Oct. 04, 2022
Investment in Nutrition Technologies, an insect-based alternative protein manufacturer
NT was established in 2015 by two former United Nations officials who had strong concerns about the food problem. NT has their headquarter in Singapore, then built their own plant in Malaysia in 2020 to raise and process black soldier flies (BSF). Now it has grown into Asia’s largest insect-based alternative protein manufacturer. Since it has strengths in reproductive capacity, protein concentration and pathogenic resistance, BSF is expected to become the promising protein source more than other potential insect sources, such as crickets and locusts, particularly from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). NT has developed unique BSF manufacturing techniques and systems, specifically for collecting food residue and by-products from local factories and plantations to use them as feed to raise BSF, dehydrating and drying the larvae, and processing the materials into the high-quality protein. These capabilities are efficiently exercised at the first plant in Malaysia, taking advantage of the local warm climate to eliminate the need for heating facilities for raising BSF, thereby achieving more environmentally friendly protein production.
At Sumitomo Corporation, its Animal Health Science Department, which engages chiefly in the animal health product business for pets and livestock, is in charge of the NT business. The department will promote the development and marketing of insect-based protein feed by capitalizing on the knowledge and networks of existing businesses. We will also work to utilize oil and frass* which are generated from the manufacturing process as materials for developing cosmetics, quasi-drugs, chemicals, organic fertilizers, and other high value-added products. Pursuing the strategic partnership with NT, a startup committed to creating a recycling-oriented sustainable self-sufficient economy, we will be in harmony with the global environment by accelerating our efforts toward effective use of limited natural resources and the creation of a recycling-oriented society.
*Frass: solid excreta from insects and other related matter
■Outline of Nutrition Technologies
|Company name||Nutrition Technologies Ltd|
||Thomas William Berry, Nicholas Patrick James Piggott|
||20A Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088443|
||Manufacturing and sales of BSF products