US – Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world’s largest trader of agricultural commodities, in collaboration with InnovaFeed has unveiled plans to build a new insect protein facility in Decatur, Illinois, US.

According to a statement from ADM, the new facility whose construction is targeted to begin in 2021 pending necessary permitting and approvals, will produce insect feed as a protein ingredient in animal feed.

Once completed, the plant will have a target annual production capacity of 60,000 tonnes of animal feed protein derived from Hermetia Illucens.

The plant will also have the capability to produce 20,000 tonnes annually of oils for poultry and swine rations, and 400,000 tonnes of fertilizer.

InnovaFeed which already has two insect production facilities in France will owned and operated the new facility to be  located within ADM’s Decatur, Illinois, US, corn processing complex.

World Grain reports that the Decatur facility represents InnovaFeed’s first international project.

“We are very pleased to launch this ambitious project, working alongside ADM and Illinois state partners as InnovaFeed expands to provide sustainable solutions to meet the fast growing demand for insect feed in the US and worldwide,” said Clement Ray, chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of InnovaFeed.

The plant will be built using a model of industrial collaboration enabling InnovaFeed to produce the insect protein with the lowest carbon footprint on the market.

The strategic location of the facility within ADM’s premises allows for the construction of infrastructure that will allow ADM to directly provide corn by-products to supply InnovaFeed’s insect rearing process, as well as waste heat and steam.

ADM notes that this operational model will allow the InnovaFeed facility to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% versus standalone production.

“We’re excited to work with InnovaFeed on this ambitious project, which further expands our participation in the growing market for animal food and feed that comes from responsible, sustainable sources,” Chris Cuddy, senior vice president and president of ADM’s Carbohydrate Solutions business.

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