According to a press release, Thai Union Group PCL (Thai Union) has invested in Orgafeed, one of the leading insect-based pet treat start-ups in Thailand.
Orgafeed produces sustainable pet food and pet treats based on insect protein under their brand “Laika.”
Black soldier fly larvae, which are raised on a diet from pre-consumed food waste, are used, thus supporting circular economy principles.
“At Thai Union, innovation and sustainability are two important pillars of our business,” said CEO of i-Tail, Thai Unionn, Roy Chan, in the press release. “The pet industry is experiencing strong humanization and premiumization trends, which has led to customers looking for healthier and more sustainable products, thus driving our portfolio towards sustainable pet products, such as insect protein, where the environmental impact (emissions, land and water usage) is significantly lower than other kinds of farmed protein.”
While some find the idea of insect-based pet food or treats intriguing or industrious, others may find it to be…well…somewhat icky.
However, according to PetMD, cats and dogs eat insects all the time on purpose or by accident and the manufactured product looks just like pretty much any other form of dog or cat food we’re used to seeing.
That being said, U.S. consumers will probably not be able to purchase insect-based pet food or treats directly anytime soon. According to PetMD,, “Insects are not currently a permitted ingredient in commercial pet foods in the US.”
For more about pros and cons of insect-based pet food, check out the rest of this informative article at PetMD: https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/what-insect-based-pet-food
Featured image: Dog treats from Orgafeed, under the “Laika” brand (Credit: Orgafeed)