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Georgia Tech start-up uses food waste to create sustainable, insect-based animal feed

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 25th, 2018

A start-up from the Georgia Institute of Technology is using food waste to create a sustainable, insect-based animal feed.

Grubbly Farms takes pre-consumer food waste from bakeries, breweries and restaurants and feeds it to black soldier grub flies, which are then dehydrated and packaged as Grubblies chicken feed. According to co-founder Patrick Pittaluga, it’s the only chicken snack completely farm grown in the U.S., making it an attractive option for regional farmers in search of a nutritional, sustainable and local product.

Grubbly Farms received support from CREATE-X, a student start-up accelerator at Georgia Tech. The program allows students to explore entrepreneurship through hands-on experience, including launching their own companies, and provides seed funding, legal assistance and intensive mentorship.

“CREATE-X gave us the confidence to forgo job offers and pursue Grubbly Farms full time,” says co-founder Sean Warner.

During their time at CREATE-X, Warner and Pittaluga interviewed roughly 400 potential customers, including large chicken farm owners, individual chicken owners, restaurants and reptile owners. The founders say the process helped them understand what their product would be and how it would resonate with customers.

Grubbly Farms recently closed a $1.5 million seed round of funding and has sold over 80,000 pounds of feed over the past two years. The start-up is now partnering with EnviroFlight, a Kentucky-based company that plans to open the first U.S.-based dried black soldier fly production facility.

Source: Feedstuffs

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