Aketta Crickets

In a world that is experiencing rapid urbanization, population growth and shrinkage of arable land, it is time to scale a disruptive business with a realistic roadmap and an unparalleled, global mission. More than ever, we need a nutritious source of protein that is eco-friendly and resource efficient.

Our mission is to provide economically challenged, malnourished populations with high protein and micronutrient-rich food solutions derived from the supply and development of insects and insect-based products.

Aketta crickets are your source for quality protein and nutrients, plus great taste, all rolled into an environmentally friendly product.

The world is changing; we have more people and fewer resources. At Aspire, we’re working to solve this problem by growing crickets as a farmed food source.  Why crickets? Because they’re very high in protein and important nutrients like iron and calcium. They’re much more sustainable to grow than cattle. And they’re tasty. Try our whole roasted crickets and 100% cricket flour to find out for yourself.

Why the name “Aketta®?” Because no one eats “cow,” they eat beef. We wanted a word that makes you think of livestock, farmed in a safe, clean environment and raised solely as food for people. The name “Aketta” is derived from the type of cricket we grow: Acheta domesticus. When you eat Aketta, you’re getting the gold standard of crickets from the industry leader in edible insect products.

Aketta® Powder

Our 100% cricket powder adds a nutty flavor and protein boost to recipes you are already using, try these simple additions!

  • Baked goods – use one part Aketta to three or four parts flour (or gluten-free mixes). Add it to pancakes, cookies, breads and cakes.
  • Smoothies – add 1-2 tablespoons to your favorite smoothie recipe.
  • Seasonings and rubs – Try a 1:1 ratio with spices and rubs to add protein and a nutty flavor. We like mixing this with red chile powder, nutritional yeast, and curry.

Aketta® Whole Crispy

Crispy Aketta make a great snack when tossed with spices, can be used as a direct substitute for nuts, and make a delicious crunchy topping to soups and salads.

  • Snacks – lightly spray crispy Aketta with oil and toss with your favorite seasonings, you can also add them into your favorite snack mix and guacamole.
  • Salads – top your favorite salad with roasted Aketta, no need for meat or nuts. We like them on Chinese chicken salad (no chicken!) and our favorite kale salad.
  • Soups – a great substitute for both the tortillas and the chicken in tortilla soup, more protein and less fat! Great sprinkled on tomato and noodle soups too.
  • Wraps and tacos – roasted Aketta make great fillings right out of the bag!

Aketta Products include:

Certified Paleo: Cricket Powder, Crispy Aketta – Plain

Paleo Friendly: Crispy Aketta: Southwest, Sea Salt & Vinegar

In 2012, former President Bill Clinton issued a challenge for competitors in the Hult Prize competition: Develop a social enterprise to address global food insecurity. Five of us were MBA students at McGill University. We decided to answer that challenge: Farm insects as a sustainable source of protein. And with that idea, we won the Hult Prize in 2013.

Aspire grew out of that project and was formed to do good in the world while earning a profit. Since then, we started insect farming operations in Mexico and Ghana, where eating insects is part of the culture.

We realized that if our food revolution was going to grow and thrive in the places that need it most, we had to change the perception of eating insects in the western world. So we figured we’d start in the U.S. In 2014 we opened our cricket farm in Austin, Texas, where we now grow and process edible insects- Aketta whole roasted crickets and cricket flour.

In the year 2050, the world will have 9 billion people. By then, there will be less land available to grow food and less clean water for everyone. We need to find alternative, sustainable protein sources now. So we’re working to make that happen before it’s too late.

Farming insects has a much smaller impact on the environment compared to raising traditional livestock. This is one of the many reasons we chose to pursue entomophagy (the practice of eating insects).

If we can get people to shift 10% of their protein consumption to sustainable sources like insects, we can make a positive impact on the environment. 
Gabriel Mott – COO of Aspire Food Group

But we quickly discovered that many people in the areas we were trying to help were more interested in eating “like Americans” than following their own food traditions. At the same time, people were asking when we would offer edible insect products in the U.S.


Crickets provide a complete food protein because they naturally contain the right balance of essential and non-essential amino acids. 30g of roasted Aketta gives you 20g of protein. Compare that to beef, which only gives you 8g of protein. Plus, Aketta crickets give you other important nutrients like fiber, iron and calcium.

Aketta is:

  • High-quality protein
  • Good source of fiber
  • Free of gluten, soy, nut and dairy
  • Non-GMO
  • Fed a USDA certified organic diet
  • Raised solely to be eaten by people
  • Free of additives, artificial colors and flavors

Why should I start eating crickets?

Answer: They are great for you and they taste good! High in protein and fiber, crickets pack a nutrional punch, with all 9 amino acids, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and iron. They also are very efficient to farm and have a much lower impact on the environment than traditional livestock. We offer more information on the health benefits and nutritional value of crickets on our Aketta Crickets page.

Are your crickets organic?

