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Firmenich Joins Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley

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The Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley will focus on areas such as nutrition, life sciences, alternative proteins, packaging science, waste management and precision agriculture.

Firmenich has announced that it has joined the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley (SFNV), a global reference in sustainable food and nutrition innovation.

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Founded in 2020 by Nestlé, EPFL, Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne and the Swiss Canton of Vaud, SFNV provides expertise and science to address the major global food and nutrition challenges of the future and stretches from Geneva to Zürich.

Bringing together key players, including local authorities, companies, universities and associations, the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley will focus on areas such as nutrition, life sciences, alternative proteins, packaging science, waste management and precision agriculture.

Bérangère Magarinos-Ruchat, Firmenich’s chief sustainability officer, has been appointed to the executive committee of the new network.

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“Switzerland is home to a unique innovation ecosystem in food and nutrition and we are looking forward to further partnering with leading companies, start-ups, research institutes and public authorities to accelerate the future of foods,” said Magarinos-Ruchat. “Many sectors are involved in food and nutrition innovation in Switzerland, bringing them together under a shared vision will create global opportunities for sustainable food innovation”.

“SFNV’s mission is very much aligned with Firmenich’s purpose to create positive emotions and enhance wellbeing,” Emmanuel Butstraen, Firmenich taste and beyond president, said. “We are proud to contribute to the organization’s key objectives through our understanding of the food ecosystem, innovation capabilities and expertise in protein alternatives, in order to advance global nutrition and food chain security.”

"It is a pleasure and a privilege to welcome Firmenich in the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley,” said Martin Vetterli, president of EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. “The challenges that mankind faces in the coming decades with regard to food are significant, and with its deep-rooted tradition of sustainability and world-class research, Firmenich will thus undoubtedly bring a lot of value in our collective efforts.”