The Idea
  • In 2014 Adam Banks moved to Mexico for work. Insects are an important part of Mexican cuisine and after tasting his first taco stuffed with escamoles he was hooked!

  • Then, in 2018, Adam was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship to investigate how insects were being farmed for food around the world and to see what opportunities might exist to rear insects for food in the UK.

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The Farm
  • Adam launched Instar Farming, one of the first food grade insect farms in the UK. 

  • After lots of trial and error - experimenting with different feeds, adjusting the temperature, tweaking the humidity - success! A method was developed to rear large numbers of healthy crickets.

  • The farm now houses over two million crickets and is growing from month to month.

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The Kitchen
  • Farming crickets is one thing, turning them into tasty and nutritious food is another.

  • Bugvita does just that. Using specially developed techniques, crickets are cleaned, sterilised, dried and milled into a fine powder.

  • Since developing our cricket powder, we have conducted a series of blind taste tests against other cricket powders from around the world. The results: Bugvita Pure Cricket Powder is the tastiest cricket powder on the planet!

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