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Reckless

A half-cooked hamburger with fried onions on a soft bread roll... A cardboard plate with three slightly charred satays, barely visible under a splatter of peanut sauce... The vague uneasiness whether it is safe, washed a..

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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 ...

The pitfalls of seduction

09 March 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.   Storytelling is trending in food marketing. Wher...

Green deal 2040 - CO2 neutral

09 March 2020

Down with the gas, all electric. The power of our gas grid is 10 times that of the electricity grid. If we save 60% on gas energy, the capacity of the electricity network still has to be increased four times. Who is goin...

Sustainability is thinking ahead

09 March 2020

Nothing remains the same, not even your company. Where will you be in 25 years? Will your company still make the same products, will you still provide the same service? Do you still exist? We live in a 'VUCA world', lett...

NVWA: Sulphite in meat not yet eradicated

24 February 2020

During an inspection by the Dutch Food Product Safety Authority (NVWA) at the end of 2019, 15% of the companies inspected, which are known to have purchased sulphite in recent years, were found to be using prohibited sul...

Complicated packaging

10 February 2020

Packaging's great. You can set up (allergen) information, ensure food safety, seduce consumers with attractive shapes and colours, and keep cookies, soup and tomatoes together during necessary transport.  But onc...

"Choosing the right packaging is challenging"

10 February 2020

How can the food sector move towards less plastic and more recyclable and recycled packaging? There are no unambiguous answers, but there are opposing demands and interests and thus major dilemmas. We will discuss this w...

The packaging as a package of happiness

10 February 2020

Packaging has a clear purpose, especially with food. The user with his wishes and expectations is by no means always the starting point. Ensuring food safety is. And the choice of form, material and execution is often al...

Column Maarten Wolsing: Imagine

10 February 2020

Imagine a world without plastic waste. The world has become a garbage dump. There's rubbish everywhere. No eye-catcher or Ocean Cleanup can beat that. How are we going to pass the Earth on to future generations? Older...

Holland, where's the direction?

10 February 2020

In N70, the conservation year 1970, the information on nitrogen that we are talking about now was already known. See the reports on the ageing of the Strabrechtse Heide and De Peel from 1968/1970. How weird that 'we' now...