Nov 25, 2020 — A global fragrance and taste company Firmenich has joined the Swiss Valley of Food and Nutrition (SFNV), a network of key players based in Switzerland working to promote sustainable food and nutrition innovation.
SFNV was founded in 2020 by Nestlé, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, and the Swiss Vaud Canton.
The organization works in the areas of nutrition, life sciences, alternative protein, packaging science, waste management and precision agriculture. Its aim is to address future food and nutrition challenges.
“The challenges facing humanity in the coming decades with regard to food are significant and with a deeply rooted tradition of sustainability and world-class research, Firmenich will undoubtedly bring a lot of value to our collective endeavors,” said Martin Vetterli, president of EPFL. Click to enlargeSwitzerland is anchored in an agricultural tradition and has an unmatched density of the world’s leading scientific companies and institutions, according to Firmenich.
Opportunities for innovation
Switzerland is anchored in an agricultural tradition and has an unmatched density of the world’s leading scientific companies and institutions, as well as a large number of startups in areas such as food, nutrition and life sciences, according to the taste and fragrance giant.
“Many sectors are involved in food and nutrition innovation in Switzerland, bringing them together under a common vision will create global opportunities for sustainable food innovation,” said Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, Firmenich’s chief sustainability officer. Magarinos-Ruchat has also been appointed to the executive committee of the new network.
Emmanuel Butstraen, president of Firmenich Taste & Beyond noted that SFNV’s mission is “very much in tune” with Firmenich’s goal of “creating positive emotions and enhancing well-being.”
“We are proud to contribute to the ultimate goals of the organization through our understanding of the food ecosystem, innovation capabilities, and expertise in protein alternatives to advance global nutrition and food chain security,” he added.
Switzerland’s Valley of Food and Nutrition stretches from Geneva to Zürich, bringing together key players, including local authorities, companies, universities and associations.
“Switzerland is home to a unique ecosystem of innovation in food and nutrition and we look forward to partnering further with leading companies, start-ups, research institutions and public authorities to accelerate the future of food,” emphasized Magarinos-Ruchat.
Firmenich started the year with praise for his commitment to the environment. That company named The Most Sustainable Company in the Flavors and Fragrances Industry by World Finance magazine.
This October, Firmenich demonstrates the prowess of his technology, unveils the first flavo created by AIr – “light roast beef flavor”.
The AI sense move came shortly after the announcement a pilot plant and a new biotechnology laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland, to take advantage of new digital technology.
Edited by Missy Green
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