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Over 20 algae species admitted to European market

The Dutch food industry is poised for a significant shift, following the recent addition of over 20 algae species to the EU Novel Food Catalogue. This decision by the European Commission, in collaboration with the compet..

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Basis voor succes bij Tony’s en FrieslandCampina

Basis voor succes bij Tony’s en Friesland­Cam­pina

01 March 2024

Met een groei mindset en de investe­ring in technolo­gieën, kunnen bedrijven flinke verbete­ringen doorvoeren. Ontdek hoe digitali­se­ring de basis legt voor succes bij Tony’s Chocolo­nely, Friesland­Cam­pina en Nolet Distillery...

France bans meat terms for vegan products

France bans meat terms for vegan products

29 February 2024

Recent develop­ments in the French food industry have led to a signifi­cant change in the labeling of vegetarian products. The French government has ruled that the naming of vegetarian products can no longer refer to meat....

First evaluation of progress in nitrogen and nature policy

First evaluation of progress in nitrogen and nature policy

29 February 2024

Since 2021, the Dutch government has made signifi­cant strides in enhancing the quality of nature. The effective­ness of the measures taken so far is evident in the first evaluation reports on the nitrogen and nature polic...

Beef market: Changes and challenges in 2024

Beef market: Changes and challenges in 2024

29 February 2024

The dynamics of the global beef market are undergoing signifi­cant changes in 2024, with direct implica­tions for the Dutch meat industry. This is evident from a recent report by Rabobank, which highlights the trends and s...

Plastics: the invisible threat in our food

Plastics: the invisible threat in our food

28 February 2024

Increas­ingly, minuscule plastic particles are floating around us. These particles, originating from larger pieces of plastic, make their way into our food chain and ultimately into our bodies. This raises questions about...

PAN: Rising number of PFAS pesticides in fresh produce

PAN: Rising number of PFAS pesticides in fresh produce

28 February 2024

A worrying trend has emerged with the increasing presence of PFAS pesticides in fruits and vegetables, as revealed by recent research conducted by PAN Europe and its members. These so-called 'forever chemicals' are spray...

Van Loon Group's climate goals approved by SBTi

Van Loon Group's climate goals approved by SBTi

27 February 2024

Van Loon Group has reached a signifi­cant milestone in its sustain­ability initiatives. The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has validated and approved their CO2 reduction goals for 2030. This marks a major step for...

Brands Fish acquires Baarssen Fish Processing

Brands Fish acquires Baarssen Fish Processing

27 February 2024

Brands Fish has acquired Baarssen Fish Processing. This move, effective from January 1, 2024, underscores a signifi­cant develop­ment in the fish processing industry. The founders of Brands Fish, Hendrik and Jan Brands,...

Wageningen University opens new Microbiome Center

Wageningen University opens new Microbiome Center

26 February 2024

Wageningen microbi­ol­o­gists have recently established the Wageningen Microbiome Center (WMC). This initiative, led by Thijs Ettema, highlights the extensive research into micro-organisms at Wageningen University & Res...

Changes in the export of organic products to the USA

Changes in the export of organic products to the USA

26 February 2024

From March 19, 2024, the export of Dutch organic food products to the United States will undergo signifi­cant changes. Exporters must adapt to new regulations to access the American market. These changes are a direct resu...

QS quality label launches mandatory animal health advisory

QS quality label launches mandatory animal health advisory

26 February 2024

The German livestock industry is taking a signifi­cant step forward in improving animal health and welfare. The QS quality seal, known for its strict standards, is introducing a mandatory animal health advisory for pork p...

Belgium sees lowest pig slaughter numbers in years

Belgium sees lowest pig slaughter numbers in years

23 February 2024

The Belgian meat industry experienced a signifi­cant drop in pig slaughters over the past year. Recent figures from the statistics bureau Statbel show that 9.4 million pigs were slaughtered in Belgium, which is 11 percent...

Are processed vegan products healthy or not?

Are processed vegan products healthy or not?

23 February 2024

The debate over the healthi­ness of processed vegan products remains a hot topic. Contrary to popular belief, the extent of processing or the length of the ingredient list is not always indicative of a product's healthine...

EU trade deals open new markets for agri-food sector

EU trade deals open new markets for agri-food sector

22 February 2024

The Dutch agri-food sector is poised for new commercial opportu­ni­ties within the European Union. This finding comes from a recent study conducted by the Joint Research Centre of the Commission. The study highlights the i...

85% less CO2 emissions for Koopmans with biofuel ship

85% less CO2 emissions for Koopmans with biofuel ship

22 February 2024

Royal Koopmans, renowned for its innovative grain ingredi­ents, has recently launched a notable sustain­ability initiative. The company is the first in the Netherlands to deploy a ship transporting Nedertarwe, powered by H...

