Fostering food innovation

The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is a nationwide initiative to develop, strengthen and promote food innovation in Switzerland and beyond. We address major challenges in food, agriculture and nutrition by leveraging cutting-edge science and technology for a more sustainable future. 

Fostering
food innovation

The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is a nationwide initiative to develop, strengthen and promote food innovation in Switzerland and beyond. We address major challenges in food, agriculture and nutrition by leveraging cutting-edge science and technology for a more sustainable future. 

Our Purpose

To foster food innovation, while addressing our global food challenges.

Switzerland – A world reference

Deeply rooted in agricultural tradition, Switzerland’s unmatched density of world leading companies and scientific institutions, as well as pioneering start-ups in food, nutrition, life sciences and robotics; provides a unique setting to innovate and contribute to solving our most pressing global food challenges.

Our Impact Platforms

Sustainable Proteins

Refers to plant-based and food-technology replacements for animal protein. Food manufacturers are primarily using plants, mycelium, algae or microbes to replace traditional meat, dairy or seafood ingredients.

Main Applications

  • Protein alternatives
  • Food supplements
  • Smart equipment & intelligent systems
  • Food scents & flavours

Main Technologies

  • Extraction / purification
  • Grinding
  • Milling
  • Fine chemistry
  • Natural bioactive extracts

Precision Nutrition

Refers to a new scientific discipline which focuses on the relationship between genes, nutrition and health. It seeks to explain how our bodies respond to what we eat and drink – and how we can use that knowledge to promote better health.

Main Applications

  • Targeted nutrition
  • Precision nutrition
  • Healthy ageing
  • Digital nutrition

Main Technologies

  • Microbiota
  • Multi-omics
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Epigenetics
  • Big data
  • Artifical intelligence
  • Yellow biotech
  • Digital technologies

Food Systems 4.0

Refers to the digitisation process taking place across the entire food supply chain; from traceability and provenance of raw ingredients, food safety solutions in the manufacturing process, to consumer-facing tools for better information access.

Main Applications

  • Traceability
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Sustainable trading
  • Apps for consumer empowerment

Main Technologies

  • IoT / IoM (Internet of Materials)
  • Cloud
  • Blockchain
  • Sensors
  • Web and digital technologies

Precision Farming

Refers to the use of high-tech robotics, data analytics and digital tools for more accurate monitoring of soil, irrigation and strip tilling.

Main Applications

  • Sustainable farming
  • Water management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Weeding and early pathogen detection

Main Technologies

  • Drones
  • Satellites
  • Robotics
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Machine learning
  • IoT

Sustainable Packaging

Refers to the sourcing, development and use of packaging solutions that have a minimal impact and low footprint on the environment, within the overall context of sustainable waste management.

Main Applications

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Replace
  • Biomass valorisation
  • Waste monitoring
  • Data enabled circular economy
  • Smart packaging

Main Technologies

  • Enzymatic processes
  • Microbiology
  • Grey biotech
  • High content imaging
  • Advanced equipment
  • Smart materials 

Our Impact Platforms

Protein Alternatives

Refers to plant-based and food-technology replacements for animal protein. Food manufacturers are primarily using plants, mycelium, algae or microbes to replace traditional meat, dairy or seafood ingredients.

Main Applications

  • Protein alternatives
  • Food supplements
  • Smart equipment & intelligent systems
  • Food scents & flavours

Main Technologies

  • Extraction / purification
  • Grinding
  • Milling
  • Fine chemistry
  • Natural bioactive extracts

Precision Nutrition & Healthy Ageing

Refers to a new scientific discipline which focuses on the relationship between genes, nutrition and health. It seeks to explain how our bodies respond to what we eat and drink – and how we can use that knowledge to promote better health.

Main Applications

  • Targeted nutrition
  • Precision nutrition
  • Healthy ageing
  • Digital nutrition

Main Technologies

  • Microbiota
  • Multi-omics
  • Next generation sequencing
  • Epigenetics
  • Big data
  • Artifical intelligence
  • Yellow biotech
  • Digital technologies

Food Systems 4.0

Refers to the digitisation process taking place across the entire food supply chain; from traceability and provenance of raw ingredients, food safety solutions in the manufacturing process, to consumer-facing tools for better information access.

Main Applications

  • Traceability
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Sustainable trading
  • Apps for consumer empowerment

Main Technologies

  • IoT / IoM (Internet of Materials)
  • Cloud
  • Blockchain
  • Sensors
  • Web and digital technologies

Precision Farming

Refers to the use of high-tech robotics, data analytics and digital tools for more accurate monitoring of soil, irrigation and strip tilling. When supported by precision farming solutions, crops are more inclined to thrive.

Main Applications

  • Sustainable farming
  • Water management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Weeding and early pathogen detection

Main Technologies

  • Drones
  • Satellites
  • Robotics
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Machine learning
  • IoT

Sustainable Packaging

Refers to the sourcing, development and use of packaging solutions that have a minimal impact and low footprint on the environmental, within the overall context of sustainable waste management.

Main Applications

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Replace
  • Biomass valorisation
  • Waste monitoring
  • Data enabled circular economy
  • Smart packaging

Main Technologies

  • Enzymatic processes
  • Microbiology
  • Grey biotech
  • High content imaging
  • Advanced equipment
  • Smart materials 

Meet our Team

Christina Senn-Jakobsen

Managing Director
christina@sfnv.ch

Maëlle Bydlon

Executive Assistant
maelle@sfnv.ch

Théo Droehnlé

Event Manager
theo@sfnv.ch

Steering Committee

Martin Vetterli
President

EPFL President, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

Stefan Palzer
Vice-President

Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President Nestlé

Calvin Grieder
SteerCo Member

Chairman at Bühler, Givaudan and SGS

Michel Rochat
SteerCo Member

Chief Executive Officer at EHL Group

Philippe Leuba
SteerCo Member

Minister in charge of the Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport, Canton of Vaud

Executive Committee

Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat
ExCo Member

Chief Sustainability Officer at Firmenich

Christian Schwab
ExCo Member

Executive Director of the Integrative Food & Nutrition Center, EPFL

Christoph Hartmann
ExCo Member

Head of Academic Alliances at Nestlé

Fabian Wahl
ExCo Member

Member of the Executive Board at Agroscope

Ian Roberts
ExCo Member

Chief Technology Officer at Bühler SA

Jerry Krattinger
ExCo Member

Managing Director of Fribourg Development Agency at Canton of Fribourg

Martijn Sonnevelt
ExCo Member

Executive Director at ETH Zurich World Food System Center

Raphaël Conz
ExCo Member

Deputy Director at the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) Canton of Vaud

Marc Stierand
ExCo Member

Associate Professor of Service Management & Founding Director of The Institute of Business Creativity (IBC), EHL

Aurélien Demaurex
ExCo Member

Startups & SMEs Representative, Co-Founder at ecoRobotix

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