Nestle joins initiative for food and nutrition innovation in Switzerland

The founding partners of the multi-stakeholder initiative aim to strengthen the existing innovation ecosystem further and attract talent, start-ups and investment to the region

Four bodies have joined forces to develop and promote a global innovation ecosystem on food and nutrition. Nestlé, the Swiss Canton of Vaud, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), and the Swiss Hospitality Management School in Lausanne (EHL Group) will launch the initiative in 2020 as the "Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley", with the aim to further attract talent, start-ups and investment to the region.

Switzerland is home to a unique ecosystem in the area of food and nutrition. This is due to its deeply rooted agricultural tradition, and density of nutrition-focused companies and scientific institutions, as well as a large number of start-ups in areas such as food, nutrition, life sciences or robotics.

As a result of the intensive collaboration among local players, leading innovation platforms have emerged in Switzerland, including in the areas of nutrition, nutrigenomics, alternative proteins, packaging sciences and sustainable agriculture.

With the creation of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, the founding partners aim to strengthen the existing innovation ecosystem further and attract talent, start-ups and investment to the region.

The Swiss initiative will focus on topics from agriculture to waste, from innovative products to healthy, sustainable diets

The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley addresses major challenges of the future of food and nutrition using cutting-edge science and technology - from agriculture to waste, from innovative products to healthy, sustainable diets.

The initiative is endorsed by the Swiss Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. The initiative was presented during a visit of the Federal Councilor to Nestlé Research on 11 October 2019.

Parmelin stated: "Food production in Switzerland is very close to my heart, both as a farmer by training and as minister for economic affairs. I, therefore, support initiatives like the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, where we highlight our Swiss competitive advantages in research, innovation and production."

The initiative will be officially launched in January 2020.

Stefan Palzer, CTO Nestlé, said: "Switzerland is home to a very unique innovation ecosystem for food and nutrition. Together we can more effectively address global challenges such as delicious, nutritious and affordable nutrition for all, sustainable packaging and mitigation of climate change."

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