NX-Food stands for Next Generation Food and is a hub of METRO for new food solutions. The range of NX-Food topics covers alternative protein sources, sustainable food solutions, food waste reduction, vertical farming as well as innovative and functional food concepts for gastronomy and end consumers.
Founded in March 2018, NX-Food has over 800 food startups in its network and entered the list of Top-18 German innovation labs. Within the Startup Shelf Program, NX-Food identifies the most innovative food and beverage products for METRO wholesale stores in Germany and Austria, German retailer Real and in-flight catering menu of Eurowings.
Scouting for the progressive food solutions, NX-Food collaborates with numerous research institutions. Along with METRO, it is one of the founding members of the new Association for Alternative Protein Sources (BALPro).
The mission of NX-Food is to enrich the food industry with products from forward-looking entrepreneurs, open the door to ingenious tastes and make them accessible to the general public.
Competences & Capabilities
NX-Food’s main areas of specialisation and technological expertise are:
- Innovative food products
- Sustainable food solutions
- FoodTech and AgTech
- Market research (food trends, consumer behaviour, product testing)
- Innovation in retail and wholesale
- Food and its environmental footprint