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All Things Bugs Receives Patent for Unique Production Method

The patent protects the company’s spray-drying technology.

Dr. Aaron T. Dossey of All Things Bugs LLC, using his patented spray drying process to manufacture cricket powder.
Dr. Aaron T. Dossey of All Things Bugs LLC, using his patented spray drying process to manufacture cricket powder.
All Things Bugs LLC

All Things Bugs has announced that it has received a U.S. patent for its unique production method as it continues to develop pioneering products and research in the use of insects as sustainable food ingredients.

U.S. patent No. 11,337,451, issued on May 24, 2023, is the first US patent specifically focused on insects as a food source, and it confirms All Things Bugs and its Founder and President Dr. Aaron T Dossey as leaders in their field. The firm also has similar issued patents in Europe, Canada and Mexico.

All Things Bugs is the world’s first insect-based food wholesaler, and for the last decade, the company has developed products, services, and research to promote insects as a viable alternative to traditional protein sources such as meat and dairy. All Things Bugs has focused its efforts in four key areas:

  1. Food product development
  2. Insect processing and ingredients
  3. Cutting-edge insect farming automation
  4. Insect genomics and genetic engineering

The patent provides recognition of the company’s spray-drying technology, and opens up new opportunities for the use of insects in global food production.

All Things Bugs’ patented breakthrough involves the development of a new wet-grinding and drying technique that ensures edible insects can be ground into a fine powder. It is a process that works equally well with all insects including superworms, crickets, mealworms, grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, caterpillars or flies - emphasizing its versatility, and making it cost-effective to produce.

Crucially, it is an environmentally-friendly and sustainable way to increase protein content across a whole range of foods. The end product is a super fine, light-colored powder with a neutral aroma and flavor, which can be blended with other ingredients to make numerous food and beverage products, such as pasta, baked goods, shakes, smoothies, meat alternatives, puffed extruded snacks, bars, cereals, tortillas, pet food / treats and many others.

Insects make up the largest, most diverse group of organisms on Earth. They are nature’s most sustainable protein source, yet very little has been done to utilize insects.

All Things Bugs takes a holistic view of the benefits insects can bring to humankind. As well as food production, the company is using genetic engineering technologies such as CRISPR to develop insects as a vehicle to manufacture non-food bioproducts for livestock and wild animal vaccines, antibiotics, biomaterials, enzymes and other applications.

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