Edible Insects Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Edible Insects Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Beetles, Cricket), By Application (Powder, Protein Bars), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Published Date: Aug, 2019
  • Base Year for Estimate: 2018
  • Report ID: GVR-3-68038-285-3
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Data: 2015 - 2017
  • Number of Pages: 80

Industry Insights

The global edible insects market size was valued at USD 0.41 billion in 2018 and is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 19.7% over the forecast period. Increasing health consciousness among the youth, awareness about nutritional benefits, and willingness to explore new options are expected to drive the market in the forecast period. As insects are rich in protein, their demand is increasing among the young consumers who work out and are open to new options.

Increasing farming of insects due to minimum investment, along with decrease in seafood due to restrictions imposed by many countries on fishing, is expected to propel the demand for the product. Demand for these invertebrates is increasing due to their low cost, high nutritional benefits, and requirement of minimal cost for farming, thus impacting the market growth positively.

U.S. edible insects market

Government are taking initiatives to educate the consumers in developing countries such as India and China, which will propel the market demand. These invertebrates require low land for production, less feed as compared to other animals, and are 12 times rich in protein than other sources. These prominent factors are expected to boost the market demand in the forecast period.

However, in countries such as India, cultural beliefs and negative perception of consumers can hinder the market growth. Scarce distribution channel and absence of legal blueprint with respect to the consumption of insects are the factors anticipated to restrain the market growth in the forecast period. Moreover, in many countries, insects are considered to be the best food for malnutrition as they are easy to digest. The insects are resistant to disease transfer as compared to the other animals, thereby driving their demand. In addition, presence of micronutrients such as zinc, fatty acid, iron, and magnesium is expected to fuel the growth of the market.

Beetles are the most consumed invertebrates due to their high nutritional content. A water beetle supplies 20gms of protein per 3.5 ounce, while the june beetle supplies 13gms. The beetles are rich in iron, calcium, and zinc, thus are highly preferred by both young as well as aging consumers. Crickets are rich in protein, serve more proteins per 100gm in comparison to beef, and are low in cost, which makes them preferable than other source of proteins.

Product Insights

On the basis of product, the edible insects market is further segmented into caterpillar, beetles, and cricket. Beetles are the most consumed invertebrates and they accounted for more than 30.0% share of the global revenue in 2018. Factors such as different taste as compared to other products and increasing awareness about its nutritional content are driving the segment.

Cricket is anticipated to expand at the fastest CAGR of 20.9% in the forecast period. This growth is attributed to its easy availability, low cost, and high protein content and thus, can be used as an alternative to different protein supplements. Cricket requires low production cost, low emission during production process, and less water, which acts as sustainable source. This, in turn, is propelling the demand for the product.

Application Insights

The powder segment accounted for the largest share of more than 40.0% in 2018 and is expected to witness the fastest growth in the forecast period. The vast application and easy availability of the powder form are driving the segment. It can be used as flour and can be consumed in any form. In European countries, they are consumed by mixing it with pizza, cheese, and various other food items to enhance its taste. Cricket flour, which is gluten free, is used in producing many food products, thus propelling the demand for the segment.

Global edible insects market

Protein bars accounted for the second largest share of the total revenue in 2018. Protein bars are generally preferred by athletes and sportspersons owing to its gluten free nature and thus propelling the demand for the product. Moreover, protein bar comes with immediate consumption or expiry date of 2-3 months but powder form of invertebrates can be stored for a longer period of time. Powder forms are easy to store and can be stored at room temperature but the bars need to be kept at a certain temperature.

Regional Insights

North America accounted for the largest share of more than 25.0% in 2018. In North America, U.S accounted for a share of more than 40.0% in 2018. Increasing awareness among the consumers about the nutritional benefits of the invertebrates IS expected to propel the product demand in the forecasted period.

Middle East and Africa is the second largest contributor to the market growth and the region accounted for more than 20.0% share in 2018. High consumption in Africa and increasing consumption in countries like UAE are fueling the growth of the market in the region.

Europe is the fastest growing region, expanding at a CAGR of 20.5% in the forecast period. The usage of invertebrates for curing malnutrition as they are easy to digest is a prominent factor for the market growth.

Edible Insects Market Share Insights

Bugsy Bros, Beetle Jelly, Bugs in Mugs, Haocheng, Crickester, Insecteo, Bug foundation, Eddiebug, Gran Mitla, and Insectables are some of the prominent players in the market. The market presents moderate to low entry barriers due to lack of proper regulations and low production cost. The market is further driven by research and development by the market players. For instance, manufacturing companies such as Bitty Foods and Grilo have been focusing on R&D to serve the consumers with more suitable options, which will have a positive impact on the industry growth over the forecast period.

Report Scope 



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2015 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Billion & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Central and South America

Report coverage      

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

Country scope

U.S., Mexico, U.K., Germany, China, Brazil, UAE, and South Africa

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at the global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2015 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global edible insects market report on the basis of product, application, and region:

  • Product Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Caterpillar

    • Beetles

    • Cricket

    • Others

  • Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • Powder

    • Protein Bars

    • Others

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Billion, 2015 - 2025)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Mexico

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

    • Asia Pacific

      • China

    • MEA

      • UAE

      • South Africa

    • CSA

      • Brazil

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