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

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DRUMMONDILLE, QC, April 26, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – Entosystema company committed to the circular economy by developing innovative technological solutions for insect farming to contribute to Québec’s food autonomy is proud to announce the construction of a new facility in Drummondville thanks to more than 60 million dollars in public and private investments.

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Entosystem recycles organic material from Québec’s food industry that would otherwise be discarded and converts it into multiple eco-friendly products through a zero waste process.

The substance recovered from farm to grocery store is used to feed black soldier fly larvae. The factory receives 250 tons of food per day, which the insects consume in just six days. Once well fed, these larvae are dried and ground into a protein-rich flour for feeding domestic and farm animals. This circular process also enables the marketing of an effective fertilizer approved for organic farming.

This innovative approach makes the circular economy an integral part of the company’s business model.

Tangible ecological and economic benefits

This new factory of more than 100,000 sqm allows to create Entosystem 70 new jobs in the region, in addition to maintaining the 30 jobs already active Sherbrookeand to have a fully automated industrial system for the entire insect breeding process. These technological improvements will allow the company to upgrade 90,000 tons of organic material each year to produce 5,000 tons of high quality protein larvae as well as 15,000 tons of approved fertilizer for organic farming.

According to an independent study, this innovative project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85%1 per year compared to the current scenariowhile he gains weight canada self-sufficiency and food security.

Much of the food that is produced in Canada is wasted or lost. On a larger scale, agriculture, dog and cat feeding, and the use of unsustainable fertilizers contribute a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions North America.

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“We are proud to be at the forefront of developing this promising sector for Québec’s environment, economy and food autonomy. Already established in Estri, this extension will be in the city of Drummondville would not have been possible without the exceptional support of our partners: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BDC, Farm Credit Canada, Export Development Canada, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Investissement Québec, the Financière agricole du Québec, RECYC- QUÉBEC, the City of Drummondville and the SDED, Desjardins and Sanimax.”

Cédric Provost, President and Co-Founder of Entosystem

“Using insects to speed up the process of composting food waste is a promising environmental solution. By recovering products destined for landfill, Entosystem creates value-added products, creates a zero-waste, circular economy and helps achieve our climate goals The Government of canada Investing in the company’s new facilities will allow it to increase its production of alternative proteins for animal feed and fertilizers, which are essential inputs for the agricultural industry.”

-The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Food

“For nearly six years, Entosystem has dedicated its energies to supporting the development of local production and opening up a new market within our Québec food industry, that of insect protein meal for animal use and insect-based biofertilizers. We are therefore delighted to have them on their project today support that will allow the company to strengthen its know-how and take a major step forward in its field, while promoting sustainable agriculture and stimulating the economic vitality of the Center du Québec.”

André Lamontagne, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Center du Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches regions and MNA for Johnson

“With an innovative protein-based insect meal product and a new state-of-the-art facility, Entosystem offers the means to differentiate itself in a fast-growing market. By combining innovation, automation and circularity the ingredients are in place to ensure a successful recipe for this project.”

Pierre FitzgibbonMinister for Economy and Innovation and Minister for Regional Economic Development

“Entosystem’s project represents an innovative circular economy approach that will contribute to the development of a variety of new processing methods to recover organic matter. The organic matter diverted from waste management thanks to this major project is thus recovered for the market, quality products with high added value. This is a company that fits perfectly with our vision of a green economy for Québec!”

Benoit CharetteMinister for the Environment and Combating Climate Change, Minister responsible for Combating Racism and Minister responsible for the Laval region.

“I applaud Entosystem’s significant commitment to our region and more specifically to Drummondville. This major investment is further proof of the strength and dynamism of our economy. Additionally, we are excited about the development of local industrial solutions that implement circular economy principles and benefit stakeholders in Québec’s agri-food sector.”

– Sébastien Schneeberger, MNA for Drummond–Bois-Francs and Deputy Head of Government House

Drummondville is pleased that an innovative and future-oriented company like Entosystem has chosen the Capitale du développementl as the location for its company. The arrival of Entosystem supports the diversification of our regional economy. Food processing is the second largest industry in Drummondville. The circular economy is entering a new era and Drummondville has always been a pioneer. We are committed to reducing food waste and recycling residual materials. The arrival of Entosystem is another step in that direction.”

– Stéphanie Lacoste, Mayor of Drummondville and President of SDED

“FCC is proud to support a young, innovative company like Entosystem, which promotes environmentally responsible practices in Quebec and helps reduce the carbon footprint of modern agriculture on the environment. With a promising business model and a team of passionate people, Entosystem has what it takes to reach new heights and make a difference in a sustainable and responsible food system for years to come.”

Manuel VaillancourtSenior Director of Business Relations, Financement agricole Canada

“As a long-standing partner of Entosystem, particularly in support of its pilot plant project, Investissement Québec is proud to see the construction of this state-of-the-art facility Drummondville come to fruition. The company not only relies on strategic business relationships with a variety of key players in Québec’s food industry, but is also taking steps to strengthen its production and supply chain, thereby contributing to the economic development of Center-du-Québec and its surrounding area. “

Guy LeBlancPresident and CEO, Investissement Quebec

“To ensure a green recovery based on the resilience of our businesses and territories, it is imperative to focus on the circular economy as an engine for development. Rethinking the way we produce and consume, and optimizing resource use, contributes to a concerted effort to reduce greenhouse gases while realizing a zero-waste Quebec City. Innovative projects that propose upstream solutions, like this one, help bring us closer to that goal.”

– Sonia Gagné, President and CEO, RECYC-QUEBEC

“In the context of climate change and resource scarcity, it is important to find innovative solutions to reduce food waste. As leaders in socio-economic development, we must support an economy that extends the life cycle of matter. We are proud of that.” $13.5 million in financing Entosystem’s new factory.”

Jean Yves BourgeoisSenior Vice President Business Services, Mouvement Desjardins

“The technology developed by Entosystem is among the best in the world and enables innovative and sustainable management of organic matter in the agri-food industry. As a privileged partner, Sanimax shares a common expertise and values ​​that make our collaboration strong. We believe this is a project for the future that will help strengthen the role of Québec and its companies as leaders in the circular economy. We are proud to actively contribute to the development of this new sector.

Martial HamelinPresident – North AmericaSanimax

About Entosystem

Entosystem uses cutting-edge insect breeding technology to position itself as a major player in circular agriculture. We produce entomological proteins and meal from insects with added value by enabling the recovery of nutritional value from food waste on the one hand and better control of food safety on the other.

1 Enviro-Access Inc. THG Experts, Commercial Plant by Entosystem: Unleash the superpowers of insects!First environmental benefit report (ISO 14064-1), 09/14/2021

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