Answer: We are in the pursuit of organic certification, in the meantime we follow organic practices. Our crickets are fed on USDA certified organic feed and are processed in an organic kitchen.

Are your products gluten-free?

Answer: Yes. All of our Aketta products are gluten-free. A gluten analysis does not detect gluten in our products at a detection rate of 5 parts per 1 million. Furthermore, we process our products in a gluten-free kitchen. However, at this time we have not pursued gluten-free certification by a certifying body.

Are insects kosher?

Answer: We are currently pursuing kosher and halal certification.

Are your products approved by the FDA?

Answer: The FDA does not approve meats as they are generally recognized as safe. For example, chicken, beef, pork etc., are not "FDA approved" and by extension, neither are our crickets.

Have your products been tested for allergic reactions?

Answer: Yes. While we have not received a single report of an allergic reaction from consuming any of our products, there is a low risk for individuals who have crustacean allergies.

What do your crickets eat?

Answer: A mix of certified organic grains (no animal products are in their feed).

How are your crickets processed?

Answer: Our crickets are dry-roasted and sold whole or ground into a fine powder for our Aketta flour. There are no food additives, artificial colors or flavors in our products.

What do crickets taste like?

Answer: Crickets have a nutty and earthy flavor. The whole roasted crickets have been compared to eating sunflower seeds. The flour has an umami flavor, deep and earthy, with hints of raw cocoa.

Are your crickets GMO-free?

Answer: Our crickets are raised on a non-GMO verified feed.

Are your crickets conducive to a Paleo diet?

Answer: Absolutely! Crickets are a quintessential example of a food consumed by paleolithic humans and is an excellent source of protein and other nutrients considered cornerstones of a paleo diet.

Are these products considered vegetarian?

Answer: Technically no, crickets are animals. However, almost every reason people have for following a vegetarian diet can be addressed with a diet that contains insects. Whether people are concerned about environmental sustainability, ethical treatment of animals or health risks inherent in eating meat, choosing to eat insects remains logically consistent with those concerns.

Are there any health concerns with eating Aketta crickets?

Answer: No, there are no safety issues with consuming our products and we affirm that they are safe for human consumption. Insects are part of a traditional diet in many countries and have been eaten for centuries.

How do I store the product?

Answer: We recommend storing the product in a cool, dry place, preferably in an airtight container. It will store for 3 months after purchase. If frozen, Aketta can be stored for 6 months.

Do you use hormones?

Answer: No.

How are the crickets raised?

Answer: Crickets are raised in an environment with a surplus of food and water, an appropriate exposure to light, and a temperature and humidity that is just right to keep them happy.

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Aketta Affiliate Program

Get rewarded for spreading the word! We offer different levels of commission for our affiliates depending on how actively they want to get involved in the Aketta community.

We offer several different levels for our affiliates:
  • Aketta advocate - 5% commission on purchases. This is the most basic of programs, simply linking to our shop.
  • Aketta ambassador - 10% commission on purchases. Exclusivity in the edible insect category, linking to our shop.
  • Aketta champion - 15% commission on purchases. Exclusivity in the edible insect category and active advocacy, including blog and social media posting. Must go through product and company immersion to be fluent in product benefits and company, a 30-60 minute time commitment (limited to early adopters and subject to approval).

The details:

  • You get a link to embed in your website, YouTube videos, Facebook page, blog or other channel.
  • Someone clicks the link and visits our site.
  • If that person makes a purchase, you get credit for the sale.
  • We deposit your commission into your PayPal account once a month.

All Affiliates are subject to approval.

For more info: http://www.aketta.com/engage-with-us/partnership-programs/affiliate-program.aspx


For orders of 10lbs+ please contact us at Shop@AspireFG.com for wholesale options.

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Established in 2010, The Paleo Foundation was first organized for the purpose of helping Paleo Diet Adherents easily identify products that met the basic tenets of the diet.  Since then, thousands of products have been certified through the Certified Paleo, Paleo Approved, Paleo Vegan, and Paleo Friendly Certification Programs.


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How we determine Paleo Certification Standards:

The Paleo Foundation develops Certification Standards from a mixture of input from various experts in the Paleo Movement, community input, and from logically and critically assessing arguments for the inclusion or exclusion of specific foods. After all, the Paleo Diet is a theoretical template, and therefore logic must be taken into account when making determinations for an entire community. 

Paleo Approved, Certified Paleo, Paleo Friendly, and PaleoVegan Certification Programs:

Each Paleo Certification Program has a different set of standards. For the absolute strictest standards, Paleo Approved certifies farms, ranches, and single-ingredient products. Certified Paleo, the most popular of the Paleo Certification programs certifies products that contain Paleo Diet ingredients, but have some 21st century processing methods allowing for shelf stability. The Paleo Friendly Program allows for products that are generally regarded as gray-area products such as kombucha, dark chocolate, and even grass-fed dairy.