It’s amazing that we’re already a month into 2015, and it is shaping up to be a very exciting year for the ento industry!
Right now in February 2015 there are dozens of restaurants around the country experimenting with insects on their menus – from culinary hubs like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City to more conservatively palated Austin TX, and Youngstown OH. Food startups Exo, Chapul, Hopper Foods, and Bitty Foods are ramping up production of their cricket flour energy bars and baked goods and growing their brick-and-mortar distribution networks in addition to serving up online sales. Exo’s bars are even slated to be included in a snack box served on JetBlue Airlines flights. Boston basedSix Foods is preparing to launch their cricket chips, and dozens more new companies are developing products, business plans and marketing strategies to serve edible insects to the Western masses. In Europe, Belgium has approved the sale of insect based products to consumers, and mealworm based meatballs and “chicken” nuggets are available in stores.
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