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Over 20 algae species admitted to European market

The Dutch food industry is poised for a significant shift, following the recent addition of over 20 algae species to the EU Novel Food Catalogue. This decision by the European Commission, in collaboration with the compet..

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New Joint Venture Enters Plant-Based Milk Alternatives Market

23 January 2024

Bitburger Braugruppe, renowned for brewing beer, has joined forces with confectionery manufacturer Zentis to venture into the growing market of plant-based milk alternatives. The collaborative venture, named V-Comp Pro, ...

The added value of deploying robots

23 January 2024

Automation, robotization, and the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming increasingly crucial in workplaces across various industries. This new reality has a particularly pronounced impact on the indust...

Record number of bankruptcies in belgian food industry

22 January 2024

The Belgian food industry witnessed an unprecedented number of bankruptcies in 2023, with 141 companies closing their doors. This alarming increase of 34% compared to the previous year marks the sector's worst performanc...

NVWA Simplifies Reporting Guide for Unsafe Food Products

19 January 2024

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has recently streamlined the reporting guide for unsafe food products, aiming to assist entrepreneurs in determining the right time to report to the NVWA. Th...

Confectionery industry addresses sugar and salt intake

19 January 2024

Recent figures from the Food Consumption Survey (VCP 2019-2021) by the RIVM show that the average intake of sugar and salt among Dutch residents has decreased, while fiber intake has increased. A positive trend aligning ...

The dangers of inorganic arsenic in food

19 January 2024

Consumer exposure to inorganic arsenic in food has sparked significant health concerns, as emphasized by the latest risk assessment from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This reaffirms EFSA's 2009 findings, und...

The Parliament Adopts New Law Against Greenwashing

19 January 2024

On January 17, 2024, the European Parliament approved a new directive aimed at combating greenwashing and misleading product information. With 593 votes in favor, 21 against, and 14 abstentions, the directive seeks to en...

Organic Agricultural Area Grows Nearly 9 Percent in 2023

18 January 2024

In the past year, the organic agricultural area in the Netherlands has experienced significant growth, according to recent data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). This growth amounted to 6.6 thousand hectares, ...

Potato Processing Industry Reduces Food Waste by 5.5%

18 January 2024

In a recent study conducted by Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in collaboration with the foundation Together Against Food Waste and the Association for the Potato Processing Industry (VAVI), it has been determ...

Charting the Course to a 20% Greener Pork Supply Chain

18 January 2024

In the quest for sustainability, the European Union's pork supply chain is poised for a significant transformation by 2030. With an ambitious target of cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by over 20% in western Europe...

Food producers tap into the CHIPS lifestyle trend

18 January 2024

The FSIN FoodShopper Monitor 2024 focuses on the CHIPS lifestyle model, an acronym representing convenience, health, indulgence, price, and sustainability. These five themes characterize the lifestyle, particularly of th...

Sales of healthier products at Albert Heijn exceed 55%

17 January 2024

Over the past year, Albert Heijn has made significant strides in promoting a healthier lifestyle, resulting in over 55% of sales coming from healthier products. This success can be attributed to strategic initiatives, in...

Meat and Meat Substitutes Equally Satiating

17 January 2024

A few years ago, consumer research revealed that people quickly felt hungry again after consuming plant-based meat substitutes. This raised questions about their satiating effects compared to traditional meat. Liesbeth Z...

Organic Sales Skyrocket: +42% in 2023

17 January 2024

In 2023, the sales of organic products in the Netherlands witnessed a remarkable surge of 42% compared to the previous year, resulting in an impressive organic sales share of 3.8%, according to recent data from GfK on Ja...

Italy Regulates Insect Flour for Human Consumption

16 January 2024

Italy has a clear message for consumers: know what you eat! On December 29, 2023, four regulations were published in the Italian Official Gazette, aiming to regulate the sale of products based on insect flour for human c...