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


In 150 years, Chiquita has established itself as the world’s leading banana producer. Since its head office moved to the canton of Vaud, the group has been promoting sustainable, organic farming.


CleanGreens uses new environmentally-friendly technologies including a mobile aeroponic system that is unique in the world. Lettuce and aromatic herbs are sprayed with water and nutrients using retractable vertical nozzles.

Actualités et événements


Swiss StartCup Challenge crowns first winners

The first Swiss StartupCup Challenge attracted considerable interest. A total of 270 ideas were submitted for the competition. On Monday, the winners in the categories of startups, SMEs and students were chosen, and an additional jury favourite prize was awarded. The three winners will receive prize money of CHF 20,000 each to implement their innovative idea, as well as a mentoring programme from B Lab Switzerland.


More than 55 partnerships to boost startups' growth

Yesterday, the ten-week Kickstart program, supported by the Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI), ended with 55 partnerships signed between startups, scaleups, and established companies and organizations in Switzerland and Austria. The secured Proofs of Concepts, pilots, and commercial projects will help startups to accelerate their development and launch their solutions.