Nutrition and food technologies

Personalized nutrition, functional foods, robotized agriculture: tomorrow's food is served in the canton of Vaud

With a strong agricultural tradition, the canton of Vaud saw the agri-food sector develop over a century ago, with the creation of Nestlé in Vevey in 1905. The region also benefits from a strong industrial tradition, complemented by a strong spirit of innovation, enabling the companies it hosts to design and produce new solutions to meet today’s needs and anticipate the challenges of the future.

Products from the Vaud food industry are exported worldwide. In addition to the large-scale trade in foodstuffs, the canton of Vaud has several important players in the research and development of new products. Academic institutes, including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), or the EHL Hospitality Management School, are working on future oriented challenges.

For Stefan Palzer, CTO of Nestlé, “Switzerland is home to a unique innovation ecosystem for food and nutrition. Together, we can more effectively address global challenges such as delicious, nutritious and affordable food for all, sustainable packaging, and climate change mitigation.” In light of this, the canton of Vaud, EPFL, EHL and Nestlé joined forces in 2020 to develop and promote an innovative food and nutrition ecosystem worldwide, under the initiative "Swiss Food and Nutrition Valley".
 

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Our success stories

Swissto12

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Swissquote

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Sunstar

This Japanese group which is active in consumer goods, in particular oral hygiene products, established premises at the Littoral Parc in Etoy in 2009. The similarities between Switzerland and Japan were one of the reasons why the company chose to set up its head-quarters on the shores of Lake Geneva.

News and events

6/16/2021

The Agropôle research campus joins Vaud’s network of technology parks

At Agropôle, scientists, entrepreneurs and agribusinesses work together to develop sustainable solutions for the food industry. Today the campus was officially added to the list of Vaud technology parks as part of an initiative spearheaded by Innovaud. This new addition further expands the hosting opportunities that Vaud can offer to local high-tech businesses and gives the region an established R&D hub for agritech and foodtech innovation in Switzerland.

5/17/2021

CleanGreens boosts its growth with two new contracts

CleanGreens Solutions SA has signed two new international contracts to share its innovative technology that enables plants to grow without soil. The Swiss company’s approach convinced prestigious clients in France and Kuwait. It allows salads and aromatic herbs to grow with 97% less water, while improving productivity by a factor of 30, totally free of pesticides.