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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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Food Processing

09 April 2019

It is the same song every single day. After a hard day's work 'to put food on the table', there literally must be food on the table. The trend in the Netherlands is 'pure, fair, and artisanal'. At the same time, the curr...

Looking into the future

09 April 2019

I have a sad and maybe even shocking announcement to make: the Slagersvakschool, the butchery school, no longer exists! There was no other option. We could not continue any longer. 'Seriously!? But since when? And why di...


09 April 2019

For whom do we 'process' food? In the old days, consumers cooked their meals, then they started to assemble and, today, they often go for ready meals. All in all, we scrape together up to 42 eating moments per week. ...

No compromise

09 April 2019

I have been to India several times last year. I also visited production companies, such as a factory where they make a traditional sweet called 'Ladoo'. A dough is made of (chickpea) flour, often different kinds of nuts,...

Time management

08 April 2019

Do you recognise this? Your desk has turned yellow and pink with all the post-its because everything is high-priority and should have been done yesterday. This one phone call, the client you wanted to visit but who you c...

20% less packaging

05 March 2019

Consumers, supermarkets, social organisations and governments are putting more and more pressure on companies to pack(age) in a sustainable way. Dutch supermarkets recently agreed that by 2025 there will be a 20 percent ...

The power of packaging

05 March 2019

Product packaging is like the entrance to a beautiful building. It is the first impression you give the visitor. Packaging and selling go hand in hand. Selling means encouraging to buy and beautiful packaging does exactl...

Food-safe packaging

05 March 2019

The packaging of your product is more than just attractive wrapping that facilitates sales, and that certainly applies to fresh products. The packaging also contributes to the shelf life of your product. And therefore fo...

Print comeback

04 March 2019

Five years ago I took the plunge into entrepreneurship with the takeover of the Food Industry magazine and the OSV. I was often questioned about my investment in print. "Print is a fading business that won't last much lo...

Sustainable preservation of mankind

04 February 2019

Sustainability: a wonderful concept, but how to handle it? People, there is so much more going on than just the rise of the sea level. Let’s just spend 254 billion and we no longer have to worry about the CO2 reductio...

The courage to choose

04 February 2019

The VAT on food products has been increased from 6 to 9%. The result is that, more or less everywhere, products in supermarkets have become 3% more expensive. But more costs are rising. Think about the personnel costs wh...

Force majeure

04 February 2019

I was following the news about the huge amount of snow in Austria and was happy that I was not there. I can still remember myself thinking 'Luckily we don't have that kind of horrible weather in our tiny, rainy country.....

Ignoring is no longer an option

04 February 2019

When you start talking about sustainability, you already know the outcome: a heated discussion! It will soon be all about 'the things we shouldn't be doing any more'. Eating meat on a daily basis, flying to a far-away de...


13 November 2018

Automation, digitisation, and robotisation all offer exceptionally practical tools and solutions, also for the food industry. Solutions that will help to increase the efficiency and reduce costs, that will give a better ...

Think bigger

13 November 2018

Digitisation has taken huge leaps in a relatively short amount of time. At Nutrilab, we already 'produce' an incredible amount of data through all our analyses and samples. And we are surely not the only ones. The mai...