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Packaging: sustainable versus political gain

The European Commission is 'through with it': the EU's packaging waste policy has failed. That is why the EU is intervening with new legislation. Which is SO detailed that it is going to have a lot of impact on the food ..

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Deposit on cans from 1 April 2023

28 March 2023

The first deposit can was handed in on 27 March 2023. This marks an important step towards the official start of the deposit system for cans as of 1 April. Cans with the deposit logo are now pouring in at supermarkets, c...

Test phase with smart shelf life indicator launched

28 March 2023

The NVWA and the Ministry of VWS are offering the Norwegian company Keep-It Technologies, in cooperation with a manufacturer, the opportunity to test a time and temperature indicator on food products for 24 months. This ...

Quarter more sales for organic products in 2022

27 March 2023

Due to the growing supply of organic products, sales of organic products increased by 25% last year, according to new research by GfK (2023). 15% of the increase in sales was made up of increasing volume and 10% came fro...

Cabinet launches Industry Sustainability Program

27 March 2023

There are great opportunities for industry in the Netherlands to produce cleanly and reduce its negative impact on the living environment. To achieve this, the government will take more control and ensure more cohesion b...

Food Cabinet receives B Corp certification

27 March 2023

For over a decade, Food Cabinet has focused on a sustainable, fair and healthy food system. This is why the organisation chooses to work for and with brands, businesses and organisations that share these ambitions. "We f...

No large-scale food production in the sea for now

27 March 2023

There are high expectations for the production of food at sea, but the opportunities are limited, even with the latest technological options such as ecological engineering, argues theoretical biologist Jaap van der Meer ...

Commission sets criteria against greenwashing

23 March 2023

On 22 March 2023 the Commission proposed common criteria against greenwashing and misleading environmental claims. According to the proposal, when companies choose to make a ‘green claim' about their products or services...

Coffee grounds as raw material for plastic products

23 March 2023

Flevoland Province is supporting start-up OVDesigns from Lelystad to set up a local circular chain around coffee grounds. OVDesigns will turn coffee grounds and recycled plastic into products such as trays and wall panel...

Opportunities and challenges of blockchain for agri-food

21 March 2023

What are the most recent developments in the realm of blockchain applications? What opportunities and challenges does the technology present to the agri-food sector in the Netherlands? And what would help blockchain appl...

Too Good To Go saved 18 million meals in 5 years

21 March 2023

Too Good To Go, the world's largest marketplace for surplus food, is celebrating its fifth anniversary in the Netherlands this month. In a relatively short time, the app against food waste has saved 18 million meals here...

Number of dairy cows hardly declined

20 March 2023

The number of dairy cows in the Netherlands remained almost the same in 2022, at 1.57 million. The number of pigs decreased slightly in the last year, while the goat herd grew slightly in size. This is according to final...

Will ‘meat shaming’ reduce meat consumption?

20 March 2023

'Meat shaming' stickers on meat packaging can have an inhibiting effect on meat purchases. Stickers that point to animal suffering, in particular, stir up feelings of shame, this is according to a Research by Anne-Madele...

New method to measure environmental impact of food

16 March 2023

Foundation Earth recently published a new method to assess the environmental impact of food and drink products. The methodology, which proposes an improved version of the European Commission’s Product Environmental Fo...

Meat and dairy tax addressed once again

16 March 2023

The cabinet wants at least a 55% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030. The report 'Sharp goals, sharp choices' describes how the cabinet wants to tackle this, among other things a possible meat and dairy tax is mentione...

Albert Heijn ceases using plastic bread clips

15 March 2023

Customers are seeing more and more products in a bag with a paper clip at Albert Heijn's bread department. The familiar square, plastic bread clips are gradually being replaced by a highly recyclable, paper variant.  ...