Agilery: your one-stop food manufacturer
The Agilery team wants to revolutionize food and beverage manufacturing. We sat down with co-founder Jonas Schneider to talk about collaborating to innovate – from vegan snacks to alcohol-free spirits.
Describe your company in a single sentence.
Agilery aims to revolutionize food and beverage manufacturing and support innovation by enabling brands to access the co-manufacturers and suppliers they need to grow.
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
Two things. Being exposed to the most exciting new food products and concepts through the various clients we work with. And then seeing these new products hit supermarket shelves or hearing about their success just a few months down the line. It’s really rewarding to know that we’ve played a part in supporting these teams to bring their ideas to life.
What are you and your team working on at the moment?
Almost every product you can think of! We currently have a portfolio of 15 new products, ranging from innovative drinks and vegan snacks to delicious sauces and even ice cream. We also want to be able to offer our support at a larger scale to create a more innovative and transparent food network. To achieve this, we’re developing a new platform that we’d like to become the central database of the European food ecosystem!
Tell us about one of your open innovation success stories.
The startup Rebels 0.0% – another SFNV member – is actually one of our favorite success stories. It all started with an entrepreneur, Christof Tremp, who had a very clear vision: he wanted to create the first Swiss-made alcohol-free spirits. But that wasn’t all. He wanted them to be a truly local drink and – of course – a step ahead of all the other products already on the market. We supported him to develop an entire product range and set up a tailor-made manufacturing solution, leveraging the best local processing technologies and flexible manufacturing options. Less than a year after creating their first batch, Rebels’ spirits are now IWSC award winners and stocked in a rapidly growing number of locations across Switzerland. We’re proud to provide them with ongoing support as they grow. This project is a perfect example of what can be achieved when the right people and companies come together – and the huge potential of the Swiss ecosystem.
What support could the SFNV community offer to help you achieve your goals?
We actually hope to be able to help the SFNV community – from entrepreneurs to leading food and beverage companies – with their operations. We can help SFNV members navigate the world of small-scale manufacturing and bring transparency to this complex sector. We’ve made it our mission to make sure that any product innovation with the right potential gets the support it needs to succeed!
How do you support the Swiss ecosystem in your work?
The world of food manufacturing lacks transparency and is way too old-school. It’s difficult to navigate and doesn’t give companies the flexibility they need to keep up with the current pace of innovation. We’re therefore eager to support any initiative trying to tackle this issue. We can only innovate and achieve sustainability targets by working together. That’s why SFNV’s mission is essential.
Let us in on something we don’t know about your company.
Our office is a former bakery and coffee roastery! In fact, the whole building, DasProvisorium, is home to countless food start-ups, food producers, caterers and entrepreneurs. It’s a great place to find inspiration, collaborate and, of course, eat!
Interested in finding out more? Jonas and the team would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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