Nestlé and ETH Zurich Start Research Program to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Agricultural Raw Materials

Nestlé and ETH Zurich Start Research Program to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Agricultural Raw Materials

Nestlé and ETH Zurich establish a new research program that will explore climate change solutions while increasing nutritional quality and agricultural yield.

The program, coordinated by the World Food System Center at ETH Zurich, will focus on agricultural crops and dairy farming. The agricultural crop research will concentrate on the nutritional value of crops like fibres, proteins and micronutrients. It will also identify crops that are ideal ingredients for tasty and nutritious plant-based alternatives to meat, seafood and dairy products. Meanwhile, the dairy farming research will focus on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in dairy farming.

Stefan Palzer, Nestlé CTO, said: “We’re delighted to extend our long-standing collaboration with ETH Zurich – one of the world’s leading academic institutions – to the agricultural sciences, to reduce the carbon footprint of agricultural raw materials. The development of more climate-friendly ingredients and products is a key focus area for Nestlé to help reduce our global carbon footprint.” Nestlé is investing CHF 2.8 million in this comprehensive research program.

ETH Zurich President, Joël Mesot, added: “We are looking forward to continuing a long tradition of collaborations with Nestlé as a trusted partner. Only by working together across disciplines and sectors, we will be able to provide sustainable and secure food in the long term.”

The new research program complements existing collaborations with ETH Zurich and EPFL on food engineering, nutrition, and sustainable packaging. Nestlé and ETH Zurich co-founded The Future Food Initiative launched in 2019.

For more information:

Melanie Kohli
Head of R&D Communications
melaniececile.kohli@nestle.com

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Mootral: Reducing GHG Emissions Through Innovative Solutions

Mootral: Reducing GHG Emissions Through Innovative Solutions

Swiss startup Mootral starts the transition to climate-smart agriculture to help farmers earn more money and reduce their impact on the environment.

The global livestock industry emits 15% of all greenhouse gases, with cows as the largest source of methane emissions. And this is a massive obstacle for farmers who are facing economic hardships and regulatory challenges. So to help the industry with a resolution, Mootral developed an innovation to reduce GHG emissions from ruminants. Mootral Ruminant is a natural feed supplement made from garlic powder and citrus extracts that significantly reduces methane emissions. These natural ingredients have antimicrobial properties and can improve rumen fermentation.

Launched by Thomas Hafner, the Mootral business model proves that sustainability and profitability can go together. Their innovative product results in better health and performance for the herd and makes ruminants climate-friendly. In summary, Mootral makes a significant contribution to animal health and welfare, climate change and farmer profitability.

With Mootral, everyone is able to participate to give our planet a big helping hand to clean up its act, whilst preserving our way of life and giving farmers the opportunity to not only contribute to reducing carbon emissions, but to also secure their financial viability whilst doing so.

Thomas Hafner

CEO, Mootral

This Swiss company is setting the foundation for the future through a solution that makes an impact today.

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Mootral
Z. A. La Pièce 1, A5, Rolle, 1180, CH
+41 21 805 05 92

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The EPFL Campus Installs Vending Machines of Sustainable Snacks

The EPFL Campus Installs Vending Machines of Sustainable Snacks

The EPFL campus has provided new vending machines filled with healthy, local and sustainable products to promote sustainability.

Students, professors, entrepreneurs and visitors can now enjoy healthy snacks through the innovative vending machines on the EPFL campus. Known for its groundbreaking work in science, technology and agriculture, this initiative promotes sustainability in the institution.

The products were carefully selected based on the following criteria: 

  • Local – sourced from producers and businesses in the region
  • Sustainable – met environmental standards
  • High quality – ingredients and producers are VAUD+ certified
  • Tasty – healthy snacks could also be delicious
  • Affordable – snacks are reasonably priced for everyone to enjoy
  • Healthy – a wide range of healthy and balanced snacks to accommodate all types of diets

Together with its partners Vaud+ and Dallmayr, the EPFL campus wishes to promote healthy eating and support the community’s well-being.

