FAQ


Find out more about Protifarm and have a look through our frequently asked questions. For any questions not answered in the below FAQ section, please feel free to contact us.

General questions

How do you plan to expand globally?

Our cultivation and processing are extremely scalable and can be set up anywhere in the world. We therefore have the ambition to grow and process in several places in the world, also to keep the food miles as low as possible. In addition, we are working on a licensing model whereby we enable other companies to set up their own cultivation and processing with our technological knowledge.

Protifarm has a vertical farm. What does this mean?

Vertical farming is the cultivation of crops and living organisms, such as insects, in a controlled environment, using stacked cultivation layers. In this process, vertical growth is literally added to the height. In this way the space is used as efficiently as possible and the yield per square meter is high. In addition, through automation a lot can be produced with few employees. This keeps the costs of the product low and the accessibility high. We are a fully automated vertical farm that produces functional ingredients (insect-based) for the food industry on an industrial scale. Our highly scalable and controlled environment provides a solution to reduce the global footprint.  

What is the difference between insect based protein compared to meat, plant and milk based protein?

Insect protein, like milk and meat protein, are high quality. The major difference is mainly in the production. Protein from insects can be produced many times more sustainably. Milk protein (80% caseïne en 20% whey) is often seen as the golden quality standard. Research shows that insect protein can match that: it also contains all nine essential amino acids, and is efficiently digested in the human body. Plant based proteins often show an incomplete amino acid profile with low levels of essential amino acids.

Does Protifarm also sell live insects or whole insects?

No, AdalbaPro is a sustainable ingredient line obtained from the processing of the Alphitobius diaperinus. AdalbaPro is available in textured- (FTIP), powder- and oilform.

Does AdalbaPro fall under the Novel food legislation and if so, what does this mean? And as of when was it approved?

On January 1, 2018, the new Novel Food legislation came into effect in the European Union, which states that insects belong to the Novel Food category. This law means that a dossier must be submitted to the EU for each insect species in order to (continue to) sell this specific insect in the relevant processing form. For Alphitobius diaperinus we have submitted a dossier for the whole insect and for the ground dried form. This dossier is available for evaluation at EFSA (European Food Safety Authority). On the advice of EFSA, the EC (European Commission) may proceed to authorize the use of the Alphitobius diaperinus in the submitted processing form as an ingredient for the food industry. We expect approval of this file any moment.

To what extent is your product unique?

We are an agri-tech company that produces sustainable and effective ingredients for the food industry on an industrial scale. In a fully automated vertical farm we grow and process highly digestible protein for human consumption. Through 40 years of manual selection of the best Alphitobius diaperinus over an extended period of time, our R&D department has succeeded in breeding an Alphitobius diaperinus that is more effective in growing and processing on a large scale. Currently, there is no other party in the world that can produce similar products on this large scale.

What is Protifarm’s vision?

Our vision is to produce high quality ingredients to feed the world in a sustainable way. We are continuously working on increasing the efficiency of our automated, vertical farming process and are planning to upscale the industry of insect proteins for human consumption worldwide.

Is AdalbaPro animal friendly produced?

Yes, we take the greatest care for our animals, both during their life cycle and afterwards. Our farm is designed to simulate the natural habitat and climate of the Alphitobius diaperinus.

Are there company tours?

No, we do not offer company tours. You can however send a visitation request; see “Contact us”. We will then take your request in consideration.

 

About our products

How does AdalbaPro taste?

AdalbaPro has a mild nutty flavor and does not need to be masked with other ingredients.

What is Protifarm’s (end) product?

We produce AdalbaPro, a sustainable and effective ingredient line for the food industry. This functional ingredient line for human consumption contains, in addition to highly digestible protein, essential building blocks such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats. AdalbaPro is available in powder, oil or textured form and has a mild nutty flavor. This is a big advantage over many other protein sources, where the flavor must be masked.

Are your products meat substitutes?

Yes, our products are substitutes for regular meat and fish, such as chicken, beef or fish. Our ingredient line contains animal protein and therefore all essential amino acids and essential building blocks such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats.

Is AdalbaPro intended as food for animals or consumers?

AdalbaPro is an ingredient line for the production of food for human consumption.

To what extent have your products been tested and approved?

Our ingredient line AdalbaPro has been extensively researched and tested in various processing forms. For example, we are the first in Europe to have submitted a Novel Food dossier for insects, specifically for the Alphitobius diaperinus (better known as the buffalo beetle). Our breeding and processing processes are further ISO and FSC certified.

