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New allergen policy, stricter regulations

Effective January 1, 2026, a new allergen policy will be implemented in the Netherlands. "Our goal was to establish clarity; we aimed to reach agreements that everyone could support," says Yvonne Huigen, Coordinating Spe..

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New AI technology enhances crop resistance

New AI technology enhances crop resistance

15 May 2024

Michael Schon from Wageningen University & Research has designed an advanced AI tool. This innovation enables the analysis of non-coding RNA in plants. With his work, supported by a Veni grant, Schon is making signif...

Belgians eat more meat, but opt for cheaper options

Belgians eat more meat, but opt for cheaper options

15 May 2024

In 2023, Belgians consumed an average of 27.7 kilograms of meat and poultry per person, marking a 1 percent increase from the previous year. This data comes from market research firm CPS GfK and the consump­tion tracker V...

From VAT reduction to Nutri-Score: CBL focuses on lifestyle prevention

From VAT reduction to Nutri-Score: CBL focuses on lifestyle prevention

14 May 2024

The Centraal Bureau Levensmid­de­len­handel (CBL), the trade associa­tion for Dutch supermar­kets and food service companies, emphasizes the importance of a healthier product range for consumers. In the run-up to the Lifestyl...

Supermarkets experience a 16.4% drop in meat sales

Supermar­kets experience a 16.4% drop in meat sales

14 May 2024

Meat sales in Dutch supermar­kets continue to decline sharply. Wakker Dier, citing data from market research firm Circana, reports a 16.4 percent decrease since 2020. This trend continued into 2023, with a further reducti...

Online edition May 2024 | Food Safety

Online edition May 2024 | Food Safety

13 May 2024

On January 1, 2026, new allergen policy will take effect in the Netherlands. The Dutch directive is the result of close consulta­tion between the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, FNLI, CBL, NVWA ...

Column Judith Witte: Never skimp on quality

Column Judith Witte: Never skimp on quality

13 May 2024

Warning: This text may contain sharp observa­tions. Do not read the column if you are allergic to critical remarks. Challenging times are ahead. The food industry is struggling with rising energy and labor costs, while...

Rob Morren: ‘anticipate increasing unpredictability’

Rob Morren: ‘antici­pate increasing unpredictabil­ity’

13 May 2024

Dutch food companies face risks from the effects of climate change, according to a recent report by ABN Amro. Rob Morren states, "It will be a signifi­cant challenge for them to be flexible and respond quickly to the impa...

Allergen Management from A to Z

Allergen Management from A to Z

13 May 2024

"I'm glad that the excessive use of PAL (Precautionary Allergen Labelling) warnings is now recognized as a food safety issue," begins Marjan van Ravenhorst, owner of Allergenen Consultancy. "FNLI, CBL, NVWA, VWS, and pat...

Brilliant Brains elevates food safety culture

Brilliant Brains elevates food safety culture

13 May 2024

One way of ensuring food safety is to clean and disinfect properly, using the right means and equipment. But that’s not enough, a good food safety culture is essential. How do you achieve such a shared mindset within you...

Column Pieter Vos: Necessary inspections

Column Pieter Vos: Necessary inspections

13 May 2024

Rising costs of raw materials, water, and energy, along with increasing expenses in staffing, transport, and production... These are still no easy times. How and where can you still save money to maintain your profitabil...

Vitelco merges heritage with innovative technology

Vitelco merges heritage with innovative technology

13 May 2024

Bij Vitelco in Den Bosch, kalfsvlees­pro­du­cent en onderdeel van de PALI Group, worden wekelijks ruim 7.500 kalveren geslacht. Met zulke aantallen, afnemers wereldwijd en de hoge hygiëne- en veiligheids­eisen is een betrouw...

Cleaning ensures continuity at Mulder meat

Cleaning ensures continuity at Mulder meat

13 May 2024

In 2022, a fire erupted at Mulder Livestock and Meat Trade in Twello. The slaughter­house was destroyed. However, owner Daniel Clauzon was undeterred. He constructed a new slaughter­house equipped with modern machinery and...

Vision on Food Safety with Vebego

Vision on Food Safety with Vebego

13 May 2024

Food safety and genuinely high-quality cleaning are intrinsi­cally linked. Across the country, the hygiene experts at Vebego Cleaning Services dedicate themselves daily to contributing to food safety in the Netherlands th...

Vikan: Hygiene on wheels

Vikan: Hygiene on wheels

13 May 2024

Everyone knows them. The shadow boards on the walls of the production site, where Vikan's hygienic cleaning tools are neatly arranged and color-coded. But what happens when there’s no wall space, or if drilling isn’t per...

