Edible Insects Market Size, Share, COVID-19 Impact, And Trends By Product Type (Whole Insect, Insect Powder), By Application (Animal Feed, Human Food), By Insect Type (Crickets, Black Soldier Fly, Mealworms, Grasshoppers, Others), And By Geography – Forecast From 2019 To 2024

Published:  Nov 2022 Report Code: KSI061612972 Pages: 130

The edible insects market was valued at US$0.822 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23.51% over the forecast period to reach a total market size of US$3.606 billion in 2027. 

Insects are often considered a nuisance for human beings, but their benefits are largely unknown to people. Insects provide food at a low environmental cost, play a fundamental role in nature, and contribute positively to livelihood. There was a time when the insect was treated as famine food, but now the trend has shifted. Now, insects are not just used in the scarcity of food, but it has become a food culture of many countries. Its amino acid content and essential vitamin content have made it be even used as dog food. The edible insect market is growing owing to the growing population and decreasing food resources, which opens up the need for finding sustainable and environment-friendly food production methods with high nutrition. The increasing acceptance of insects as food, decreasing fear of trying new foods, and the growing demand for an alternative source of animal protein have also propelled market growth. Furthermore, the development of new technologies for the harvesting of insects and the minimal risk of disease transfer as compared to animal food is also boosting market growth. However, the lack of distribution and networking channels, negative perceptions about insect consumption, lack of awareness, and various legislative requirements act as a concern for the market.

Easy Availability and nutritional value to boost the growth of the Market

The accessibility, as well as the affordability of edible insects, is extremely high. They can be cultivated and procured very conveniently and can be integrated into the daily diet as additives in several forms or as a whole, thereby improving the overall nutritional value of the food. Adding to that, edible insects call for very minimal processing post their harvestation, thus providing an extremely economical alternative to animal products which are coupled with a rising number of diseases. Among these edible insects, beetles are estimated to amount for the largest volume share. Further, insects are sustainable sources of amino acids, proteins, along with being rich in minerals like Omega-3, minerals, and iron. They make for the perfect supplements for athletes. Thus, this rapid breakthrough of insects in the food & beverage industry, with the shifting trend towards sustainable practices is likely to accelerate the market significantly.

Geographical Insights

On the basis of geography, the edible insect market can be segmented into Asia Pacific, North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East and Africa. Asia Pacific is projected to be the biggest and the leading region in the consumption of edible insects. Within this region, countries like China, Thailand, and Japan account for the majority share of edible insect consumption. High protein content, low cost of farming, increasing population, and rise in health and fitness-conscious population are the key factors that are expected to drive this market. Additionally, in many developing nations in the region, edible insects serve as an excellent food source for malnourished kids. 

Furthermore, Europe is estimated to hold a substantial market share of the edible insects market in the forecast period. Well-established production capabilities for edible insect processing and ingredient manufacturers in the region, the presence of a diverse set of insects, abundant availability and positive outlook towards the consumption of insects as food and feed, along with the presence of key market players in the region like Protix BV and InnovaFeed are the key factors that are expected to propel substantial growth in this region.

Competitive Insights

The market is driven by the research and development of the key players in the edible insects market. For instance, manufacturing companies like Bitty Foods and Grilo have been constantly focusing on their research and development to serve their consumers with more suitable options, which is expected to positively impact the industry growth over the analysed period. Further, the utilisation of market opportunities like mergers, acquisitions, collaborations and partnerships by key players to increase their revenue is another factor which is expected to propel the market. For instance, in March 2019, Buhler Holding AG entered into a strategic partnership with Alfa Laval AB in order to develop advanced solutions for the insect protein industry.

COVID-19 Insights

During COVID-19, The edible insects market, much like any other meat products manufacturing market, has faced a major setback during the pandemic including the risk of continuation of production, distribution, transportation, and other supply chain activities. However, owing to the rising health awareness in the wake of the pandemic, people have been looking for better nutritional supplements to maintain their general well-being. Hence, there has been a shift to edible insects due to their high nutritional value and better affordability.

