Protix Journey

A history of Innovation

Since its foundation in 2009, Protix has become the leading insect ingredient company with a broad range of ingredients from the Black Soldier Fly.

In 2009, Kees Aarts and Tarique Arsiwalla founded Protix with the aim to contribute to a sustainable food system by developing ingredients from insects. Since 2017, Protix has added mealworm, cricket and locust ingredients through the acquisition of Fair Insects. The company has a strong track record in innovation and commercial market introductions. Through high-tech control systems, artificial intelligence, genetic improvement programs and robotics, Protix is able to produce consistently and at the right quality. Protix collaborates with global A-players, like Buhler and Hendrix Genetics.  Protix has been awarded by the World Economic Forum with the Technology Pioneer award.

Our History


Our values, our DNA

The Protix values have emerged from our team and are a reflection of our culture. Ranging from ‘Excite our customers with insects’ all the way to ‘Care about mother Earth’.

Our values are our company’s core: a culmination of years of work and a bottom-up description of the employees’ motivations and team efforts. Our values are our DNA: they are the foundation of all we do and are our long-term competitive advantage.

Our values


Impact through collaboration

Everybody who is working with us is part of Protix. From customers, to partners, interns, consortia and enthusiasts. Working together is what makes us strong.

Protix has forged key partnerships over the last years. We set up a Joint Venture with Bühler called Bühler Insect Technology Solutions. This joint venture is there to support production companies with patented rearing and processing solutions for hygienic and safe production of insect-based ingredients. With Hendrix Genetics we have started a multi-year breeding program to develop the best insects for optimal growth and performance.  Several other partnerships have co-determined our future.

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Equipment & Technologies
Breeding Technology
Hendrix Genetics
Functional Food
Wageningen University & Research
Functional Food
Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik
Our partners
Product R&D Director
Aman Paul

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to a thing till you get there. - Josh Billings

Insect Caretaker
Amber van Beek
Insect Caretaker
Anas Shoureh
Rearing Expert
Anne Jacobs

A good cake is good for team bond.

Team leader production
Bart Meesters
Chief Operations Officer
Bas Jürgens

Operations is everything

Our people
Partner Roland Berger Consumer Good & Retail
Alexander Belderok (chair)
Partner Sequa and Darel
Jelte Bosma
Founder Aquaspark, investor
Mike Velings
CTO Bühler group
Ian Roberts
COO Biobest
Karel Bolckmans
Our Leadership

Protix Journey

Innovation for sustainability

Protix invests in technology supporting sustainable growth.

Our breeding facilities and equipment are key areas of innovation. Protix established a high level of technology and operates on industrial scale. Science is at the core of what we do and we have a strong focus on research and engineering to continuously further improve quality, controllability, efficiency and overall competitiveness. This project is financially supported by the European fund for regional development: OPZuid