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Vegaburger is allowed, but cheese alternative is banned

The European Parliament today voted against a ban on the use of product names such as 'veggie burger' and 'vegan sausage', but in favour of a ban on descriptions such as 'vegetable alternative to yoghurt'. Terms such ..

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Changing the rules to prevent food waste

12 October 2020

Major steps still need to be taken to halve food waste by 2030, but legislation and regulations sometimes hinder this. When entrepreneurs want to make an effort to waste as little as possible and value residual flows opt...

The grass is always greener next door...

12 October 2020

In my case, the above applies quite literally. Our lawn is a battlefield of various grasses, moss, dead spots and dandelions. The neighbours, on the other hand, can show off a tight, shortened, fresh green patch. Through...

Robotic technology is here; sector hesitates

12 October 2020

If it were up to Erik Pekkeriet, human hands would make way for robots as much as possible in the production process. It can provide manufacturers with flexibility and leads to fresher and more sustainable food. Accor...

Automation starts in your heart and your head

12 October 2020

Why start automating? Why choose to digitise? We often think about saving money or making your process less vulnerable. Thinking from the customer's point of view is better. What does the customer want and what do you ha...

Never become an expert

12 October 2020

The greatest poison in forward-thinking is experience. If you had been able to ask a coachman from the year 1900 about his dreams, he would have answered something like: "Give me a pair of horses that run four times a...

RI&E: the way to healthy and safe work

12 October 2020

As an entrepreneur, you know how valuable your employees are to the success of your company. That is why you want to protect them against accidents, illness and drop-outs. Not only for them, but also for the future of yo...

Robotisation: usefulness and necessity

12 October 2020

Food safety, in other words ensuring food quality, is crucial in the production and packaging of our food. Hygienic design, automation and robotics now play an essential role in this respect.  The food industry i...

Black Hole

12 October 2020

January, February, Quarantine, December; We laugh about it, but that's the way it is. From March onwards, many fell into a black hole and the rest of the year went by in a haze. With ups and downs, heavy declines in turn...

100,00 signatures against veganburger ban

06 October 2020

The petition against the veganburger ban reached the milestone of 100,000 signatures last Sunday, 4 October 2020. The ProVeg Foundation wants to prevent a new EU law from banning names of meat substitutes such as 'vegan ...

European opposition to Nutri-Score

24 September 2020

The European Ministers of Agriculture sat together on Monday 21 September 2020 to discuss a plan for the import of Nutri-Score across Europe. Such a uniform nutrition label should be in place by the end of 2022 as part o...

Discovery tours

14 September 2020

'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...

Benus: 'Bug breeding: an industry with lots of potential'

14 September 2020

Bug breeding for the food industry "will certainly grow", but there are still some bumps ahead: legislation, consumer acceptance and further automation. There is also a lack of knowledge sharing and cooperation in the ch...

Proteins can change the world

14 September 2020

To keep our bodies going we need nutrients: fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Two of these macro nutrients: the (satured) fats and carbohydrates (starch and sugars), have been under attack for decades, because they are a...

Corona - learn to play outside again

14 September 2020

Due to the lack of physical communication, we are now using Teams, Skype etcetera on a large scale. It works. Although... how do you explain the smell of delicious fresh bread? The smoothness of leather? The tenderness o...

Picture book

14 September 2020

Yeah, we're still there. No room for events. At the time I'm writing this, the Empack has also been cancelled. I didn't expect otherwise, but still. This autumn we will carefully resume our activities with an OSV golf...