Sismatec & Sismation – intelligent automation solutions

Sismatec & Sismation – intelli­gent automation solutions

13 May 2024

With the combina­tion of Sismatec & Sismation, we are able to offer customers bespoke solutions, thanks to intelli­gent automation solutions. Automation is a crucial step in ensuring food safety and plays a signifi­cant...

Multifunctional use of HIMS by Westfort Group

Multifunc­tional use of HIMS by Westfort Group

13 May 2024

In the food industry, maintaining hygiene quality is only achievable through daily monitoring of cleaning operations. Eco2Clean has developed the software tool HIMS to manage the complex­i­ties of cleaning. Intensive discu...

Trial and error in developing an organic antifoaming agent

Trial and error in developing an organic antifoaming agent

13 May 2024

Foaming occurs when processing fresh vegetables and legumes. When Coroos in Kapelle started processing organic products, the company developed an organic foam inhibitor in collabo­ra­tion with Van Meeuwen Additives. It was...

RBK Group: Expertise in comprehensive hygienic design

RBK Group: Expertise in comprehen­sive hygienic design

13 May 2024

In the food industry, ensuring food safety and hygiene is of paramount importance. A critical aspect of this is the hygienic design of production facilities. There is ample knowledge available in the market. Integrating ...

UV disinfection for safe water in your factory

UV disinfec­tion for safe water in your factory

13 May 2024

The reliability of ample clean and safe drinking water is increas­ingly under pressure. Water usage in the food industry requires even more stringent measures. Disinfec­tion using UV-C light is a dependable, cost-effective...

Updated SVO courses for the fresh food industry

Updated SVO courses for the fresh food industry

13 May 2024

Well-trained staff are crucial for any company. Training programs offer businesses the opportu­nity to retain employees and increase their enthusiasm for their work, which is reflected in the quality they deliver. SVO ...

Reusable glass packaging for food

Reusable glass packaging for food

13 May 2024

The beer industry has mainstreamed the reuse of glassware for decades. Will the future see the same for other glass-packaged products like canned vegetables, jam, and chocolate spread? Floor Stefess, a product developmen...

Error reduction and labour savings

Error reduction and labour savings

13 May 2024

You seek fewer mistakes and more efficiency in your manufac­turing process, without modern slogans or other buzzwords. From simple barcode checks to complete inspection systems coupled with software; De Koningh provides s...

Research on even more sustainable mycoprotein

Research on even more sustain­able mycopro­tein

13 May 2024

The daily consump­tion of meat, eggs, and dairy is increas­ingly under scrutiny. For a variety of reasons, more people are turning to alterna­tive protein sources. Mycopro­tein is one such alterna­tive. By default it is froze...

Column Saskia Stender: Failing healthcare

Column Saskia Stender: Failing healthcare

13 May 2024

Food safety and allergies pose a serious challenge within our food system, where both prevention and response are critical. General practitioners and hospitals play a key role in this. They are often the first point of c...

Five schools collaborate for protein-rich Future

Five schools collaborate for protein-rich Future

08 May 2024

Five Dutch universi­ties of applied sciences are collabo­rating with various companies and experts on a research project focusing on the cultiva­tion and applica­tion of duckweed. This coopera­tion could open the door to a fu...

Top 10 best read articles April 2024

Top 10 best read articles April 2024

07 May 2024

April 2024 was packed with signifi­cant develop­ments and compelling trends within the food industry. Here you will find the ten most-read articles of the month. Topics range from innovative product develop­ments and critic...

Quadcore fire demonstration

Quadcore fire demonstra­tion

07 May 2024

Today, I had the opportu­nity to attend an informa­tive presenta­tion that provided insights into the fire reaction and fire resistance of sandwich panels. This event was organized by KIM Nederland B.V. and Isocab ...

Global dairy market starts 2024 with uncertainty

Global dairy market starts 2024 with uncertainty

07 May 2024

The global dairy industry is facing challenges. A reduction in the dairy herd in exporting regions such as the United States and South America has led to decreased milk supply. This decline is due to persistently low pro...

New sustainability compensation for fruit and vegetables

New sustain­ability compensa­tion for fruit and vegetables

07 May 2024

Stichting Milieukeur (SMK) has been given the green light by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) to introduce a sustain­ability compensa­tion for fruit and vegetable producers. This decision follows a thorough re...

