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AVENIR

Food Valorization and Nutrition Insect Research

The AVENIR project (Alimentation Valorisation Et Nutrition Insecte Recherche), a collaborative programme made up of 6 partners, aims to support the competitiveness of the players in the Loire sector involved in the breeding and processing of insects by responding to the challenges facing society in terms of sustainable, high-quality production.

Context:

For 5 years, companies specialising in the breeding and processing of insects for human and animal food have been established in Europe and France. This emerging sector is a response to the challenge of demographic growth and the rise of the middle classes, which require an increase in the production of food, particularly proteins of animal origin. The EU accounts for nearly 38% of world protein imports from Argentina, Brazil and the USA. However, these productions are increasingly decried as being responsible for environmental and societal problems (deforestation, GMOs, etc.). The use of insects not only has many advantages for human health (nutritional value) but also for the environment (recovery of food waste, requires little water and space).

Strategic issues and challenges :

Faced with competition from Asia and Europe, the Loire sector must take up the challenge of excellence, i.e. be ecological, traceable and at the same time offer innovative products of high nutritional quality. It is not in terms of volume but in terms of value that companies in the Loire will be able to differentiate themselves from their competitors.

The project aims to remove the bottlenecks linked to the management of livestock farming (development of profitable farms, whatever the level of automation, which are energy-efficient and ensure product safety) and linked to the processing process (choice of technologies and health procedures in terms of food and feed safety) in order to obtain safe insect-based products at a competitive price on an industrial scale.

  • WP1: Health safety / Optimization of insect breeding methods
  • WP2: Review and testing of innovative transformation processes
  • WP3: Nutritional, microbiological and techno-functional characterization of insect fractions
  • WP4: Project Management / Regulation / Reliability of analytical methods

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Persons involved in the unit:  Gabriel Chambonnet, Nathalie Bareille