Natacha aka Natacha Nectarine
French-born Natacha has always been a real food-lover. Her childhood dream was to be a detective. The youngest of four children, she travelled extensively with her family at an early age. After finishing high school in England she studied Management in London where she met Alex who is now her husband. After her studies Natacha worked in marketing for GlaxoSmithKline in Dublin and Mexico City. Yet she’s still a little detective at heart. Today, she loves tracking down new product innovations.
Natacha focuses on Freche Freunde’s design, product development and finance.
Natacha’s hobbies: Cooking, swimming and reading
Natacha’s Freche Freunde: Natacha Nectarine
Natacha’s favourite fruit: Raspberries
Natacha’s favourite vegetable: Eggplant
Alex aka Alex Artichoke
As a child, Alex wanted to be a professional footballer. Then over the years the world of business sparked his interest and he opted to study management in England. Whilst at university he met Natacha, who is now his wife. Alex worked in marketing management for Nestlé in Switzerland and for five years in Mexico City before launching Freche Freunde. And Natacha was always with him! Alex’s love of travel means he and Natacha have almost explored the whole world – despite his mild fear of flying!
Alex heads up Freche Freunde’s new product development & coordination and sales.
Alex’s hobbies: Football, jogging and golf
Alex’s Freche Freunde: Alex Artichoke
Alex’s favourite fruit: Mangos
Alex’s favourite vegetable: Spinach
Felix aka Felix Fennel
Felix comes from deepest Bavaria. After finishing high school he wanted to see more of the world. He left his region’s mountains and forests behind and upped sticks to the German capital. He trained in a Berlin hotel and enjoyed a couple of exciting years in the hospitality industry before overseeing exports for a Berlin marzipan company. After the hospitality and confectionary industries he’s now healthily indulging his passion for good food at Freche Freunde.
Felix looks after our sales & distribution.
Felix’s hobbies: Cooking, music and climbing
Felix’s Freche Freunde: Felix Fennel
Felix’s favourite fruit: Mangos
Felix’s favourite vegetable: Carrots
Franziska aka Franzi Fig
Franziska was born and bred in northern Germany which is why Hamburg harbour is one of her favourite places. She left her hometown behind after high school to travel around Australia for a year. Next, she moved to Leipzig to do Arabic studies at university. Her on-going fascination with the Arab world saw her living for a time in Cairo and travelling through Syria and Lebanon. Her career change came about by chance. She couldn’t resist the Freche Freunde mission and team spirit! Franzi is now responsible for our digital marketing.
Franzi’s hobbies: Yoga, jogging, sewing and DIY shopping
Franzi’s Freche Freunde: Franzi Fig
Franzi’s favourite fruit: Strawberries
Franzi’s favourite vegetable: Sweet potatoes
Jan aka Jan Jacket Potato
Originally from the Stuttgart area, Jan always wanted to see the big wide world. He moved to New Zealand straight after finishing his bachelor’s degree at university. That helped him brush up his English for his Masters degree in Berlin and Chengdu (China). Now back from China, Jan is an Asian food enthusiast and already a three-time uncle. Healthy food is a subject close to his heart. The Freche Freunde mission immediately won him over and made this lively, cheeky spud a part of our family.
Jan is responsible for purchasing and is bowled over every day by the quality of our natural ingredients.
Jan’s hobbies: Kite surfing, travelling, meeting friends
Jan’s Freche Freunde: Jan Jacket Potato
Jan’s favourite fruit: Apples
Jan’s favourite vegetable: Tomatoes
Saskia aka Sassi Star Fruit
Her Dutch roots meant Saskia grew up with tomatoes and cucumbers. Her childhood dream was to be a teacher. That’s why she’s now so pleased to have a job that’s ultimately good for children. She trained as a bank advisor then worked for a bank as a corporate relationship advisor. But for Saskia, the city of Frankfurt am Main and the world of dry figures with no interesting end product lost their shine. That’s why she switched to Freche Freunde in vibrant Berlin.
Saskia looks after orders and invoices at Freche Freunde.