Insects as protein source: calculation model provides insights

Insects as protein source: calcula­tion model provides insights

07 May 2024

Wageningen University & Research has developed an innovative calcula­tion model that assesses the economic viability of insect farming as a protein source. This model determines whether large-scale insect production i...

Meat consumption in Europe decreases by 4.5 kilograms per person

Meat consump­tion in Europe decreases by 4.5 kilograms per person

07 May 2024

Over the past four years, meat consump­tion in Europe has signifi­cantly decreased. Recent research by Agrarmarkt Informa­tions-Gesellschaft, published by the German trade magazine TopAgrar, indicates a decrease of 4.5 kilo...

ING: Social aspect crucial for the future of food companies

ING: Social aspect crucial for the future of food companies

06 May 2024

The influence of ESG principles in the Dutch food industry is growing. Food companies are increas­ingly focusing on the social component of their operations. This marks a shift from purely economic goals to a broader focu...

Green trends in the tuna industry

Green trends in the tuna industry

03 May 2024

The tuna industry, a sector long criticized for overfishing and environ­mental damage, is now showing its best side. With improved fishing techniques and stricter traceability, the sector is heading towards a more sustain...

Legal loophole: no Tax for Appelsientje with dairy

Legal loophole: no Tax for Appelsientje with dairy

02 May 2024

Appelsientje has recently attracted attention by circumventing the soft drink tax through a legal maneuver: adding a small amount of dairy to their products. This practice, while fully compliant with existing legisla­tion...

Lidl Belgium lowers prices of plant-based products

Lidl Belgium lowers prices of plant-based products

02 May 2024

Lidl Belgium has announced an expansion of its range of plant-based protein products, along with a simulta­neous price reduction. From May 15th, the prices of these products will be permanently lowered. This move is part ...

Innovative projects for plastic recycling launched

Innovative projects for plastic recycling launched

02 May 2024

Plastic recycling in the Netherlands has been given a boost with the approval of four innovative projects by RVO. These projects, funded under the Circular Plastics NL programme, aim to fully close the loop on plastic us...

Meat sector seeks delay in UK physical inspections

Meat sector seeks delay in UK physical inspections

01 May 2024

The Dutch meat industry is viewing the upcoming physical inspections of animal and plant products in the United Kingdom with concern. These inspections are set to commence on Tuesday, 30 April. The Central Organisa­tion f...

Kips launches plant-based cream cheese alternative

Kips launches plant-based cream cheese alternative

01 May 2024

With growing interest in plant-based foods, Kips is expanding its range to include a plant-based alterna­tive to cream cheese. The launch of this new product line marks a signifi­cant expansion in Kips's range of plant-bas...

Podcast Video Series for theFood & Beverage Sector

Podcast Video Series for theFood & Beverage Sector

01 May 2024

Join Aptean’s podcast videos covering a range of issues from Industry 4.0 and digital transfor­ma­tion to customer stories and ERP project successes. These are manageable topics that are easy to listen to. You can join ...

Stability in the European pork market

Stability in the European pork market

30 April 2024

The European pork market remains calm, showing signs of stability and modest production growth. This trend is driven by higher margins that have led to increased production in some countries, such as Spain and Poland. Th...

Ban on smoke flavours affects food industry

Ban on smoke flavours affects food industry

26 April 2024

The European Commission has decided to ban the use of smoke flavours in food products. This decision was approved by the member states on April 24. The ban extends the approval of eight smoke flavours which, after a tran...

Turkey seeks protected status for traditional döner

Turkey seeks protected status for traditional döner

25 April 2024

Turkey has recently applied to the European Union to register the name "döner" as a "guaranteed traditional specialty." This would mean that only döner prepared with specific ingredi­ents and methods could continue to car...

Potato prices keep rising in Northwest Europe

Potato prices keep rising in Northwest Europe

25 April 2024

For the fourth consecu­tive year, potato prices in Northwest Europe, including the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Germany, remain above average. This also applies to processed products such as fries and crisps. The ong...

Tougher regulations for recyclable packaging in the EU

Tougher regulations for recyclable packaging in the EU

25 April 2024

The Parliament has recently adopted new measures to reduce the environ­mental impact of packaging. These measures aim to signifi­cantly decrease packaging waste across the EU and further promote the principles of the circu...

Pesticide residues safe in 96.3% of food samples

Pesticide residues safe in 96.3% of food samples

24 April 2024

In 2022, the European Union gathered a record 110,829 food samples, marking a 25% increase from the previous year. Analysis revealed that 96.3% of these samples contained pesticide residues within legally permitted level...