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Founded Year

2014

Stage

Seed VC - II | Alive

Total Raised

$3.99M

Last Raised

$3M | 2 yrs ago

About Hargol Foodtech

Hargol Foodtech has developed methods and technology to enable growing grasshoppers quickly in sanitary conditions for a reliable, sustainable, quality protein source.

Hargol Foodtech Headquarter Location

17 Tchelet Street

Misgav,

Israel

+972 52-890-7856

Latest Hargol Foodtech News

Edible Insects in focus part IV: Grasshoppers, gummies, and patience…

Nov 8, 2021

By Elaine Watson Edible insects were always going to be a slow burn in the alternative protein market in Europe and North America, given the ‘ick’ factor and the lack of infrastructure to farm and process them at scale, says Israeli firm Hargol FoodTech. But while the human food market has moved at a frustratingly glacial pace, the industry is professionalizing (as many hobbyists give up), and there are emerging opportunities, particularly in new applications such as gummies and meat alternatives. “Five years ago we saw a surge of companies reaching the market at a time when the production technology, marketing, and branding of finished products were not mature enough,”​  Hargol FoodTech​ ​ founder and CEO Dror Tamir told FoodNavigator-USA. “As a result we saw many products focusing on insects as a gimmick rather their real benefits. ​ “Now that the production technology has matured and can offer more consistent high quality ingredients, and research shows the health and environmental benefits, it is the perfect time to focus the marketing strategy of the players and generate real traction in the market. This will attract the interest of food producers and develop the appetite among investors.”​ Feeding breakthrough with grasshoppers​ Hargol FoodTech – which is carving a distinct niche in the edible insect sector by focusing on grasshoppers, rather than crickets, as ingredients to the food, beverage and supplement industries – started producing from a new 13,000sq ft facility in northern Israel in 2020. “​Today, the main feed source for our grasshoppers is fresh wheat grass, an excellent source of nutrients and water but rather costly and labor intensive,” ​said Tamir. “However, we recently achieved a breakthrough with a proof of concept to feed grasshoppers with dry feed. We’ve also developed a new genetic line of grasshoppers (non-GMO) that can be fed with dry feed and drink water from an outer source and the impact on production cost is incredible: 97% reduction in feed cost and over 50% reduction in labor costs.​ He added: “This is also a crucial step towards fully automated production, and it will make grasshopper protein the most efficient animal-based protein - and also more efficient than most plant based proteins - with a better product that’s richer in nutrients, healthier for humans and more sustainable.”​ Image credit: Hargol FoodTech

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Expert Collections containing Hargol Foodtech

Expert Collections are analyst-curated lists that highlight the companies you need to know in the most important technology spaces.

Hargol Foodtech is included in 2 Expert Collections, including Food & Beverage .

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Food & Beverage

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Alternative Proteins Startups

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This Collection includes B2B and B2C companies developing alternatives to animal-derived proteins, including plant-based meat, dairy alternatives, lab-grown or cultured meat, and fermented proteins.

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