UNICO is a leading innovation boutique which develops new ideas, concepts and production processes for food and beverage. UNICO was founded in 2002 as a stock
company headquartered in St. Gallen. From the start, it was clear to the founder Roland
Laux that nobody needed yet another consulting company without a clear focus on the
market. The focus was therefore obvious for the ex-Nestlé manager, who had many years of
experience in the sales, marketing and innovation of Glacé in the US and Latin America:
Innovations in the area of food and beverages.
Everybody has good ideas. What is crucial is what you do with them. Innovative ideas on
developing new products is usually only the very start of a project at UNICO. This is because
everybody has good ideas – and our customers above all. Therefore, in addition to out-of-the-
box thinking, the decisive factor is in integrating these latent ideas into the processes
and using them to develop marketable concepts which are possible from a technical point of
view. For that reason, at UNICO, we work with an interdisciplinary team consisting of
customers, food technology specialists of ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) and unbiased external specialists around one table from the very start.
We want to bring more of the essential from raw materials into food and beverages. It is our philosophy in partnership with ZHAW to derive more ingredients which determine value (aromas, vitamins etc.) from the raw materials and to add them to food and beverages. To achieve this, several innovative production processes as for example chocolate, coffee or orange juice have been developed which are now standing out to an increasing extent in the industry.