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Elmshorn, May 27, 2024: Customer satisfaction study by the German Association for Consumer Studies (DtGV): Three top rankings for ESN

Our ESN brand emerged from the latest DtGV study "Germany's Best Brands 2024: Supplements & Boosters" with a total of three first places in the overall ranking. ESN was awarded the highest customer satisfaction in the protein powder, flavor powders and workout booster segments. The score was calculated as a weighted average of the sub-categories of quality, value for money and variety of flavors and product range.

ESN achieved the highest score in all three product groups in the flavor variety sub-category. In the protein powder and workout booster segments, ESN also ranked first for product quality and came a close second for value for money. With the best quality and at the same time the best product range, a podium position for price-performance - we at ESN are particularly proud of this result.

Nico Lother, Chief Product Officer ESN: "We are delighted that our customers have honored our high quality standards in terms of functionality, taste and product safety with this fantastic survey result. The positive feedback is an incentive for us to continue delivering top performance in the development of our products."

The study "Germany's Best Brands 2024: Supplements & Boosters" was conducted by the independent German Association for Consumer Studies (DtGV) for the first time this year. The focus was on 66 brands from German suppliers, segmented into six product groups. The study is based on almost 50,000 individual ratings, which were collected via an online access panel.

ESN (Elite Sports Nutrition)
As the German market leader for sports nutrition, ESN has been the brand for high-performance sport since it was founded in 2007. ESN offers a wide range of products such as protein powders, protein bars and sports supplements to support ambitious training goals and increase individual athletic performance. As an established brand with its own production facilities in Germany, ESN offers only the highest quality foods and supplements, Made for Athletes.

Elmshorn, May 6, 2024: Heikki Takala to become new CEO of The Quality Group

The Quality Group, Germany’s leading provider of sports nutrition, dietary supplements and low-sugar, high-protein products, has appointed Heikki Takala as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Heikki Takala, who has been a member of The Quality Group’s Advisory Board since CVC became an investor in the company in 2022, takes over from Stefan Smalla, who is leaving the company by mutual agreement after two successful years at the helm.

During Stefan Smalla’s leadership, the company has more than doubled its revenues and completed the transformation from a founders-led startup to an independently structured organization. With its two strong brands, ESN and More Nutrition, and outstanding products, the company has established itself as a market leader in the DACH region whilst initiating international expansion.

As The Quality Group embarks on its next developmental phase, the company welcomes Heikki Takala, a seasoned leader with a global perspective and a track record in building "Billion Dollar Brands” and global organizations. Heikki first spent 18 years with P&G in various pan-European and global leadership roles, followed by eleven years as the CEO of Amer Sports where he delivered industry-leading results and shareholder returns with the company’s portfolio of world-class sports and sports lifestyle brands, including Arc’teryx, Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, and Peak Performance.

With Heikki Takala’s experience and backed by a strong and passionate team, The Quality Group is poised to further accelerate its growth trajectory, building on its unique business model of outstanding products and innovative marketing, whilst pursuing expansion opportunities into new consumer segments, omni-channel, and international markets.

22.04.2024: Strategic Partnership between ESN and Thomas Müller: Joint Launch of the New High Protein Ready-to-Drink Meal RDY in May

ESN, the German leader in sports nutrition, and World Cup champion Thomas Müller are entering into a long-term strategic and business partnership: Together, they are launching the High Protein Ready-to-Drink Meal RDY in four flavors, marking the start of the new product range THOMAS MÜLLER | ESN. Priced at 3.99 euros, the products will be available from May 1st on the ESN online shop at, and from May 6th at REWE as the exclusive retail partner.

With the RDY drink meal, ESN is tapping into a new product category that will complement its existing portfolio of high-quality protein powders, bars, and sports supplements. This expansion helps ESN broaden its target audience and capitalize on a dynamic market segment that, according to the market research institute GfK, grew by nearly a fifth in Germany in 2023 alone. Available in four varieties - Chocolate Milk, Vanilla, Banana, and the ESN Signature Flavor Cinnamon Cereal - the product is a full, balanced meal replacement that satisfies hunger for three to five hours. RDY is lactose-free, contains no added sugars, and boasts a high protein content of 38 grams per 500 milliliters. The drink also covers an adult's daily needs for essential micronutrients and minerals and features MCT oil from coconuts as a high-quality functional energy source, instead of just relying on rapeseed and sunflower oil. The fat content is only 19 grams, with 12 grams of fiber per serving. A 500-milliliter bottle has just 495 calories. With its balanced nutritional profile, RDY offers a healthier alternative to ready meals or fast food, saves time in everyday life, and provides a practical, uncomplicated meal replacement especially on busy days, whether at work, at home, or on the go. "We didn’t just develop RDY for athletes – our goal is to make tightly-scheduled days easier for a much broader audience. With RDY, we aim to reach not only our regular, very sports-focused ESN clientele but also to make a mark in a new market segment. We are particularly proud to have Thomas Müller as a business-minded partner with high potential for identification in this endeavor," says Stefan Smalla, CEO of ESN.

Perfect match for Thomas Müller and ESN: Long-term collaboration planned

As a high-performance athlete and football icon, Thomas Müller not only represents an active and healthy lifestyle but also brings a strong awareness of healthy eating to the table. He had already been a regular consumer of ESN products before initiating contact last fall, which kicked off the collaboration that has been ongoing since September 2023.

"Being able to perform at my best despite a full schedule is routine for me – here, RDY is a helpful and especially tasty solution. I was involved in the product development, particularly in the nutrient compositions and flavor profiles. Now, I look forward to a long and successful business partnership with ESN," says Thomas Müller, who is currently part of the German national squad for the upcoming Home Euro 2024 and now also an official ESN athlete.

RDY - High Protein Ready-to-Drink Meal ESN (Elite Sports Nutrition)

  • Flavors: Chocolate Milk, Vanilla, Cinnamon Cereal & Banana

  • 38g Protein per bottle

  • 26 Vitamins and Minerals

  • Lactose-Free

  • Satiates for 3 to 5 hours

  • 495 kcal per 500ml

  • MSRP: €3.99

  • Available from May 1st at

  • Exclusively at REWE stores from May 6th

As the German leader in sports nutrition since its founding in 2007, ESN has been the brand for high-performance sports. ESN offers a wide range of products including protein powders, protein bars, and sports supplements to support ambitious training goals and enhance individual athletic performance. As an established brand with its own production in Germany, ESN provides only the highest quality foods and supplements, Made for Athletes.

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About The Quality Group

The Quality Group is the leading sports nutrition, supplements and health food company based in Germany. The company operates a unique digital direct-to-consumer & social commerce business model with its own production, logistics and technology. The two brands "ESN" and "More Nutrition" are strongly rooted in their respective communities and offer low-calorie and high-protein products and supplements to help their customers to live a better life and achieve their personal goals. The Quality Group is headquartered in Elmshorn and employs more than 900 people. In 2022, the company generated revenues of more than EUR 450 million. The Quality Group is owned by its founders, an experienced management team and CVC Capital Partners, one of the leading Private Equity companies globally.