"As a food specialist, we are the first in German retail and wholesale to offer everyday foods containing insect proteins that are also produced in Germany. This makes us a pioneer as we consider insects to be a nutritious protein alternative. As a wholesale and food specialist, we have the possibility to pave the way to the market for pioneering products via the Start-up Shelf", says Fabio Ziemßen, Director Food Innovation at NX-FOOD. This METRO hub is responsible for the business development of new food solutions and concepts in the wholesale, retail and hospitality sectors.
"The new legislation effective since January this year which allows marketing insects as food opens up a whole range of new possibilities for the food system", continues Ziemßen. The products were developed by Plumento Foods, an innovative food tech start-up that specialises in the development of foods from alternative protein sources and in particular from insect proteins. The Pforzheim-based start-up around its founders Dr. Daniel Mohr, Dr. Reinhard Käppel and Nicolas Stöckert consists of an eight-member team of agricultural engineers, nutritional scientists, protein and marketing specialists.