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Tackling food waste with targeted measures

Despite the ambitions of companies in the food chain to reduce waste, practical implementation often lags behind. "Companies need more incentives to take action," says Sanne Stroosnijder from Wageningen University & ..

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Banana Factory rescues million bananas in just 6 months

23 June 2023

The Banana Factory, the world's first banana factory, is celebrating a milestone 6 months after opening by announcing the rescue of the millionth banana from unnecessary destruction. Every year an average of 120,000 tons...

Proteins fermented by fungi win ReThink Waste

21 June 2023

Team Afterlife won first prize in the ReThink Waste Challenge with their idea to convert food waste into proteins using fungi. The judges praised their approach to a waste stream that is difficult to ferment. The team re...

Risk analysis raises shelf life of chilled fresh products

09 June 2023

TOP BV has developed a method to lift the shelf life of chilled products to new heights. Thanks to their innovative risk analysis, food producers can discover a product's vulnerable spots and address them to extend its s...

Belgium second largest food waster in Europe

07 June 2023

The Monitor Food Loss 2020 shows that Belgium, particularly Flanders, has wasted nearly 900,000 tons of edible food in 2020. This puts Belgium at the bottom of the European ladder, with only Cyprus doing worse. Bond Bete...

Catering sector starts measuring food waste

23 May 2023

Dutch caterers have started the 'Spill-free Catering' project to measure the amount of food waste in company restaurants, care facilities and school canteens. The online kick-off took place on 9 May, bringing together re...

Combat food waste? Start stockpiling

08 May 2023

Bulk offers in the supermarket, such as 1+1 free or stacking discounts, do not increase food waste. On the contrary, these types of offers appear to make consumers more aware of the risk of food wastage, making them try ...

Smart robots to make a salad

02 May 2023

Picking and packaging a bunch of grapes with a robot already requires a lot of technology. But it can get even more complicated: automatically preparing a ready-to-eat salad. Researchers from Wageningen University & ...

Increasingly less food waste in the Netherlands

25 April 2023

Dutch people are wasting less and less food, especially households. Since 2015, we are throwing away 23% less food. In 2022, Dutch people wasted an average of 33.4 kg of food per person at home. But, about a quarter of a...

Consumers positive about vegetable coating fruit and vegetables

13 April 2023

Applying a vegetable protective coating to fresh fruit and vegetables can ensure quality and extend shelf life. Wageningen Food and Biobased Research (WFBR) investigated what consumers know about such a protective coatin...

Foodvalley up to the plate

01 April 2023

The aim is to get healthy, sustainable and efficiently produced food on our plates. Our experts identify promising opportunities at an early stage, with their sights set on 2050, but with application possibilities for to...

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 ...

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...

Unilever and Too Good To Go save 1 million products

08 March 2023

In 2020, the collaboration between Unilever and Too Good To Go aimed at fighting food waste began. On 7 March 2023, the two parties announced that a total of 1 million products had been saved from being wasted.  ...

Packaging: sustainable versus political gain

06 March 2023

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 ...

De 3 pijlers voor een duurzame voedseltransitie

16 February 2023

De basis van onze voedselproductie staat onder druk. Wereldwijd neemt het landbouwareaal af, worden grondstoffen schaarser en heeft de klimaat-en biodiversiteitscrisis negatieve impact. Als foodondernemer ontkom je er ni...