Published: 2019 August 23
Updated : 2022 August 03

Insect Protein Market

SKU : FB1927
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Insect Protein Market is segmented By Insect Type (Orthoptera, Beetles, Mealworms, Cicadas, Termites, Bees, Wasps, Ants, and others), By End-Use Industry (Food & Beverages, Animal Nutrition (Aquafeed, Pet Food, and Cattle Feed) ), and by Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa) – Share, Size, Outlook, and Opportunity Analysis, 2022-2029

Insect protein market is growing at a CAGR of 46% during the forecast period (2022-2029). The demand for milk and meat products is rapidly growing with a rising population across the globe. Animal-derived food products are considered a rich source of protein and are extensively used in both human and animal diets. However, the rapidly growing demand and depletion of meat-producing animals have motivated the need for alternative protein sources. Insect protein evolved as the effective source of protein for both food and feed applications. Several insect species including crickets, locusts, grasshoppers, ants, wasps, termites, beetles, and bees are used to extract protein.

Insect protein is on the rise

Insects outrank pork, chicken, and beef in terms of protein content and provide very high feed conversion efficiency over the animal and marine species and insects. Insects also have a rich concentration of minerals and vitamins that on consumption enhance the wellbeing of human beings. From the supply side, insect rearing is more sustainable than pigs, poultry, and cattle in terms of land, feed, and water utilization and emit significantly fewer greenhouse gasses, thus making it an effective alternative protein source to animal meat. As of 2018, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations documented more than 1,900 insect species as edible for human and animal consumption.

The major food processing companies across the globe are focusing on the use of insect protein as an ingredient in their formulations. Interest in sustainable procurement is also aiding in the growing demand for insect protein. Flour evolved as the major form of insect protein owing to its ease of use texture for food products. However, protein bars made of insect protein are on rising particularly in the U.S. and European nations. The market for insect protein bars is likely to grow at a CAGR of 42% by 2025.

Crickets are the widely used insect species for protein generation owing to its high feed conversion efficiency. According to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, crickets require six times less feed than cattle, four times less than sheep, and twice less than pigs and broiler chickens to produce the same amount of protein. Cricket protein is commercially available in powder form and cricket protein-based consumer products such as cricket ice creams, cricket granola, cricket meatballs, and cricket pasta are likely to gain consumer interest in the near future.

Insect farming is on the rise

The high nutritional value of insects is supporting the domestication of insect farming. Crickets, bees, and silkworms are the highly grown insect species for human nutrition. According to International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF), the global production of insects reached 6 thousand tonnes in 2018.

Several governments and non-profit organizations such as IPIFF and Insect Protein Association of Australia (IPAA) are promoting the use of insect protein in food and feed application to reduce the over-slaughtering of meat animals and the depletion of natural resources. They are also focused on providing financial and marketing assistance to insect farmers, thus supporting the growth of insect farming. Furthermore, the technological advancements in the field of insect rearing and protein production are also boosting the growth of the insect protein market. Insect farmers are focusing on the automation of their farms through the adoption of robotics and data-driven technologies. For instance, in August 2017, Aspire Food Group launched its first automated cricket farm in the U.S.

Acquisitions are on the rise

The emerging market of insect protein is likely to witness consolidation with the likes of global food giants. The high growth potential of the market is motivating companies such as McDonald's Corporation and Cargill, Incorporated towards direct entry into the business. Several acquisitions occurred in recent times entrusted the market growth and growing competition in the market.

  • Aspire Food Group, a U.S.-based manufacturer of human and animal-grade cricket powder acquired Exo in March 2018. Exo is involved in the production of cricket protein bars. The acquisition first of its kind marked the integration of the value chain insect protein market. After the acquisition, Exo started utilization of Aspire’s cricket powder for making its bars, and Aspire has re-branded its Aketta line of cricket-based products as Exo

  • In December 2018, AgriProtein which produces protein-rich meal and oil from flies and larvae acquired Belgian insect feed company Millibeter to expand its business network in the European region

  • In September 2017, Protix acquired Fair Insects BV, an insect breeding company involved in harvesting crickets, mealworms, and grasshoppers. The acquisition enabled Protix to enhance its product portfolio

The market is also witnessing business expansion activities from small to medium-sized insect protein manufacturers across the globe. These companies are building new insect protein factories to increase their production capacity. For instance,

  • Vietnam-based insect protein maker Entobel launched its production plant in March 2019. The company markets its insect protein for aquafarmers under the brand H-Meal.

  • Currently, Aspire Food Group is capable of producing over 30,000 pounds of cricket protein annually with an insect-raising capacity of 22 million crickets per month. However, the company is planning to expand its production facility to meet the demand from its recently acquired subsidiary Exo

The growing competition is likely to result in a price decline for insect proteins resulting in increased access to locally processed food and snacks manufacturers. Chips, protein shakes, and chocolates would be the high-growth product segments for insect protein in near future.

Insect Protein Market Scope



Market CAGR


Segments Covered

By Insect Type, By End-Use Industry, and By Region

Report Insights Covered

Competitive Landscape Analysis, Company Profile Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth, Demand, Recent Developments, Mergers and acquisitions, New Product Launches, Growth Strategies, Revenue Analysis, and Other key insights.

Fastest Growing Region

Asia Pacific

Largest Market Share 

North America

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