Crickets selling at IGA

Bugs Go Big: IGA First Supermarket to Stock Edible Insects in Australia

Hello, fellow bug enthusiasts!

We’ve got news of the ground breaking variety. Your favourite sustainable source of protein is going mainstream… Grilo Protein, aka crickets will now be available at IGA!

Supermarkets Stocking Edible Bugs Australia
Selected IGA stores across Australia are stocking cricket products | Source: IGA Marketplace

Yep, bugs are making waves in the alternative, sustainable protein scene we think they’re on their way to the top of the charts! How have insects crawled their way onto mainstream supermarket shelves? We’re glad you asked!

Environment

Crickets are straight up the most sustainable source of protein on earth. They require far less resources (water, land, feed and energy) than other popular sources of protein, such as chicken, beef or pork. Critical stuff considering 18% of greenhouse gas emissions is a result of livestock production. Crickets produce 80 times less methane than cows, making them a sustainable and environmentally-conscious protein source.

Nutrition

Crickets are packed full of readily absorbable nutrients. In addition to being 69% protein, they contain vitamin B12, Omega 3, iron, potassium and calcium. Their digestibility is higher than that of plant proteins, meaning your body can extract and absorb all those lovely vitamins much more easily.

Supermarkets Stocking Edible Bugs Australia
Duncan, from IGA with Grilo products

Versatility

The cherry on the cake: the most sustainable and nutrient-dense source of protein is also incredibly versatile! Include cricket powder/s in smoothies, main meals and desserts, get your protein fix via one of our delicious, goodness-filled energy bars or be more direct about it with our whole roasted crickets! They have a pleasant, nutty flavour easily incorporated into any/every meal!

Rob Outridge, from IGA Maleny had the following to say about the rolling out of chirpy treats:

“When I was first approached to taste one of our new cricket Energy bars, I thought someone was pulling my leg! After I got over the initial shock and tasted the Choc mint bar, I was amazed how tasty it was!
Not only that, the cricket powder is organic, the product is dairy free, Gluten free and Paleo – a truly healthy, tasty snack, with a great point of difference! When you combine this truly unique product with the support we have received from the Grilo Protein team, ranging this brand is a no brainer for us.”

Awareness and demand for bugs as food is quickly growing in Australia, with many people coming to recognise them as a viable (and delicious) source of protein that steps much lighter on the planet.

“We are passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find. Grilo Protein is one of these such products and we are proud to support this innovative and local company who is committed to supplying healthy, sustainable and future conscious food that tastes great!” – IGA HG Retail

You can find crickety-goodness at twelve IGA stores in the Brisbane, Byron and Sunshine Coast area. See below for a full list of locations!

We’re so excited to see mainstream supermarkets hop on the bug train! It goes to show that while bug-eating may seem peculiar at first, cricket’s nutrient density, sustainability and versatility make them the obvious choice for planet, protein and flavour lovers alike. Jump into IGA for your planet-backed protein fix today!

IGA’s stocking future food:

  • IGA Cleveland
  • IGA East Brisbane
  • IGA Fresh Market St (Cairns)
  • IGA Greenslopes
  • IGA Maleny
  • IGA Milton
  • IGA Mullumbimby
  • IGA New Farm
  • IGA Portside
  • IGA Santa Lucia
  • IGA Wises Road

Supermarkets Stocking Edible Bugs Australia


 

A big thanks to Courtney Franz for writing 🙂