New insights in protein production by Bacillus subtilis

New insights in protein production by Bacillus subtilis

22 February 2024

Dutch researchers from the University of Groningen have made signifi­cant strides in understanding the protein secretion processes of Bacillus subtilis. These findings could change the biotech­no­log­ical industry, spanning ...

Decrease in German meat production in 2023

Decrease in German meat production in 2023

21 February 2024

German meat production experienced a signifi­cant decrease in 2023. Prelimi­nary data from the Statistische Bundesamt (Destatis) shows that commercial slaughter­houses produced 6.8 million tons of meat last year. This repre...

Magioni introduces American pancakes with vegetables

Magioni introduces American pancakes with vegetables

21 February 2024

Magioni, known for its innovative vegetable pizza bases, is once again making waves in the Dutch market. This time, they're adding a creative twist to the well-known breakfast classic: American Pancakes. These fresh, rea...

Metal particles found in Merba products

Metal particles found in Merba products

21 February 2024

Merba Bakery has recently issued a statement regarding the discovery of small metal particles in some of their products. This issue came to light following complaints from consumers, raising concerns among customers and ...

Van Gelder expands with meat and fish alternatives

Van Gelder expands with meat and fish alterna­tives

20 February 2024

Van Gelder, a leading name in the Dutch fruit and vegetable (AGF) sector, is set to unveil a new plant-based range this spring. The company, known for its daily deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables to the hospitalit...

NVWA: Elevated acrylamide levels in gingerbread

NVWA: Elevated acrylamide levels in gingerbread

20 February 2024

Recent research conducted by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has revealed that over half of the gingerbreads sampled contained excessive levels of acrylamide. This substance can be harmful to ...

German government releases national food strategy

German government releases national food strategy

20 February 2024

Earlier this year, the German government unveiled its inaugural national food strategy, aimed at promoting healthy eating for all citizens. Emphasizing health and sustain­ability, the strategy comprises various ambitions ...

Validating green claims: transparency for EU firms

Validating green claims: transparency for EU firms

19 February 2024

The European Commission took a crucial step on February 14, 2024, by outlining the validation process for environ­mental marketing claims in response to the growing issue of greenwashing. As an addition to the existing EU...

ABN AMRO: Major crises in food industry are behind us

ABN AMRO: Major crises in food industry are behind us

19 February 2024

The Dutch food industry has weathered a period of immense challenges, ranging from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to energy crises and inflation peaks. Many of these excesses seem to finally be diminishing, but stru...

New EU regulations to reduce food waste

New EU regulations to reduce food waste

16 February 2024

The European Union has adopted new measures to support the circular economy by addressing food waste. On Wednesday, February 14, members of the European Parliament's Committee on the Environ­ment unanimously voted for the...

Stagnation of organic products in Dutch supermarkets 2024

Stagnation of organic products in Dutch supermar­kets 2024

16 February 2024

The recent EKO count by PAN-NL in the five largest Dutch supermar­kets shed a critical light on the state of affairs regarding fresh organic produce. With a focus on potatoes, vegetables, and fruit (PVF) on the shelves, t...

Slavakto becomes part of Vakbeurs Foodspecialiteiten

Slavakto becomes part of Vakbeurs Foodspe­cialiteiten

15 February 2024

Butchers can anticipate an annual trade fair, thanks to a collabo­ra­tion between Slavakto Foundation and Stichting Foodspe­cialiteiten (Specialty Foods Foundation). This alliance results in a more comprehen­sive fresh produ...

Waste Fund advocates for Minister of Circular Economy

Waste Fund advocates for Minister of Circular Economy

15 February 2024

The Waste Fund Packaging has an urgent message for Dutch politics: we need a Minister of Circular Economy. In a recent open letter addressed to the new informa­teur and the Second Chamber, the fund advocates for a higher ...

The seven key veggie trends for 2024

The seven key veggie trends for 2024

15 February 2024

The Vegetarian Society predicts seven signifi­cant trends in the realm of vegetarian and vegan food for 2024. These trends are rooted in thorough data analysis, including insights from the Vegamon­itor by Panelwizard and o...

Week Without Meat & Dairy Supported by 51 Partners

Week Without Meat & Dairy Supported by 51 Partners

14 February 2024

Support for the National Week Without Meat & Dairy continues to grow, with an impressive 51 partners committing to the campaign this year. Enthusiasm from the food industry remains high, with a wide range of well-kno...

