Swiss Food and Nutrition ecosystem

A unique ecosystem has emerged from Geneva to Zurich, due to Switzerlands deeply rooted agricultural tradition, 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, life sciences or robotics

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Switzerland Food facts

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in innovation

200 years

of innovation in food


of hospitality management
education in the world

4+ Bio CHF

invested in Food and Agritech


patents held by
Swiss Foodtech companies


most patented domain
after pharma


Food and Agritech Startups


R&D centers
dedicated to Food technologies


trading of coffee, sugar
and cereals

Top quality of agriculture

Food quality is at the heart of swiss agriculture. This is incarnated, for instance, by the creation of the Swiss Vitamin Institute in 1931 which had the purpose to control the vitaminic content in foodstuff. Switzerland is the probably the country with the most stringent legislation regulating agriculture and animal welfare to ensure biodiversity, lowered greenhouse effects, water protection, natural soil fertility… A study lead by the Agroscope in 2013 showed that Switzerland used relatively lower amounts of phytosanitary products than other countries.
Furthermore, in Europe, according to Eurostat, Switzerland holds the 4th place for the share of arable land dedicated to organic agriculture, but Swiss citizen are number 1 buyers of organic agricultural products.

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Research programs

Key Food and Nutrition infrastructures

Herein are summarized the infrastructures – physical places where companies can set to carry out R&D or business development activities

Key Food and Nutrition competence centers

Herein are summarized the competence centers – academic labs, departments or center with a strong focud on Agro-Food

EPFL Integrative Food and Nutrition Center

ETH – World Food System Center

Bern University of Applied Sciences, Nutrition and Dietetics Department

HAFL – High School of Agronomic, Forestry and Food Sciences

ETH – Institute of Food Science and Nutrition

HES-SO – Valais-Wallis – Reseacrh Institute of life Technologies

HES-SO – Vaud : HEIG-VD, Institute of Mechanical Design, Materials, and Packaging Technologies (COMATEC)

HES-SO – Geneva : Earth-Nature-Environment Institute

FIBL – Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

University of Fribourg, Departement of Biology

ZHAW – Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Department of Life Sciences & Facility Management, Wädenswil

WSL – The Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research

EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research

Eawag – Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology



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