Insect protein

A new trend in nutrition

In recent years, the use of insects in nutrition has been a highly debated topic, mainly for the following reasons:

Population growth

It is estimated that within 30 years, the number of people on Earth will rise to 9 or 10 billion, which will result in a greater ecological burden on the planet.

Meat production

Consumption of animal products will increase by 70 %. In 2020–2029, global meat production is estimated to grow by almost 40 %. Livestock contribute for 12 % to world’s emissions.

Standard of living

Our standard of living keeps rising. Our diet contributes to climate change and dictates how we use our land and water supplies.

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The solution is to find alternative sources of high-quality protein

Greener and more economical

The production of insect meal is more economical and environmentally friendlier than livestock farming. In comparison, obtaining 1 kg of protein from insect meal requires:

Smaller area for farming

Just one square metre of non-agricultural land.

Lower consumption

Insects do not have internal temperature regulation and therefore consume less energy and nutrients than warm-blooded livestock.

Much lower feed consumption

Insects can be raised on food industry waste.

Significantly lower water consumption

95 % lower than cow breeding.

Lower greenhouse gas production

Greenhouse gas emissions from insect farming are many times lower than from livestock.

Insect farming produces minimal waste

Larval droppings are processed into natural fertiliser.

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The farming of insects for pet food production is approved by the Veterinary Act of the Czech Republic

According to the Czech Veterinary Act, dog and cat food may also contain insect meal from the larvae of Hermetia illucens. This insect is commonly known as the black soldier fly (BSF).

Benefits of insect meal from black soldier fly larvae

(Hermetia illucens)

The insects are raised on special farms where strict hygienic and safety standards are observed. The Ministry of Agriculture has issued a special manual with guidelines for insect breeders and processors.

It takes only 10–14 days for the larvae to grow
Rich source of protein – insect meal contains up to 65 % of protein
Hypoallergenic – well tolerated by dogs sensitive to common protein sources
Highly digestible with a high content of minerals and vitamins
Strengthens the immune system
Improves skin and coat quality

That is why Tekro, as a company that has specialised in animal nutrition for more than 30 years, has decided to include insect protein among the ingredients of its pet food.

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Discover our hypoallergenic dog food with insect protein,

the quality and taste of which we have tested directly with dogs before launching on the market.


This hypoallergenic insect-based food is suitable for toy & miniature dog breeds suffering from allergies to commonly used sources of protein (poultry, beef, etc.).

To limit food allergenicity to the lowest possible degree, we avoid meat and use insects as the main source of protein instead. The kibbles are enriched with eggs which have a balanced content of amino acids and are nutritionally valuable.

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