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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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Labour productivity rising

09 April 2019

'An increased deployment of robots and data technology makes the food industry safer, more attractive, and more competitive', says the ING report 'Foodtech: Technology in the food industry'. Ceel Elemans, Sector Banker F...

Game changer is looking for supporters

09 April 2019

In November, he won the 'Purpose Award 2018': Remco Kok, CEO of Campofrio-Benelux, started a revolution at Stegeman and Imperial Meat Products. His goal: a fifty percent reduction of the amount of meat in their products ...

Looking into the future

09 April 2019

I have a sad and maybe even shocking announcement to make: the Slagersvakschool, the butchery school, no longer exists! There was no other option. We could not continue any longer. 'Seriously!? But since when? And why di...


09 April 2019

For whom do we 'process' food? In the old days, consumers cooked their meals, then they started to assemble and, today, they often go for ready meals. All in all, we scrape together up to 42 eating moments per week. ...

No compromise

09 April 2019

I have been to India several times last year. I also visited production companies, such as a factory where they make a traditional sweet called 'Ladoo'. A dough is made of (chickpea) flour, often different kinds of nuts,...

Time management

08 April 2019

Do you recognise this? Your desk has turned yellow and pink with all the post-its because everything is high-priority and should have been done yesterday. This one phone call, the client you wanted to visit but who you c...

20% less packaging

05 March 2019

Consumers, supermarkets, social organisations and governments are putting more and more pressure on companies to pack(age) in a sustainable way. Dutch supermarkets recently agreed that by 2025 there will be a 20 percent ...

A close eye on packaging and labels

05 March 2019

Shortly before Christmas last year, the NVWA published its annual plan for 2019. This year the regulator is examining food safety, deceptive packaging and the accuracy of labels, with a focus on industrial companies. Law...

The power of packaging

05 March 2019

Product packaging is like the entrance to a beautiful building. It is the first impression you give the visitor. Packaging and selling go hand in hand. Selling means encouraging to buy and beautiful packaging does exactl...

Packaging is a special thing

05 March 2019

The role of the Knowledge Institute of Sustainable Packaging has changed. It is increasingly becoming a partner in business, a logical consequence of the social pressure that has arisen with respect to packaging. Directo...

Food-safe packaging

05 March 2019

The packaging of your product is more than just attractive wrapping that facilitates sales, and that certainly applies to fresh products. The packaging also contributes to the shelf life of your product. And therefore fo...

Print comeback

04 March 2019

Five years ago I took the plunge into entrepreneurship with the takeover of the Food Industry magazine and the OSV. I was often questioned about my investment in print. "Print is a fading business that won't last much lo...

Halal producten exporteren

28 February 2019

De markt voor halalproducten groeit wereldwijd sterk. Als je halal producten wilt exporteren dan krijg je te maken met bepaalde certificeringseisen. Het kan zijn dat er handelingen of processen aangepast moeten worden bi...

"Circular business practices are possible"

04 February 2019

"After the initial growth phase, it is time that the circular economy grows up and is rolled out on a larger scale”, says Jan Jonker, Professor in Sustainable Entrepreneurship. "We are on a train but have to work hard to...

Sustainable preservation of mankind

04 February 2019

Sustainability: a wonderful concept, but how to handle it? People, there is so much more going on than just the rise of the sea level. Let’s just spend 254 billion and we no longer have to worry about the CO2 reductio...