The Path to a Sustainable Nutrition

Griyum

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Overview

The innovation of Griyum relies on the fact that the company is looking for another path for sustainable nutrition, specially when seeking food with high concentrate of protein. Usually in the market of high percentage protein foods, you will find things like fish, meat, milk derivatives and protein powders (which more than 80% comes from milk). Also, we have to take into consideration that the consumption of meat is not sustainable at all, since the water, land and CO2 emission that this industry generates is totally unsustainable.

Authors

victor herrera

victor herrera

Andres Garcia Dobarganes

Andres Garcia Dobarganes

School

Tecnol­ógico de M­onterrey

Tecnol­ógico de M­onterrey

Professor

MARTIN H BREMER

MARTIN H BREMER

Innovation

The innovation starts with the process in which crickets are harvested and grown since they are born to the stage where they are big enough to be grinded up and turned into what they call cricket flour. Griyum innovated by finding through research that dried crickets have great concentration of protein and fiber in them, so by finding a niche of people that look for a healthy nutrition that could eat insects they were able to create a demand that was not there before.

The Path to a Sustainable Nutrition

Inspiration

For the past couple of years a lot of people have been beginning to be aware of the negative impact that animal consumption and animal raising are making to our world. Cattle raising is one of the industries that consumes more water and generates more CO2 on a world basis, also the rate at which humanity is fishing, will eventually extinguish many of the species that we eat now a days. With all this new ways of food consumption, Griyum decided to look for a way to keep supplying the demand for healthy and high protein foods while not having a negative impact on the environment.

Overall impact

For every gram of protein obtained from beef protein you only need 4% of the land and 0.05% of water used for obtaining the same gram of protein but from cricket harvesting. Also the harvesting of crickets generates only 1% of the CO2 generated by cattle raising (taking the ratio of 1 gram of cricket protein per 1 gram of cattle protein).

Business benefit

Griyum benefits from this innovation since they can use it as a final product differentiator when selling their product to their clients. People involved in the food and beverage industry know very well that the tendency of consumers that look for more sustainable products is in high demand and growing everyday. The fact of selling a product that is more sustainable than the competition gives Griyum a fair advantage promoting and trying to sell their product to new markets.

The fact that the crickets are sold in a powder presentation gives the customer a lot of flexibility into what they can use it to create a final product. As we talked with Alejandro, he told us that some of their costumers use it to make beverages, toasted snacks or even sauces. The fact of selling the product in a powder presentation gives a lot of benefits for the use of the consumers.

One other business benefit that the costs of cricket harvesting may drop when making bigger batches since it reacts to economies of scale. So as the demand and sales in Griyum will continue to grow, the costs of production will drop and therefore the profit will be bigger with each sale.

Social and environmental benefit

This innovation benefits society by creating a learning curve, what we mean with this is that by learning how to harvest crickets and turning them into powder in a matter of weeks can create a know-how that can be passed to communities of low resources that are looking for sustainable ways of getting a good nutrition for an affordable price.

With the know how that Griyum is getting from all this years of cricket harvesting, they have started a campaign in which they are teaching poor communities to grow their own crickets. This way the small communities will learn how to harvest them themselves and therefore they will be able to become more self-sufficient.

Interview

Alejandro de la Brena, CEO & Co-Founder

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Griyum

Griyum

Querétaro, MX

Business Website: https://www.griyum.com.mx

Year Founded: 2015

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Griyum is a Mexican company that produces high protein cricket powder. They accomplish this production by growing crickets and transforming them into powder with high nutritional values. Griyum works hand with hand with their clients to produce a high quality finished product in which their cricket powder adds nutritional value to products such as snacks, cookies and protein shakes.

Griyum currently has more that 12 employees, despite being started with only 3 founders it has managed to grow at a steady pace for the last 5 years. For the past few years it has received funding from several governmental institutions which has helped Griyum invest more than half a million pesos in infrastructure that have boosted sales through out the country and increased the profitability of the company.