You’ve probably heard of burger patties – but what about bugger patties?
In a move sure to divide customer opinions, Lidl Ireland is now selling “Soya and Insect” burgers as part of their My Street Food range.
The burgers, which sell in packs of two for €2.99 each, are made from “textured soya flour and ground dried mealworm larva,” and are labelled “insect burgers” in stores.
The products’ packaging warns that it “may cause allergic reactions” in customers with have allergies to molluscs, dust mites, or crustaceans.
Gript reached out to Lidl for comment on what motivated them to stock the product, and what the reaction from customers has generally been to date. However, while the company’s PR time said they would “come back to you on this,” no response has yet been received.
This is not the first time that edible insects have reached Irish shelves, however.
As of 2022, the European Commission has approved three insects for sale and consumption as food – namely, crickets, mealworms and locusts. These can be sold in frozen, dried and powder forms.
Edible insects set to be approved by EU in 'breakthrough moment' | Insects | The Guardian https://t.co/oCh6GtlqVk
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Following this move, in August of 2022, Irish family-owned Willows Ingredients signed an agreement with Vietnamese manufacturing company Cricket One to sell edible cricket-based foods in Europe.
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The company, which is based in Co. Wicklow, cited climate change as the motivation for the decision to sell these products.
“Consumers are demanding food products that are environment-friendly, and shifting toward companies that care about environmental issues,” explained David Scrivens, the company’s managing director.
“It is vital that we find sustainable protein and focus on methods that will feed future generations in ways that are less harmful for the environment,” he said.
Additionally, in 2017, Dublin grocery shop Fallon and Byrne began selling edible mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers.
Gorgeous or gross? Edible insects hit the shelves at Fallon & Byrne https://t.co/psqPWNe1oT via @IrishTimesLife #EdibleInsects #EdibleBugs
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