Edible Insects Market Scope:

Report Metric Details
 Market size value in 2018  US$0.782 billion
 Market size value in 2024  US$2.279 billion
 Growth Rate  CAGR of 19.52% from 2018 to 2024
 Base year  2018
 Forecast period  2019–2025
 Forecast Unit (Value)  USD Billion
 Segments Covered  Product Type, Application, Insect Type, And Geography
 Regions covered  North America, South America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific
 Companies covered  HaoCheng Mealworms Inc., Thailand Unique, KrecaEnto Food BV, Entomo Farms   Ltd.,  Nordic Insect Economy Ltd., Aspire Food Group Inc., Bugsolutely Ltd.,   Nutribug Ltd., Chapul Cricket Protein, Ynsect
 Customization scope  Free report customization with purchase



By Product Type

Whole Insect

Insect Powder

By Application

Animal Feed

Human Food

By Insect Type


Black Soldier Fly




By Geography

North America

United States



South America











Middle East and Africa (MEA)

Saudi Arabia




Asia Pacific



South Korea







Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. What will be the edible insects market size by 2024?
A1. Edible insects market is projected to reach a market size of US$2.279 billion in 2024.

Q2. What is the size of global edible insects market?
A2. The global edible insects market was valued at US$0.782 billion in 2018.

Q3. What are the growth prospects for edible insects market?
A3. The edible insects market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 19.52% over the forecast period.

Q4. How is the global edible insects market segmented?
A4. The edible insects market has been segmented based on product type, application, insect type, and geography.

Q5. What factors are anticipated to drive the edible insects market growth?
A5. The edible insects market is growing owing to the growing population and decreasing food resources, which opens up the need for finding sustainable and environment-friendly food production methods with high nutrition.


1.1. Market Overview

1.2. Covid-19 Scenario

1.3. Market Definition

1.4. Market Segmentation



2.1. Research Data

2.2. Assumptions



3.1. Research Highlights



4.1. Market Driver

4.2. Market Restraints

4.3. Porters Five Forces Analysis

4.3.1. Bargaining Power of End-Users

4.3.2. Bargaining Power of Buyers

4.3.3. Threat of New Entrants

4.3.4. Threat of Substitutes

4.3.5. Competitive Rivalry in the Industry

4.4. Industry Value Chain Analysis


5. Edible Insects Market Analysis, By Product Type

5.1. Whole Insect

5.2. Insect Powder


6. Edible Insects Market Analysis, By Application

6.1. Animal Feed

6.2. Human Food


7. Edible Insects Market Analysis, By Insect Type

7.1. Crickets

7.2. Black Soldier Fly

7.3. Mealworms

7.4. Grasshoppers

7.5. Others


8. Edible Insects Market Analysis, BY GEOGRAPHY

8.1. Introduction

8.2. North America

8.2.1. United States

8.2.2. Canada

8.2.3. Mexico

8.3. South America

8.3.1. Brazil

8.3.2. Argentina

8.3.3. Others

8.4. Europe

8.4.1. UK

8.4.2. Germany

8.4.3. France

8.4.4. Italy

8.4.5. Spain

8.4.6. Others

8.5. Middle East and Africa (MEA)

8.5.1. Saudi Arabia

8.5.2. UAE

8.5.3. Isreal

8.5.4. Others

8.6. Asia Pacific

8.6.1. China

8.6.2. Japan

8.6.3. South Korea

8.6.4. India

8.6.5. Indonesia

8.6.6. Thailand

8.6.7. Taiwan 

8.6.8. Others



9.1. Major Players and Strategy Analysis

9.2. Emerging Players and Market Lucrativeness

9.3. Mergers, Acquisitions, Agreements, and Collaborations

9.4. Vendor Competitiveness Matrix



10.1. HaoCheng Mealworms Inc.

10.2. Thailand Unique

10.3. KrecaEnto Food BV

10.4. Entomo Farms Ltd.

10.5. Nordic Insect Economy Ltd.

10.6. Aspire Food Group Inc.

10.7. Bugsolutely Ltd.

10.8. Nutribug Ltd.

10.9. Chapul Cricket Protein

10.10. Ynsect

HaoCheng Mealworms Inc.

Thailand Unique

KrecaEnto Food BV

Entomo Farms Ltd.

Nordic Insect Economy Ltd.

Aspire Food Group Inc.

Bugsolutely Ltd.

Nutribug Ltd.

Chapul Cricket Protein



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