Hermetia Baruth GmbH (HBG) was founded in 2006 as a spin-off from Katz Biotech AG (KBAG). KBAG is the leading German company in rearing of beneficial insects and mites for biological pest control. HBG was the first company able to create a significant population of Hermetia illucens in Europe. The actual pilot production at Baruth south of Berlin is stable. Research and Development is done at the Insect Technology Center of the Katz Group at Berlin. A major facility with a capacity of several thousand tons of output is ready for construction. HBG is a founding member of IPIFF, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed.