Fostering Swiss food innovation

The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is a nationwide initiative and international campaign, to develop, strengthen, and promote the Swiss food ecosystem.

We address major challenges in food and nutrition by leveraging cutting-edge science and technology for a more sustainable future. 

Fostering
Swiss food innovation

The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is a nationwide initiative and international campaign, to develop, strengthen, and promote the Swiss food ecosystem.

We address major challenges in food and nutrition by leveraging cutting-edge science and technology for a more sustainable future. 

Our Purpose

To foster Swiss 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.

Key Objectives

  • To contribute to solving some of the most pressing food-related global issues.
  • To attract further talent, start-ups and investments, as well as connecting existing actors.
  • To establish Switzerland as a world reference in sustainable food and nutrition innovation. 

Levels of Action

We Foster Ecosystems

We strengthen and promote the Swiss food innovation ecosystem by uniting key stakeholders, enabling collaboration and attracting talent, startups and investment to Switzerland.

To Advance Innovation

We create content and establish project plans to address major challenges in food, nutrition and agriculture, from a sustainability perspective, using cutting-edge science and technology.

Our Strategic Axes

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.

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 Strategic Axes

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 

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