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It all started in a garage in the north of Leipzig. We, the founders Kai Hempel, Dr. Jonas Finck and Henrik Reichstein had the vision of a sustainable source of animal protein for the animal feed industry. With the data obtained from the experimental garage set up, a technological grant by the SAB was applied for. With this, the proof of concept from our business plan could be implemented. Due to the participation of the local Investor, the Golzern Holding GmbH, the funding of the Pre Seed Phase was certain. At the new location in the south of Leipzig, we developed the first phase of our pilot plant with support of our strong partners. The conversion of a former pellet plant into a modern insect breeding plant began in march 2018. In the beginning of 2020, KAURI CAB GmbH also became an investor. Today, our first industrial plant is up and running. In the meantime, we produce a steadily increasing number of insects on an area of over 2500m². True to our pragmatic approach, we permanently optimize in the process and get better every day. You can follow our current progress under News.

Significant feature is the modular construction with shipping containers. More Information you can find under plant development.

Successfully building our first industrial insect farm was an incredible challenge. This is made possible because of the close collaboration of our investors, the bank, fundings of the SAB, the LIFE funding program of the European Union and, of course, the hard work of our fast growing team. Having reached this milestone, it is now time to plan and implement the next plant with renewed energy and vigor. We are ready.

At madebymade GmbH we have the aim of contributing to sustainability with our own share; a resource saving circular economy. Insect protein as an alternative and regional source of protein is an important step to reduce greenhousegas emmissions and in this way for a better and more green future. Our entire production therefore runs on 100% green electricity. Additionally, the liquefied gas we use is climate neutral, as it is compensated for by climate protection certificates.

Our aim is „5-4-3“ which stands for the next 5 years in which we want to install 4 plants in 3 countries, in order to furtherly increase our impact. madebymade wants to fight existing problems with new, innovative ideas. The economic feasibility and reliability of our company is of highest importance for our customers, our employees and our delivery men too. We have the goal to improve ourselves everyday so that we can also work in future with motivated and satisfied partners, to shape the world in an environmental friendly manner.

Kai Hempel / Dr. Jonas Finck
Our current team

There is a steady increase of demand for proteins on a global scale. In order to meet this demand, the usage of alternative sources of protein for human and animal feed is essential. Insects serve as a valuable alternative to conventional protein sources, such as fish flour and soy because they can be produced in a more climate friendly manner, using less resources such as space, water and food.

Which insects do you use?

The black soldier fly (BSF)
This fly has certain caracteristics, which make it a perfect fit for the industrial farming. The larvaes feed on almost any organic residue. Additionally, their reproduction cycle is very fast. The production itself takes place in old, unused storehouses. This means, that no fertile agricultural land has to be used. Also, the larave only feed on organic residues, that would otherwise not be used – no waste is been produced in the process.

Where can i find you?

Our current production plant is located in the south of Leipzig, in Pegau.

To be exact:

madebymade GmbH

Löbener Weg 7

04523 Pegau

Can i come by to visit the pilot plant?

Unfortunately, without contacting us before hand, it is not possible. However, you can send us an e-mail or call, let us know your enquiry and we try to arrange an appointement where applicable.

Where do the insects, that you produce, come from?

We breed these flies here locally ourselves. The whole reproduction cycle, from the egg until the fly, completely takes place here in saxony.

Are humas also able to eat the insect protein?

Theoretically, yes. Insects is on other cultures in the world like Mexiko or Thailand part of the normal daily diet. However, not in the form of pouder or flour but rather the insect as a whole. The insect flour itself can also be used for baking for example. We do hope that in future, the general acceptance for the consumption of insects will rise furtherly. Our industrial plant will only focus on insects as a feed, but in combination with a higher acceptance of the product, our insects could be used for human consumption in future as well.

Do you use chemicals in your production? In how far can you label your product „organic“?

No, we do not use chemicals in the production process. After the production some working products need to be desinfected, which is stated in the la wand contributes to the product security. Our aim is to design all of our processes as sustainable and environmental gentle as possible. There are numerous factors that need to be taken into consideration to achieve a certification. For this reason, there is no „organic“ certification as of right now.

May i join you?

Of course! Have a look at our open vacancies.

Our plant for recycling organic residues and for the sustainable production of animal proteins is characterized by its modular design. The concept of modularity has top priority in the development of our system and has already been successfully demonstrated in our pilot system. A modular system design is able to spatially separate the various production steps and scale them as required.

