NUTRITION & FoodTech

Eating better – a huge issue

With a long agricultural tradition behind it, the canton of Vaud has seen the agri-food sector develop, beginning over a century ago with the creation of Nestlé in Vevey in 1905. Other influential businesses followed, including Eckes-Granini, Reitzel, and Hilcona. The region also has a long-standing industrial heritage which is complemented by a strong spirit of innovation, putting it at the forefront when it comes to designing solutions that anticipate what will be of importance in the future. The canton also benefits from the expertise and reputation of international businesses that are leaders in their fields, such as General Mills, Chiquita, and ADM.

Swiss agri-food products are exported throughout the world and carry with them a strong brand image, combining quality, authenticity, and expertise. The country’s agri-food industry creates almost 3.5 billion francs in turnover abroad every year.

The canton of Vaud also has a number of important players in terms of research and development, including Agroscope in Changins, Agropôle in Molondin and the Nestlé Research Center. A world leader in its sector, Nestlé has also developed a branch specializing in health science. The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has also opened a Food and nutrition center devoted entirely to nutrition and food production issues, with experts from different areas of specialization.

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Our success stories

Becton Dickinson

Generating annual revenue of over $16 billion, Becton Dickinson chose in 2016 to set up its European headquarters in the Canton of Vaud. The giant employs over 250 highly skilled people and is a leading player in Health Valley.

CISCO

This US giant which specializes in network equipment has been based in Rolle since 2007. The group also has a development unit within the EPFL Innovation Park and is anticipating widespread digital disruption across all sectors of industry.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

A biopharmaceutical company which develops and markets solutions in the sectors of reproductive and maternal health, urology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology. It was originally founded in Sweden and set up business in the Vaud municipality of Saint-Prex in 2006.

News and events

3/20/2020

Covid-19: Guide and questionnaire for Vaud entrepreneurs

Partial lay off (chômage partiel, RHT), questions, links, tutorials, tips and tricks, a questionnaire and a webinar to help you deal with the current situation: visit our page dedicated to entrepreneurs and share your questions (and resources!) with us.

3/13/2020

The merger of Innovaud and Economic Development - Canton of Vaud (DEV) officially approved

The general meetings of the associations Innovaud and Développement Économique - Canton de Vaud (DEV) validated the merger of the two entities into a single association during the extraordinary general meeting of March 12, 2020 in Lausanne. The new entity will be called "Innovaud". The committee members and the president of the new structure are also elected. Its new management was also chosen following a job competition. The two teams from Innovaud and DEV will work under the same roof for their common mission (media release, in French)