JÄRVENPÄÄ, FINLAND — Volare, a foodtech company that produces insect-based proteins, recently announced plans to construct its first industrial-scale facility in Järvenpää. The facility will produce environmentally friendly insect-based proteins and lipids for use in aquaculture, pet nutrition and other food products.

Founded in 2021, Volare strives to “bring true circularity into food production” by producing insect-based ingredients for use in animal nutrition, therefore reducing impacts on the environment. The company’s ingredients have been used in Alvar Pet’s Bug dog treats and Leo & Wolf’s seed bar for birds.

Volare's insect-based protein meal for use in animal nutritionSource: Volare

“It is true that our eating habits are becoming more and more sustainable slowly — but this won’t happen overnight,” said Tuure Parviainen, chief executive officer of Volare. “However, we can change the dietary habits of fish and pets much faster and make a direct impact on the emissions.”

When fully operational, the new facility will produce about 5,000 tons of insect-based proteins and lipids, annually. According to Volare, the facility will be first of its kind in Finland. It will also utilize unique technology and a production process that uses about 30% less energy.

“We produce high-quality protein and lipids from the side streams of food production, and this has an extremely positive impact on the environment,” Parviainen said. “With the new facility, we will be able to respond to the growing demand of climate-friendly protein in Europe.”

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