Our 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

Switzerland Food facts

200 years

of innovation in food


hospitality management
education in the world


R&D food centers
in Food and Nutrition

2.6 Bio CHF

invested yearly in food innovation


patents held by
Nestlé, Givaudan, Firmenich
and Tetra Laval


most patented domain
after pharma


foodtech startups


trading country for sugar,
coffee, cereals


increase in food exports
between 2001 and 2018

Switzerland, a unique food & nutrition ecosystem

Deep Tech startups

Multinational companies

SME & Young companies

Support organizations

Champions of food 

Personalized nutrition, functional foods, robotic farming: tomorrow’s meals are being cooked up in Vaud. 

On the back of its long farming tradition, the canton of Vaud saw the agri-food sector develop over a century ago with the creation of Nestlé in Vevey in 1905. Other influential companies followed: Eckes-Granini fruit juices, Reitzel vegetables in jars, Hilcona’s ready-meals. The region also enjoys a strong industrial tradition, complemented by a bold spirit of innovation, allowing the companies it hosts to design and produce new solutions that meet current needs and even anticipate the challenges of the future. 

In addition to large-scale food trade, the canton of Vaud has a number of important stakeholders in the research and de- velopment of new products, such as the Agroscope (Changins), the Agropôle (Molondin) and the Nestlé Research Center. Academic institutions, in particular the École Polytech nique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), are working on real challenges for the future.

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Route de Cojonnex 18
1000 Lausanne 25


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