Animal feed company Entosystem to build new plant in Quebec
By Food in Canada StaffBusiness Operations Pet Food Editor pick Entosystem Quebec
Entosystem, a tech solutions provider for insect breeding, is constructing a new plant in Drummondville, Que., thanks to more than $60 million in public and private investments.
Entosystem recycles organic matter from Québec’s agri-food industry that would otherwise be discarded, transforming it into several environmentally friendly products through a zero-waste process.
The matter recovered from farm to grocery store is used to feed the black soldier fly larvae. The factory will receive 250 tons of food daily, which will be consumed by the insects in only six days. Once well fed, these larvae are dried and ground into a rich protein flour used to feed domestic and farm animals. This circular process also makes it possible to market an effective fertilizer approved for organic farming.
This new factory of more than 100,000 sf will allow Entosystem to create 70 new jobs in the region, in addition to keeping the 30 jobs already active in Sherbrooke, and to have a fully automated industrial system for its entire insect breeding process. These technological improvements will allow the company to revalourize 90,000 tons of organic matter each year in order to produce 5,000 tons of high quality protein larvae as well as 15,000 tons of approved fertilizer for organic farming.
“We are proud to play a pioneering role in the development of this promising sector for the environment, the economy and the food autonomy of Québec. Already established in Estrie, this expansion in the city of Drummondville would not have been possible without the exceptional support of our partners: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BDC, Farm Credit Canada, Export Development Canada, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Investissement Québec, the Financière agricole du Québec, RECYC-QUÉBEC, the City of Drummondville and the SDED, Desjardins and Sanimax,” said Cédric Provost, president and co-founder, Entosystem.
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