Nutrition Business Journal). The edible insect business in Europe is projected to reach $380 million in 2020 (New Nutrition Business). By 2054, alternative protein will comprise 33% of the total protein market, with 50% from insects, algae, and bioengineered proteins (Lux Research).

Videos


Watch CEO Dror Tamir's interview on ILTV.


CEO Dror Tamir pitches at the Alltech Showcase 2017 in Dublin.


Hear Dror Tamir at the 2017 TLV StartUp Challenge in Tel Aviv.


CEO Dror Tamir presents at Trendlines' 6th Annual Showcase in 2016.

Contact

Dror Tamir, CEO
+972.52.890.7856
dror@hargol.com
www.hargol.com

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