Hargol FoodTech (formerly Steak TzarTzar) has developed optimized methods and technology to enable grow large quantities of grasshoppers quickly in captivity.
Hargol FoodTech uses unique technologies to grow and harvest large quantities of grasshoppers in captivity quickly, efficiently, and under sanitary conditions. The result is a reliable, sustainable, and high-quality protein source. Hargol’s products will include grasshopper protein powder, food additives, nutritional supplements and pet food.
As the world’s first commercial grasshopper framer, Hargol FoodTech is offering a new protein source to meet the tremendous market need and opportunity. Read more about the idea behind Hargol FoodTech.
Founded: 2014, incorporated in 2016
Stage: Business development, growth
Investors: The Trendlines Group, Sirius Ventures (Singapore), SLJ Investment Partners (Holland), WeWork (United States)
Hargol FoodTech has won numerous international competitions:
SEAL award (Sustainability, Environmental Achievement & Leadership) 2018
Hargol FoodTech has received significant media attention. Selected articles:
To feed the expanding world population, the world is actively seeking high protein food from sustainable sources and at affordable costs.
Edible insects provide a high-quality protein alternative that is efficient to produce and requires minimal resources. Insects are an integral part of the diet of more than 2.5 billion people globally. With an increasing awareness of insects’ advantages in new food markets, there is a growing opportunity for quality insect products that can be mass produced efficiently and economically.
Current products are based on crickets, mealworms, and flies. Grasshoppers are a superior protein source in every aspect, but growing challenges have limited grasshopper-based products in the market.
Grasshoppers are the world’s most popular edible insect. Consumed and considered a delicacy by more than 1 billion people around the world, grasshoppers enjoy high market demand and prices.
The U.S. protein ingredient market exceeds $35 billion (Nutrition Business Journal). By 2054, alternative protein will comprise 33% of the total protein market, with 50% from insects, algae, and bioengineered proteins (Lux Research). The edible insect business in Europe is projected to reach $380 million in 2020 (New Nutrition Business).
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.
Controlling insects using novel biological technology
Autonomous system for detection and monitoring of crop diseases
Commercial production of fucoxantin and polysaccharide
Accuracy in fruit yield estimation
Robotic system for vegetable greenhouses
Increased mobility of agrochemical actives in plants
Enhancing fish growth