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9 startups are ready to rock the food industry

9 startups are ready to rock the food industry

16 April 2021

Nine pioneering companies from Mexico, Chile, India, and across Europe comprise the sixth cohort of the world’s leading incubator of plant-based and cultured food startups. This latest round of the accelerator program...

Online edition April 2021

Online edition April 2021

12 April 2021

An oven croquette that splits when heated, a product that releases too much moisture during baking, reducing the salt, sugar and/or fat content, wanting better adhesion between layers in the product. The questio...

Forgotten treats

Forgotten treats

12 April 2021

Mum, do we have any treats left? Every day, this question echoes from the kitchen or living room to my home office. Treats' is a broad term for my three kids. Anything goes, as long as it is sweet or salty, creamy or cru...

Marc Laus: 'We can't sit back and relax'

Marc Laus: 'We can't sit back and relax'

12 April 2021

The potato. Known as a starch product, basic ingredient for Dutch stews, raw material for chips and crisps, source of inspiration for a world-famous painting by Vincent van Gogh. But the potato is much more than that. Ma...

Process optimisation with Repak

Process optimisation with Repak

12 April 2021

There is a trend among producers of fresh potatoes and fries in the Benelux towards process optimisation: higher capacity with fewer people. Repak's thermoformers offer a solution that is tailored to the needs of the ind...

Sustainable and ambitious project nears completion

Sustainable and ambitious project nears completion

12 April 2021

Westfort Vleesproducten (Westfort Meat Products) is a very modern slaughterhouse, where considerable investments have been made in animal welfare, improved meat quality and sustainable energy solutions. In IJsselstein, t...

Concurrentie voordeel met de juiste tools

Concurrentie voordeel met de juiste tools

12 April 2021

Save the date! 05.05.2021: Forward21. Voor virtuele inzichten in digitalisering in de procesindustrie. Want het niet langer de vraag óf bedrijven digitaliseren, maar met welke ideale aanpak. De procesindustrie kent bijzo...

Threats as a source for decision parameters

Threats as a source for decision parameters

12 April 2021

We are surrounded by potential dangers. Storm damage, flooding, a car accident, food poisoning, corona. If you think about it for too long, you would not dare to leave your house. Fortunately, there are risk analyses. It...

Doors make the difference

Doors make the difference

12 April 2021

Warm air supply and ice formation in the cold store gave Seacon Production headaches. It endangered the quality of the deep-frozen fish products. A new air door in combination with a high-speed door provided the desired ...

Tomassen Vlees: 'Improvement is a continuous process'

Tomassen Vlees: 'Improvement is a continuous process'

12 April 2021

Mike Tomassen is in charge of Tomassen Vlees in Someren, together with his brother Dennis. They slaughter purely for third parties, of which 70% is Beter Leven, a portion organic and the rest regular. "Mass production is...

LEGISLATION and ingredients

LEGISLATION and ingredients

12 April 2021

The growing demand for plant-based products, alternative protein sources and a more sustainable food system inevitably goes hand in hand with new and adapted legislation, also with regard to food labelling. In this artic...

More protein choice in product development

More protein choice in product development

12 April 2021

The popularity of plant proteins increases. The demand for meat replacers is growing, and also other products like dairy or sport drinks are more often produced plant-based. Yoghurt based on soy, a shake from peas and al...

Food additives and their functionality

Food additives and their functionality

12 April 2021

Food products have a structure, colour, taste, smell and a certain shelf life. To make and/or improve these aspects, functional additives such as emulsifiers, stabilizers, thickeners and modified starches are used. Howev...

Proud of our network

Proud of our network

12 April 2021

I cannot emphasise it often enough: the OSV is such a fine network of fine people, or rather fine friends. Friends as meant in the proverb: 'a friend in need is a friend indeed!' You could say that we have been in (coron...

FNLI stimulates learning during the corona crisis

FNLI stimulates learning during the corona crisis

12 April 2021

Entrepreneurs in the food, feed and agro industry face major challenges as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The FNLI, Stichting Ontwikkelingsfonds Levensmiddelenindustrie (SOL) and 10 cooperating partners, consisting of ...

NVWA checks on additives in meat preparations and products

NVWA checks on additives in meat preparations and products

12 April 2021

Meat processing companies must adjust the recipes and labels of the meat preparations they sell, so that they comply with the European rules for the use of additives (E-numbers) in meat preparations and meat products. Th...

Royal Koopmans exists 175 years!

Royal Koopmans exists 175 years!

09 April 2021

In 1846, Uilke Klazes Koopmans, as the first 'pioneer in grain', sowed the seeds for Royal Koopmans. 175 years later, his traditional rosmolen has developed into an international ingredients company. The expertise centre...

Politici zetten zich in voor gezonde voedselomgeving

Politici zetten zich in voor gezonde voedselomgeving

09 April 2021

De Verenigde Naties heeft 2021 uitgeroepen tot International Year of Fruit and Vegetables, een jaar waarin wereldwijd extra aandacht is voor het belang van gezonde, duurzame voeding voor iedereen. Op wereldgezondheidsdag...

Handtmann Group acquires Verbufa BV

Handtmann Group acquires Verbufa BV

07 April 2021

Handtmann Group has acquired Verbufa BV with effect from 1 April 2021. Handtmann Machinefabriek from Biberach in Baden-Württemberg is part of Handtmann Group and is the world's largest supplier of solutions for portionin...

