Alternative protein sources: Bernd Eßer and G...
Alternative protein sources

Bernd Eßer and Godo Röben strengthen BALPro

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Reinforcement for BALpro: Bernd Eßer and Godo Röben (from left).
Reinforcement for BALpro: Bernd Eßer and Godo Röben (from left).

The German Association for Alternative Protein Sources (BALpro) is getting two new board members. The two managers come from Rügenwalder Mühle and the plant-based food specialist Berief Food.

Godo Röben (52) and Bernd Eßer (52) have been elected to the board of the Federal Association for Alternative Protein Sources BALpro. Balpro brings together research institutions, start-ups and established companies along the entire value chain to network players and know-how in the market for alternative protein sources. The two managers Röben and Eßer will in future support the first chairman Fabio Ziemßen, who launched the association in March 2019. Until now, he formed a board duo with Bahlsen manager Sebastian Biedermann, who left the executive committee in October for private reasons.

Röben joined Perfeggt as an investor

Röben worked for 25 years at Rügenwalder Mühle, where he was a key driver of the vegetable protein business. He will continue to promote the alternative protein sector in Germany. At the beginning of November, he joined the vegan egg start-up Perfeggt as an investor, where he is also involved in the advisory board. Röben will also provide his expertise in advising trade and politics as well as in various supervisory boards and advisory councils.

Eßer brings 30 years of international trade and industry experience from the consumer goods and food sector to the association. Since 2015, he has been active at Berief Food GmbH, which produces organic plant-based products. In 2017, Eßer was appointed CEO there. He also wants to work to establish Balpro as the leading industry association for alternative proteins on a national and European level and thus to be heard by politicians and legislators, according to a statement from Düsseldorf.

The two new board members see great opportunities for all partners in the value chain within the alternative protein sector, whereby for them the agricultural turnaround can certainly be compared with the energy and mobility turnaround. Together with Eßer and Röben, Fabio Ziemßen wants to tackle the expansion of the network, the voice towards politics and society and an increased visibility for the interests of the members.

Source: BALpro

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