Volare to open Finland's first insect-for-aquafeed fly farm

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
20 January 2023, at 2:00pm

Insect producer Volare has announced plans to build a facility capable of producing 5,000 tonnes of protein and lips a year – for use in aquafeeds and petfoods – in Järvenpää, Finland.

a computer generated image of a fly farm
How Volare's fly farm should appear when completed

The startup aims to produce 5,000 tonnes of insect-based proteins and lipids a year and will be targetting the aquafeed sector as well as petfoods © Volare

“We produce high-quality protein and lipids from the side streams of food production, and this has an extremely positive impact on the environment. With the new facility, we will be able to respond to the growing demand of climate-friendly protein in Europe,” said Volare’s CEO, Tuure Parviainen, in a press release.

Volare has already applied its insect-based protein to dog food and bird food and are now looking at the aquafeed ingredients market too. In 2022, Volare’s circular protein became available to consumers through Alvar Pet’s dog treat and Leo & Wolf’s seed bar for birds. The company believes that by changing the diets of animals, it is possible to make the entire food chain more sustainable.

“It is true that our eating habits are becoming more and more sustainable slowly – but this won’t happen overnight. However, we can change the dietary habits of fish and pets much faster and make a direct impact on the emissions,” continued Parviainen.

Volare’s industrial-scale facility will be the first of its kind in Finland and one of the few pioneers to also operate in Europe. According to the startup, the use of their unique technology will reduce energy consumption by 30 percent compared to similar solutions.