EPFL RESCO is taking part in this pilot project, which will last from January to August 2021. It’s currently rolled out at the Rolex Learning Center; SG building and Innovation Park will soon follow.

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New Roots Makes Vegan Cheese Using Traditional Techniques

New Roots Makes Vegan Cheese Using Traditional Techniques

As its contribution to food sustainability, this Swiss startup produces ethical alternatives to the well-loved cheese without changing its taste.

Attempting to end inhumane slaughter to satiate people’s cravings, New Roots creates vegan and organic artisanal cheese using cashew nuts. Their process involves ancestral methods of fermentation and ripening and traditional handmade techniques, from mixing to packing. And as part of their ethical responsibility, they partner with businesses that passed human rights standards.

Although both cheese lovers, the idea of saving the lives of other beings prevailed in founders Alice Fauconnet and Freddy Hunziker. So, to start their mission of providing delicious, ethical and sustainable cheese alternatives, they established New Roots in 2015. Since then, they have been making plant-based cheese by hand without altering its traditional taste.

New Roots has won several titles on Swiss Vegan Awards, Swiss Economic Forum Awards and Peta Vegan Food Awards. And they continue their dedication to finding sustainable solutions for the environment.

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New Roots
Burgstrasse 16
3600 Thun
Switzerland
Email : info@newroots.ch
Phone : +41 (0)33 557 84 44

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Nestlé to Launch Vegan KitKat

Nestlé to Launch Vegan KitKat

As the vegan trend continues to grow, one of the world’s most popular chocolate bars will soon get a plant-based option.

Nestlé plans to make wishes come true with the launch of KitKat V later this year. It is a tasty plant-based option with the perfect balance of crispy wafer and smooth chocolate that people love. Chocolate experts developed this vegan version that will live up to the expectations of Kitkat fans.

Meanwhile, surveys continue to show that people are interested in exploring more plant-based options across different categories. Alexander von Maillot, Head of Confectionery at Nestlé, said, “There is a quiet food revolution that is changing how people eat. We want to be at the forefront of that, championing the discovery of plant-based food and beverages. What better way to do that than offering a vegan version of one of our most famous and much-loved brands?”

KitKat V is certified vegan, made from 100% sustainable cocoa sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance. And it will be available later this year through the KitKat Chocolatory and selected retailers in several countries.

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The State of Fribourg Promotes Agrifood Innovation with New Strategy

The State of Fribourg Promotes Agrifood Innovation with New Strategy

The Canton of Fribourg plans to strengthen its position and become the Swiss leader in the agriculture and food industries.

On January 12th, the Fribourg State Council approved a strategy that gives it a leadership role in the agrifood industry. It is ”based on a Fribourg ecosystem already rich in this sector, exceeding the Swiss average in employment and added value“.

The Canton explained that “representatives participated in the development of the strategy to reflect the expectations and potentials of the sector.” Additionally, “the Covid crisis has demonstrated the resilience of this branch of the Fribourg economy“.

According to the Canton, their initial position is favourable due to heavy investments in the AgriCo Campus at St-Aubin. Meanwhile, the centralization of the Agroscope activities in Posieux have close ties to Grangeneuve. And all of this makes it possible to coordinate various initiatives to create effective synergies.

The Food & Nutrition Cluster will carry out the strategy implementation on a service mandate basis by building on existing structures. And the recruitment of 1.4 extra full-time units will reinforce these frameworks.

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Technologies serving the environment

This development strategy has two main goals. First, to promote the application of digitization and automation (robotics, mechanics, Big Data) in the agriculture and agri-food industries. This shall increase productivity and added value and reduce the impact on natural resources. And the second goal is to make better use of biomass by including innovative technologies such as new proteins.

The last program focuses on consumer behaviour, particularly in terms of nutrition. Essentially, it enables testing of innovative products, the technologies of the future, from farm to fork. “This program will encourage the emergence of agrifood start-ups and the launch of innovative SME products,” said the State’s representatives.

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