Nestlé is taking part in a joint research programme in Switzerland, which aims to speed up the development of healthy and sustainable foods.
The Future Foods Initiative was launched by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) in association with their long-standing Swiss food industry partners, Nestlé, Bühler and Givaudan.
It aims to “expand research and education in the area of food and nutrition sciences”, and includes a postdoctoral fellowship program to promote young scientists.
By combining the strengths of academic and industrial researchers, it hopes to find solutions to the big challenges facing the sector – such as providing affordable nutrition, ditching plastic packaging and accelerating the development of healthy and sustainable food options.
The first research projects will focus on plant-based nutrition and ancient plant varieties.
“To address open scientific questions and challenges related to food trends and sustainable nutrition is key for us as we create tasty and nutritious food for all age groups,” said Stefan Palzer, CTO of Nestlé SA. “As one of the initiators of this important Swiss research initiative, we reaffirm our commitment to further strengthen the unique Swiss research ecosystem for food and nutrition research.”