Entosystem opening $60 million Quebec plant
Monica FergusonFood Food & Beverage agri-food food and beverage industrial quebec technology
Entosystem is opening a plant in Quebec with public and private investments of more than $60 million.
Entosystem recycles organic matter from Quebec‘s agri-food industry that would otherwise be discarded, transforming it into environmentally friendly products through a zero-waste process.
The matter recovered from farm to grocery store is used to feed the black soldier fly larvae. The factory receives 250 tons of food daily, which will be consumed by the insects in six days. Once well fed, these larvae are dried and ground into a protein flour used to fed domestic and farm animals. This circular process makes it possible to market an effective fertilizer approved for organic farming.
The 100,000 square feet facility will allow Entosystem to have an automated industrial system for its insect breeding process and will create 70 new jobs in the region, while keeping 30 jobs already active in Sherbrooke, QC.
This technology will allow the company to revalorize 90,000 tons of organic matter each year in order to produce 5,000 tons of protein larvae and 15,000 tons of approved fertilizer for organic farming.
“The use of insects to speed up the process of composting food waste is a promising solution for the environment,” said The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. “By recovering products intended for landfill, Entosystem creates value-added products, generates a zero-waste circular economy and contributes to the achievement of our climate targets.”