The Protix facility farms black soldier flies (left) to produce protein meals.Protix/Emilie Filou
Insider went inside the world’s largest fly farm harvesting larvae as a sustainable protein source.
Insect protein is becoming increasingly popular in animal feed, replacing soya or fishmeal.
Protix operates from a high-tech farm in the Netherlands, with plans to scale to 10 new locations.
An insect farm might conjure images of fields, barns, and muddy boots, not a fully automated, high-tech facility in a commercial warehouse on an industrial estate.
Only the name, “Protix,” gives away the nature of this facility in the town of Bergen op Zoom in the south of the Netherlands, where the insect company has operated since 2019.
This 15,000-square-meter warehouse is the world’s largest black soldier fly farm. Demand for edible insects — and facilities like these — is on the rise.
At the moment, around 80% of Protix’s production is used for pet food, with the rest