Firmenich joins the SFNV to accelerate sustainable food innovation

Firmenich joins the SFNV to accelerate sustainable food innovation

Firmenich, the world’s largest privately owned fragrance and taste company, has joined today the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley association.

Geneva, Switzerland, 23 November, 2020 – Firmenich, the world’s largest privately owned fragrance and taste company, is proud to announce that it has joined the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley (SFNV), a global reference in sustainable food and nutrition innovation. Founded in 2020 by Nestlé, EPFL, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and the Swiss Canton of Vaud, SFNV provides a rich eco-system of expertise and cutting edge science to address the major global food and nutrition challenges of the future. Bérangère Magarinos Ruchat, Firmenich’s Chief Sustainability Officer has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the new network. 

SVFN’s mission is very much aligned with Firmenich’s Purpose to create positive emotions and enhance wellbeing,” Emmanuel Butstraen, Firmenich Flavors President, added. “We are proud to contribute to the organization’s key objectives through our understanding of the food ecosystem, innovation capabilities and expertise in protein alternatives, in order to advance global nutrition and food chain security.

Switzerland is home to a unique innovation ecosystem in food and nutrition and we are looking forward to further partnering with leading companies, start-ups, research institutes and public authorities to accelerate the future of foods,” said Magarinos-Ruchat. “Many sectors are involved in food and nutrition innovation in Switzerland, bringing them together under a shared vision will create global opportunities for sustainable food innovation”.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome Firmenich in the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley,” said Martin Vetterli, President of EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. “The challenges that mankind faces in the coming decades with regard to food are significant, and with its deep-rooted tradition of sustainability and world-class research, Firmenich will thus undoubtedly bring a lot of value in our collective efforts.

Switzerland is anchored in agricultural tradition and has an unmatched density of world leading companies and scientific institutions, as well as a large number of start-ups in areas such as food, nutrition, and life sciences. The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley stretches from Geneva to Zürich.

Bringing together key players, including local authorities, companies, universities and associations, the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley will focus on areas such as nutrition, life sciences, alternative proteins, packaging science, waste management and precision agriculture.

About Firmenich

Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned fragrance and taste company, founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895 and has been family-owned for 125 years. Firmenich is a leading business-to-business company specialized in the research, creation, manufacture and sale of perfumes, flavors and ingredients.

Renowned for its world-class research and creativity, as well as its leadership in sustainability, Firmenich offers its customers superior innovation in formulation, a broad and high-quality palette of ingredients, and proprietary technologies including biotechnology, encapsulation, olfactory science and taste modulation. Firmenich had an annual turnover of 3.9 billion Swiss Francs at end June 2020. More information about Firmenich is available at www.firmenich.com

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Tina Bille
Global Director of Communications Sustainability & Operations at Firmenich
Tina.Bille@firmenich.com

SVFN’s mission is very much aligned with Firmenich’s Purpose to create positive emotions and enhance wellbeing. 

We are proud to contribute to the organization’s key objectives through our understanding of the food ecosystem, innovation capabilities and expertise in protein alternatives, in order to advance global nutrition and food chain security.

Emmanuel Butstraen

Flavors President, Firmenich

Switzerland is home to a unique innovation ecosystem in food and nutrition and we are looking forward to further partnering with leading companies, start-ups, research institutes and public authorities to accelerate the future of foods.

Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat

Chief Sustainability Officer, Firmenich

It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome Firmenich in the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley. The challenges that mankind faces in the coming decades with regard to food are significant, and with its deep-rooted tradition of sustainability and world-class research, Firmenich will thus undoubtedly bring a lot of value in our collective efforts.

Martin Vetterli

President, EPFL

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Le Canton de Fribourg joins the SFNV.

Le Canton de Fribourg joins the SFNV.

The Canton of Fribourg has joined today the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley association, whose aim is to increase the international visibility and networking of the Swiss agri-food sector.

At today’s general assembly, the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley (SFNV) association welcomed the Canton of Fribourg as a new member. Together with the canton of Fribourg, Agroscope and the Food & Nutrition Cluster have also joined the association. Thanks to its proven skills in this sector, the Canton of Fribourg can make a significant contribution to the development of this network and help shape its future development. 

“Bioeconomy and the agrifood sector represents an essential pillar of the Fribourg economy. Becoming a member of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is moving in the direction of a development strategy for this sector beyond cantonal or even national borders.” adds Olivier Curty, Director of Economy and Employment at the State of Fribourg.

The SFNV is very happy to welcome the Canton of Fribourg as a member, a central player in the food industry in Switzerland, and an essential bridge between French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland“, welcomes Christian Nils Schwab, President of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley.

Fribourg: one of the most dynamic cantons in the agrifood sector

The canton of Fribourg aims to be a Swiss leader in the food industry and is characterized by an impressive density of food companies of national and international dimension. As a result, this sector has importance in terms of employment and an added value that greatly exceeds the Swiss average. The dynamism of the sector is also reflected in both private and public investments. Thus, the expansion of the Nespresso plant in Romont (with its center of excellence) represents an investment of 160 million francs and the creation of 300 jobs. Micarna has also just announced an investment in one of the most modern poultry processing plants in Europe with 500 jobs.

