Edible insect food product stakeholders form community

It is a testament to the forward-thinking nature of the population of Greater Copenhagen that startups frequently choose the region to test new and innovative products for local and international markets. Sustainable, environmentally clean food solutions such as edible insects is one such example.

Insekt KBH and Copenhagen Municipality recently co-organised a gathering at Greencubator in the Danish capital at which businesses, NGOs, politicians, scientists and institutional leaders laid down a framework for the edible insect industry’s continued growth.

Sustainable food solutions of the future
Under the theme ‘Sustainable food solutions of the future’, thought leaders from across Zealand shared new insight on how edible insects lend themselves well to producing many food items such as juice.

Key outtakes from the evening’s speed talks included those of Lars-Henrik Lau Heckmann, the project leader from the Technological Institute, who gave a presentation on the insect production program that was recently granted 19 million kroner by the Innovation Fund Denmark.

Martin Keller from the Department of Sustainable Development, meanwhile,  aired his thoughts on utilising insects as an educational tool that can be used to form participatory city landscapes.

Denmark’s national food administration was represented by Hanne Boskov Hansen, who provided the assembled companies with an explanatory update on the authorities’ view on insects for human consumption.

In addition to that,  startups like Bugging Denmark, Beyond Coffee and TagTomat, along with politicians from the Danish party Alternativet, also shared their thoughts and experiences on the topic.

Commercial prospects
Many startup companies have taken an interest in edible insect solutions, but it remains a costly and lengthy process to commercialise the products without an industry framework.

Deliberations by entrepreneurs and business people present at the gathering accordingly agreed to form a community that supports the industry of edible insect products in Scandinavia and especially in and around the Greater Copenhagen region

“Today, a community is formed that hopes to convey, understand and modify the message and the experience of eating insects to the wider public,” Philip Price, the co-founder of Insekt KBH, told Greater CPH POST.

Community of edible insect products
The participants believe that forming a community will help expand the market size in terms of customers and streamlining the supply chains.

The community will create awareness of insect-induced edible food products and provide advantages for health, science, production and sustainability.