ABOUT US

Bridge2Food is a leader in the event space for the plant-based foods and alternative proteins sector. We have been connecting key international industry professionals, researchers, and academics across three key global markets: Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific.

We take pride in doing work that makes a difference. We believe in people, collaboration, and sharing. Together, we can bring momentous change for future generations who deserve affordable and nutritious food, and a healthy and thriving planet.

Our driving force is to advance actions for a better food world and to help accelerate the protein transition.

Our Story

Since 2002, when founder Gerard Klein Essink exited the corporate world and embarked on an entrepreneurial venture, he never wavered from his vision of creating a better food world with a mission to “build bridges between food professionals.”

With thousands of followers on LinkedIn, Gerard has a true passion for making connections that matter and seeding new initiatives whenever and wherever possible.

When Bridge2Food started as a one-person operation based out of the Netherlands, it focused mainly on sports nutrition, healthy aging, and of course, proteins. Recognising early on the sustainability, economic, and food security benefits of plant-based proteins and some of the challenges around taste, texture, and availability, Gerard pivoted to focus the company’s activities on the industry long before it was a widespread global trend.

    Meet Our Team

General Manager
vbrain@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words: Tall, sporty, cerebral

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you: I was born & raised in South Wales – and the only other place I went to school was Hawaii

What evoked your passion for the sector? Of all human activities, agriculture has the largest carbon footprint. I’d like to do something about keeping food great but making it more sustainable

Sales
agottig@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words:
determined, empathetic, passionate

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you.
I like simple things in general, and that applies to food! The fact that I don't opt for elaborated meals drives more than one colleague crazy!

What evoked your passion for the sector?
I worked for the animal production industry in the past and I learnt a lot about welfare standards, biosecurity, etc. After seeing how it differs to reality, I'm convinced that a protein transition is necessary, not only for the wellbeing of the animals, but also for environmental and sustainable reasons.

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Sales
julia.gowda@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words: A die hard (net)worker, perfectionist, positive

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you: I’m an exhibitionist – I used to dream of being an actress, or a dancer on a live stage and I enjoy flamenco, Zumba immensely.

What evoked your passion for the sector? I was fortunate enough to work with a lady who introduced me to an array of truly inspiring plant-based food brands. I was absolutely taken aback about their vision & passion and from that moment onwards I knew I wanted to be a part of the “green revolution”!

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Sales
jberterreche@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words: Inquisitive, Polite, Empathic (and a bit obstinate)

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you: I am actually rather shy. I used to play the sax, and I’m aikido black belt.

What evoked your passion for the sector? Since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be a chemist. Once I grew up and studied chemical engineering, my passion became all about food.

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Content Production & Ecosystem
meetings@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words: Happy – Foodie - Peoples Person

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you: I have six bicycles! Not a strange sight to see me dancing to afrobeat, afropop or reggaeton whilst cycling through the city of Utrecht

What evoked your passion for the sector? I have been vegetarian for 10 years now – and it all started with the passion for food – preparing vegetarian & vegan feasts together with and for my friends.

Marketing
lucy.power@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words: Enthusiastic would be an understatement, ambitious ,empathetic

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you: My family moved us to Barcelona when I was 11 years old and I was fortunate enough to grow up in paradise (I can’t say I was thrilled to be moved back at 18)

What evoked your passion for the sector? I want to be part of the solution towards a more sustainable planet, I want my kids to have the future they deserve…plus I love food!

Marketing
estephens@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words: Passionate, creative, determined

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you: I’m an Australian who loves to travel, after growing up in Boston, USA, and now living in The Netherlands since 2019.

What evoked your passion for the sector? I was initially inspired by Dr. T. Colin Campbell with his work on whole food, plant-based diets on chronic disease prevention and reversal, and now with an MSc in Nutrition & Health I am passionate about promoting a plant-based lifestyle for human health and planetary sustainability.

EU Projects and Operations
aojembarrena@bridge2food.com

Describe yourself in 3 words: Enthusiastic, committed and supportive

Tell us something about you nobody would know upon first meeting you: Plants are my favorite pets, and I have more than I can count. I have swum in the Amazon River and I practice Muay Thai, so watch out!

What evoked your passion for the sector? While studying Oenology, I discovered my curiosity for sustainable wine and the connection with where it comes from, which I broadened to food in general, and how important it is for our future