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As a Foundation, the Alimentarium is financed from various sources.

Nestlé celebrates 150 years of ‘Good Food, Good Life’ in Switzerland

Logo 150 ans Nestlé

Nestlé celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2016 with particular focus on events in Vevey, Switzerland where the company was founded. The celebrations are an opportunity for the company to thank the people for their trust and loyalty throughout the years and to thank their employees whose hard work and commitment to Nestlé are the key to their success.

To celebrate Nestlé’s 150th anniversary, the Alimentarium received a donation enabling it to refurbish and extend its programme online. The Museum, a Nestlé Foundation, is devoted to food and nutrition and takes visitors on an interactive journey through the world of food, challenging the brain and testing all of the senses. The journey continues online, where pioneering teaching and learning assets are available for those who want to further explore the world of food.

The Alimentarium Foundation thanks Nestlé for its generous support.


Constituted by Nestlé SA and Nestlé Suisse SA in 1980, the Alimentarium is a legally registered foundation governed by statutes and a Board of Trustees in accordance with the articles 80 et seq of the Swiss Civil Code and placed under the supervision of the Federal Supervisory Board for foundations.

The Board of Trustees determines policy and, together with senior staff, sets the strategic direction for the Alimentarium. The Board delegates the day-to-day running of the Alimentarium to the Director, who has responsibility for the overall organisation, management and staffing.

The Board is composed of ten to sixteen members of which four represent the founders, one the Swiss Federal department of Home Affairs, one each the cantons of Vaud and Zug, one the city of Vevey and one to seven are independent experts in related fields. They are are elected for a three-year term which may be prolonged. The current members are (2014-2016):

Rudolf Ramsauer Chairman
Former Corporate Communications Director, Nestlé SA

Paul Twerenbold Vice-chairman
Former State Councillor for the canton of Zoug


Yves Philippe Bloch
Corporate Secretary Nestlé SA

Edgardo Brambilla (until 2015)
Former Deputy Director Nestec SA

Roland Charrière
Acting Director, Federal Office of Public Health

Felix Escher
Former Professor, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich

Andres Furger
Former Director of the Swiss National Museums, Former Director of the Alimentarium

Elina Leimgruber (until June 2016)
Councillor, Vevey municipality

Philippe Leuba
Councillor, East Vaud 

Philippe Oertlé
Corporate Communications, Nestlé Suisse

Barbara Orland
Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Basel University

Heribert Watzke
Doctor of Chemistry and former Deputy Director of the Nestlé Research Centre


The Alimentarium adheres to the ‘ICOM Code of Ethics’ which represents a minimum standard for museums. It is presented as a series of principles supported by guidelines for desirable professional practice.

  1. Museums preserve, research, interpret and promote the natural and cultural inheritance of humanity.
  2. Museums that maintain collections hold them in trust for the benefit of society and its development.
  3. Museums hold primary evidence for establishing and furthering knowledge.
  4. Museums provide opportunities for the appreciation, understanding and management of the natural and cultural heritage.
  5. Museums hold resources that provide opportunities for other public services and benefits.
  6. Museums work in close collaboration with the communities from which their collections originate as well as those they serve.
  7. Museums operate in a legal manner.
  8. Museums operate in a professional manner.

Policies and procedures

Translation currently in preparation. Thank you for your understanding.

Alimentarium a Nestlé Foundation