Founded 2014, incorporated 2016
Stage Business development
Investors Trendlines Incubators Israel, Sirius Ventures (Singapore), SLJ Investment Partners (Holland), WeWork (United States)
CEO Dror Tamir
Hargol FoodTech (formerly Steak TzarTzar) has developed optimized methods and technology to enable grow large quantities of grasshoppers quickly in captivity.
Hargol uses unique technologies to grow and harvest large quantities of grasshoppers in captivity quickly, efficiently, and under sanitary conditions. The result is a reliable, sustainable, and high-quality protein source. Hargol’s products will include grasshopper protein powder, food additives, nutritional supplements and pet food.
As the world’s first commercial grasshopper framer, Hargol FoodTech is offering a new protein source to meet the tremendous market need and opportunity.
Hargol FoodTech has won a number of international competitions:
Hargol has received significant media attention. Selected articles:
Globally, around 2 billion people in over 130 countries regularly eat insects as a source of protein, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The trend towards healthier and more sustainable eating are driving demand for insect-based products in western society, alongside producers and retailers wanting to capitalize on new eating trends. Meticulous Research expects the global insect market to reach $7.96 billion by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 24.4% between 2019 and 2030.
Grasshoppers are nature’s most efficient protein source – healthier for humans and more sustainable to grow, requiring a fraction of the land, water and feed than traditional livestock and requiring less land than some plant proteins and are reported to emit up to 99% fewer greenhouse gases.
The company is engaged in joint ventures with leading food producers to develop, manufacture and distribute foods, beverages and supplements based on its novel ingredient
Hargol FoodTech launched its Biblical Protein brand in the US market in Q2 2020 and is seeking funds to accelerate its growth as well as expanding its production capacity.
See the ILTV interview with Dror Tamir.
Dror Tamir presents at the TLV Start-Up Challenge.
CEO Dror Tamir pitches at the Alltech Showcase in Dublin.
Dror Tamir presents at the Trendlines Showcase.
Over 25 years’ experience in strategic planning, marketing, and finance management; founded numerous companies, including several involved in food/nutrition
Growing and breeding insects and livestock for more than 30 years
Serial entrepreneur with over 16 years’ experience in strategic operational management
To feed the expanding world population, the world is actively seeking high protein food from sustainable sources and at affordable costs.
Edible insects provide a high-quality protein alternative that is efficient to produce and requires minimal resources. Insects are an integral part of the diet of more than 2.5 billion people globally. With an increasing awareness of insects’ advantages in new food markets, there is a growing opportunity for quality insect products that can be mass produced efficiently and economically.
Current products are based on crickets, mealworms, and flies. Grasshoppers are a superior protein source in every aspect, but growing challenges have limited grasshopper-based products in the market.
Grasshoppers are the world’s most popular edible insect. Consumed and considered a delicacy by more than 1 billion people around the world, grasshoppers enjoy high market demand and prices.
The U.S. protein ingredient market exceeds $35 billion (Nutrition Business Journal). By 2054, alternative protein will comprise 33% of the total protein market, with 50% from insects, algae, and bioengineered proteins (Lux Research). The edible insect business in Europe is projected to reach $380 million in 2020 (New Nutrition Business).