Switzerland’s TOP 3 foodtech startups 2020

Switzerland’s TOP 3 foodtech startups 2020

Every year, the Swiss Startup Award jury select the 100 most innovative and promising Swiss startups. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the top startups featured in the agri-food vertical.

This article is inspired by Venture Lab’s Switzerland TOP foodtech startups 2020 by Isabelle Mitchell

Swiss Startup Award Official Selection

1. AgroSustain

Nyon, VD

AgroSustain, a spin-off from the University of Lausanne and Venture Leader China 2020, has developed a natural vegetable product that fights mold. This extends the shelf life of fruit and vegetables significantly and thus minimizes food waste. For commercialization, the agrotech startup is relying on collaboration with partners in the Americas and Russia.

2. Yamo

Zug, ZG 

Yamo’s baby food with fresh ingredients and no artificial additives is popular not only in Switzerland but also in Germany and Austria. The most important sales channel is the online shop, but sales via the retail trade in Switzerland and Germany are also steadily expanding. This summer, yamo raised EUR 10.1 million to expand further.

3. Planted Foods

Kemptthal, ZH 

The meat substitute “Planted Chicken” from the ETH spin-off is hardly distinguishable from the real thing. The chicken made from vegetable pea protein is already available in more than 500 Coop branches and the Coop online shop. Planted Foods was supported by Swiss Accelerator Venture Kick and raised CHF 7 million in growth capital last fall. The goal is to increase production capacity 10-fold and conquer new markets in Europe.

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In Fribourg, the AgriCo Campus inaugurates its administrative building and welcomes an important partner

In Fribourg, the AgriCo Campus inaugurates its administrative building and welcomes an important partner

Officially launched almost a year ago to the day, the AgriCo campus in St-Aubin today inaugurated after a year of work its administrative building with reception, cafeteria, office spaces and conference rooms.

Dedicated to the creation of value in the fields of agriculture, nutrition and biomass, the campus will also welcome a new important partner with Micarna, from the Migros group, which will buy a plot of approximately 95,000 m2 in the site’s activity area, to build new buildings for processing poultry.

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WWF Switzerland launches a science-based platform to encourage diets that are good for people and planet

WWF Switzerland launches a science-based platform to encourage diets that are good for people and planet

In a new report, WWF presents a comprehensive scientific assessment of how dietary shifts in 147 countries can bend the curve on the negative impacts of the food system, moving from exploiting to restoring nature.

About the WWF Report

In 2021, which is the mid-term of the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025), a UN Food Systems Summit will be convened to raise global awareness and land global commitments to transform our food systems. Our food systems need to deliver healthy, safe, and affordable diets for everyone, everywhere and at all times, but currently they are not doing so. As a global community, we committed to end malnutrition in all its forms (SDG2), reduce noncommunicable diseases (SDG3) and ensure that our food production and consumption becomes environmentally sustainable (SDG12), but we are not on a path to achieve those goals and targets. We depend on healthy ecosystems and healthy people to produce our food, yet at present our food systems make us and our planet sick.

Changing our food systems to become sustainable and resilient is a powerful and smart way to realize progress towards achieving many, if not all, SDGs. As this report so clearly shows: what food we produce matters, how we produce it matters, and what we eat matters. Currently, our food production and dietary choices are impacting our health and our environment in downward and interlinked spirals of increasing malnutrition, diet-related and foodborne diseases, biodiversity loss, climate change and destruction of
ecosystems. This gloomy picture changes for different geographies but it nevertheless is a gloomy picture everywhere.

This is a complex challenge, but as the report Bending the Curve: The Restorative Power of Planet-Based Diets so well points out, the linkage of diets and environment also offers an immense opportunity for all of us. Shifting our diets can indeed unlock a multitude of environmental and health benefits and push us towards a virtuous uplifting spiral towards nourishing ourselves within planetary boundaries. We can turn around the lose-lose into a win-win.

This report is relevant, timely and extremely useful as it demonstrates the health and environmental impacts of our current consumption patterns by geography and it shows the potential of dietary shifts towards planet-based diets in a very concrete way for countries. In addition, this report also includes policy recommendations for national and multilateral level decision-makers.

