Reducing, Reusing, and Reinventing local food waste into a sustainable food source for the future.

River Road Research Story

Harnessing the power of Insects, specifically black soldier fly larve (BSFL) to create a more sustainable circular economy in the food industry.

River Road Research has developed a suite of technologies to upcycle waste nutrients into a premium, sustainable, nutrient rich insect protein.

Our process for the recycling of food waste provides significant environmental benefits compared to landfilling, composting or anaerobic digestion.


We have experience in the following technology applications:

  • Food Waste Stabilization and Production of Insect Food
  • Black Soldier Fly Rearing
  • Production of Liquid, Inorganic Fertilizer from Food Waste
  • Pyomelanin Production from Food Waste
  • Organic Batteries and Lithium Ion Battery Safety
  • Microalgae Production
  • Chitin Production

Leslie Street:

“River Road Research’s pilot plant on Buffalo’s East Side is a symbol of the innovation-based economy that is emerging in Western New York, and boosting job creation while creating a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future. This eco-friendly process will result in a reduction of food waste and pollution and produce economically competitive protein from nonagricultural land.” said Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul