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Why natural ingredients?

Natürliche Vitamine

At BERTRAND all nutrients originate from first-class natural sources such as grain, oilseeds, almond, nuts, berries, and other natural ingredients in organic quality and we meet the European reference values for nutrients with our product. Other suppliers like Soylent use synthetically produced vitamins and reach the same mark. So what speaks in favor of naturalness?

The answer is simple: We want a product that is as complete as possible. With BERTRAND we created a product that, due to its composition, offers the possibility of living on it for longer periods of time. That requires, however, the composition of the formula to be arranged in a way that ensures an optimal supply for the body with all vital nutrients. This premise can be considered generally accepted and it is shared by suppliers of synthetic products as well.

The view of suppliers of synthetic products like Soylent differs from the view of our company at the point where a statement on the level of experience of the nutrition science is being made. In the market, presently the idea is prevailing that man’s nutrition has been researched in every detail and that therefore all essential nutrients were known. Exactly these essential nutrients can indeed be found in the formulas of the suppliers. Though of synthetic origin, they are there.

Nutrition science itself, however, is far less enthusiastic when it comes to evaluating their own level of experience. Just like other sciences nutrition science, too, will generate new knowledge over time. Over time further nutrients will be classified essential and the current sustenance recommendations will be replaced by new ones. Following this observation it is not wise to choose a product as a regular aliment that consists of isolated, synthetically produced vitamins and minerals.

But is BERTRAND actually any different? Our product, too, technically meets only the current target values of the EU and naturally we can not reflect future knowledge in our product’s formula. What makes our product special though is that it does not consist of synthetic nutrients but of nutritious ingredients, most of which have already been consumed by man for hundreds of years and the effects of which on the human body are researched very well. We use grain, oilseeds, mushrooms, various nuts, algae, berries, and further ingredients in certified organic quality. When at some point, as research progresses, new nutrients will be classified important these will with virtual certainty already be included in the aforementioned group of ingredients. And therefore in BERTRAND as well.

The impact of synthetic vitamins and minerals on the human body have been researched to a smaller extent and ecotrophologists usually recommend not to consume any additional vitamins or minerals in form of synthetics.

In our opinion only one argument can be made in favor of synthetic vitamins in aliments, although it mainly benefits the producer: They are cheap to produce.

Peter | Customer Care

Have any questions remain unanswered?

I am happy to answer any questions you might have on this topic. Feel free to write me an e-mail. You will usually receive an answer within 48 hours.

Peter | Customer Carepeter@bertrand.bio

Handed in Later: The Martin’s Run

Last year, we supported the Paderborn Martin’s Run and made sure that the athletes could regenerate with fresh nutrients at the finish line. Now we are delivering the pictures we took of the booth. In this year as well we are going to support different events. Maybe we will be in your neighborhood soon!

Do you want BERTRAND to be present at a specific event? We would love for you to contact us with the details!

BBC – The Food Chain. Interview with BERTRAND.

The international radio broadcaster BBC is reporting on the complete nutrition powder trend in the edition from 01/21/2017. And in doing so, they consider the topic from several perspectives. For the broadcast, Tobias Stöber, founder of BERTRAND, was also invited to be interviewed.

The broadcast was moderated by Emily Thomas, who also conducted the interview. We were also able to justify, among other things, why a mixture made from natural ingredients is preferable to the consumption of isolated, synthetically manufactured nutrients. The program can be heard in its full length as a podcast with a click of the button.

BBC – The Food Chain. Interview with BERTRAND.

Our New BERTRAND Shaker Is Available

Good news: For the preparation of our shakes as of now we provide our new BERTRAND shaker. Our shaker is, just like its predecessor, made from Tritan by the Eastman Chemicals company. That yields benefits…

While many other plastics which are used in the production of shakers show estrogenic effects, the manufacturer Eastman Chemicals does not only guarantee that Tritan is free from BPA, but also free from BPS or other bisphenol compounds with estrogenic effects.

Apart from health benefits, our new shaker also exhibits further advantages which are of a practical nature.

  • High break strength even when falling on stone.
  • Easy to clean, also in the dishwasher.
  • Odor- and flavor-resistant, so that your shake tastes only like BERTRAND.
  • Spiral ball made from surgical stainless steel, for a shake free from lumps.
  • Handy closure for absolute tightness and possibility of attaching the shaker to a carabiner.

Our shaker is now branded to our brand name and will automatically and free of charge be part of the delivery to new customers for any order of a starter package or above. In case you need further shakers, it can be purchased cost-effectively here in the shop.

Peter | Customer Care

Have any questions remain unanswered?

I am happy to answer any questions you might have on this topic. Feel free to write me an e-mail. You will usually receive an answer within 48 hours.

Peter | Customer Carepeter@bertrand.bio

Ordering Soylent in Europe?

Cover picture: BERTRAND, an alternative to Soylent, which obtains its nutrients from natural, organic ingredients.

The way we have been feeding ourselves so far is inefficient. That is the key premise from which the product Soylent by former software developer Rob Rhinehart has emerged. In its powdered version, Soylent is mainly a melange of soy protein, isomaltulose, and maltodextrin. Synthetically manufactured vitamins and minerals are added in order to cover the recommended daily nutrient requirements. Most advantages of a nutrition powder are obvious:

Time saving through Soylent

Time saving through SoylentThe conventional way we eat is rather time-consuming. We have to reflect on what we want to eat, we have to buy the ingredients to prepare, we cook, eat, and do the washing up. With a Soylent diet, the expenditure of time disappears almost completely. The purchase is handled online and delivered via package directly to one’s home. For one meal, a bit of powder is filled into a shaker, water is added, the concoction is shaken briefly, and the food is ready-to-eat. Most of the time, the respective activity does not have to be interrupted for consumption.

Healthier diet through Soylent?

Healthier diet through SoylentSoylent contains, so the manufacturer promises, all vitamins and minerals that are recommended for an average adult per day. If one takes the scientific recommendations on nutritional value seriously, a healthy diet is in fact not easy. In many households, standard meals are being prepared varyingly which do not depict nutrients in their respectively recommended amount. It has yet to be proven if a Soylent diet, to which synthetically manufactured nutrients have been added, is in fact healthier than a conventional diet with actual food. But there is an alternative to Soylent.

Ordering Soylent in Europe?

Ordering Soylent in EuropeBERTRAND is a product which implements the obvious advantages of Soylent without including possible uncertainties of synthetic vitamins and minerals. We have put together different ingredients of organic quality for BERTRAND in a manner that covers the nutritional value recommendations for an average adult. We do not use synthetic vitamins and additives or products in which genetic engineering has been used. Each and every package of BERTRAND contains only natural ingredients. Finely ground gluten-free oats, a good handful of buckthorn berries, pulverized oilseeds, healthy nuts as well as nori seaweeds from Spain and further ingredients whose entirety covers the daily requirements for essential nutrients. Everything is of healthy, organic quality and free of gluten.

Would you like to test the advantages of Soylent now in Europe as well? Sample our product and save 5 % on your first order with the code SLNT5 and, beginning with the starter package, also get our BERTRAND shaker for free, made from BPA-free tritan.
Peter | Customer Care

Have any questions remain unanswered?

I am happy to answer any questions you might have on this topic. Feel free to write me an e-mail. You will usually receive an answer within 48 hours.

Peter | Customer Carepeter@bertrand.bio

Blueprint for BERTRAND Funnel

Yesterday we received a letter from an inventive client who often spilled some powder when filling BERTRAND into our shaker – added to deliveries free of charge for new clients. For this purpose without further ado he created a draft for a funnel with a huge opening which is tailored perfectly to the BERTRAND shaker and can be produced using a 3D printer.

You own a 3D printer? The blueprint is available here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1989093

For anybody without their own 3D printer there will be a solution in the early weeks of 2017 provided by us. So stay tuned.

New model for recommendation to friends

5% for your friend, 10€ for you

Do you appreciate the benefits of a fast, healthy diet, and do you like BERTRAND? We earn our living from you passing on your recommendation, so we are updating our ways of making recommendations to friends.

With immediate effect, our new voucher-based model gives every new customer a one-off discount on their shopping basket of 5%. At the same time, for every successful recommendation that you make we give you a credit note worth €10.

Our referrer tool allows advertising in emails, on Twitter or on Facebook. You can of course tell people about the vouchers anywhere else and start collecting credit notes immediately.

Click here to access the referrer page. You can find a overview of customers that you have recruited in Your Account.

Are you looking for someone to recruit you as a new customer? You can be sure of finding someone in this subreddit under the title Solyent.

New flavour — Baked apple and cinnamon

Fittingly for autumn, there is a spreading desire for warmth and cosiness here at BERTRAND, which has taken hold of everyone. Fellow colleagues no longer drive to work by car, but instead use leaf-covered forests paths, in order to hear a rustle that sounds with every step. Everyone is suddenly wearing dark woolen sweaters furnished with leather patches at the elbows, and during breaks, they build figurines out of chestnuts, which they present on the mantelpiece with pride.

We have packed this mood into our new flavour, which tastes like baked apple and cinnamon. As of now, you can purchase it in the shop.

Why not use the coupon SAVE2016? By doing this, we will donate € 2.50 to Save the Children and reduce your amount by € 2.50 as well.
Peter | Customer Care

Have any questions remain unanswered?

I am happy to answer any questions you might have on this topic. Feel free to write me an e-mail. You will usually receive an answer within 48 hours.

Peter | Customer Carepeter@bertrand.bio

Captain Hackbarth’s Atlantic crossing

BERTRAND Food is supporting the sailor Axel Hackbarth of Hamburg on a long and exciting voyage. Captain Hackbarth left his home port in Hamburg to go on the adventure of an Atlantic crossing. He is relying in his undertaking on, among other things, several kilos of BERTRAND that are stored in his boat. We will report on his journey in this blog.

Sailing Nutrition

Sailing Nutrition
Axel Hackbarth will cross the Atlantic alone on his sailboat the “Zest” in order to reach the Caribbean. One of the biggest challenges in his crossing of the Atlantic is that he cannot sleep longer than 30 minutes at a time because other big ships could collide with his sailboat.

At the moment, the captain is on the southern coast of Portugal, from which he he will undertake the first leg toward Madeira at the end of the month. The journey will start from there at the end of December. It is sure to be exciting. Team BERTRAND is fired up too and will be reporting about it here.

Captain Hackbarth’s current location:

2016 Gastrosophicum – The Internet of Food 4.0

BETRAND was part of this year’s Gastrosophicum in EFERDING, Upper Austria and there was served the special menu in combination (as per request) with bread and butter to set the scene: “possibly opti-meal-ized data carriers”

The change in diet comes either way. Only which and with which philosophy? The International Gastrosophy Forum has resolved for the 2016 Gastrophicum to explore the change in diet 4.0. Because everything that is currently developing under the trending terms Internet 4.0 and smart apps could make a future Internet of food with its bits and bites tasty to us.

Within the 2016 Gastrosophicum, BERTRAND was tied up in the podium discussion “Bits and bites. How does the future taste?” among others with the well-known food trend researcher Hanni Rützler, the innovative food technology scientist Otmar Höglinger, and the philosopher and director of the International Gastrosophy Forum, Harald Lemke.

Read on (german page): Gastrosophicum 2016

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