Saskia’s hobbies: Cooking & baking, yoga, travelling & discovering new cultures
Saskia’s Freche Freunde: Sassi Star Fruit
Saskia’s favourite fruit: Raspberries
Saskia’s favourite vegetable: Courgettes
Stefi aka Stefi Spinach
Stefi hails from the beautiful Black Forest. She still misses its mountains, especially in winter when her snowboard is calling. After finishing high school in Portugal, Steffi returned to Germany to do cultural studies at university. She then worked in sports marketing and has worked with innovative products she believes in ever since. Freche Freunde was a perfect fit for Stefi after she finished her Masters studies. She can combine her enthusiasm for meaningful, sustainable product ideas with her love of networking and fun, child-focused work. She’s also got a soft spot for yummy snacks!
Stefi is responsible for Freche Freunde’s marketing and PR.
Stefi’s hobbies: Travelling with friends, cinema, reading, trying out fun sports, discovering the world
Stefi’s Freche Freunde: Steffi Spinach
Stefi’s favourite fruit: Grapefruit
Stefi’s favourite vegetable: Tomatoes
Lisa aka Lisa Lime
The young Lisa was convinced she’d be an astronaut one day. But after finishing high school the eldest of three sisters didn’t travel into space but instead went underwater as a diving instructor. After studying in Amsterdam and San Francisco her work took her to Morocco and Spain before she returned to her native Berlin. There, she discovered Freche Freunde where she now puts her interest in healthy eating and love of working with children to good use.
Lisa looks after new business development in the Freche Freunde sales department
Lisa’s hobbies: Springtime walks, sport, cooking, relaxing in cafes, friends and family
Lisa’s Freche Freunde: Lisa Lime
Lisa’s favourite fruit: Watermelons
Lisa’s favourite vegetable: Carrots
Isabelle aka Bella Broccoli
Isabelle was born in Berlin but she’s not a typical big city girl. The reason? She grew up south of Berlin in peaceful Bohnsdorf. Isabelle loves her hometown so much that to date she’s only left it to go on holiday. It’s where she trained in marketing communications and did her business studies university degree. She makes a ‘To Do’ list for almost everything. She now wants to put her organisational skills and her enthusiasm for young, dynamic companies to good use by helping the Freche Freunde on their mission to spread the joys of delicious healthy eating to children.
As Freche Freunde’s office manager Isabelle is responsible for accounting and the team’s wellbeing.
Bella’s hobbies: Baking, jogging, cuddling her two cats
Bella’s Freche Freunde: Bella Broccoli
Bella’s favourite fruit: Blueberries
Bella’s favourite vegetable: Avocados
Barbara aka Barbara Blueberry
Barbara doesn’t know the meaning of ‘laid-back’. She always wants it all - at the same time. And she wants it now! The reason is she wants to cool stories about her life to tell her grandchildren when she’s finally a grandma. So far she’s sold sauerkraut at Disney World in Florida, studied international business in Holland and Russia, travelled across India, worked in Switzerland, sold drills in Cologne and eventually turned her healthy eating hobby into a career. She was a nutrition advisor for eight years and at the same time studied bio-science and health. Oh yes, and she also found time to get married! Her two children love the fact that their mum’s got the coolest job in the world!
The Freche Freunde mission takes Barbara out and about as our representative in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia.
Barbara’s hobbies: Medieval fairs (where she camps with her family)
Barbara’s Freche Freunde: Barbara Blueberry
Barbara’s favourite fruit: Mandarins
Barbara’s favourite vegetable: Red peppers
Patricio aka Patricio Parsnip
Chilean-born Patricio has lived near Frankfurt am Main in Hessen since 1983. He’s something of a speed demon - as his picture clearly shows - and he always wanted to be a racing driver. As the proud father of two daughters, it’s always been important to him to ensure his little ones have a healthy, balanced diet. Patricio is now putting his years of experience as a sales representative and customer advisor to good use by spreading the Freche Freunde message. As our ‘Freche Freunde’ out in the field, he’s on hand to advise our partners and customers in the South West region.
