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Labor shortages push food industry towards robotics

Food manufacturers are heavily investing in robotics to address labor shortages. Robots can make production processes more efficient and improve working conditions, but their implementation is not straightforward. Raboba..

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Six in ten Dutch want seasonal and local food

Six in ten Dutch want seasonal and local food

24 July 2024

More than six in ten Dutch people believe we should strictly eat seasonally to reduce environ­mental impact. This desire is highlighted in the latest National Choice Stress Monitor by market research firm MSI Consultants....

Falling prices and export figures: the Dutch dairy sector in 2023

Falling prices and export figures: the Dutch dairy sector in 2023

24 July 2024

Dairy prices signifi­cantly dropped in 2023 after two years of increases. Despite stable milk production, there were notable trends in the production and export of various dairy products. What were the key figures and tre...

92% of conventional strawberries contaminated with harmful pesticides

92% of conventional strawberries contaminated with harmful pesticides

23 July 2024

A recent study by PAN-NL has found alarming results in conventional strawber­ries. Of the 13 sample packs tested, 92% contained PFAS pesticides or Candidates for Substitu­tion (CfS). These substances are poorly degradable ...

First commercial seaweed farm in Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm

First commercial seaweed farm in Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm

23 July 2024

The fall of 2024 marks a historic milestone with the opening of the world's first commercial seaweed farm within the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) wind farm. Located approxi­mately 18 kilometers off the coast of Scheveningen,...

UT research aims to make plastics circular

UT research aims to make plastics circular

23 July 2024

University of Twente is launching a new research initiative focused on the circular applica­tion of plastics. The goal is to achieve high-quality recycling of fifty percent of the one million tons of plastic discarded ann...

From three to ten Kipster farms thanks to Lidl

From three to ten Kipster farms thanks to Lidl

22 July 2024

Lidl and Kipster have intensi­fied their collabo­ra­tion with the opening of a new Kipster farm in Barneveld and the announce­ment of seven additional farms. This expansion marks an important step in their joint commitment t...

Beef industry concerned about EU deforestation regulation

Beef industry concerned about EU deforesta­tion regulation

22 July 2024

On July 3, 2024, the COV/VNV, the Ministry of LNV, and the NVWA held an important meeting about the EU Deforesta­tion Regulation (EUDR Vo 1115 – 2023) and its impact on the Dutch beef sector. The European regulation, whic...

Regulation on deforestation-free products effective end of 2024

Regulation on deforesta­tion-free products effective end of 2024

19 July 2024

On December 30, 2024, the new EU regulation on deforesta­tion-free products will come into effect. This regulation replaces the existing EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). The main goal is to prevent deforesta­tion and forest de...

Million-euro grant for research on pathogens in plant-based products

Million-euro grant for research on pathogens in plant-based products

19 July 2024

Researchers of Wageningen University & Research have received a grant of one million euros through the interna­tional platform Plant2Food. This funding is intended for a study on pathogens in plant-based products. The...

Supermarkets aim for sustainable cashews

Supermar­kets aim for sustain­able cashews

19 July 2024

Dutch supermar­kets, united under the Centraal Bureau Levensmid­de­len­handel (CBL), have taken an ambitious step towards making their product range more sustain­able. The goal is to have all private label cashew snack nuts s...

Red Band maker Cloetta waves gelatin goodbye

Red Band maker Cloetta waves gelatin goodbye

18 July 2024

Cloetta, known for brands like Red Band, Venco, and Sportlife, is taking steps toward vegan products to reduce its carbon footprint. This shift aligns with the growing demand for plant-based options and the company's sus...

Vision report | Digital and sustainable transformation

Vision report | Digital and sustain­able transfor­ma­tion

18 July 2024

How advanced are Food & Beverage companies in their digital transfor­ma­tion concerning sustain­ability? In this report, we discuss the progress and challenges of this transfor­ma­tion with 8 professionals. The Food &a...

Mars and FrieslandCampina reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Mars and Friesland­Campina reduce greenhouse gas emissions

18 July 2024

Mars and Friesland­Campina have initiated a new collabo­ra­tion focused on acceler­ating the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in dairy production for Mars. This partner­ship offers additional rewards for member dairy far...

Nijsen and Insect Engineers join Insect Valley Europe

Nijsen and Insect Engineers join Insect Valley Europe

18 July 2024

Nijsen and Insect Engineers, leading players in insect farming and protein transition, have joined Insect Valley Europe (IVE). This initiative, supported by Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, the Province of Limburg, an...

Organic food contains unexpectedly high levels of toxins

Organic food contains unexpectedly high levels of toxins

17 July 2024

Young people who consume more organic food have higher levels of toxins in their blood and urine. This comes from a study by cancer expert Nick Van Larebeke. The research points to issues mainly in eggs, dairy, seeds, an...

