9.8 billion – this is how many people will be living on Earth by 2050 according to UN estimates. As the population grows, so does the demand for food. At the same time, however, climate change is threatening crop yields.

Meeting the increasing demand for food in the future is one of the greatest challenges that humanity is facing. The ongoing digitalization of agriculture and new food technologies will help to relieve this situation – and ensure stable returns in the portfolio. The key issues here are smart farming and plant-based proteins.


Sustainable Food

Making tomorrow’s nutrition appealing for investors

The food industry is currently in a phase of upheaval, which could even be considered a revolution. Find out how attitudes towards food will change in the future in an interview with Christine Schäfer from the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and Lukas Böni from Planted.


«As a rule of thumb, plant-based foods always perform better on average than animal-derived foods.»

Lukas Böni, Co-founder Planted


Food for thought: how to invest in an evolving ecosystem


From meat substitutes to sustainable products to smart farming, alternative solutions to supply challenges and changing consumer preferences are creating widespread disruption in the food sector. This podcast explores these new dynamics and, in turn, the investment themes to watch out to amid a new future for food.

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Alternative Food

Investing in sustainable nutrition

Sustainable nutrition is not just for your plate, but for your portfolio as well. The latest food technologies are making food production more efficient in terms of both processes and resources. This could also be interesting for you as an investor. To make your decision easier, Vontobel has launched the Alternative Food Index, which includes companies that are already using innovative technologies and playing a leading role in the food industry.


Alternative Food Index – watch Replay now

Alternative solutions to food supply challenges and changing consumer preferences are increasingly commonplace. Vontobel has launched the Alternative Food Index, which includes companies that are already using innovative technologies and playing a leading role in the food industry. To view the webcast on the new Vontobel Alternative Food Index watch the following video now.




Smart Farming

The digitalization of agriculture

Food production will have to increase by 70 percent by 2050 in order to continue meeting the demand for food. At the same time, however, the agricultural sector is facing major challenges such as limited availability of farmland, increasing demand for fresh water and the effects of climate change.


“We will have to feed around 25% more people using the land we have available today.”

Prof. Achim Walter, ETH Zürich


Our Smart Farming strategy focuses on the areas of precision agriculture, robotics, vertical farming and biology, and we believe these are the most promising approaches to increasing agricultural production in a more sustainable and resource-efficient approach. We are convinced that our strategy will offer investors an attractive long-term perspective in a rapidly growing market.




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