Hargol FoodTech (formerly Steak TzarTzar) has developed optimized methods and technology to enable grow large quantities of grasshoppers quickly in captivity.
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.
Stage: Technology development
Hargol FoodTech has received significant media attention. Selected articles:
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).
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