Manna Insect

Decentralized way to upcycle biowaste to high-protein animal feed

Manna is an intelligent and energy-efficient solution for turning biowaste into high-protein animal feed and fertilizer by rearing black soldier fly (BSF) larvae in climatized, stand-alone 20ft containers.

With Manna local communities, farmers and small companies can independently recycle biowaste into protein-rich animal feed and organic fertilizer, in locally built containers.

Manna MIND, our self-learning cloud-based control unit, monitors and automatically adjusts the climate inside the containers to ensure the best conditions for BSF larvae to grow.

Manna offers new business opportunities around the globe in fast-growing markets of insect feed.


Example process metrics using wasted potatoes directly from a farm 

What makes Manna special?

Manna has created a localized, automated solution for upcycling all biowaste in any weather conditions into protein-rich animal feed, with minimal effort and investments.

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Cost effective

Manna solution is built in used 20ft shipping containers, with affordable hardware and low initial costs, and the energy consumption of Manna containers is minimal. Manna increases profitability by reducing feed costs and removing dependence on soy and fish meal purchases, and can also bring new revenue streams from selling larvae and frass to other growers.

Simple to build locally

Manna containers are built locally; only the intelligent Manna MIND unit, that automatically and remotely controls the conditions inside each container, is delivered from the Manna headquarters. Manna provides a full list of needed hardware and materials (BOM) for assembling the container(s) on-site.

Location independent

In Manna Insect we have tested and used BSF rearing and breeding containers from freezing -35C conditions to hot environments up to +48C. Depending on the environment Manna recommends components with higher or lower capacity, so the containers can be used in a wide variety of environments and climates. Manna containers are infrastructure-independent stand-alone units, so they can be set up anywhere.

Fully automated

Manna MIND is a fully automated solution that creates and maintains an optimal environment for rearing and breeding black soldier fly (BSF) larvae. The MIND unit constantly collects and analyzes data and automatically controls the process based on carefully built algorithms. After a Manna container is loaded with crushed bio waste and neonates (young BSF larvae), the rearing phase (10-15 days) is basically labor-free. 

Intelligent and learning

Manna MIND is an intelligent control unit that is constantly improving performance as new knowledge is implemented in the algorithm. Manna MIND keeps the conditions inside the container optimal by observing and adjusting the rearing / breeding process remotely over the Internet.

Easy to operate

As Manna MIND is in control of the rearing (or breeding) phase, workforce is needed basically only for pre- and post-processing and for loading and unloading the container. Previous knowledge of rearing insects is not needed to start operations with Manna containers.

Ecological and green

Manna solution enables effectively turning biowaste into animal feed and frass that can be used as fertilizer, doing all this naturally, without any waste or useless side products. Using insect based feed helps to replace soy fields and to save fish, saves water and reduces CO2. Furthermore, Manna containers are built locally, work as stand-alone units and consume a minimal amount of energy.

Energy efficient

The average power consumption of one Manna container is less than 1 kW, when the container is used in climate conditions between +10C to +40C. Manna solution is also solar power compatible.

Solar power compatible

Manna solution can be used fully off-grid with solar power. Depending on the location, an average solar power system for off-grid usage requires 4 kW solar panels and 14 kWh of batteries (not part of the standard package).

Customer success stories

After several years of studying, growing BSF larvae in harsh climate conditions and developing our unique, intelligent MIND unit for remotely monitoring and optimizing the breeding and rearing processes, Manna Insect is ready to grow globally.

Manna’s solution has already been successfully implemented on three continents; in Asia, Africa and Europe. The future is here – read our customer stories and join the feed revolution, farming locally instead of buying globally!

Manna in Kenya

Manna in Kenya

The first Manna containers of Africa were taken in use by a business partner in Kenya in spring 2022.

Manna in Kenya

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Manna in India

Manna in India

The first Manna customer in Asia is from India – this Manna BSF container was built and taken in use in early 2022.

Manna in India

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Manna in Europe

In Europe Manna containers are already in operation in Finland and in Spain, and being built in several other countries.

Manna in Europe

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Frequently asked questions about Manna

BSF larvae have a high amount of animal protein and an optimal amino acid profile for especially chicken. It also contains plenty of animal fat and micronutrients suitable as animal feed. BSF larvae eat almost all kinds of biowaste, enabling local production of larvae cost-effectively.

Manna Insect provides instructions on building the container and using it for rearing and breeding BSF larvae. Previous experience in insect farming is not needed, and the Manna MIND unit automatically controls the growing phase. In some countries our partners can also offer onsite training.

  • Pre-processing and mixing biowaste with a crusher
  • Loading biowaste into trays and adding neonates (small larvae)
  • Automatically controlled rearing phase (10-14 days)
  • Unloading the trays and separating live larvae and frass (fertiliser)
  • Feeding live larvae directly to chickens, or to drying and degreasing them

Recommended load is around 4 thousand kilos of organic waste per one batch of roughly 500 trays (600x400x145mm tray size). For one full batch you’ll need approximately 100-130 grams BSF eggs.

In optimal case (4 thousand kilos good-quality biowaste) you can get 750 kg of live larvae and 400 kg of frass from one production cycle of 10-14 days)

Manna containers have been tested in harsh conditions and they work optimally in temperatures from -35C to +48C. Depending on the environment, we can recommend components with a higher or lower capacity than the standard solution.

We want to make BSF farming and local feed and fertilizer production possible for everyone and everywhere. This is why Manna container is the most inexpensive and fastest way of start learning and make profitable business. Our starter package total investment including Manna’s control unit (MIND), materials, equipment, assembly work and necessary setup for rearing or breeding container will cost around $15,000 to $20,000 depending on local sourcing and labor costs.
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Environmental impact

Insect based feed is an environmental friendly and sustainable option for soy and fish based feed, reducing the need of soy fields (that cause gas emissions and land erosion) and saving fish by reducing the dependence of fish as a protein source.

BSF larvae can turn a wide range of organic waste streams into biomass that can be reused as animal feed. In Manna containers the larvae breeding and rearing can be done naturally, without any useless side products. Compared to using soy and fish based feed, Manna solution reduces CO2 emissions remarkably, and saves significant amounts of water.

Growing BSF larvae helps to reduce the environmental impact of organic waste, and in addition to high-quality animal feed, the process generates organic fertilizers (frass). With one Manna container, up to 25 000 kilos of live larvae can be produced annually, with which 8 000 chickens can be fed. The value of the feed produced is roughly $12 000 a year.

Manna Environmental impact in one year per one container

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