These Could Save the World

These Could Save the World

WIRED | Myrna Chiu, August 4, 2017

Art by Diego Patiño

THERE’S THE MARVEL Universe, and then there’s the Larval Universe, and the star of the latter is the black soldier fly. In its squirmy maggot phase, it feasts on our messes—and can in turn be feasted on by farm-raised fish and fowl. Lucky grubs that reach winged adulthood live only a week, spending that time so frantically looking for sex that they don’t eat, sting, or bite. A true superhero, in other words, that sustainability ­conscious organizations are now eager to exploit.

Top Winners at Austin Creator Awards Announce ‘We’re Hiring’

Top Winners at Austin Creator Awards Announce ‘We’re Hiring’

WeWork | June 28, 2017 by Mark Sullivan

Grub Tubs, a pioneer of the growing “table to farm” movement, transforms restaurant leftovers into animal feed. Like most of the 18 winners at the event, Grub Tubs isn’t just about making a profit. It’s about making a difference in the world.

Farming Insects for Poultry Feed

Greenhorns Radio Interview on Heritage Radio Network

Aired: Tuesday, March 21st 2017

GrubTubs Inc. founder, Robert Olivier, joined Severine on "Greenhorns Radio" to discuss the future of farming Black Soldier Fly as a protein-source for animal feed.

Check out the entire episode (Episode 293: Robert Olivier, GrubTubs) with iTunes & Stitcher .

Interested in learning more about the nutrient composition of Black Soldier Fly for poultry?  Download our peer reviewed article here: Poultry Feed Study.

GrubTubs Joins the Tarmac TX 2017 Cohort and 3M to Integrate Social and Tech

Being part of TARMAC TX underscores the positive impact potential of GrubTubs 

GrubTubs is honored to join the Tarmac TX cohort for 2017. As part of the 2017 cohort, we will be broadcasting our unique business model amongst industry and investment titans to promote food recycling efforts as a way to offset animal feed costs for American farmers.

Generate positive impact with Tarmac TX

Tarmac TX, in partnership with 3M and CALSO, is a one-of-a-kind accelerator for technology startups developing a product or service addressing some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our times. Based in Austin, TX, their 9-month program offers selected startups free support services, including a co-working space, events & workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities in both the Tech and the Social ecosystems.

GrubTubs partnering with 3M has broad applications for redifining food safety for both city waste streams and farms.

As GrubTubs aims to support family farms by making feed affordable, there is a real opportunity to change how cities deal with food and food waste. Utilizing 3M's tremendous expertise in wireless tracking, microbial detection, food safety and sensor technology, GrubTubs will work to deliver safer animal feed to urban farmers.

Austin Looks to [Re]Verse its Waste Intake

Austin Looks to [Re]Verse its Waste Intake

WASTE 360: Megan Greenwalt | Jan 31, 2017

Named the [Re]Verse Pitch Competition and launched in 2015, this competition gives local businesses and institutions the chance to partner with entrepreneurs to develop innovative reuse solutions for their byproducts. Going into its third effort in 2018, [Re]Verse Pitch has received the Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

This year’s competition kicked off on January 17, when entrepreneurs heard presentations from various material suppliers about their waste products. Discarded materials up for grabs include everything from oyster shells and fabric scraps to wine bottles.


The second annual [Re]Verse Pitch Competition wrapped up on Tuesday night with the $10,000 innovation prize going to the social entrepreneur team behind GrubTubs. The [Re]Verse Pitch Competition is a one-of-a-kind social innovation program to turn valuable raw materials that are currently leaving local businesses, nonprofits and institutions as waste into the foundation of new social enterprises. The focus of the winning pitch by GrubTubs was to use inedible canned goods from Central Texas Food Bank to make affordable, high protein livestock feed.