June 5, 2020


Agronutris and Bühler sign strategic agreement for France



French biotech company Agronutris, a pioneer in insect rearing, has signed a strategic partnership for France with the leading technology company Bühler, it was announced.


Agronutris said in a press release that Bühler is an ideal partner due to its tremendous experience in the agro-industry and its demonstrated capability in the insects industry.


For its scale-up, Agronutris said it has chosen an integrated approach that limits the number of players interacting and allows a clear set of responsibilities which is key in a process with a continuous flow. This approach also allows the Agronutris team to focus on the strategic activities: insect biology and operational management of flow.


Bühler Insect Technology provides industrial-scale solutions for the transformation of organic residues into quality ingredients for animal and plant nutrition. The solutions cover the entire supply chain from feedstock handling to rearing, separation and extraction. The automated system with data-driven technology allows a reliable control of operations and a continuous improvement of overall equipment effectiveness. It also ensures product traceability throughout production.


Since the start of 2019, Agronutris and Bühler have been collaborating in order to define together the first industrial factory of Agronutris. The two companies have finalised the complete feasibility analysis of the plant that is slated to be operational in the last quarter 2021.


Andreas Aepli, managing director of Bühler Insect Technology, favored the collaborative approach taken by Agronutris, saying: "Agronutris is a leading player in the insect industry that has acquired a strong knowledge about the insect biology. We enjoy working hand in hand with a highly skilled team that knows how to conceive and operate large-scale projects like this. We strongly believe they will become a successful player in the market, thanks to their experience and practical approach".


For Agronutris, this collaborative approach is a key factor of success. Mehdi Berrada, CEO of Agronutris, said, "In my former life, I had the chance to run a business with up to 2,000 employees and 11 factories and to visit many factories. At the end of the day, competitors have almost the same technology. The ultimate competitive advantage comes more from your R&D and from how the team runs and controls the process in the factory".


"The choice of Bühler allows us to have a partner with an effective experience that can engage its responsibility on the whole flow. I strongly believe that our approach that limits the number of involved players, that simplify and clarify the responsibilities and that allows us to focus on our strategic activities, is the best way to significantly mitigate the execution risk and to have a factory that operates well."