Governments have a central role to reshape food systems by conducting an orchestra of multiple players that need to play the same tune. Health Authorities have a key role to define national dietary guidelines and outline the objectives of food system transformation jointly with the leaders of the agricultural, industry and trade sectors. The World Health Organization is committed to support countries in realizing this.
Bending the Curve: The Restorative Power of Planet-Based Diets is a significant contribution to the Decade of Action on Nutrition and to the forthcoming UN Food Systems Summit.

About WWF Food Practice
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with
over 30 million followers and a global network active in nearly 100 counties. Alongside work in areas
like wildlife, oceans and forests, the WWF Food Practice works to transform the food system as, in
its current form, it is the single biggest threat to nature. Our vision is a food system which provides
nutritious food to all current and future generations while protecting our planet. To help achieve this
goal, we work across three pillars of the food system: Sustainable Production, Healthy and Sustainable
Diets and Food Loss and Waste.

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What if Switzerland became the world leader in food innovation?

What if Switzerland became the world leader in food innovation?

What if Switzerland became the world leader in food innovation?

“The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley initiative, launched by Fathi Derder earlier this year at the WEF with the active support of the canton of Vaud, EPFL, EHL and Nestlé, paves the way for this most legitimate ambition. Indeed, Switzerland’s local ecosystem seems perfectly suited to imagine the food and nutrition of tomorrow.

Professors, researchers, entrepreneurs, farmers, breeders, creators of start-ups, investors, Switzerland has all the assets to position itself at the head of the most innovative countries in this sector. Without forgetting the support of the public authorities, also committed to the idea of ​​revolutionizing a branch that already weighs heavily in the Swiss economy.

Each year, 2.6 billion francs are invested in food innovation. Switzerland has 51’000 farms, 230’000 jobs are directly linked to food and our f&b exports reach 8.9 billion per year. And the outlook is bright. Thus, in the field of meat substitutes, in which many Swiss companies are active, the world market could reach 140 billion dollars in turnover within ten years.

Switzerland must do everything in its power to establish itself as a major player in healthier, more environmentally friendly food that is produced in sufficient quantities. Quickly. The Earth will soon have 10 billion human beings who will have to be fed without further destroying the riches of this beautiful planet.”

Switzerland must do everything in its power to establish itself as a major player in healthier, more environmentally friendly food that is produced in sufficient quantities.

Thierry Vial

Editor-in-Chief, PME Magazine

Et si la Suisse devenait le leader mondial de l’innovation alimentaire?

“L’initiative Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, lancée par Fathi Derder en début d’année au WEF avec le soutien actif du canton de Vaud, de l’EPFL, de l’EHL et de Nestlé, ouvre la voie à cette ambition qui s’avère des plus légitimes tant l’écosystème local semble parfaitement taillé pour imaginer la nutrition de demain.

Professeurs, chercheurs, entrepreneurs, agriculteurs, éleveurs, créateurs de start-up, investisseurs, la Suisse dispose effectivement de tous les atouts pour se positionner en tête des pays les plus innovants dans ce secteur. Sans oublier l’appui des autorités publiques, également acquises à l’idée de révolutionner une branche qui pèse déjà lourd dans l’économie helvétique.

Chaque année, 2.6 milliards de francs sont investis dans l’innovation alimentaire. La Suisse compte 51’000 exploitations agricoles, 230’000 emplois sont directement liés à l’alimentation et nos exportations de denrées alimentaires et boissons atteignent 8,9 milliards par an. Et les perspectives s’annoncent prometteuses. Ainsi, dans le domaine des substituts de viande, dans lequel de nombreuses sociétés suisses sont actives, le marché mondial pourrait atteindre 140 milliards de dollars de chiffre d’affaires d’ici dix ans.

La Suisse doit tout mettre en oeuvre pour s’imposer comme un acteur majeur d’une alimentation plus saine, plus respectueuse de l’environnement et produite en suffisance. Et vite. La Terre comptera bientôt 10 millards d’être humains qu’il s’agira de nourrir sans détruire davantage les richesses de cette belle planète.”

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