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Technical universities join forces in Techrede

The four technical universities in the Netherlands (Delft, Eindhoven, Twente and Wageningen) are appealing to politicians in The Hague to embed technological innovations structurally in their agendas. Technological innov..

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A sustainable relationship

07 February 2017

In the Netherlands, ‘doing business sustainably’ is usually synonymous with ‘corporate social responsibility (CSR)’ which has nowadays become the essential standard for businesses in 2017. MVO Nederland, the Dutch CSR...

De robotsamenleving

11 October 2016

De robotsamenleving komt eraan! Het Rathenau Instituut riep daarom dit voorjaar de politiek op om daar ‘een wenkend perspectief van te maken, een uitgangspunt dat richting kan geven. De geschiedenis laat zien dat dat kan...

Intelligent robots on the work floor

11 October 2016

Big data, smart industry, IoT, cloud robotics, virtual and augmented reality – none of this is science fiction any more. Aiming to keep it all as simple as possible, this article ‘merely’ explores the trends and developm...

HAS extends portfolio of meat courses

14 June 2016

In addition to its course on meat technology, HAS University of Applied Sciences has also introduced a course in basic meat technology in 2016. This course is especially suitable for people in the meat industry who have ...


10 May 2016

Group of Butchers is an innovative manufacturer of meat products with facilities in the Netherlands and Belgium. Over the past few years the company has repeatedly won the ‘Indistrubutie Trofee’ award recognising the ret...

A new hygienic solution hand washing and drying at the sink

09 February 2016

A collaboration between Dyson and industrial hygiene manufacturer Elpress resulted in the development of a hygienic, fully integrated hand washing and drying solution. It’s already been installed in some of the most hygi...

ISS launches HSE app

09 February 2016

Employees are the most valuable capital for service organisations so the health and safety of facilities personnel should be a top priority, according to Mark Steinbusch from ISS. Good performance demands healthy people,...

Personalised nutrition and health

09 February 2016

Imagine: upon entering the company canteen with your Google colleagues, your smartphone automatically guides you to the counter serving the products that are the healthiest for you personally that day. During a conferenc...

New vocational qualification for food quality

08 September 2015

In September 2015, the vocational food training institute SVO has launched a new MBO-level qualification called ‘Quality Employee’. Jan Willem Sipma, Manager of Markets & Careers at SVO: “It’s becoming increasingly i...

Failure to facilitate training: a costly mistake

18 November 2014

Companies who facilitate training invest both in their business and in their employees, generating significant benefits. Investing in the quality of their people enables organisations to meet the needs of their customers...

New collective agreement temporary workers

18 November 2014

After intensive negotiations, the Dutch Federation of Private Employment Agencies (ABU) and the trade unions FNV Bondgenoten, CNV Dienstenbond, De Unie and LBV have reached a deal on the changes to the current collective...

Recruiting, motivating and developing

18 November 2014

The food industry is facing a shortage of technologists, and well-qualified operators are in high demand. It is important to provide training: if you fail to do so, you risk losing out to your competitors. Read on to lea...

Supporting the positive evolution of the company culture

18 November 2014

Vergeer Holland is proof that innovation is always possible, even with a traditional product such as cheese. The company’s product range is evolving all the time, and so too it its workforce: employees have plenty of opp...

Interview Jos Havekotte, Innovatiemanager VION

18 November 2014

Jos Havekotte is passionate about food, especially fresh food, and people. “Food equals emotion. By adding a story to that, you create an experience.” As Innovation Manager at Vion, he is a ‘linchpin of the organisation’...

A Smooth-Running System at Marfo

13 May 2014

At meal-solution manufacturer Marfo, food safety is fully integrated into the company’s operations. The QA department forms the heart of this approach and supports the other departments every step of the way, from the so...