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GEA's first mobile test centre for New Food

Do you want to generate proof-of-concept without investing in your own pilot plant? This is now possible with the complete, mobile and modular industrial test units from GEA. For testing various products in cultivation a..

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Inflation blocks sustainability in food sector

24 May 2022

In the coming years, food companies must do more to improve working conditions in international supply chains and to limit environmental damage, due to legislation. At the same time, there is a lot of pressure from custo...

Suspension of EU import duties on Ukrainian exports

19 May 2022

The International Trade Committee gave their green light on Monday 16 May for a one-year suspension of all EU import duties on Ukrainian exports to support the country’s economy. The measures adopted include the full rem...

Zero VAT on fruit and vegetables delayed

17 May 2022

The coalition agreement includes a review of how the VAT on fruit and vegetables can eventually be reduced to 0%. The Cabinet is currently working on the details of this agreement. However, it is not possible to arrange ...

Column Judith Witte: Taking risks

16 May 2022

Just before Easter, my daughter left in the middle of the night for a 2-year postponed school trip '24 hours to Paris'. Early in the morning, I had the following whatsapp conversation with her: She: Mom, can I have Ki...

WFSR: 'We are getting better at preventing food crises'

16 May 2022

In the event of a major fire, radiation incident or food scandal, the government wants to know quickly whether the food and drinking water are still safe. Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR) provides the government wi...

Column Pieter Vos: The price of food safety

16 May 2022

When it comes to ensuring our safety, drastic measures are often taken. Think of the lockdowns during the Corona crisis. Children who did not go to school, people who became lonely. Look at the radical measures taken dur...

Column Saskia Stender: Freedom of choice

16 May 2022

I wrote this column on 5 May, the Day of Freedom. The right to freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of choice. I want to talk about the latter. Take deep-frying fat, which has become scarce. The shelves are empty, ...

Dutch parliament does not want a meat tax

11 May 2022

On Tuesday 10 May 2022, a majority in the Lower House supported a motion by the PVV asking the government not to implement a meat tax. Minister Staghouwer of LNV informed the House in March that he was considering a s...

An end to misleading discounting

03 May 2022

Misleading consumers with false price reductions is a persistent phenomenon both online and in physical shops. The Council of Ministers has agreed to a proposal from Minister Micky Adriaansens of Economic Affairs and Cli...

Fooditive wants Novel Food permit for sweetener

15 April 2022

Fooditive, a pioneer in the development of vegetable ingredients, is preparing for a gamechanger in the industry: a Novel Food permit from the Europian Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for its sweetener. The Dutch company ha...

Contracts must comply with Unfair Commercial Practices Act

13 April 2022

The Unfair Commercial Practices Act for the agricultural and food supply chain specifies which unfair commercial practices between supplier and buyer are prohibited. And which practices are allowed if these have been agr...

Column Judith Witte: Keep asking questions

11 April 2022

Do you feel like a fish in water at your workplace? I do. It feels good to be in your element somewhere. However, there is a pitfall: that you will slack off. And that is a bad thing, because the best ideas, including pr...

Hanneke Faber: 'Without robotics, we can't feed the world'

11 April 2022

Unilever's Foods Innovation Centre in Wageningen 'Hive', opened its doors at the end of 2019. As Hive strives for openness and transparency, the idea was to host many stakeholders and interested parties from the start, b...

Column Pieter Vos: Incorrect vision in Lean Management?

11 April 2022

In product improvement, you add value to your product. You focus on what your customers consider really important. That is the exact thing you are going to realise. You improve and control, because you strive for perfect...

Column Saskia Stender: Innovation or invention

11 April 2022

Recently, the term 'innovation' has been used more and more often. It is becoming as meaningless a term as 'sustainable'. Which is also used excessively. And sometimes companies completely miss the mark, when I read abou...