Laura Metcalf


Customer Care Manager



Presentation description:

Black soldier fly ingredients for cat food: New digestibility results, regulatory update — Metcalf shares new digestibility results and a regulatory update on black soldier fly ingredients for cat food. Insects are one of the newest ingredients to be used in pet food in North America and Europe. Black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) products are becoming the go-to insect species in pet food manufacturing due to their ease of use, affordability, nutritional profile, high digestibility and palatability, functional benefits and sustainable production methods relative to commodity-based ingredient sources. Information on the performance of black soldier fly products in pet food, especially cat food has been lacking, until now.


Metcalf is the customer care manager for Eastern North America at Enterra Feed Corporation. She has several years of experience in animal nutrition and product development roles, and more specifically the last two years promoting sustainable feed innovation at Enterra. She has expertise in poultry and fish nutrition, as well as experience working with various pet food manufacturers to utilize the power of insects — moving ideas from concept all the way to final product on the shelf. Originally from Ontario, she holds a master’s degree in animal nutrition from the University of Guelph, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Guelph in animal biology.