Pronofa was established in 2021. The company was spun out of Fredrikstad’s cornerstone company Denofa, which holds 110 years of traditions and experience for producing foodstuffs, in addition to extensive industrial competence.
During the establishment of Pronofa, the startup companies Ecoprot, Flying Feed, Marine Feed AB and Tunicat AS were acquired and incorporated into the company. Consequently, several of our employees have a vast experience from either insect- or tunicate production.
Combined with several new and strategic additions to personell, Pronofa has manager to build a solid organization in a short period of time.
We are now at the forefront in Norway and the Nordics in terms of investing in new, sustainable protein sources.
Did you know that one single gram of Black Soldier Fly eggs transform into as much as 4 kilos of larvae in the space of just a week?
These larvae eat all types of organic materials, including food waste and fish sludge, and obtain a high protein content with a favorable amino acid profile. This makes them highly suitable for fish and animal feed – just like fly larvae do in nature!
In addition, we can extract the polysaccharide chitin (and chitosan), which has several uses. Furthermore, all production waste (frass) is turned into organic fertiliser, with a favorable composition of NKP and secondary plant nutrients.
Tunicates are the world’s most climate-smart meat! They live in salt water and eat plankton; They need no fertilization or added substrates, but grow quickly and naturally in their environment. When harvested, they are rich in animal proteins.
Tunicate tastes like meat – because it is meat.
This «forgotten» raw material is rich in minerals and essential amino acids, and can have a number of other uses in addition to food. For example, it is highly suitable as an ingredient in animal- or fish food, and perhaps also in other foodstuffs or medicines.
In addition, the tunicates help to filter nitrogen in the sea, which is very good for both biodiversity and water quality.
How are we going to feed 9.7 billion in 2050?
Right now there are more than 8 billion people living on the planet, and that number is increasing rapidly. The UN estimates that the world’s population will increase by up to 2 billion over the next 30 years.
In addition to the resources we already have, we also need to develop new, sustainable ways of producing food and animal feed. A stable supply of protein is essential to avoid that people go starving into the future.
Pronofa is among the first companies in the world to start large-scale production of tunicates and insects. From these two protein sources we can produce food and foodstuffs, fish and animal feed, chitin and organic fertiliser.