25% organic food in the Netherlands ‘not realistic’

25% organic food in the Netherlands ‘not realistic’

07 April 2021

In a further elaboration on the Farm to Fork strategy of Euro-commissioner Frans Timmermans, the Commission states that the acreage of organic farmland should increase from the current 8.5 per cent to 25 per cent by 2030...

Toolkit helps regions in EU towards bio-economy

Toolkit helps regions in EU towards bio-economy

06 April 2021

How can regions successfully convert residual streams from the food and agriculture industry into food, animal feed, chemicals, materials or energy? A comprehensive toolkit was recently developed that allows regions to c...

Processing and automation expertise: Proteins

Processing and automation expertise: Proteins

06 April 2021

The focus of the second round of the MULTIVAC Summit 2021 is on the efficient processing and packaging of protein products.  With a fully automated line for slicing and packaging processed cheese, MULTIVAC will d...

ME-AT focuses on home-grown plant-based proteins

ME-AT focuses on home-grown plant-based proteins

06 April 2021

Vegetable meat replacements have a sustainable image. But the ingredients, such as soya, often come from outside Europe. This can also be done differently. ME-AT, Herba Ingredients, Agrifirm and ZLTO are working together...

Dutch Food security: robust with frayed edges

Dutch Food security: robust with frayed edges

01 April 2021

Although food security in the Netherlands is not immune to disruptions, it can certainly be qualified as robust. However, food security is also about access to food and the way in which it contributes to a healthy lifest...

Hessing builds production site in Greenport Venlo

Hessing builds production site in Greenport Venlo

01 April 2021

Hessing has started building a new vegetable production site in Horst aan de Maas, Greenport Venlo. Today the first concrete was poured, in the presence of Joost van den Akker, deputy of the Province of Limburg, Ryan Pal...

NEN establishes standards committee for food fraud

NEN establishes standards committee for food fraud

01 April 2021

Determining the authenticity of food products is receiving a great deal of attention. At the European level, agreements are made on various methods for demonstrating food fraud. There is also interest in this subject in ...

VanDrie Group opens research centre

VanDrie Group opens research centre

01 April 2021

The VanDrie Group is expanding its innovation capacity with a brand new 'Drieveld' research centre in Uddel, Gelderland. The purpose of this research centre is to help the VanDrie Group's Research & Development (R&am...

Accreditation of organic acids Normec

Accreditation of organic acids Normec

31 March 2021

Normec Foodcontrol in Belgium, part of Normec Foodcare, is one of the first laboratories in the Benelux accredited for the enzymatic determination of the three main food acids that are active against Listeria monocytogen...

Sustainable food packaging without quality loss

Sustainable food packaging without quality loss

30 March 2021

With the global movement to reduce plastic use and waste, food producers are in a difficult position. Plastic remains the best material for food packaging. After all, products packaged in plastic have a much longer shelf...

Packaging solutions in Food

Packaging solutions in Food

30 March 2021

How can the shelf life of delicate products be extended? How can the consumption of packaging materials be reduced? What sustainable packaging concepts does MULTIVAC offer especially for fresh produce and convenience foo...

FNLI in protest against high energy tax in food sector

FNLI in protest against high energy tax in food sector

30 March 2021

Food companies subscribe to the need for sustainability like no other. To realise the energy transition in the food industry, a fairer system of energy taxes and subsidies is needed. The food industry is one of the indus...

The contamination risks of plant-based ingredients

The contamination risks of plant-based ingredients

30 March 2021

The market for plant-based ingredients and dairy alternatives is growing at a fast pace. But little is known about the potential microbial contamination risks of plant-based proteins, compared to more familiar dairy prod...

Tackling excessive salt, sugar and fat in food fails

Tackling excessive salt, sugar and fat in food fails

30 March 2021

The future cabinet must be much more ambitious in tackling the excessive salt, sugar and saturated fat in food, according to the Consumers' Association. The organisation thinks that the Agreement on the improvement of pr...

Purchase of organic food increased by 7%

Purchase of organic food increased by 7%

30 March 2021

Consumers have started to buy organic more often: The purchase frequency of organic food increased with 7% in the past year, according to a new GfK study (2021). This seems to be partly due to the increased positive atti...

Scoop: Banana drum motor

Scoop: Banana drum motor

26 March 2021

After a long development process, Procon has a drummotor ready in concept, which is especially suited for use in the fruit processing industry: bananas in particular. The shape of this drive is specially designed for thi...

EC presents action plan for organic sector

EC presents action plan for organic sector

26 March 2021

On Thursday 25 March 2021, the European Commission presented an Action Plan for the development of organic production. Its overall aim is to boost the production and consumption of organic products, to reach 25% of agric...

Albert Heijn scraps plastic bags for fruit and vegetables

Albert Heijn scraps plastic bags for fruit and vegetables

25 March 2021

Albert Heijn will stop using plastic bags at the fruit and vegetable department. This saves 130 million bags - or 243,000 kilos of plastic - per year. Customers can now use sustainable fresh bags. These are washable and ...

Dutch more interested in sustainability due to corona

Dutch more interested in sustainability due to corona

25 March 2021

Climate and sustainability are gaining interest as a result of COVID-19. When the pandemic broke out in the spring of 2020, discussions immediately arose in our country about how this would affect the interest in sustain...

Tony's Chocolonely most sustainable brand in the Netherlands

Tony's Chocolonely most sustainable brand in the Netherlands

25 March 2021

Tony's Chocolonely has been voted the most sustainable brand in the Netherlands for the fourth time this year. This is evident from the Dutch research behind Sustainable Brand Index, which was published on 25 March. I...