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Happy New Year & New Opportunities


We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year & all the best for 2021.

After a brief break we are happy to enter into 2021, loaded with many new opportunities.

If you are looking for new opportunities, you want to check our job offers as

  • Innovation Manager

  • Communication Manager

Interested? Do not hesitate to check for the details

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Compass for the future

Zürich

As the largest network in the agro-food ecosystem in Switzerland, we feel responsible for contributing to a sustainable food system. Together with all members, we are now working with a compass for the future - our Charter for the development of a holistic and sustainable food system.
It helps us to make the right decisions when supporting projects. In a dynamic environment, we also support charters of other like-minded and complementary organisations, such as the Charter for the Circular Economy and the Charter for the Digitalisation of the Swiss Food and Agriculture Sector.

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India- Agri-Food Bootcamp 2021

India

Is your idea, your start-up ready for a quantum leap into the Indian market? Would you like to achieve more leverage on sustainibility through greater reach? swissnex, Innosuisse and Swiss Food Research offer an intensive start-up program to explore exciting opportunities within the fast-growing sector of the Indian agri-food industry. Start-ups can test and work out the potential and suitability in this market with a tailored boot camp.

Application deadline: 22 January 2021

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UN FOOD SYSTEMS SUMMIT 2021 - Pre Summit

Rome

In 2021, the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, calls for a Summit on Food Systems to raise global awareness and guide commitments and actions that will change food systems to not only eliminate hunger, but also reduce food-related diseases and heal the planet.

Switzerland, as a member of the UN, is preparing this summit at different levels and with different partners. The Permanent Representation of Switzerland to the FAO is launching the BITES OF TRANSFOODMATION initiative in 2020. This initiative brings together motivated, young innovators and culminates in an exhibition and discussion round in Rome in spring 2021 with the presentation of a manifesto for the future. Swiss Food Research is a partner and accompanies the initiative.

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Virtual Members' Innovations & General Assembly 2020


On October 6, 2020, Federal Councilor Guy Parmelin honored us with an inspiring speech on the future of food systems under the motto 3 D: Demand, Delight and Danger. He also visited the virtual booths of exemplary innovations from our circle of members.
The General Assembly was also under the future star. We warmly welcome 2 new board members: Karola Krell Zbinden, FoodLex and Christoph Denkel, BFH HAFL. We bid farewell to Martin Hodler, who has accompanied Swiss Food Research as a visionary on the board since 2013, in gratitude for the time spent together.

Watch the video of BR Guy Parmelin.

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Next Generation of Swiss Food Ecosystems


In partnership with the Cluster Food&Nutrition cluster, Swiss Food Research has been awarded the lead in Innosuisse's NTN Innobooster "Next Generation of Swiss Food Ecosystems" for the period 2021-2024.

In an Open Innovation process, innovative ideas are designed, tested and validated through agile and collaborative methods in the areas of

  • smart nutrition
  • biomass valorization
  • resource efficiency
  • Circular Economy.
  • sustainable packaging.

The NTN - Innovation Booster provides selected innovation teams with direct funds for this purpose.

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Partnership with AVINA STIFTUNG


Swiss Food Research is proud to count on a partnership with the renowned AVINA STIFTUNG for the years 2020-2023. Under the chairmanship of Dr. Viktoria Schmidheiny, the Avina Foundation today focuses on the topic of sustainably produced, healthy nutrition. In accordance with the guiding principle "Foundation for the Food of tomorrow", the foundation aims to stimulate change by providing a platform for pioneers and promoting pioneering projects.

AVINA STIFTUNG supports Swiss Food Research in its mission to network specialists, researchers and doers and to act as a catalyst for innovative solutions. AVINA STIFTUNG and Swiss Food Research jointly promote innovation with the aim of establishing healthy and sustainable food as a new standard.

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Packaging


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Bioconversion


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Insects


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Coffee


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Proteins4Future


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Grains & Baked Goods


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Voices from the network

For sustainable food processing, we at ETH Zurich are researching alternative protein sources with international specialists. I see great potential in insects and algae.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Mathys, Committee Member IG Insects

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alexander Mathys, Committee Member IG Insects
Small start-ups with low financial resources benefit from networks, like this one, where experiences are exchanged.
Ronald Herculeijns, Sales & Marketing Swiss Alpine Fish AG

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Ronald Herculeijns, Sales & Marketing Swiss Alpine Fish AG
Networks have always stimulated me in my work. In order to examine ideas for industrial companies at an early stage, I joined Swiss Food Research. Meanwhile I also support as a member of the board.
Michel Burla, Head of Division Oils and Fats, Centravo AG

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Michel Burla, Head of Division Oils and Fats, Centravo AG
Swiss Food Research accompanies us in the launch of projects that support sustainable cereal cultivation and give the Swiss agriculture and food industry new opportunities for differentiation.
Dr. S. Vogelgsang, Head of the Research Group Ecological Plant Protection in Crops, Agroscope

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Dr. S. Vogelgsang, Head of the Research Group Ecological Plant Protection in Crops, Agroscope
Thanks to a research call from Swiss Food Research, we were able to develop a portable analysis kit in a research project with Agroscope, which confirms the authenticity of cheese using cultures of provenance.
Dr. Gianpaolo Rando, CTO, Co Founder, SwissDeCode Sarl

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Dr. Gianpaolo Rando, CTO, Co Founder, SwissDeCode Sarl
The use of functional cultures in classic and new applications leads to products of increased value. This know-how flows into various Swiss Food Research innovation groups and leads to new projects.
Prof. Dr. Susanne Miescher Schwenninger, Food Biotechnology Research Group, ZHAW Life Science

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Prof. Dr. Susanne Miescher Schwenninger, Food Biotechnology Research Group, ZHAW Life Science
Because I want to develop many new citrus-fruit-based products in Switzerland, Swiss Food Research opens the doors to research institutes and grants.
Niels Rodin, Citrus Grower

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Niels Rodin, Citrus Grower
"The project "Protein extraction from Moringa" is gaining momentum, also thanks to the networking in the innovation groups. We are very grateful to Swiss Food Research for their support along the way."
Ralf Schönung, CEO, Vitarbo AG, Arbon

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Ralf Schönung, CEO, Vitarbo AG, Arbon