HappyBites Team

Julia Devecchi

Founder
With a background in business and after being amazed by the startup world, Julia put her love for food and startups together and came up with the idea for HappyBites. Her favourite HappyBites are Double Chocolate! You can read our Founder’s Story here.

Elissar Souweid

Co-Founder
As a dietitian, Elissar holds to Hippocrates saying “Let food be thy medicine”. After years of experience in clinical nutrition and food science, Elissar is now the Co-Founder of HappyBites and is in continuous search for the best food ingredients to offer vegans an exceptional natural, healthy and delicious product. Her favourite HappyBites are Peanuts & Choc Chip!

Aurora Puddu

Marketing
Joined the team after a master degree in marketing and market research to pursue her passion for the field and learn more about social media. The closeness to the environmental theme and the young team have created the perfect match for her. Aurora’s favorite HappyBites are Peanuts & Chocolate Chip!

Colin Wirz

CTO
With his passion for tech and food, he always wanted to work in a startup that combines the two things he loves. He’s a web developer with more than 10 years of experience. At HappyBites he’s thrilled to contribute to our important mission to save the planet! His favourite HappyBites are Peanuts & Chocolate Chips!

Juan Giron

Food Research

With a background in the food industry and an interest in product development. Juan helps to develop and improve the recipes of HappyBites by researching evolving trends in food ingredients and food processing. His favourite HappyBites are Peanuts & Chocolate Chip!

Our Values

We believe in change-makers, those who have a positive impact on our planet. Which is why we aim to empower you, in the most simplest, healthy and enjoyable way we know.

Learn more about us on our Blog.

The Story of HappyBites

Here’s the story of HappyBites, told by our Founder, Julia.

I became vegan after watching a documentary called Cowspiracy by Kip Andersen. Health issues raised in that movie related to the consumption of meat were convincing enough for me to switch diets. On top of that I read Comfortably Unaware a book by Dr. Richard Oppenlander and learnt what Dr. Michael Klaper, a physician, had to say about plant-based diets compared to meat based diets (and about milk specifically) and their effects on the environment and the sustainability of the planet. There are of course a multitude of reasons for going vegan.

After doing some more research, I was convinced of the health benefits associated with a vegan diet and knew it would be better for the sustainability of the planet.

What I wasn’t expecting at this point was all the possible deficiencies that a plant-based diet would bring. The easiest solution of course to overcome possible deficiencies is to take supplements in the form of pills. This is where my annoyance began. I personally hate taking pills and rarely reach for chemically made medication. The very few times I make myself swallow pills is when I’m trying to overcome a migraine.

At the same time, I have always had a sweet tooth and love chocolatey things. But once I became vegan I think there was probably more than 99% of the sweet things on the shelf at a grocery store that were not vegan. The few sweet vegan things that exist contain palm oil and/ or are wrapped in plastic packaging! These limited options really bothered me and I often made Chocolate Chip Cookies by substituting non-vegan ingredients with plant-based alternatives.

This is when the idea first came to mind. I believe in “let food be thy medicine” by Hippocrates. So, there must be a way of a) getting all nutrients from natural and vegan sources and b) being able to enjoy taking supplements! Now that I had the idea of something edible that is vegan, how would I get all the nutrients in there and how was I going to figure out if other people also would want something like this? I joined the Founder Institute, a program that helps people with ideas start business and that’s where it all began. You can read about how HappyBites started on our Blog.

I hope you enjoy our HappyBites!

Happy wishes,

Happy Bites Vegan nutrients Julia Devecchi

Founder of HappyBites

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