Patricio’s hobbies: reading, football, Formula 1
Patricio’s Freche Freunde: Patricio Parsnip
Patricio’s favourite fruit: strawberries
Patricio’s favourite vegetable: avocado
Caspar aka Caspar Cassis
Caspar was born in sleepy Karlsruhe but grew up in two major capitals: Istanbul and Berlin. Later, he became a lawyer but turned into a strategy consultant soon. That was more exciting, full of variety and taught him a lot. As all that's still important to him, he was fed up with traveling and loves having fun, he joined Freche Freunde. Freche Freunde won't even let go of him when he gets home: his little son is the city's main consumer of our squeezy pouches.
Caspar takes care of the numbers and looks after our operations.
Caspar’s hobbies: Sports, sports, sports
Caspar's Freche Freunde: Caspar Cassis
Caspar's favourite fruit: Rasberries
Caspar's favourite vegetable: Peas
Anna aka Anna Acerola
Except the fact that she was born in East Westphalia, Anna is a true northern sprat - she grew up in Kiel, studied in Bremen, lived and worked in Hamburg… Just her interest in great job opportunities could get her out of north into incredible Berlin where you can find the best ones.
And so it turned out that Anna switched to Freche Freunde after interning at a climate protection NGO.
Now, Anna supports our sales force.
Anna’s hobbies: Discovering near and far countrys, cooking & culture
Anna’s Freche Freunde: Anna Acerola
Anna’s favourite fruit: Raspberries
Anna’s favourite vegetable: Avocado
Dennis aka Dennis Dewberry
Berlin-born Dennis spent one of his school years in the USA before finishing high school back in the German capital. He spent a summer enjoying the fresh air as a dedicated cycle courier before he joined the Freche Freunde team.
Dennis grew up with the Internet so he now assists with online marketing and supports the entire team as a system administrator.
Dennis’s hobbies: Cycling, programming, cooking
Dennis’s Freche Freunde: Dennis Dewberry
Dennis’s favourite fruit: Mangos
Dennis’s favourite vegetable: Gherkins
Kim aka Kim Kiwi
Kim was born in Essen but his heart lies in Germany’s North Friesland, where he spent his childhood on the islands of Langeness and Föhr. After training as a chef he moved all around Germany, from Berlin to Freiburg and then back to Brandenburg via Dortmund. Meanwhile, he took his high school exams and studied packaging technology. Kim was first introduced to the Freche Freunde by his son and nowadays no shopping trip is complete without the googly-eyed friends. Kim looks after everything concerning logistics at Freche Freunde.
Kim’s hobbies: Sport, cooking and sailing
Kim’s Freche Freunde: Kim Kiwi
Kim’s favourite fruit: Pineapples
Kim’s favourite vegetable: Asparagus
Alex aka Alex Avocado
Alex hails from the Berlin area, meaning the Freche Freunde aren’t his only connection to the German capital. He grew up in Germany’s Franconia region and moved back again after completing his retail training in Munich. After various positions in commerce he sought out new challenges and gained his first experience in sales. The buzz of working for a young, dynamic company is what convinced him to join Freche Freunde. He’s responsible for field sales in Germany’s Saxony, Thuringia and North Bavaria region.
Alex’s hobbies: Travel, football and good food
Alex’s Freche Freunde: Alex Avocado
Alex’s favourite fruit: Strawberries
Alex’s favourite vegetable: Cucumbers
Julia aka Julia Jostaberry
Climbing mountains is in Julia’s blood because she comes from Germany’s Allgäu region. So it’s no wonder that she’s lived and worked in Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg (meaning ‘mountain’) neighbourhood for the past decade. She’s been freelancing in the German capital ever since studying communication design in Augsburg and pursuing her goal of making the world a better-looking place. An allotment plot where she gets away from it all with her husband, son and friends is her green city oasis. With a little bit of help, the allotment produces an abundance of healthy food including vegetables, herbs, fruit and berries and not least jostaberries – a cross between red currants and gooseberries. Fresh blueberries are the only thing missing in Julia’s garden, which is why she travels to Stockholm, Sweden, to gather some from the nearby forests nearly every year. It’s virtually her second home...