Is AdalbaPro in products we don’t know about yet?

AdalbaPro is the brand of our ingredients line. The food producer is free to name the brand AdalbaPro on the packaging. However, the producer is obliged to indicate the origin of the ingredient according to the guidelines of the local, applicable laws and regulations.

Is AdalbaPro genetically modified?

No, our AdalbaPro products are all natural. This means that they are, in addition to non-GMO, free of hormones, antibiotics and preservatives.

Is AdalbaPro animal friendly produced?

Yes, we take the greatest care for our animals, both during their life cycle and afterwards. Our farm is designed to simulate the natural habitat and climate of the Alphitobius diaperinus.

How does Protifarm ensure the safety of its products?

We produce our products with greatest care and our larva are reared in a controlled and clean environment allowing for high confidence and safety. Our products are both HACCP and ISO22000 certified.

What is the shelf life of the AdalbaPro ingredients?

The expiration time of our products is depending on the type of product and whether the optimum storage conditions are met. These conditions can be found both on the label of the product and the product information sheet.

In what products can I already find AdalbaPro?

AdalbaPro ingredients can already be found in a variety of products sold throughout Europe. Companies are currently using our ingredients to make pasta (Plumento Foods, Jimini’s), burgers (Bugfoundation), sports nutrition beverages (Isaac Nutrition), protein bars (Bear Grylls Bar, WholiFoods), and granola (Jimini’s).

 
About Health

Is AdalbaPro healthy? Why is it?

AdalbaPro contributes to a healthy lifestyle because in addition to highly digestible protein, it contains essential nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats.

Are you clean label?

Yes we are a clean label. We do not use antibiotics, pesticides or hormones for the breeding of the Alphitobius diaperinus.

Does AdalbaPro contain allergens? Can people of any faith consume AdalbaPro?

People with seafood allergies may have an allergic reaction when consuming insects. Our products are not Kosher or Halal certified.

So AdalbaPro is a form of protein made from insects. Why are proteins healthy for the human body and does this apply to all types of protein?

Proteins are essential building blocks for the human body. For example, they ensure the recovery of muscles and bones and are important for maintaining a healthy body weight. However, there are differences between the various sources of protein. For example, proteins from insects are of higher quality than proteins from plant sources. This has to do with the composition of amino acids and with the digestibility of the protein.

Fanatical athletes use nutritional supplements containing protein. Are your products only for athletes?

No, every human body needs protein, not only athletes. However, because of the easy digestibility of protein and essential building blocks such as vitamins, minerals, fiber and healthy fats in AdalbaPro, it is extremely suitable for athletes.

What is the nutritional value of AdalbaPro? And how much can you consume daily?

AdalbaPro is a rich line of ingredients. It contains easily digestible proteins, healthy fats, minerals and vitamins. In principle you can consume as much AdalbaPro as you want on a daily basis. However, it is important to maintain a balanced diet. For example, AdalbaPro does not replace your daily intake of fruit and vegetables.

Do the AdalbaPro products contain any allergens?

Yes, our products can give similar allergic reactions as shellfish/crustaceans and house dust mite due to the close relationship between shrimp and buffalo larva. Our products are soy-, dairy-, and egg-free.

 
About sales

What is Protifarm’s target market?

We target people from all over the world who are pursuing a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. We supply our ingredient line AdalbaPro to producers in the food industry worldwide. These make, among other things, bakery products, sports nutrition, pasta and meat (alternatives) with AdalbaPro.

Is Protifarm only nationally or also internationally oriented?

We are working towards a sustainable future for people from all over the world and therefore we supply our ingredient line AdalbaPro to producers in the food industry worldwide. The big advantage of AdalbaPro is its broad applicability to the food industry, the ingredient line can be used in virtually anything; bakery products, sports nutrition, pasta and meat (alternatives). AdalbaPro is available as powder, oil or in textured form.

Is AdalbaPro intended as food for animals or consumers?

AdalbaPro is an ingredient line for the production of food for human consumption.

By when is AdalbaPro on sale?

AdalbaPro is currently already being processed in several products, such as bakery products, sports nutrition, pasta and meat (alternatives). We are currently scaling up cultivation and processing. As a result, the available volumes of the different products are increasing.

Does Protifarm ship their products worldwide?

Yes, we can ship our products both within Europe and overseas.