FAQ

Where to find us ?

Where can I find Bjorg products in France ?

For more information on stores that sell BJORG products in France, visit our website www.bjorg.fr.

Where are our products on sale ?

A list of the countries where our products are currently available can be found below:

– Belgium
– Benin
– Bulgaria
– Burkina Faso
– Cameroon
– Canada
– Chili
– China
– Cyprus
– Djibouti
– France
– French Polynesia
– French Guiana
– Gabon
– Ghana
– Greece
– Ivory Coast
– Jordan
– Kuwait
– Lebanon
– Monténégro
– Morocco
– New Caledonia
– Nigeria
– Poland
– Portugal
– Qatar
– Republic of Congo
– Réunion
– Saudi Arabia
– South Korea
– Spain
– Switerland
– The West Indies
– Togo
– Turkey
– Tunisia
– United Kingdom
– United Arab Emirate
– Vietnam

To find out which stores in your country sell Bjorg products, visit www.bjorg.com, then click on “Where to buy our products” at the top of the page. The simply fill in the form.

Everything you need to know about the organic

Do BJORG products contain GMOs ?

The use of GMOs is banned under régulations governing organic agriculture and food production. While this reduces the risk of finding GMOs in end products, it does not entirely eliminate the risk of cross contamination.

Which is why BJORG exceeds regulatory requirements.

For many years, various measures have been implemented to tackle the presence of GMOs in our products. BJORG is committed to eliminating or changing food addictives (starch, lecithin, etc.) in its recipes when there is no negative impact on the quality of the end product.

In some instances, sush as with BJORG soy drinks, this approach is not possible. We’ve therefore set up a supply chain in Italy to ensure the non- GMO traceability of these drinks.

In addition, with all BJORG products that contain soy, maize or rapeseed, we require our partners to carry out GMO tests on each batch of these raw materials. We have also put a control plan in place for our end products.

This careful selection of raw materials, as well as the checks carried out throughout the entire production chain of BJORG products, is a long-term endeavour of which we are very proud in our fight against GMOs.

Is organic better for you ?

Studies included in AFSSA (French Agency for Food Safety) report have shown that organic fruit and vegetables are richer in polyphénols and other antioxidants, offer a better balance of essential amino acids in proteins, and have more iron and magnesium.

These points can also be found in the “Quality Low Input Food Project”, a study released in October 2007 that spanned four years and carried out by 33 European academic centres, led by Newcastle University in Britain and funded by the European Union’s sixth Framework program.

Why are organic products more expensive?

The price difference that sometimes exists between organic products and traditional products can be explained by the difference in the methods used to produce them.

Foods organically produced require considerable labour (production techniques, manual weeding), and yields may be lower and more irregular.
BJORG furthers its dedication every year; in addition to mandatory testing at each stage, it carries out additional analyses (searching for traces of pesticides, checking for the absence of GMOs, mycotoxins, checking nutritional value, etc.).
BJORG also goes beyond this and is committed to offering products with nutritional quality (natural, unrefined sugars, ingredients naturally high in nutrients, opting for non-hydrogenated fats, etc.). Because flavour is key, BJORG offers authentic products which bring out the natural flavour of the ingredients (real chocolate, no sugar in savoury products, etc.).

Finally, our products are made in partnership with a team of specialised food scientists, a dietician and nutritionist, a chef and naturopath. All of its proactive approaches are costly, but are a sign of quality of BJORG products.

So when you eat BJORG products, you’re choosing trust, balance and pleasure – you can enjoy delicious food while eating well!

Get to know our products better

Why do you use the term "real chocolate" in your biscuits? Is there such a thing as "fake" chocolate?

There are two types of chocolate. “Real chocolate”, made solely of cocoa, sugar and cocoa butter, and the other type of chocolate, where some of the cocoa butter is replaced by other vegetable fats.

How are rice cakes manufactured?

BJORG rice cakes are made in exactly the same way as popcorn. The rice cakes are heated for a few seconds at 280°C. Instead of cooking, they puff up. The heat causes the rice to increase in size. During this process the rice is placed in a round mould to give it tis shape. The grains of puffed rice are naturally stabilised thanks to the carbohydrates they contain.

Can I heat rice cakes in the oven?

Of course. This is actually a good idea if your cakes have softened : place your cakes in a warm oven for a few moments, and they will regain their crunch !

How should oats be used? Do they need to be cooked before use ?

BJORG oats are ready to use. No additional cooking is required.

What is Agave Syrup?

Agave Syrup is a natural sugar. It is produced by extracting, filtrating and hydrolysing the sap naturally found at the core of the agave (the piña).

The filtered and hydrolysed sap is then concentrated (at a temperature above 95°C) into a liquid syrup which is a bit more fluid than honey, the colour of which varies from light to dark depending on the degree of processing.

