The Need

Each year, in the U.S., 60 million tons of pre-consumed food is wasted, and half is dumped in landfills. The average dumping price is $65 per ton. Decaying food waste is a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. California AB 1826, in full effect Jan 2020, prohibits dumping of food waste into landfills, creating a high demand for innovation in waste processing.


What We Do:

We use pre-consumed food waste from the landfills by feeding it to the Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL), converting it into protein, oil, and fertilizer in our fully licensed commercial- scale manufacturing plant located in Ontario, CA.

Vivotein, the maker of Forager’s Feed treats and food is a silent disruptor in the food industry space; our strategic partners deliver grocery food that may go to waste to us. Each day, Vivotein processes 20 tons of pre-consumed food waste to produce up to 1 ton of dry larvae.


Why We Do It:

There is effectively an unlimited supply of pre-consumed food waste.

Population growth is estimated to be around 9 billion by 2050 and shifting diets in emerging countries as they become wealthier are creating an unprecedented and unsustainable demand for protein.

BSFL has many applications because of its ability to consume most organic matter, including food, produce, and green wastes. BSFL is a super feed with less than 40% protein, less than 35% fat, and less than 15% fiber, 4x the calcium in crickets, and contains other valuable commodities, such as chitin, which has biopharmaceutical and cosmetic applications.

BSFL contains natural antibodies and can filter contamination. BSFL have no mouths and cannot transmit disease by stinging or biting. There are many benefits to using BSFL: Chickens fed on BSFL have lower mortality rates, use less antibiotics, and develop thicker egg shells that contain darker yolk and the frass has enormous nutrient value and is sought after as fertilizer (containing 5% nitrogen, 3% phosphorus, 2% calcium).


Our Competitive Advantage:

In the U.S., many have tried and failed to reach commercial scale BSFL production, making our 20-ton monthly production a U.S. market leader. The know-how required to breed and grow the flies and larvae is not trivial. Vivotein has more than 7 years of R&D that fuels its growth and commitment to your pets and the environment.