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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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onreachable

12 June 2018

Construction is a theme we can say a lot about. Not only about the construction of new food factories, which this magazine is full of, but also about road construction. And that is what I want to talk about, because lo...

About building materials and investments

12 June 2018

Food and construction are inextricably linked. Look at how we formulate it: a meal is ‘built’ from food, which in turn contains nutrients as fuel and ‘building’ materials. And a building material like protein, in turn, i...

Allergen control

08 May 2018

My oldest daughter brought a letter home from school. There will soon be a new boy in her class. He has a severe peanut allergy. The letter contained an urgent request to stop putting peanut butter on lunch sandwiches. I...

Food safe?

08 May 2018

The building. Two years ago, my wife and I were photographing the unbelievably beautiful, expanded-metal facade of the Wüstenrot Bausparkasse in Salzburg. We walked around the building, which stands in a public park, and...

Hygiëne is 'a way of life'

08 May 2018

Last month, we were in India, which is an up-and-coming, promising economy. We were exploring the options for starting a laboratory there. What struck me was that there were many incredibly dirty areas. There was garbage...

Communicating

08 May 2018

Communication is always difficult. Reaching the outside world is tough, but doing it internally definitely is, too. I have my own communication agency. We organise interesting gatherings for the OSV, publish our own jour...

Oh, what fun!

08 May 2018

According to the Voedingscentrum (Food Centre), roughly 700,000 people are affected by food poisoning annually. Despite the tips and warnings, it all seems like a lost cause.  Take King’s Day for example. This is...

Taking a different approach to sustainability

09 April 2018

I find “long-lasting” a better term. In principle, something that is sustainably designed, yet does not last long, is bad. The usage requirements for buildings are changing at a breakneck pace. Over time, only a few buil...

Step-by-step plan

09 April 2018

Sustainable enterprise is good for the environment and for your image. It is also being anchored into legal requirements more and more often, so it’s how we have to operate. However, it also requires that you strike bala...

Social contacts

09 April 2018

I created a post on LinkedIn out of pure frustration: “We are not satisfied with our current cleaning company. Does anyone know of a good company in the Arnhem vicinity that provides proper cleaning services for a reason...

The teenage brain

09 April 2018

He’s hanging out on the sofa, cell phone in hand. Me: “Turn the light off in your room. And clean up the food you left on the counter: if the ham stays out of the refrigerator for that long, we’ll have to throw it away s...

Thinking out of the box

05 March 2018

Marketing can be summarised as “bringing a product or service to the attention of the client.” In that process, it is all about standing out: how can you ensure that you are remembered? Or that you are at the front of th...

Sparsely populated city

05 March 2018

The Netherlands is a sparsely populated city—at least, when you compare it to a city like Tokyo. Take the area between Rotterdam and Alkmaar using two straight lines towards the coast, add 36 million residents to it, and...

Recall: Not if, but when?

05 March 2018

Many recalls are caused by errors in ingredient statements on packaging, mixed-up labels or product errors. When a manufacturer does not have the labelling process squared away perfectly, then sooner or later something w...

Useful packaging

05 March 2018

Every day, I open an incredible number of packages without a second thought. In the morning, it’s yoghurt with muesli. The top on the yoghurt cup is locked by a lip: if you don’t open it right, you end up with a razor sh...