Beta Hatch opens a 50,000 square foot production facility in Cashmere, Wash.
SEATTLE and CASHMERE, Washington – Beta Hatch, a pioneering ingredient manufacturer and leading insect-as-food company, announced the official opening of its flagship operation in Cashmere, Washington. Designed in conjunction with McKinstry, a national farm construction and energy services company, the 50,000 square foot project is the largest mealworm production facility for animal feed in North America and one of the most largest such insect farms in the world.
To pursue its mission of industrializing insect farming within a regenerative food system – and expand commercial production to meet demand for thousands of tonnes of sustainable, traceable and responsibly sourced protein – Beta Hatch partnered with McKinstry to not only conquer the complexity of making such a unique system job, but also to ensure that the project would meet and even exceed the company’s ambitious sustainability goals.
“An endeavor like this requires a truly creative and iterative design process, and that’s something McKinstry has promised and expertly delivered in developing this project,” said Virginia Emery, Founder and CEO of Beta. Hatch. “The fundamental value of insects in our food system lies in improving the sustainability of proteins and other ingredients. We take great pride in our intentional and consistent efforts to embed efficiency at the heart of everything we do. The heat recovery system at this new facility is an excellent example of taking that sustainability and efficiency to the next level. »
At the Cashmere site, 100% of Beta Hatch’s electricity comes from renewable energy sources. The new facility now also achieves unique energy efficiency gains and reuses old infrastructure in a sustainable and cost-effective way.
“This new production facility demonstrates how existing buildings can be redesigned to deliver tangible sustainability and impact, rather than just physical space,” said David Carroll, construction project manager at McKinstry. “This was possible due to the alchemy of Beta Hatch’s approach to prioritizing sustainable energy and zero-waste practices at its facilities, combined with McKinstry’s relentless commitment to eliminating waste from our built environment. ”
Funded in part by the Washington State Department of Commerce’s Clean Energy Fund, the production process itself is a zero-waste system, starting with mealworms feeding on organic byproducts and ending with mealworms and their excrement used as animal feed and fertilizer.
Using proprietary HVAC innovations, excess heat from network equipment in a nearby data center is captured and used as the primary heat source to control the environment in Beta Hatch’s state-of-the-art grow rooms. Grow rooms take advantage of vertical farm space to create over six acres of insect production area. This allows for huge yield from a minimal footprint producing approximately 5,000 times the acre yield of soybeans and has reduced Beta Hatch’s electrical footprint by approximately half – while creating a sustainable source of protein for feed. animal on an industrial scale. Moreover, it marks an important move towards an agricultural future designed and equipped to feed a growing world population.
About Beta Hatch
Beta Hatch industrializes insects as the world’s most sustainable nutrition. Grown at 5,000 times the acre yield of soybeans, using less than 2% of the water and a fraction of the GHG emissions of other protein ingredients, Beta Hatch’s insect rearing platform is the missing link for a sustainable and circular food supply chain. The whole insect is used as a nutrient-rich feed ingredient for fish, poultry, pigs and pet food and can reduce the need for antibiotics in poultry, provide natural and hypoallergenic protein for pets. company and offer a sustainable alternative to seasonal ingredients. Frass is a co-product of mealworm culture which is a valuable soil amendment and fertilizer.
McKinstry is a full-service design-build-operate-maintain firm specializing in consulting, construction, energy and facilities services. The company’s innovative and integrated delivery methodology provides clients with a single point of accountability that eliminates waste and redundancy from the design-build process. With more than 2,000 professional employees and tradespeople across the United States and operations currently in more than 20 states, McKinstry advocates collaborative and sustainable solutions designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve system efficiency, reduce plant operating costs and optimize profitability “For the life of your building.”