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Complicated packaging

Packaging's great. You can set up (allergen) information, ensure food safety, seduce consumers with attractive shapes and colours, and keep cookies, soup and tomatoes together during necessary transport.  But onc..

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25 years Dutch Food Industry

09 January 2018

This year, we are celebrating 25 years of Dutch Food Industry magazine. I still fondly remember when it all began: January 1993, in the garage behind Klaas Dijkstra's house. We called it VLEESwetenschap (Meat Science)....

Een (zakelijk) gezond 2018

11 December 2017

Het einde van 2017 nadert. Voor ons was het een dynamisch jaar, met veel nieuwe projecten, leuke uitdagingen, mooie bladen en… een nieuwe locatie. Op 20 november zijn  b2b Communications en Wallbrink Crossmedia één ...

Wanted: a robot with brains

14 November 2017

Robots and computers can do almost anything, as long as it is standardised and brainless. They are the best employees you can wish for: 24/7, never ill and they do exactly what you tell them – nothing less, but nothing m...

Een mooi jaar!

14 November 2017

Voor de OSV zit het jaar erop. De laatste bijeenkomst was SmaakStampei, een waardige afsluiter van het jaar. De komende maanden organiseren we bewust niets. De foodproducenten zijn druk bezig met het produceren en beleve...

Keep smiling

14 November 2017

Digitisation, blockchain, robotisation, the IoT, Smart Industry...once you start exploring the world of ‘Industry 4.0’ you’re confronted with an impressive list of terms that – as far as I know – didn’t even exist around...

Fall into place

10 October 2017

As we all know, things can sometimes just fall into place – and I regularly experience that first-hand. Needless to say, you always have to take the first step yourself. I firmly believe that good deeds are good for your...

How difficult can it really be?

10 October 2017

Cleaning, oh how I detest it…but no, I don’t have a cleaning lady. I’m too particular – or too thrifty – for that. So I do it myself instead: cleaning, sanitising, washing, rinsing, scrubbing, sterilising, disinfecting, ...

‘Hand washing? It’s complete nonsense!'

10 October 2017

Hygiene is important, as the managers of any food processing company know. That’s why there are hygiene sluices, jewellery such as rings and watches are forbidden, and employees wear special overalls and hair nets… Bu...

Food production starts and ends with cleaning

10 October 2017

In the food industry, the aim of cleaning is to transform a dirty factory into a clean production environment. Manufacturing activities cannot get underway until all the lights are green. There are no sub-levels of clean...

Honesty and innovation

11 September 2017

Innovations aren’t just the technical knock-outs, dreamed up by the brightest brains on the planet. Innovation can also happen on your factory floor, sparked by your own people’s ideas – but creating the right conditions...

A new look for OSV

11 September 2017

During the Summer Barbecue in June, the new Ondernemers Sociëteit Voedingsindustrie (OSV) logo was officially unveiled for the 100-plus attendees.  The new logo is the first step in a complete upgrade of the OSV ...

Thinking ahead

11 September 2017

The summer holidays are over, for most of us at least. We’ve recharged our batteries and are ready to set to work again. The hectic autumn period is looming...we’re working hard in the run-up to the Christmas period, but...

Go ahead and blunder

11 September 2017

I firmly believe that it’s impossible to innovate if you don’t dare (or aren’t allowed) to make mistakes. Because this edition is focused on innovation, I want to zoom in on the second part of that statement – because we...

Is the food safety landscape changing?

13 June 2017

“Major supermarket chain recalls chicken fillets due to labelling error; USA shaken by series of recalls of cheese possibly contaminated with Listeria; Ground golf balls end up in frozen potato cubes; Paninis taken off s...

Connections

13 June 2017

I recently had to drive to the very southernmost tip of the Netherlands to rectify a mistake. Yes, even I make mistakes sometimes – I’m only human after all! So I got into the car together with the author of the article ...