ETH Zürich, the leading Swiss university in science, engineering and technology, joins the SFNV.

ETH Zürich, the leading Swiss university in science, engineering and technology, joins the SFNV.

ETH Zürich, the leading Swiss university in science, engineering and technology, has joined the SFNV.

Switzerland, November, 2020ETH Zürich, the leading Swiss university, has joined the SFNV. Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854, ETH Zürich focuses exclusively on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Givaudan, the world’s largest company in the flavour and fragrance industries, joins the SFNV

Givaudan, the world’s largest company in the flavour and fragrance industries, joins the SFNV

Givaudan, the world’s largest company in the flavour and fragrance industries, has joined the SFNV. 

Switzerland, November, 2020 – Givaudan, the world’s largest company in the flavour and fragrance industries, has joined the SFNV. With its heritage stretching back over 250 years, the Company has a long history of innovating tastes and scents. By joining the SFNV, Givaudan continues its commitment to driving long-term nutrition and sustainability impact in food manufacturing..

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Fabio Campanile
Head of Science & Technology
fabio.campanile@givaudan.com

www.givaudan.com

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Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, joins the SFNV

Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, joins the SFNV

Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, has joined the SFNV. 

Switzerland, November, 2020 – Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, has joined the SFNV. The organisation holds leading market positions worldwide in the fields of technology, advanced materials, as well as food processing. Every day two billion people enjoy foods produced using Bühler equipment. In light of this universal reach, Bühler is in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business.

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Calvin Grieder
Chairman of the Board
Bühler Group

www.buhlergroup.com

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In Molondin, the Agropôle is building an international innovation campus for 2025.

In Molondin, the Agropôle is building an international innovation campus for 2025.

In Molondin (State of Vaud), the Agropôle has been developing its new campus to further innovation in food and agriculture. This week, they unveiled their goals and targets for 2025.

Build an internationally renowned innovation campus by 2025

Their objectives are clear: start-ups, SMEs and industries must be able to find in the Agropôle an accelerator, enabling them to create, implement and disseminate their innovations with agility and at a lower cost. All this for the benefit of the environment, the economy and consumers. 

Currently under development with completion date set for 2025, the new concept is positioning itself as a Swiss campus of excellence in the industrialisation and marketing of innovative agri-food products. A role it plays in pursuing the United Nations’ objectives for sustainable development :

SDG Target 9: Society Democratize Solutions 
The role of the Agropôle is to democratize the sustainable solutions of tomorrow, all for the benefit of the actors in the agri-food value chain and consumers.

SDG Target 13: Climate Carbon Footprint
The agri-food sector has a major impact in terms of CO2 reduction. The Agropôle site is designed to meet greenhouse gas reduction standards.

SDG Target 8: Economic Growth
The Agropôle platform is an accelerator for the development of cleantech solutions useful to the agri-food industry, to promote sustainable business models.

SDG Target 17: Community Development
The Agropôle works in collaboration with existing actors, whether public, private, research-related or entrepreneurial, in Switzerland and abroad.

Innovation in the agri-food sector is our concrete objective to ensure the sustainability of the sector, preserve the environment and ensure food sovereignty.

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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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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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Firmenich: To stand for quality, you have to stand for responsibility.

To stand for quality, you have to stand for responsibility. You simply cannot have one without the other.

A conversation with Firmenich’s Dr Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat

Firmenich’s Dr Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat is a firm believer in the power of collaboration. Chief Sustainability Officer at taste and fragrance creator Firmenich is thoroughly convinced that business is capable of driving social change. And she believes that much more in this field can be achieved in partnership than in isolation.

Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned perfume and taste company. Founded in Geneva in 1895, the family business has developed some of the world’s most well-known tastes, ingredients and fragrances, with a portfolio that spans synthetic, natural and biotech molecules. Specialities include seafood, citrus, vanilla and mint.

Lauded for its creativity and innovation, the 125-year-old multinational is also renowned for its commitment to sustainability. Firmenich has been a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact since 2008, and a LEAD signatory since 2019, and joined the Swiss Triple Impact network this year. The company also reinvests 10% of its annual revenue into research and development to explore renewable resources and sustainable sourcing.

In an interview to honour Firmenich’s new membership with the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, Magarinos-Ruchat shared her views on corporate responsibility, sustainability and nutrition.

