Founded 2014, incorporated 2016
Stage Business development
Investors The Trendlines Group, 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:
Food Navigator: Israeli Innovation: Grasshoppers as a protein alternative that could feed the world
Behold Israel: Israeli Innovation: Grasshoppers as a protein alternative that could feed the world
ynet (Hebrew): Grasshopper delicacies and buses in the sky: The start-up floor opened at the Peres Center for Peace
Hargol is now funding on Exit Valley.
The Hargol Opportunity
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).