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Aldi expected to trial edible insects in stores

Aldi expected to trial edible insects in stores

German discount supermarket chain Aldi could be about to introduce an edible insect range.

The cut-price food retailer has teamed up with Channel 4 to bring viewers 'Aldi's Next Big Thing', and one of the favourites to win the competition is a start-up that specialises in insect-based food.

The UK-based insect food processor, called Yum Bug, has a range that already includes ground cricket mince, roasted crickets and a BBQ taco cricket kit. Yep, this isn't a brand for fussy eaters...

But before you think that this is more Bushtuckker Trial than weekly shop, Yum Bug's range is protein-rich, loaded in omega 3s, and boasts a low carbon footprint.

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Speaking about their company, 28-year-old founders Leo and Aaron said: "Not only do they taste banging, but are amazing for your health and so much better for the environment than that burger you tucked into over the weekend."

Insects are already commonplace in food cultures around the world, with more than 2000 insect species consumed by 2 billion humans worldwide.

According to the United Nations, the edible insect market could be worth in excess of €5.3 billion by 2030.

You can watch Channel 4's 'Aldi's Next Big Thing' on Thursdays from 8 pm 

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