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This is our colleague Yannik Weinreis. He creates efficient planning processes for our projects and works in the area of product research and development. For this purpose, he analyses product characteristics, supervises test series, and tests various valorization strategies. Already during his studies of agricultural sciences (B.Sc.) and agricultural and food economics (M. Sc.) at the University of Bonn, Yannik was a passionate insect enthusiast and wrote both theses on the use of insects as feed and food. His academic background and network help us to identify current trends in the international research landscape and incorporate innovative development opportunities into our concept of regional circular economy.

Our colleague Justus von Sonntag optimizes technology. Here he is checking possible interfaces of our container control system with the control system he co-developes for the TEMIFUGA project at the University of Leipzig for a possible crab breeding system. Justus studied process engineering at Karlsruher Institute for Technologie (KIT) and is familiar with air conditioning technology. His experience in research supports us in the practical implementation of animal breeding. He has been with us for a year in April, and with a doctorate in chemistry, the chemistry is just right.

What our founder Kai Hempel actually intended to do after his studies and how this brought him together with Dr. Jonas Finck to our insect farm you’ll hear in this 5-minute podcast by Hartmut Schade in collaboration with MDR . Thank you for this well done work! In addition, there is a handful of information to read. You can also listen to it on Deutschlandradio. We hope you have as much fun listening to this as we did.

The Genial Sächsisch series of articles in the Sächsische Zeitung presents ideas which improve life. Besides natural cosmetics and a cooking robot, the 6th part of the series is dedicated to us, because our regional and resource-saving animal feed production has a sustainable positive impact on the environment. This impact can be repeated as often as desired due to the modular construction of our plant. From Saxony to the whole world! We thank Sven Heitkamp, author of the article, and Sebastian Willnow, photographer of the article, for their efforts.

Despite the big cold snap over the weekend, our larvae are doing very well. Our modular construction is based on shipping containers, which of course all function independently of each other, regardless of whether it is warm or cold outside. The temperatures in our reproduction containers for our flies and young larvae remain pleasantly warm thanks to the connected biogas plant and the same of course applies to the temperatures for our larvae in the mast containers. Partly there were temperature differences between container temperature and outside temperature of 50C! Only our employees are a bit cold this week – the only thing that helps to stay warm is to keep moving! As our intern Jörn once said “work is the best jacket”. In this sense: no matter if Sahara wind or Arctic cold – we don’t let it get us down.

Last November we won the KfW Award Founding 2020 for the federal state of Saxony. We are very happy about the price and the corresponding n-tv report, which you can watch via this article. In the video you get an insight into our production and our location. Many thanks to KfW Förderbank, Carmen Vallero and Jonas Wrensch for this great contribution.


From the first shipping container in production to the complete production plant and from the foundation to the finished office complex. An incredible amount has happened for us and that despite the global pandemic occuring in this year. All this was only possible because of the sweat, commitment and ambition of our team and all our partners. A big thank you to each one of you! We are now starting the new year with great confidence and will continue on our course.