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Column Judith Witte: Clean enough

My definition of 'clean' is quite different from the one usually used by my homeliving offspring (16, 18, 20). Our living situation is no exception. Since the introduction of the social loan system (2015), far fewer stud..

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Column Pieter Vos: Stay sharp

21 November 2022

Cleaning and disinfection is about risk management: guaranteeing hygiene contributes to the safe marketing of your food products, so you don't have to worry about recalls. To ensure this, you have set up procedures and r...

Marlous van Drunen: Focus on quantity or quality?

21 November 2022

As an employee in a food company, you know best how to work hygienically. HACCP, cleaning and disinfection and records have no secrets for you. But tell me honestly: does the following thought ever cross your mind? "Oh...

Column Saskia Stender: Panic measures

21 November 2022

With everything that is going on in the market right now, the key focus of almost all companies is to cut costs. Energy prices are skyrocketing, everything is more expensive. Labour costs will rise 10% next year. And we ...

Column Judith Witte: 'Heating and cybercrime'

17 October 2022

I really don't consider myself a digital illiterate, to put it bluntly. I am an expert in Word, I can e-mail, instagram, do digital banking and buy train tickets at an ns ticket machine. However, everything is relative. ...

Column Pieter Vos: The human factor

17 October 2022

Recently, insects have often been in the news as a source of protein; to feed a growing world population. But recently I stumbled across another application: the cyborg insect.  Back in 2012, the first reports of 'rem...

Column Saskia Stender: Strong entrepreneurs

17 October 2022

In early October, I paid a visit to the Slavakto. On the way there, I wondered what to expect. "What is the vibe going to be like, with all this energy misery coming on top of staff shortages? Am I going to a trade fair ...

Column Judith Witte: Richness of flavour

12 September 2022

There I was, after an exciting hiking, climbing and scrambling trip in the Alps, enjoying a "Hausgemachte" spaghetti bolognese. It tasted different than at home. In fact, had I ever eaten this simple dish as good as I di...

Column Pieter Vos: Functional, fast, easy

12 September 2022

Food, water and air are primary necessities of life; we cannot exist without them. But there is more to food than its functional aspect. We regularly celebrate its sensory, emotional and cultural components. Eating and d...

Column Jos Hugense: Down-to-earthness

12 September 2022

In recent months, there has been some hesitation in the abundant stream of euphoric reports about growth and even greater growth in the market for vegetarian and vegan products. McDonalds withdrew its vegetarian burger f...

Column Saskia Stender: 'I can't take it anymore'

12 September 2022

To be honest, summer is the most dangerous period of the year. In terms of staff, that is. I hear people around me getting burnt out more and more often. It may sound like a trendy word, but it's certainly food for thoug...

Judith Witte: The more I learn, the more I realise what I do not know

20 June 2022

I actually wanted to write about the nitrogen crisis here. Because the reduction of nitrogen will seriously hamper or delay construction, especially in regions with high emissions. To make sense of a difficult subject, I...

Column Pieter Vos: Selfish countries

20 June 2022

World crises like the Corona crisis and the war in Ukraine are exposing our weaknesses painfully in a short time. There are problems with gas and oil supplies. A huge wheat shortage is looming. Prices skyrocket and peopl...

Column Saskia Stender: Catching up vs. overkill

20 June 2022

In recent weeks, I have been hearing on the radio that people who normally attend all festivals now have to make choices. Because of all the lockdowns, it seems as if we need to catch up in the second quarter of this yea...

Column Judith Witte: Taking risks

16 May 2022

Just before Easter, my daughter left in the middle of the night for a 2-year postponed school trip '24 hours to Paris'. Early in the morning, I had the following whatsapp conversation with her: She: Mom, can I have Ki...

Column Pieter Vos: The price of food safety

16 May 2022

When it comes to ensuring our safety, drastic measures are often taken. Think of the lockdowns during the Corona crisis. Children who did not go to school, people who became lonely. Look at the radical measures taken dur...