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European opposition to Nutri-Score

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..

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Parliament: No Brexit agreement without fisheries

26 May 2020

On 26 May 2020 in Brussels, the Parliamentary Committee on Fisheries adopted its final position on the European Union's future relations with the United Kingdom. CDA MEP and fisheries spokesperson Annie Schreijer-Pierik ...

Hand in hand

15 May 2020

King's Day 2020. No strange junk on markets and no ridiculous sales pitch about how functional those broken things are. No live music. No overcrowded terraces. No bratwurst or hamburgers from a shady stand on the square....

Jacob Schilstra: "Dare to be critical"

15 May 2020

If you want to know more about the state of food safety in the Netherlands and the world, you can't escape a conversation with Jacob Schilstra, director at Riskplaza and director of Business Development at KTBA.  ...

From the outside and from the inside

15 May 2020

External food safety During this corona crisis, it becomes crystal clear that we are running considerable risks, also with regard to food safety. It is known that direct contact with insects and (infected) animals thr...

What 1.5 meters?

15 May 2020

The simplest measure to protect you against the COVID 19 virus appears to be the most effective. The evidence that hand-washing prevents disease transmission is overwhelming and the costs are low. My mother, 83 years old...

We miss you guys

15 May 2020

It's been two months already since the start of the lockdown. Two months in which personal contact is minimal. If you read my columns regularly, you know that personal contact is my number one priority. I am always looki...

The pitfalls of seduction (2)

15 May 2020

Marketing is seduction and that involves a certain exaggeration. But exaggeration is not without risks: seduction can turn into deception. And that is forbidden.   Consumer organisations have been calling for att...

For each other

06 April 2020

"So, what do you guys think of this cruesli?" I ask the kids. Now that (certain) shelves in the supermarket are empty, we move on to other brands than the ones we prefer. Flexible as we are, we are constantly looking for...

Think differently - otherwise you won't reach the younger generations.

06 April 2020

You could call Marko van de Plasse an inventor. He researches, tries, falls and stands up again, to continue experimenting and to find solutions. By doing so new processing and packaging methods are created, aimed at the...

The foundation of things

06 April 2020

I just got out of an audit. Seen by many as a time-consuming obligation; a 'necessary evil', necessary to obtain and/or maintain your certifications. I prefer to see it as a useful instrument: a test that gives you insig...

Corona - the new reality

06 April 2020

Recently, around the year 1500, Columbus brought the flu and measles to America. Result: the Indian population halved. The first pandemic. I said 'recent', because 400 years (30 - 40 generations) is a very short period o...

75 years of freedom

06 April 2020

There you are, suddenly working from home like most of the Dutch people. That's a bit of an adjustment. The focus is different... you miss the freedom to go wherever you want. If possible, you have to work from home. ...

Marijke Evers on the succession of Henny Swinkels

12 March 2020

As of 1 January Henny Swinkels is only ambassador of the veal group VanDrie Group. In Marijke Evers (29) he has a good successor. It is now up to this young and ambitious lady to lead the world's largest veal integrat...

Energy transition

09 March 2020

Do you remember? Working in groups on a project at school; that often caused a lot of stress. There were always one or more lazy students among them who didn't do anything, didn't keep appointments, leaned back comfortab...

New techniques help make industry more sustainable

09 March 2020

According to Elies Lemkes, food processing companies have a key position when it comes to making the chain more sustainable. This requires close cooperation with suppliers and customers, as well as the implementation of ...