Julia’s hobbies: Her garden, sewing, baking and Swedish
Julia’s Freche Freunde: Julia Jostaberry
Julia’s favourite fruit: Her own nectarines
Julia’s favourite vegetable: Red peppers
Basti aka Basti Blackberry
Basti is a true blue Berliner whose preferred mode of city transport is his Vespa. As a child he wanted to become a chef until he eventually progressed from banging pots to sound engineering. His on-going search for extraordinary things and his love of good food are what attracted him to Freche Freunde. Basti can be spotted on the road in the ‘Freche Freunde-mobile’ as regional sales director for the eastern region.
Basti’s hobbies: Cooking, snowboarding
Basti’s Freche Freunde: Basti Blackberry
Basti’s favourite fruit: Pears
Basti’s favourite vegetable: Broccoli
Lilith aka Lili Lychee
Dortmund-born Lili loves almost any kinds of food! After finishing high school, Lili’s love of good food took her first to Germany’s Lüneburg Heath area then to England, where she grew vegetables on organic farms and learned how to make cheese. Once back in Germany, she spent a year working in an organic food store and went on to learn more about business studies and the grocery sector by studying food management. During her study placement with German food firm Bauck, Lili particularly enjoyed working in sales and marketing and decided that was what she wanted to do after graduating. She now shares her love of good, healthy food with our partners and customers as the Freche Freunde’s sales representative in the northern region.
Lili’s hobbies: Travel, ballet, drinking cappuccinos, art and literature
Lili’s Freche Freunde: Lili Lychee
Lili’s favourite fruit: Mangos
Lili’s favourite vegetable: Asparagus
Sebastian aka Sebastian Sweet Potato
Sebastian is a recent newcomer to Berlin who originally comes from a tiny village in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia. He spent 3.5 years working for a bank after finishing high school. His experience working with children includes a period of voluntary work, which involved looking after them daily and helping out with transport. His business studies degree took Sebastian to Cologne. Although he’s not really a fan of the city’s carnival, as a non-local Sebastian got used to Cologne’s riotous festivities. He also indulged his love of football there by playing in a team as well as supervising youth teams. After finishing his Bachelors degree he embarked on a new adventure in the German capital. Sebastian quickly found a really exciting role at Freche Freunde where he now helps with purchasing and logistics.
Hobbies: football, sport, travel
Freche Freunde: Sebastian Sweet Potato
Favourite fruit: apple
Favourite vegetable: red pepper
Felina aka Felina French Bean
Felina hails from Hamburg, the ‘pearl of the north’. But even back in her schooldays she thought the world was simply too beautiful not to explore. She spent a year studying in Canada, with its moose and bears. And Felina’s love of the Spanish language drew her to the land of bulls and paella for several months after finishing high school. She learned that an au pair’s life isn’t always easy, but having fun with children is a way to beat stress. She joined Freche Freunde after discovering our diverse food range whilst working part-time in an organic food store. She even interrupted her social economics course at university to assist with Freche Freunde’s marketing.
Felina’s hobbies: Travel, foreign languages, eating sushi
Felina’s Freche Freunde: Felina French Bean
Felina’s favourite fruit: Mangos
Felina’s favourite vegetable: Aubergines
Sarah aka Sarah Seabuckthorn
Sarah was born near Stuttgart and grew up in Germany’s Swabia region. After training as a media buyer she began a university degree in IT, design and communication. She’s now foregoing her beloved lentils with Swabia’s traditional ‘spätzle’ noodles for six whole months during her internship semester. She’s not missing the too much thanks to the Freche Freunde’s wide range of delicious, healthy food! Sarah works in online marketing where she supports Franzi Fig.
Sarah’s hobbies: Being creative, visiting flea markets, discovering Berlin
Sarah’s Freche Freunde: Sarah Seabuckthorn
Sarah’s favourite fruit: Coconuts
Sarah’s favourite vegetable: Tomatoes