Bresc’s DNA stretches way back to our beginnings, when the company focused on gourmet foods. It all started when Jan Hak, Ruud Seltenrijch and Henk Brunt decided to breed snails, then package them in little glass jars and supply them directly to quality catering firms. Traces of these roots can still be seen in Bresc’s name, which is an abbreviation of BRunt ESCargots. When gourmet kitchens started clamouring for these little jars of ‘escargots’, the company decided to sell our products via catering wholesalers. With French cuisine in mind, after the snails, we branched out and developed herb butter to accompany this classic dish.
The authentic flavour experience of this herb butter was created by using fresh garlic and pot herbs. The next step followed rapidly, as the company studied various preservation methods and decided to pickle the herbs in a little salt. Now we could offer the herbs as a single puree straight from the refrigerated section. Chilled products were to be the focus from now on …
In 2005, we stopped producing escargots so that we could concentrate on the ‘discipline’ of garlic and herbs.
With our roots in chilled products, we started to concentrate more and more on European gourmet foods and culinary professionals’ demands for garlic and herb products. In a world of fine foods that is susceptible to trends and global influences, we have evolved into connoisseurs of garlic and herbs. Our extensive and in-depth product range, varying from single purees to herb mélanges inspired by authentic foreign flavours, has a chilled solution for every segment of the gourmet food market. And all our products feature today’s convenience and are of consistent quality.
Over the years, we have accumulated ample unique knowledge and experience in developing and manufacturing chilled ingredients and we can offer bespoke products to our partners.
Our company, from its earliest beginnings with jars of snails for high-end catering firms in 1991, is currently an independent organisation with production sites in Sleeuwijk and Giessen. We employ more than 80 staff and feature several disciplines, including Marketing, R&D, Purchasing, QESH and Production. It’s no wonder that we are the specialist in chilled products.