The managing director of Spar UK has raised the possibility of introducing an own brand insect range in the future.

Speaking at the Appleby Westward Tradeshow last week, Debbie Robinson said insects would become increasingly relevant as a food source. “The need for cheap protein will almost certainly be fulfilled by the consumption of insects,” she told delegates.

When questioned by C-Store, she suggested that Spar could embrace the trend in time. “Others do it so there’s no reason why we can’t,” she said.

More than one in 10 (13%) UK consumers claim to have knowingly tasted or eaten an insect, according to a study by Leatherhead Food Research released last year.

Robinson said Spar aimed to increase own brand sales by 10% to 40% over the next five years, with Lamb Shank mint & gravy the next product to be launched.

“About 90% of sales in Aldi are own brand - that’s where we’re focused,” she said. “Spar own brand Prosecco is the fastest growing sparkling wine product in the country at the moment.”

She added: “We must make sure Spar is future proof. Offering something different has become increasingly important. Remaining modern and relevant is key - it’s about constant reinvention.”