In addition, Fribourg, which already hosts the Food & Nutrition Cluster with nearly 90 members, will also host the NTN Innovation Booster “Next Generation of Food Ecosystems” from next year, a national network focused on nutrition, the circular economy and sustainable packaging.

The State of Fribourg, for its part, invests and continues to invest in the bioeconomy and its sites for agro-food innovation such as the AgriCo Campus in Saint-Aubin (FR), dedicated to the creation of value in the fields agriculture, nutrition and biomass. The Agricultural Institute of Grangeneuve is developing its competence center for raw milk, and thanks to the upcoming establishment of the new Agroscope headquarters, the number of employees of the Federal Institute will increase from 130 to 450 employees.

This ecosystem dedicated to the food industry also benefits from synergies with the University of Fribourg, the Swiss Integrative Center for Human Health (SICHH), the Swiss NanoAnalytics of the Adolphe Merklea Institute as well as the HES-SO.

This whole environment is particularly favourable to innovation, since it creates a permanent emulation between actors with varied expertises and backgrounds. The meeting between the rich agro-food traditions of our canton and companies at the forefront of research offers exceptional opportunities“, notes the State Councilor of Fribourg, Didier Castella, in charge of agriculture

International visibility thanks to the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley

With its membership, the canton of Fribourg will be able to strengthen the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, on one hand thanks to its many skills as well as its function as a link between French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland. On the other hand, Fribourg will benefit from the international influence of this young and dynamic network, founded in spring 2020 by the canton of Vaud, Nestlé, the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne and the EPF Lausanne.

State Councilor Olivier Curty: “We consider the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley to be complementary to the Food & Nutrition Cluster. The main objective of the cluster is to strengthen cooperation between the various regional and national actors in the food sector. The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, for its part, will make our skills and our wealth in the food sector visible at international level.

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Olivier Curty, Conseiller d’Etat, Directeur de l’économie et de l’emploi, T +41 26 305 24 00

Jerry Krattiger, Directeur de la Promotion économique du canton de Fribourg, T +41 26 304 14 00

Fathi Derder, Directeur de la Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, M +41 79 469 61 48

We consider the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley to be complementary to the Food & Nutrition Cluster. The main objective of the cluster is to strengthen cooperation between the various regional and national actors in the food sector. The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, for its part, will make our skills and our wealth in the food sector visible at international level.

Olivier Curty

Director of Economy and Employment, State of Fribourg

The SFNV is very happy to welcome the Canton of Fribourg as a member, a central player in the food industry in Switzerland, and an essential bridge between French-speaking and German-speaking Switzerland.

Christian Schwab

Chairman of the Executive Committee, Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley

This whole environment is particularly favourable to innovation, since it creates a permanent emulation between actors with varied expertises and backgrounds. The meeting between the rich agro-food traditions of our canton and companies at the forefront of research offers exceptional opportunities

Didier Castella

State Councilor of Fribourg for Agriculture

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The Helbling Group joins the SFNV.

The Helbling Group joins the SFNV.

Leader in technological innovation and business consulting, the Helbling Group brings a unique combination of expert skills in innovation and consulting.

The Helbling Group supports medium-sized companies and large corporations with product innovation and development, focusing particularly on the household appliance, medical technology, pharmaceutical, apparatus and laboratory equipment, transport and traffic, automotive, mechanical and plant engineering and energy systems industries. We offer advice to companies for developing strategies, producing innovations, entering new markets, concerning mergers & acquisitions, and in terms of reducing costs at an internationally competitive level. We also develop sound restructuring concepts for companies in crisis, ensuring their survival and opening up new opportunities for growth.

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The Cluster Food & Nutrition joins the SFNV.

The Cluster Food & Nutrition joins the SFNV.

With its professional network combined with food production and processing knowledge, the Cluster Food & Nutrition brings its know-how in nutrition, health and emerging technologies in a logic of sustainable development and respect for local terroirs.

The association has been active in the agri-food sector since 2015. As a networking and facilitation platform at regional and national level, the Food & Nutrition Cluster’s mission is to strengthen collaboration between the various actors of the agro-food ecosystem and to support them in their innovation efforts by combining knowledge of food processing with that of nutrition, health and emerging technologies in a sustainable manner and according to the principles of the circular economy.

More than 90 members and partners from the food, agriculture, packaging and distribution sectors as well as research and training institutions, the public sector and professional associations are currently part of the network of the Cluster.

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The Swiss Food Research joins the SFNV.

The Swiss Food Research joins the SFNV.

As a key innovation promotion platform across the agro-food value chain, the Swiss Food Research network joins the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley.

The Swiss Food Research is an active competence network for the promotion of knowledge and technology transfer for continuous value & market development of the Swiss agro-food value chain in national and international competition.

As a bridge between research institutes and Swiss companies, the network cultivates the ecosystem for innovation in the sense of a dynamic economic and scientific community of participants from several sectors (all areas of the value chain) and their environment.

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The Agroscope joins the SFNV.

The Agroscope joins the SFNV.

The Swiss research center into agriculture, nutrition and the environment joins the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley.

Agroscope is the Swiss Confederation’s centre of excellence for agricultural research, and is affiliated with the Federal Office for Agriculture, which in turn is subordinate to the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research

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