Behind the scenes of the cricket industry - where do our little pals come from?
Bite Snacks’ supplier - Entomo Farms (Norwood, Ontario)
We rely on Entomo Farms in Norwood, Ontario as our trusted supplier because of their high quality standards, ethical farming practices and ability to raise some of the tastiest crickets around.
At Entomo Farms, crickets are raised indoors in “cricket condos” that simulate their natural habitat. The “cricket condos” are large structures in which the crickets can roam freely. The crickets are free to hop from one feed station to another, and can burrow deep into the condos if they choose until it's harvesting time. The crickets are considered free range and are only harvested near the end of their natural life cycles, six to seven weeks.
Setting high standards and procedure regulations in Thailand
Cricket farming is a common practice in Thailand, which brings a steady stream of income for more than 20,000 families. Strict, unified procedures by Thailand’s National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS) are in place to ensure well-regulated farming methods. An abundant source of crickets homegrown in their natural habitat, combined with a recent surge of improvements in rearing, testing and assessing the quality of crickets, Thailand is working towards establishing their position as a reliable cricket supplier to the world.
Harnessing technology in cricket farming
A widely accessible and cost-effective production chain is necessary to for the industry of insect farming and production to grow on a large scale. A key solution to a current problem of high production costs could be to utilize technology to expand the scale of production. Aspire Food Group, a Texas-based company, is a global pioneer in the technology around raising crickets on a commercial scale.
Aspire Food Group has been developing a robotic module in order to determine the ideal amount of feed for crickets, AI sensors to monitor how crickets eat and the right time to feed them. Their data monitoring and analyses are stated to produce a higher-quality end product with more protein and fewer carbs.
Aspire Food Group is hoping that the utilization of AI in cricket farming will lead to an increase in output and decrease in labor costs. If their technology becomes successful and can be widely replicated, we are one step closer to offering a reliable alternative to resource-intensive livestock production.