Agave Syrup is made up mainly of simple sugars: fructose (56%) and glucose (20%). It is gluten free. Agave Syrup is a specific sugar with particular nutritional and metabolic qualities:
– It is 30% sweeter than sugar, meaning that you use less of it and therefore the calorie intake is lower.
– It has a low glycemic index due to its large fructose content (about 20).

– It has a neutral flavour.

Tip for making pastry and cakes: 75 grams of Agave Syrup instead of 100 grams of sugar (1 teaspoon of sugar = 1/3 teaspoon of Agave Syrup)

Food allergies and intolerances

I cannot drink cow's milk. Can you explain why and how to replace it?

Lactose (milk sugar) is digested in the intestine by lactase. This enzyme “cuts” the lactose into smaller particles. In most cases, the average organism has sufficient amounts of this enzyme to digest this sugar throughout a person’s life. However, in some cases, its activity is abnormally low, and the lactose that is not “broken down” ferments in the intestine, causing various problems in transit (bloating) and thus poor digestion.

As BJORG plant-based drinks are lactose-free, they are suitable for people with intolerances. To start the day a lighter way, you can enjoy them for breakfast. For example, BJORG almond milk, which is both delicious and a source of calcium, could be a great way for you to start the day.

Find all of our plant-based drinks by clicking here.

What is gluten?

Gluten is found in Barley, Wheat, Oats, Rye, Khorasan wheat and Spelt. There is even a mnemonic to help you remember which grains contain gluten: BWORKS.

Gluten is a mixture of proteins (mainly prolamins (gliadin and avenin) and glutenins) which enable the dough to be spun and to rise. Without gluten, flour cannot be made into bread. This is the case with cornflour, as well as rye, rice and chestnut flour, which are often combined with wheat flour to make specific breads.

Some people suffer from gluten intolerance, which is referred to as coeliac disease. When their small intestine comes into contact with gluten, it “self-destructs”. Sufferers must adopt a strict, gluten-free diet. Others are simply sensitive to gluten, but notice improvements in their quality of life when they exclude this protein from their diet. When gluten is no longer consumed, the intestines can heal.

Oats – a special case:

The protein in oats is not gliadin, but avenin. The composition of gliadin and avenin is relatively similar, and for a long time they were ascribed the same properties and same implications in coeliac disease. But oats contain just 15% avenin, while wheat contains 40-50% gliadin. Oats therefore contain a lot less gluten than wheat.

Oats are considered fit for consumption by most coeliac disease sufferers, under medical supervision and provided that they are not contaminated. Cultivated oats (particularly in France) are often contaminated with gluten due to crop rotation and transportation. However, some oats are “wheat-free”, or certified non-contaminated or “pure”.

Current regulations in force permit the marketing of oat-based products as gluten-free. However, they must fall below a threshold of 20mg/kg and thus use a channel that prevents cross-contamination with other gluten-containing cereals.

In conclusion, some products containing oats are still compatible with a gluten-free diet.

Everything you need to know about dairy alternatives drinks

Can I use plant-based drinks in some of my recipes?

Plant-based drinks are ideal for making sweet or savoury food preparations (sauces, soufflés, desserts, etc.). Almond and oat drinks can be used for example to make delicious desserts and other sweet dishes. Soy-based drinks can also be used to make sauce or yoghurts.

From what age can I give plant-based drinks to my child?

Before the age of twelve months, it is strongly advised against replacing infant milk with plant-based drinks. Infant milk fully meets your child’s needs in terms of minerals, vitamins, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and more.

Between the ages of 1 and 3, a child’s diet begins to become more diverse, so you can absolutely introduce plant-based drinks enriched with calcium at this point. Some of our drinks are enriched with calcium (120mg/litre, the same as cow’s milk) (soy with calcium, almond with calcium, rice with calcium), but they are high in sugar and low in vitamins and minerals. They should not be used to completely replace breast milk but rather as a snack.

From the age of 3, once your child has a healthy, balanced diet, they can absolutely enjoy our plant-based drinks.

However, we advise you to contact a paediatrician, as only a health professional is qualified to advise you on what steps to take when your child’s diet becomes more diverse, and together you can make the decision whether your child can consume BJORG products.

What is soy?

The soy used in BJORG products is a plant (Glycine maxima) known as the yellow soybean.

Soy protein can be a good alternative to animal protein, particularly as part of a vegetarian diet, as it contains sufficient amounts of all the essential amino acids.

It is not to be confused with mungo beans (Phaseolus mungo), whose sprouts are commonly referred to as soy “germs” or “sprouts”. But these do not actually have the nutritional properties of soy.

How long can I keep my soy drink once opened?

We recommend you store it at a maximum 4°C, and to consume it within 3 days of opening;

Can I heat soy based drinks?

