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Discovery tours

'Nothing new under the sun', was what I thought in June, at the start of my summer vacation. The corona crisis quietly muddled on. No big trip to unknown places. No unexpected encounters or new mountain hiking routes, no..

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Reformulation

10 March 2015

On the day that this edition was due to go to print, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) published a press release about the latest situation relating to the levels of salt, sugar an...

Long-term project

10 March 2015

Today's food is too sweet, too salty and too fatty. Consumers like to blame it all on the food industry, but that's not entirely fair. Sugar, salt and fat contribute to a product's unique taste, so it's only logical that...

Market exclusion

10 March 2015

The saying “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got,” has been shared via the internet for many years. Sounds logical, doesn't it? And yet it would seem that it's not so logical...

Innovating together

10 February 2015

Innovation is not without risks. You never know for sure whether you will ultimately recoup the hard-earned cash you invest; failure is always a possibility. In fact, the likelihood of failure is considerably greater tha...

Chainging market

10 February 2015

During the ‘Cha(i)nges in Food’ congress organised by the Food Service Institute (FSIN) at the Dutch trade show Horecava, statistics confirmed what we actually already knew deep down. Recent research by GfK has revealed ...

Sustainable food

10 February 2015

The European Commission has set itself the goal of achieving 50% less food waste by 2020 and of striving towards more efficient use or reuse of raw materials. The ‘improved sustainability of food production’ is not just ...

Technical creativity

18 November 2014

In October this year the Pluckr, an innovation developed by TOP, won the Food Valley Award. It is a very cleverly designed machine which can remove grapes from their stems at terrific speed without damaging the grapes in...

Knowledge-sharing

18 November 2014

Branded content is ‘hip & happening’. It works! It’s a well-known fact that the more ‘editorial’ the content is, the better readers appreciate it, so don’t be afraid to share your knowledge with the market. Work towa...

Stimulating adults to continue learning

18 November 2014

While we were compiling this edition of FoodInBusiness (which is focused on the topic of HR & training), it was announced that the Dutch Ministerial Council had approved the proposal by Minister Bussemaker of Educati...

Interaction

14 October 2014

Trade-show season is upon us once again. For me, it’s a time for relationship management. With so many partners and contacts at each event, I have countless conversations: a brief chat about how things are going and any ...

World Food Day

14 October 2014

16 October 2014 was World Food Day. A day to celebrate the pleasure that food can give us, but also to focus on the challenges we face in terms of providing a well-balanced diet for the world’s population. It is a topic ...

Advocating Food Design

14 October 2014

Developing and launching new products involves technology, science and manufacturing (the ’hard side’) on the one hand, and food design and marketing (the ‘soft side’) on the other. As a product developer, I’m often posi...

The innovation process

09 September 2014

An idea is merely air. You can dream about it, fantasise about it and talk about it, but that’s as far as it goes. Plus no idea is ever unique. Somewhere in the world, at least one other person will have identified the s...

Autumnal tumult

09 September 2014

We kicked off the European vacation period with our Summer Barbecue. It was well-attended with a lively vibe and the food was oh so tasty: our networking barbecues are always one of the highlights of the year. And becaus...

Gobbledegook

09 September 2014

Software programs that are ever-more closely aligned with one another, high-tech cameras that perform a better final inspection on food production lines or help to robotise slaughterhouse activities, cybersecurity: we ca...