Dutch consumers hesitant to embrace legumes as meat substitutes

Dutch consumers hesitant to embrace legumes as meat substitutes

17 July 2024

The National Bean Research by HAK reveals that 67% of Dutch people do not yet consider legumes, such as brown beans and lentils, as suitable meat substitutes. This is notable given the financial and ecological benefits o...

Voedingscentrum revises Wheel of Five criteria

Voedings­cen­trum revises Wheel of Five criteria

17 July 2024

Breakfast cereals, fish, and plant-based dairy alterna­tives are now assessed differently in the Wheel of Five. The Dutch Nutrition Centre has revised the criteria to better align with current scientific insights and the ...

NVWA: Misleading claims about whole grain products

NVWA: Misleading claims about whole grain products

17 July 2024

Research by the Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenau­toriteit (NVWA) shows that more than a quarter of products labeled as whole grain are incorrectly marketed as such. Producers have received official warnings and adminis­trat...

Ancient wheat holds promise for future generations

Ancient wheat holds promise for future generations

16 July 2024

Ancient wheat varieties are essential for developing new strains that are more resilient to climate change. A century ago, British plant scientist Arthur Watkins collected wheat samples from around the world. His collect...

10 years Fraud in the Dutch red meat industry

10 years Fraud in the Dutch red meat industry

16 July 2024

The production and trade of red meat in the Netherlands is extensive and interna­tional, which makes supervi­sion and detection complex and opens the door for fraud. Fraud can compromise food safety, animal health, and wel...

Unilever to cut 1 in 3 office jobs in Europe

Unilever to cut 1 in 3 office jobs in Europe

16 July 2024

Unilever plans to cut one in three office jobs across Europe, signifi­cantly impacting offices in London and Rotterdam. A total of 3,200 jobs will be eliminated. Employees will be informed about the implica­tions in the co...

Summer offer on used MULTIVAC machines

Summer offer on used MULTIVAC machines

16 July 2024

MULTIVAC offers both new and refurbished machines. The refurbished tray sealers, thermoformers, labelers, and portioners have original parts and provide the same quality and warranties as new machines. They are ideal for...

Nomad Foods advocates for lower freezer temperatures

Nomad Foods advocates for lower freezer tempera­tures

16 July 2024

Nomad Foods, known for brands like Birds Eye and iglo, presents the results of a new study on frozen food storage tempera­tures. Together with Campden BRI, the company investi­gated whether increasing the storage temperatu...

Ausnutria Ommen saved by potential acquisition

Ausnutria Ommen saved by potential acquisi­tion

15 July 2024

Ikwileer­li­jkezuivel.nl and Ausnutria have announced their intention to explore the feasibility of acquiring the production site in Ommen (Ausnutria Ommen B.V.). Employees of Ausnutria Ommen were informed of these plans. ...

Chinese pork dumping probe may disrupt EU market

Chinese pork dumping probe may disrupt EU market

15 July 2024

On June 17, 2024, China initiated an anti-dumping investi­ga­tion into the import of EU pork, including fresh, chilled, and frozen meat and by-products. Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, and France will be most affected. Imp...

Strategies for scaling up alternatieve protein sector

Strategies for scaling up alternatieve protein sector

12 July 2024

Despite growth to €10 billion by 2030, alterna­tive protein startups face scaling issues. Foodvalley NL and Invest-NL have identified challenges and made recommen­da­tions for developing a Dutch ecosystem for alterna­tive pr...

Royal A-ware to acquire The Dairy Food Group

Royal A-ware to acquire The Dairy Food Group

12 July 2024

Royal A-ware Food Group plans to acquire the Belgian family business The Dairy Food Group. This acquisi­tion includes the daily milk collection by BMC (Belgian Milk Company) and the companies Eurodesserts, Limelco, Incopa...

Partnership between Eetgemak Groep and TotaalVERS

Partner­ship between Eetgemak Groep and TotaalVERS

09 July 2024

Two companies with a rich history in fresh, local, and high-quality products are coming together. De Eetgemak Groep, known for its fresh customized dishes, and TotaalVERS, special­ized in providing a complete range of foo...

AI in food with Royal Smilde and Westfort

AI in food with Royal Smilde and Westfort

09 July 2024

AI offers unprece­dented opportu­ni­ties for efficiency and productivity in the food industry. By combining machine learning and advanced data analysis, companies can make more accurate decisions. This helps the food indust...

Vion temporarily barred from exporting meat outside the EU

Vion temporarily barred from exporting meat outside the EU

08 July 2024

Vion is currently unable to export meat to countries outside the European Union from its Boxtel facility. On Wednesday, July 3, the NVWA temporarily revoked the company's export license. Vion expressed surprise at this d...

