Background and history

On Saturday, October 14, 2017 was the WorldFoodDay in Ede (the Netherlands). Here, among others, the company ProtiFarm also gave a demonstration of what insects can mean in the food field. The interest in insects as the forgotten link in nature was aroused. Insects: the key to circularity! Why should only large factories such as Protix/Ynsect produce insects?

Could there be an opportunity for poultry farmers here?

1. Chickens that eat BSF larvae receive both lauric acid and proteins. Lauric acid acts as a probiotic: it destroys viruses and kills bacteria. This reduces the need for antibiotics.
2. The need for soy is also reduced by eating BSF larvae, because the larvae consist of many proteins.

Two years later, there is Avingstan BV, a company based in the FoodValley of the Netherlands: an BSF-egg-breeding company. Breeding takes place in the Poultry Expertise Centre in Barneveld. We are situated in the Poultry Innovation Lab.

Mission Avingstan

Work circularly, and use organic residual flows.

Vision: how to realise this mission?

Through the use of insects, as natural waste processors. Convert organic waste in biomass. Use this biomass for food or feed. But there is more.

For the opportunities with insects reach far beyond food and feed. Consider industrial applications as well.

European rules

The most important European rules in the field of food, animal by-products and fertilizers can be found here.


The copyright of the photos of the Black Soldier Fly and the video of the larvae of the BSF is in the hands of Hans M. Smid PhD – Laboratory of Entomology – Wageningen University P.O. Box 16 – 6700 AA Wageningen – The Netherlands


The development of equipment for breeding larvae in our own hatchery and fattening is made possible in part thanks to a loan granted by the Stichting Fonds voor Pluimveebelangen.