Like milk, BJORG soy drinks (natural, vanilla, calcium, etc.) can be used in a variety of ways without altering its properties: as a cold, plain drink, or warm, mixed coffee, cocoa, chicory, etc. You can also use it in cooking savoury dishes or desserts.

Can I freeze my soy drink to keep it longer?

We advise against freezing soy drinks or dairy alternative drinks, because this alters the texture of these products which, once defrosted, become grainy. In any case, it doesn’t take long to consume 1 litre, especially if you use it for cooking !

How do you make plant-based drinks from soy?

Firstly, soybeans are sorted and cleaned. Then their hulls are removed. This step ensures better quality of flavour of the finished product. They are then crushed in hot water, and filtered in order to obtain a drink known as soy “juice” or “filtrate”, or “tonyu”, which is found in BJORG Plain Soy, and forms the basis of producing all soy-derived products (tofu, fermented products, etc.). These different steps are used to bring together all the benefits of soy, while removing cellulosic components and those that can result in poor digestion.
It is also important to note that French legislation does not permit use of the term “milk” for soy-based drinks.

Discover our plant-based soy drinks by clicking here.

From what age can I give plant-based soy drinks to my child?

Soy-derived products may be introduced as part of a balanced diet from the age of 3. Soy is a source of quality proteins and lipids for your child.

What effect does soy have on cholesterol and cardiovascular disease?

According to scientific studies, soy appears to have multiple effects on the cardiovascular system. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that consuming 25g of soy proteins per day may help reduce “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. The phyto-oestrogens found in soy may also improve the lipid profile (Washburn, Wiseman) of patients. In addition, soy is a natural source of omega 3. Consuming 2g of this essential fatty acid daily helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

I'm a vegetarian

I'm a vegetarian – how can I balance my diet?

You can absolutely have a balanced diet while remaining vegetarian. The key is to make sure to meet your needs in terms of iron, proteins, vitamin B12, etc. Cereals, soy, fruits and vegetables will form the cornerstone of your diet. Remember that soy proteins are excellent proteins in terms of both quantity and quality – it is the only plant protein that provides humans with a sufficient amount of all eight essential amino acids.

Are BJORG products suitable for a vegetarian diet?

BJORG offers a wide range of soy-based products which enable you to enjoy a diet with good quality proteins, as well as 100% plant-based products.

Are there other meat substitutes in addition to tofu ?

Only soy protein contains the eight essential amino acids (i.e. those that the body cannot synthesize). This is unlike other vegetable proteins: cereals, for example, are low in lysine. We recommend you combine cereals (wheat, barley, millet, oats) with legumes (soy, dried pulses). This is known as complementation.

All about palm oil

What is palm oil?

Palm oil is a semi-solid vegetable fat extracted from the fruit of the palm tree, and is naturally cholesterol-free. It is composed of 50% saturated fatty acids and 50% unsaturated fatty acids.

Used in 80% of products in the food industry, particularly in biscuit and pastry manufacturing. This oil has a great capacity to withstand technical constraints and gives biscuits their crispness and pastries their soft texture.

Is palm oil bad for your health?

It is a vegetable oil, naturally cholesterol-free, 50% of which is composed of saturated fatty acids (mainly from palmitic acid) and 50% unsaturated fatty acids.

It is preferable to promote the consumption of unsaturated fatty acids. That said, saturated fatty acids can be part of our daily diet up to 12% maximum of our daily calorie intake.

Unfortunately, there is no “perfect” food which provides us with everything we need, in the ideal proportions as part of a balanced diet. There is also no “bad” food which is harmful to health, unless it is consumed in unreasonable quantities.

Thus, our products are not foods that are harmful to health or the environment when used as part of a varied diet.

Can the production of palm oil have serious consequences for the environment?

Yes. Worldwide demand for palm oil is growing non-stop, and certain producing countries (Indonesia, Malaysia) choose to destroy native forests to set up plantations.

Other countries, aware of the environmental stakes (particularly Colombia) have adopted measures to encourage the production of sustainable palm oil that minimises negative impact on people and the environment.

That’s why BJORG uses this RSPO certified sustainable palm oil, as it comes from plantations that respect the environment and society.

Can manufacturers in the food industry replace it easily?

Palm oil can be easily replaced in some products such as sandwich bread, crisps, etc. But it is particularly difficult to replace in biscuits.

Significant technical barriers to the suppression or reduction of the use of this oil remain, because palm oil has many advantages over other vegetable fats available in the manufacturing of certain products.

However, BJORG is committed to substituting palm oil whenever technically possible, in order to reduce their saturated fatty acid content.

When this is technically impossible, BJORG is committed to replacing organic palm oil with sustainable organic palm oil (RSPO). RSPO certified palm oil comes from plantations that respect the environment and society.

BJORG was the first French organic brand sold in supermarkets to offer a wide range of palm oil free biscuits.