Dairy industry on track to reduce CO2 emissions

Dairy industry on track to reduce CO2 emissions

05 July 2024

The Dutch dairy industry is committed to signifi­cantly reducing its CO2 emissions by 2030. A recent report by KWA bedrijf­sad­viseurs indicates that the sector is well on its way to meeting its reduction targets. The findi...

Three in five Dutch people ready for cultivated meat

Three in five Dutch people ready for cultivated meat

05 July 2024

Recent research from Good Food Institute Europe reveals that three out of five Dutch people are willing to try cultivated meat. This innovative solution, produced in cultiva­tion facilities, has the potential to make the ...

Fruit and Vegetable waste Monitor launched

Fruit and Vegetable waste Monitor launched

05 July 2024

Fruit and vegetables are essential for a sustain­able and healthy lifestyle. Due to their limited shelf life, efficient logistics are crucial. However, products often go to waste due to oversupply or weather conditions. G...

Heemskerk fresh & easy and Fruity Pack join forces

Heemskerk fresh & easy and Fruity Pack join forces

05 July 2024

Heemskerk fresh & easy and Fruity Pack have announced that they will collabo­rate from July 1, 2024. This partner­ship strengthens their market position by focusing on their core activities. The collabo­ra­tion allows them t...

Health effects of organic food on pigs

Health effects of organic food on pigs

04 July 2024

Scientists from Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Utrecht University (UU), and the Louis Bolk Institute (LBI) have initiated a large-scale study to investi­gate the effects of organic food on pig health. This re...

Regenerative agriculture by Unilever, Jumbo, Agrifirm, Ardo

Regener­a­tive agricul­ture by Unilever, Jumbo, Agrifirm, Ardo

04 July 2024

Unilever, Jumbo, Agrifirm, and Ardo are joining forces to secure the future of Dutch agricul­ture by implementing regener­a­tive farming practices. This collabo­ra­tion is crucial to restore soil health and promote sustainabl...

AI and robotics are transforming food production

AI and robotics are transforming food production

04 July 2024

Artificial intelli­gence (AI) makes production processes in the food industry more efficient, acceler­ates product develop­ment, and contrib­utes to a more sustain­able food system. A company culture that encourages experimen...

Holie reveals hidden sugars in Sugar ABC

Holie reveals hidden sugars in Sugar ABC

04 July 2024

The food industry disguises sugar in our food under names like dextrose, fructose, honey, and maple syrup. The cereal brand Holie is launching an initiative to inform consumers about these hidden sugars. Through their aw...

The 10 most-read articles of June 2024

The 10 most-read articles of June 2024

03 July 2024

From energy-saving innovations and sustain­able production methods to health warnings and groundbreaking technolo­gies, these are the stories that captured the most attention in June 2024. 1. Schmidt Zeevis invests in t...

Lineage organizes Food Chain Innovation Challenge 2024

Lineage organizes Food Chain Innovation Challenge 2024

03 July 2024

Lineage, the largest provider of tempera­ture-controlled logistics solutions, is once again hosting the Food Chain Innovation Challenge in the Netherlands this year. On November 19, students and startups will gather in Am...

Boermarke expands plant-based range to Foodservice

Boermarke expands plant-based range to Foodservice

03 July 2024

Boermarke, known for its dairy products, made a signifi­cant shift in mid-2023 by fully transitioning to plant-based alterna­tives. This decision has proven successful, with their plant-based yogurt, cheese, and ice cream ...

Crisp sets new standard with B Corp certification

Crisp sets new standard with B Corp certifi­ca­tion

03 July 2024

Crisp has reached a milestone by becoming the first supermarket in the Netherlands to achieve B Corp certifi­ca­tion. This certifi­ca­tion, awarded by the indepen­dent non-profit organiza­tion B Lab, confirms Crisp's commitmen...

Brabant strengthens position as leader in plant-based food

Brabant strengthens position as leader in plant-based food

02 July 2024

Brabant is taking an ambitious step towards a sustain­able future with a focus on plant-based food. The province aims to become Europe’s primary scale-up hotspot for plant-based food in the coming years. Collabo­ra­tion bet...

Potato sector focuses on water reduction and sustainability

Potato sector focuses on water reduction and sustain­ability

02 July 2024

Agristo, Aviko, Duynie, Lamb Weston, and Peka Kroef are joining forces in a groundbreaking collabo­ra­tion aimed at sustain­ability. These companies are focusing on implementing techniques that reduce water consump­tion in t...

Insects as chicken feed: Innovation in the poultry sector

Insects as chicken feed: Innovation in the poultry sector

02 July 2024

Breeding insects on by-products from the food industry offers a sustain­able solution for feed production in the poultry sector, concludes the InsectFeed project led by Wageningen University & Research. The research s...