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Our Essento Co-Founder Christian is taking care of the marketing and sales for our Essento products.

Christian Bärtsch

Co-Founder / Managing Director
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Melchior makes use of his masters in business management and his experience in the food sector to work towards a transparent marketing and a smooth sales process at Essento.

Melchior Füglistaller

Head Marketing & Sales
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Marco develops and produces the delicious Essento products. As a food enthusiast he stands for taste and quality.

Marco Messmer

Head of Production & Development
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While studying journalism, communication science as well as environmental science, David supports Essento in event management and realises specific customer wishes.

David Bär

Project Manager Events
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Timothée is committed to the developing a food system that is better and fairer. He is responsible for marketing and public relations in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Timothée Olivier

PR & Sales
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Franzi loves to share her expertise about insects with you in person, by mail or via our social media platforms. And if you are planning your next event with insect food, Franzi is there to assist you.

Franzi Westermair

Community & Events
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Our Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Thomas Brunner, Lecturer for Consumer Behaviour, HAFL

Michelle Grant, Managing Director World Food System Center, ETHZ

Patrick Zbinden, Culinary Expert

Dirk Zwanzig, Head R&D in the Food Industry

Story

Our Story

Edible insects have the potential to make your diet more diverse, sustainable and nutritious. Therefore, we establish insects as an alternative protein source with a positive impact on you, your health and our planet.

But how did it come about?

Discovering something that is new has been an important part of Essento since our beginning. The two co-founders, Christian Bärtsch and Matthias Grawehr, came across edible insects on their travels through Africa, Asia and South America.

«We were surprised about their good and varied tastes.»

In 2013, the FAO (Food and Agricultural Organization) published a report on the ecological potential and nutritional values, which insects have to offer. At that point, it was obvious for the two co-founders: Edible insects belong on Swiss plates!

Together with like-minded people and experts, we have built an interdisciplinary team. Today, we are connected and driven by the question of how food consumption can get on the right track towards supporting a healthy and sustainable society.

A strong team spirit was essential, as big challenges were lying ahead:

«Apart from building the Essento company they were engaged in developing the legal framework, which opened up the market for insects as food.»

Thanks to the public awareness and commitment, we succeeded in legalizing insects as food – a crucial milestone on our journey and for the consumption of insects in Europe.

Meanwhile, we developed our first products and put the emphasis on their taste. The Essento Burger and Balls went on sale on the 21st of August in 2017.

«Our Burger and Balls are hand-made by us in Zurich Altstetten.»

Our expectations of the acceptance of our products were surpassed. The positive feedback motivated us to develop additional products. Since November 2017 our Essento Insect Bar, a fruit bar with cricket flour, is available on the market.

Beside developing, producing and marketing our products, the education of the public about the advantages (and the great taste!) of insects is an important matter to us.

Why, how, where – answers to those and other questions are given in our workshops, cooking classes, team events, dinners and presentations – while our delicious Tenebrio (mealworm), Acheta (crickets) and Locusta (grasshoppers) are severed for the guests.

Milestones

Our Milestones

10th March 2014
Insect apero at the federal parliament building in Switzerland

September 2016
Insect cookbook «Grillen, Heuschrecken & Co.» published

2nd November 2016
Insect dinner at Tropenhaus Wolhusen

16th December 2016
Insects as food legalized by the federal council in Switzerland

1st Mai 2017
Instatement of the new food law

21st August 2017
Essento Burger and Balls launched

13th November 2017
Essento Bar launched

25th June 2018
Essento Snacks launched

4th March 2019
Essento Bio Burger and Essento Bio Balls with Swiss and organic Tenebrio launched

30th April 2019
Essento Protein Insect Bar launched

18th November 2019
Essento Insect Burger launched in Germany (with Hans im Glück)