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French biotech company, Agronutris decides to set up its second industrial site right next to the first one located in the Rethel commune of Ardennes in northern France

Usine 1 Rethel Agronutris 1024x683The new facility will create 200 direct jobs in the region over the next few years. (Image source: Agronutris)

The new facility is said to create one of the world's largest industrial sites dedicated to insect proteins in the Ardennes. On 22 June, the elected representatives of the Pays Rethélois local council community voted unanimously to sell the 10 ha of land housing the second plant.

The two plants will now cover a total surface area of 56,000 sq m on a site covering almost 20 ha. Ultimately, the site will process more than 280,000 tonnes of by-products and bio-residues from the local area, producing almost 30,000 tonnes of insect meal. It will also create 200 direct jobs in the region over the next few years.

“Situated at the crossroads of Europe, the Ardennes have an optimal logistical network and significant sources of the inputs we need to feed our insects. The creation of this large-scale industrial site, with two plants in close proximity to each other, will create strong operational synergies and ensure continuity in our deployment,” explained co-founder of Agronutris, Mehdi Berrada.

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