Using standardized modules, the size of the plant can be variably adapted according to certain circumstances, in which way planning costs can be reduced and construction time can be shortened. Furthermore, our construction based on shipping containers results in low transport costs and opens up a worldwide range of applications for our plant concept. This high flexibility is supported by an innovative construction and the selection of proven technology from industry and agriculture. In this way, we guarantee high reliability with complete independence of location at the same time.

The necessary productivity and thus the profitability of our plant is determined by a minimum size of the plant. The minimum size includes all modules required for cultivation and processing with a space requirement of approx. 2500m². Our modular concept allows easy and quick upscaling at any time. According to our calculations, a smaller plant and the associated production volume are currently uneconomical.

The flexibility of our plant was also taken into account when planning the automation system. All automation levels can be replaced by manpower as far as possible. We are therefore able to deliver our systems with different automation levels, depending on the request and location. From a low level of automation with higher labor requirements to a high level of automation in combination with low labor requirements as well.

In the development progress of plants we set value on high production safety, simple operation and high occupational health and safety. With these requirements in mind, we build reliable and robust plants that are independent of location and can be operated worldwide. We finished the construction of the first modular insect breeding plant in the beginning of 2021. Currently we are scaling up our production. Have a look at our progress and the current status under News.

Our larvaes are valuable disposers of almost all organic residues. Many residues which arise from industry or commerce unfortunately are not being used; the opposite occures. They get deposited on landfills, compost piles or biowaste treatment plants. These rest materials mostly cannot be used anymore as classic animal feed for animals such as chicken or pigs. Whereas our insects are still able to feed on them and they are perfectly suitable. In this way, an important step towards sustainable circular economy is taken.

If you are looking for a way to reuse your organic waste material and contribute in this way to environmental protection and circular economy, do not hesitate to contact us. We will create a concept for the reutilization and figure the legal possibilities with you.

We supply sustainable and regionally produced animal proteins in the form of protein powder. These are suitable for pet food production according to the approval number DE14729013413. Furthermore, our dried larvae as well as the extracted fats and oils can be used e.g. as wild bird food and for zoo and pet food. Our live larvae are a special treat for e.g. hedgehogs, wild bird species, turtles and other reptiles, but also for the native chickens and songbirds. You can order alive as well as dried larvae from us. We will send them directly to you by DHL delivery. Minimum amount for all our products is 1 kg. We are looking forward to your contact enquiry.

Living larvaes

Our larvaes convince by their healthy look: they are relatively large with a size of up to 2cm and are yellow. They are extremely robust and are able to be stored in very low temperatures for days. After time and with the exact temperature, the larvaes start to darken and pupate as well. After some days, living black soldier flies hatch out of These. If These animals are stored in a the warmth, an anclosed box is recommended. An additional feed of the flies nor the larvaes is needed.

 

Dried larvaes

Compared to living larvaes, dried larvaes are easier to transport and last much longer as well. They contain the whole spectrum of fats and oils and can easily be transported and stored in so called Big Bags. Of course, smaller amounts are also possible. Especially our local birds enjoy this little delicacy.

Protein flour

The Protein flour is the endproduct which we aim for at madebymade GmbH. It is generated during pressing of the larvaes and has a flour like consistency. The target Protein Content lays at over 40% and at fat Content of less than 8%. The dark Protein flour has a bit of a nutty smell and contains essential amino acids too. Through the processing, Protein flour has very similar characteristics to fish flour and can be used in a diverse way in the feed Industry.

Fats and oils

During the pressing process, valuable Lipids are generated as well. An Analysis of the fatty acids indicated, that 30% of the fatty acids are unsaturated, which defines them as the so called “good” fats, according to the nutritional Industry. Of These 30%, 10% are multiple unsaturated fatty acids, which are seen as especially valuable. The melting Point of this dark Brown fat is at 40°C. It contains, similar to Protein flour, a nutty smell.

Substrate / fertilizer

The excrements of the larvae we breed have exceptional properties. In contrast to normal animal excrements, the substrate of the larvae is rather dry and almost odourless. madebymade is approved as a manufacturer of organic fertiliser and soil conditioner (category 2 – liquid manure from Hermetia illucens – larvae) with the approval number DE 14 729 0130 23. During the production process, considerably less climate-damaging greenhouse gases are released than, for example, in classic composting. No toxic substances or heavy metals are present. Initial tests show that vegetable plants react particularly well to our soil conditioner. In areas with weak soils, we can provide real added value for food security through our recycling management. In domestic areas, the 100% sustainability of the earth is a real added value for every convinced gardener.