Finland baker launches bread made from crickets

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 23, 2017

A Scandinavian bakery group has said it will be the first in the world to offer bread made out of insects at grocery stores.

From tomorrow, nearly a dozen Fazer Bakery outlets in the country will offer a product called Fazer Cricket Bread.

The bread contains dried crickets ground into powder and mixed with flour. Each loaf contains about 70 crickets and costs €3.99 (£3.55), compared with €2-3 for a regular wheat loaf.

The food group Finnish Fazer on Thursday announced the marketing of a loaf of bread to insects, a world first, according to the retailer.

Sibakov noted that Fazer worked on the concept of bread, which add crickets, even with last year's summer.

On November 1st, Finland became the fifth european country to lift the ban on the sale of insects for human consumption. It had to wait for legislation to be passed in Finland for the launch. "It tastes like bread", said Sara Koivisto, a student from Helsinki, after trying the product.

Sales will initially be made in cities near the capital Helsinki due to lack of cricket flour for nation-wide sales.

The company buys its cricket flour from the Netherlands, but said it was looking for local suppliers.

Some 2.5 billion people eat already regularly of insects, mostly in Asia, according to FAO. The UN estimated a year ago that at least 2 billion people eat insects, and more than 1,900 species have been used for food.

In Western countries, edible bugs are gaining traction in niche markets, particularly among those seeking a gluten-free diet or wanting to protect the environment because farming insects uses less land, water and feed than animal husbandry.

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