Dutch insect meal producer Protix has hired Jeroen van der Staay as its new chief growth officer.

He will join the company Jan. 10, after several years serving in senior commercial leadership roles at Cargill Animal Nutrition and Cargill Aqua Nutrition.

"Insect protein and lipids are among a very select group of sustainable ingredients that have already demonstrated their potential to dramatically transform our food system for the better," he said on LinkedIn.

"As such, I am grateful for the opportunity to help shift the paradigm at scale, especially since I already know that I will have a very dedicated team of passionate professionals working alongside me."

Protix launched its 14,000-square-meter insect production facility in June 2019.

It houses insects that convert up to 100,000 metric tons of vegetable residual flows into high-quality sustainable protein to serve the aquaculture markets. More than €30 million ($37 million) was invested in the factory.

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Protix told IntraFish last May it was focused on realizing capacity increases at the best locations worldwide.

Protix's existing shareholders include Aqua-Spark, Rabo Corporate Investments, Brabrant Development Company (BOM) and Dutch investment agency Invest-NL.

Rabo Corporate Investments became a shareholder in Protix in 2020, a few months after Protix opened its production facility in Bergen Op Zoom, Netherlands.

In 2017, Protix received €45 million ($50.4 million) in funding from a joint contribution between Aqua-Spark, Rabobank, BOM and various private investors.