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Oregon Milling Company Focuses On Crickets, Rather Than Grain

January 20, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
A Portland, Ore.,-based company is betting its future on bug-derived protein – specifically, high-protein flours made from crickets. After euthanizing the farm-grown (and highly sustainable and enviro-friendly) crickets, they are sorted, cleaned, then baked, dehydrated, or freeze-dried to remove moisture. They are milled into fine grain flours that can be mixed into smoothies, cookies, bread, protein bars, etc. Cricketflours.com offers an array of products – starting at $15 -- including Peruvian chocolate cricket flour, chocolate peanut butter cricket flour, and an all-purpose flour for traditional baking. The target markets are athletes, people with wheat allergies, and people concerned about the environment.
Allison Jones, "4 Questions for Oregon's First Cricket Flour Entrepreneurs", Portland Monthly Magazine, January 20, 2015, © SagaCity Media
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