Dr Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat has ample form when it comes to sustainability, having worked for many years at the UN and latterly as VP Sustainability Partnerships at Firmenich prior to her current role. In conversation, her enthusiasm and dedication to this mission, guided by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is palpably obvious. These 17 goals unite many of Firmenich’s concerns, from wellbeing to public health, to nutrition and climate change.

Creating tastes and aromas capable of evoking great emotions, Firmenich’s tastes and fragrances are consumed by four billion people every day. The company is propelled by its desire to make a positive impact in every sense of the word, in every corner of the world: for their customers and consumers, for society and the planet. In an interview to honour Firmenich’s membership of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley (SFNV), Magarinos-Ruchat spoke of all this and much more.

Dr Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat

Chief Sustainability Officer at Firmenich

Call me Berry“, she says – aptly, given her position in a company whose first taste was a raspberry substitute.

At Firmenich we are driven by our mission to create positive emotions through taste and aromas. The tastes and fragrances we produce aim to enhance wellbeing. We have designed some of the most popular tastes out there – four billion consumers every day experience a moment of delight thanks to a Firmenich taste or fragrance.

Firmenich is a company driven by science. Our founders actually started out developing chemicals. We are 125 years old, but it was only in 1938 that the first Firmenich taste – a raspberry substitute – was created. We even won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1939! These scientific roots continue to inform the work we do today. We have just launched our first AI-created taste, a lightly grilled beef to use in plant-based meats.

We blend science with emotion. For more than 30 years, Firmenich has been working with world-leading experts and research institutions to enhance our understanding of the human senses of smell and taste, and the science that underpins the emotions that tastes and fragrances inspire in us. The work we do in this field allows us a deeper understanding of these emotions, so we can build pioneering tools and technologies for our customers.

We are 125 years old, but it was only in 1938 that the first Firmenich taste – a raspberry substitute – was created.

It is no coincidence that Switzerland is home to a wealth of science-driven businesses in our industry.

With its academic institutions, infrastructure and excellent research talent, the Swiss ecosystem is very conducive to these kinds of businesses emerging. We still lean on and draw from Switzerland’s favourable research environment today.

Our motto is ‘Doing good, naturally’. Nature is our inspiration and that is a distinctly Swiss notion that informs everything we do. Our Naturals range, which includes vanilla, cardamom and citrus, encompasses 170 different products sourced from over 40 countries. We cultivate strong supplier relationships and we are innovating at source by investing in technology that extracts the tastes more gently, and more efficiently. As a result, this actually means we can use fewer raw materials.

Source: Firmenich

The needs of our customers are rapidly evolving.

As COVID-19 has emerged, we have observed a change in food and beverage preferences. There has been a shift towards immunity-boosting benefits and natural tastes that enhance wellbeing, which we are responding to and providing for our customers.

We try to balance wellbeing and health with moments of pure enjoyment. We are constantly asking: how do we create foods that are better for the body but still taste fantastic? We are seeing a huge move towards that ethos, something that we have been championing for years. There is a push towards sugar and salt reduction, plant-based proteins and enhanced nutrition. We provide these benefits, while enveloping them in the overall taste experience through taste, texture and aromas. It is really about the whole experience.

One innovative area linked to our sustainability strategy is our work on green proteins. These have the potential to transform the global diet. We are particularly interested in making these plant-based meat alternatives taste delicious. If consumers fall in love with the product, changing to a more sustainable diet becomes much easier. When you explain the connection between what we eat and habitat loss, people are inspired to take action. Eating less meat is a fantastic way to do that. And we are more than happy to be part of that solution.

Nature is our inspiration and that is a distinctly Swiss notion that informs everything we do.

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We are striving to strike a balance between healthy people and a healthy planet.

Obesity is the greatest burden on public health systems around the world. We are tackling this with new innovative tastes and ingredients that allow us to reduce sugar, but that still taste amazing. It is a breakthrough for nutrition, but also quite an achievement for sustainability. Using less sugar saves resources and water, as sugar cane is a very water-intensive crop.  We are striving to find solutions like this that have a double positive impact on people and the planet.

Your sustainable vision has to be built into your product from the beginning.

To stand for quality, you have to stand for responsibility. You simply cannot have one without the other. An unsustainable company will not thrive, whereas a resilient business can better weather a crisis. That has become more apparent than ever during the COVID-19 crisis. Companies that are socially engaged and climate resilient are faring much, much better during this pandemic.

