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Glass sphere

The corona-lockdowns are slowly being lifted. Carefully we step back into the big wide world. A world marked by new boundaries. How do they progress? We don't know. To me the spring with the world locked up was silent..

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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...

Quality is a people thing

10 June 2014

I love forests and heathland, and I feel blessed to live on the edge of the Veluwezoom national park. A half-hour run takes me to the viewpoint at the top of the hill called the Posbank, and on an early Sunday-morning tr...

LEGO-ising construction

10 June 2014

The construction industry has not yet reached the same stage as other industries which, once the prototype has been made, can produce millions of identical products. In the building sector things are still done different...

Who dares to take a leap of faith?

10 June 2014

An application needs technology to exist, but without an interesting application technology is nothing more than a shiny piece of metal. It is at this interface between the application and the technology that innovation ...

Networking

10 June 2014

On Thursday 22 May 2014, the OSV visited the La Trappe brewery. It is unbelievably difficult to plan activities that don’t clash with trade fairs or holidays, and that was the case with this trip too: our visit to La Tra...