Ireland launches toolkit for sustainable livestock farming

Ireland launches toolkit for sustain­able livestock farming

14 February 2024

Ireland, a leading exporter of food and beverages to the Netherlands, has recently introduced an innovative toolkit aimed at promoting sustain­ability in livestock farming. This toolkit empowers Irish livestock farmers to...

Three Belgian food factories awarded 'Factory of the Future'

Three Belgian food factories awarded 'Factory of the Future'

14 February 2024

Three prominent food factories in Flanders have recently been honored with the prestigious 'Factory of the Future Awards', presented by Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon (N-VA) and Walloon Vice Minister-President Wil...

Anuga FoodTec 2024

Anuga FoodTec 2024

13 February 2024

As the food industry sees the rise of new trends and technolo­gies, there's an increasing demand for innovative solutions. Food producers are on the lookout for ways to marry efficiency with sustain­ability, aiming to meet...

Microplastics in our soil: First consistent risk assessment

Microplas­tics in our soil: First consistent risk assessment

13 February 2024

Microplas­tics in soil present a complex issue, with risks that are challenging to determine. Researchers from the Spanish institute IMDEA Water and Wageningen University & Research have conducted an ecological risk a...

AH reduces packaging waste by 20 million kilo

AH reduces packaging waste by 20 million kilo

13 February 2024

In 2023, Albert Heijn success­fully achieved a reduction of 5.9 million kilograms of packaging material, surpassing its goal to reduce packaging material by 20 million kilograms compared to 2018, two years ahead of schedu...

Vivera launches plant-based mince in a bag

Vivera launches plant-based mince in a bag

13 February 2024

Vivera makes an innovative move in the Dutch food industry with the launch of Plant-Based Minced Meat in a bag. As a leading producer of plant-based meat substitutes, Vivera focuses on sustain­ability with this bulk packa...

Empack 2024

Empack 2024

12 February 2024

This April 9th, 10th, and 11th, Empack 2024 opens its doors at the Evenementenhal Gorinchem, promising to be another remarkable event. Serving as the leading platform for the packaging industry in the Netherlands, Empack...

Too Good To Go’s AI stops food waste in supermarkets

Too Good To Go’s AI stops food waste in supermar­kets

12 February 2024

Too Good To Go, the world's largest marketplace for food surplus, has launched the Too Good To Go Platform, an innovative solution in the fight against food waste. This AI-driven platform enables food retailers, from sup...

Verstegen introduces plant-based mixes: KNEED & KLAAR

Verstegen introduces plant-based mixes: KNEED & KLAAR

12 February 2024

Verstegen takes a signifi­cant step towards a more plant-based future. The Rotterdam-based company introduces KNEED & KLAAR, a line of seven 100% plant-based, long-lasting mixes that enable consumers to quickly and ea...

Fungi: the Unsung Heroes of Sustainability

Fungi: the Unsung Heroes of Sustain­ability

12 February 2024

Fungi don't just grow on old loaves of bread; they also hold potential for large-scale sustain­able applica­tions such as construc­tion materials, mushroom leather, and meat substitutes. Professor Arthur Ram from Leiden Uni...

Mandatory blend for sustainable plastic troubles plastic processors

Mandatory blend for sustain­able plastic troubles plastic processors

12 February 2024

The Dutch government is on the verge of introducing new regulations that will require plastic processors to add a certain percentage of recycled or bio-based plastic to their production process starting from 2027. While ...

KLM Reduces Food Waste through AI Implementation

KLM Reduces Food Waste through AI Implemen­ta­tion

09 February 2024

KLM has success­fully utilized artificial intelli­gence (AI) to decrease food waste aboard its aircraft. Thanks to AI programs, the company can more accurately predict how many passengers will actually partici­pate in a fli...

Pig Market: Price pressure and decline in production

Pig Market: Price pressure and decline in production

09 February 2024

The stability that character­ized the pig price for weeks was disrupted in mid-January by a signifi­cant drop. Concerns about maintaining this price level grew, with ample supply of pork, difficult meat and by-product sale...

Stricter standards for honey, fruit juices, jam and milk

Stricter standards for honey, fruit juices, jam and milk

08 February 2024

Europe has achieved a milestone in improving standards for food products, particu­larly for honey, fruit juices, jam, and milk. The political agreement between the European Parliament and the Council to revise and tighten...

Food machinery upgrade as a strategic move

Food machinery upgrade as a strategic move

08 February 2024

In September 2023, the Dutch manufac­turing industry experienced a 10.3% decline, marking the ninth consecu­tive month of decrease. The food industry was not exempt, facing a 4.4% downturn. The rise in interest rates parti...