We started our journey towards B Corp certification a few months ago. This will allow us to take our globally recognised environmental and social performance to a new level. However, our commitment to sustainability is not new. Firmenich has embodied this spirit for many years; in fact, we were ahead of the curve. It is not a story to win over customers, it is who we really are.

The business started its modern-day journey towards sustainability in 1991. Frédéric Firmenich signed the first International Chamber of Commerce Declaration on Sustainable Development, just before the word ‘sustainability’ was invented in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. For him, sustainability meant: what kind of planet are we going to transfer to the next generation? He wanted to pass down a company to his children that was a gift, not a problem.

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In the 1990s, a lot of companies were engaged in pollution and exploitation. At the end of the day this turned out to do more harm than good.

It damaged their reputations and cost them money. Firmenich saw the bigger picture. In those early days when sustainability was not something that customers and consumers were necessarily looking for, our family ownership gave us the freedom to make long-term decisions to do better. A mindset that is now so on trend.

You can do a lot of work on corporate sustainability without actually being sustainable. Companies can do the reporting, sign the commitments, pay their employees fairly, but if the products they sell are not sustainable, what is the point? Your sustainable vision can be built into your product from the beginning. Firmenich models end-to-end sustainability, from ethically sourcing vanilla from farmers in Madagascar all the way to creating our products and serving our consumers.

Today we find ourselves in an urgent and unprecedented situation. We have a global coronavirus pandemic, but obesity is a global pandemic of its own. There is a climate emergency. We are tackling these issues, but we cannot do it alone. Everything we have achieved so far has been in collaboration – with clients, academics, the Swiss government. SDG 17 is all about partnerships and, for us, the SFNV is a chance to engage in strong collaborative action, working with other diverse stakeholders to multiply our impact.

Firmenich’s membership to the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley is also an opportunity to leverage Switzerland as a hub for the future of food. It is an amazing chance to balance science and know-how, to pair startups with old companies. Firmenich as a company is 125 years old, right, and through the SFNV we will be engaging with startups, with young scientists, and I think some absolutely fascinating innovation is going to arise from these partnerships.

Its through partnership that we can ensure to work towards delivering a more sustainable and responsible food system. Now more than ever, food companies need to consider not only how to make food taste great but also better for our planet and people, at scale.

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Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, joins the SFNV
Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, joins the SFNV

Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, has joined the SFNV. The organisation holds leading market positions worldwide in the fields of technology, advanced materials, as well as food processing. Every day two billion people enjoy foods produced using Bühler equipment. In light of this universal reach, Bühler is in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business.

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, 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 Commitee of the new network.

Firmenich: To stand for quality, you have to stand for responsibility.
Firmenich: To stand for quality, you have to stand for responsibility.

Creating tastes and aromas capable of evoking great emotions, Firmenich’s flavours and fragrances are consumed by four billion people every day. The company is propelled by its desire to make a positive impact in every sense of the word, in every corner of the world: for their customers and consumers, for society and the planet. In an interview to honour Firmenich’s membership of the SFNV, Magarinos-Ruchat spoke of all this and much more.

PepsiCo, the multinational snack and beverage corporation, joins the SFNV
PepsiCo, the multinational snack and beverage corporation, joins the SFNV

Bühler, the Swiss multinational plant equipment manufacturer based in Uzwil, has joined the SFNV. The organisation holds leading market positions worldwide in the fields of technology, advanced materials, as well as food processing. Every day two billion people enjoy foods produced using Bühler equipment. In light of this universal reach, Bühler is in a unique position to turn today’s global challenges into sustainable business.

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Nestlé to invest billions to reduce its carbon footprint
Nestlé to invest billions to reduce its carbon footprint

On Thursday, the Swiss multinational unveiled a program to reduce its carbon footprint, to which it intends to devote 3.2 billion francs over the next five years.

Its actions will focus on supporting farmers and suppliers to advance regenerative agriculture, planting hundreds of millions of trees within the next 10 years and completing the company’s transition to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025.

5 Strategic Axes to advance scientific innovation in food, agriculture, and nutrition
5 Strategic Axes to advance scientific innovation in food, agriculture, and nutrition

Following voting during its General Assembly, the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley association last week adopted five strategic axes designed to address major global food and nutrition challenges. These areas have been selected to align with Switzerland’s competitive capabilities, while also addressing the most vital complex challenges of the food systems beyond our borders.

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. 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.