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More than 60 million dollars for food self-sufficiency and the circular economy

Class in: Business environment
Themes: Joint Venture, Environmental Policy, CPG, CFG

DRUMMONDVILLE, QC, April 26, 2022 / CNW Telbec / – Entosystema company that is part of the circular economy by developing innovative technological solutions for the breeding of insects to contribute to food autonomy in the Qubec, is proud to announce the construction of a new plant. Drummondville thanks to over 60 million dollars of public and private investments.

Entosystem recycles the organic materials of the Quebec agri-food industry that would otherwise be wasted, transforming them into different ecological products thanks to a zero waste process.

These organic materials collected from the farm to the grocery store are used to feed the black soldier fly larvae. The factory will receive 250 tons of food per day which will be consumed in just six days by the insects. Once well fed, these larvae are dried and ground a protein-rich meal intended for feeding pets and breeding animals. This circular process also makes it possible to market a very good one fertilizer approved for organic cultivation.

Furthermore, this innovative approach allows integrating the circular economy into the heart of the company’s business model.

Concrete ecological and economic benefits

This new facility of over 100,000 square feet will allow Entosystem to create 70 new jobs in the region, in addition to maintaining the 30 jobs already active Sherbrookeand to acquire of a fully automated industrial system of the entire insect breeding process. These technological advances will allow the company to recycle 90,000 tons of organic matter each year to produce 5,000 tons of high-quality protein larvae and 15,000 tons of approved organic fertilizer.

According to an independent study, this innovative project will to reduce85%1Greenhouse gas emissions per year compared to the current scenario, while increasing autonomy and food security.

It should be noted that much of the food produced in the country is wasted or lost. On a larger scale, agriculture, dog and cat food, and unsustainable fertilizer use contribute largely to greenhouse gas emissions in North America.

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We are proud to play a pioneering role in the development of this promising sector for the environment, economy and food self-sufficiency in the Qubec. Already established in Estrie, this expansion in the city of Drummondville it would not have been possible without the exceptional support of our partners: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BDC, Financement Agricole CanadaExport and Development Canadathe Minister of Fisheries, Agriculture and Food of Qubec, Investissement Qubec, Financire Agricole du Qubec, RECYC-QUBEC, the Municipality of Drummondville and SDED, as well as Sanimax and Desjardins.

Cdric Provost, president and co-founder of Entosystem

Using insects to speed up the composting process of food waste is a promising solution for the environment. By recovering products destined for landfill, Entosystem creates value-added products, generates a zero-waste circular economy and contributes to the achievement of our climate goals. Government investment Canada in the new farm facilities it will allow them to increase the production of alternative proteins for animal feed and fertilizers, essential inputs for the agricultural industry.

– The Honorable Marie-Claude BibeauMinister of Agriculture and Agribusiness

For almost six years Entosystem has been putting all its energy into promoting the development of local production and opening a new market in our Quebec agri-food industry, namely that of insect protein meals for animal consumption and insect-based biofertilizers. We are therefore happy to support you today in your project. This will allow it to strengthen its skills and take a giant step forward in its field, while encouraging sustainable agriculture and stimulating the economic vitality of the Center-du-Qubec.

– André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Center-du-Qubec and Chaudire Appalaches regions and Member of Parliament for Johnson

With an innovative insect protein meal product and a new state-of-the-art plant, Entosystem is giving itself the means to stand out in a rapidly growing market. By combining innovation, automation and circular economy, we have all the ingredients to make this project a winning recipe.

– Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister in charge of Regional Economic Development

The Entosystem project presents an innovative circular economy path, which will contribute to the development of a series of new treatment processes for the recovery of organic matter. The organic material stolen from disposal thanks to this large project will thus be recovered to market quality products with high added value. This is a company that fits perfectly with our vision of a green economy for Quebec!

Benoit CharetteMinister for the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Minister for the Fight against Racism and Minister for the Region of Laval

I greet Entosystem’s great commitment in our region and more in particular Drummondville. This major investment is further proof of the strength and dynamism of our economy. Furthermore, we can only be pleased to see the development of local industrial solutions that implement the principles of the circular economy for the benefit of the actors of the agri-food sector of Quebec.

Sbastien Schneeberger, Deputy of Drummond-Bois-Francs and Deputy Head of the House of Government

The city of Drummondville is pleased that an innovative and avant-garde company such as Entosystem has chosen the Development Capital to start its business. The arrival of Entosystem supports the diversification of our regional economy. Food processing is also the second largest business sector Drummondville. The circular economy is part of a new era e Drummondville he has always been a forerunner. We are committed to reducing food waste and recycling residual materials. The arrival of Entosystem is a further step in this direction.

– Stphanie Lacoste, mayor of Drummondville and President of the SDED

? FAC is proud to support an innovative young company like Entosystem, which promotes co-responsible practices in Qubec and helps reduce the carbon footprint of modern agriculture on the environment. With a dynamic business model and a team of passionate people, Entosystem has everything it needs to reach new heights in the coming years and make a difference in a sustainable and responsible food system.

Manuel VaillancourtSenior Relationship Manager, Farm Finance Canada

Partner of Entosystem for several years, in particular for having supported its pilot plant project, Investissement Qubec is proud to see the construction of this state-of-the-art plant. Drummondville. In addition to relying on a strategic business relationship with various major players in the Quebec agri-food industry, the company is taking steps to consolidate its production and supply chain by contributing to the economic development of the Center-du-Québec.-Qubec and its surroundings. .

Guy Le BlancPresident and CEO of Investissement Qubec

To ensure a green recovery focused on the resilience of our businesses and our territories, it becomes essential to focus on the circular economy as an engine of development. Rethinking our production and consumption methods, optimizing the use of resources, means contributing to the collective effort to reduce greenhouse gases, achieving a waste-free Quebec. Innovative projects that offer upstream solutions, like this one, help us get closer to this goal.

– Sonia Gagn, President and CEO of RECYC-QUBEC

In a context of climate change and scarcity of resources, it is important to find innovative solutions to reduce food waste. As a leader in socio-economic development, we must support an economy that extends the life cycle of materials. That is why we are proud to finance the 13.5 million dollars of the new Entosystem plant.

Jean-Yves BourgeoisSenior Vice President, Corporate Services of the Desjardins Group

The technology developed by Entosystem ranks among the best in the world and allows an innovative and sustainable management of organic matter in the food industry. As a privileged partner, Sanimax shares common skills and values ​​that are the strength of our collaboration. We believe this is a blueprint for the future that will help strengthen the role of Qubec and local businesses as a leader in the circular economy. We are proud to actively contribute to the development of this new sector.

Martial HamelPresident – North America, Sanimax

About Entosystem

In Entosystem we dream of a world inspired by nature. That’s why our mission is to unleash the superpowers of insects to help create a sustainable and responsible food system. With the circular economy at the center of our business model, we produce entomological proteins used in animal nutrition, allowing, on the one hand, the recovery of the nutritional value of food waste and, on the other, allowing for better control of food safety. .


1 Enviro-Access Inc. Greenhouse gas experts,Entosystem commercial plant: unleash the superpowers of insects!Initial Environmental Benefits Report (ISO 14064-1), September 14, 2021

SOURCE Entosystem

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