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Packaging: sustainable versus political gain

The European Commission is 'through with it': the EU's packaging waste policy has failed. That is why the EU is intervening with new legislation. Which is SO detailed that it is going to have a lot of impact on the food ..

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HAK achieves B Corp certification

09 March 2023

HAK has received the renowned B Corp certification. With this, the vegetable and legume manufacturer underlines its sustainability strategy. HAK stresses that obtaining the official B Corp certification is not an end poi...

Hard plastics can be recycled if constructed differently

09 March 2023

Rigid plastic is very difficult to recycle. At least, that was the case until the discovery of vitrimers. Researchers of the Biomolecular Sciences cluster have laid the foundation for this new type of sustainable plastic...

The Plastic Guide: radical approach to plastic packaging

08 March 2023

The time has come to start a raw materials transition together for a truly circular economy. This can only be achieved by thinking and acting differently in the production and use of plastic packaging, according to the D...

Are algae the food of the future?

07 March 2023

The European Commission wants to stimulate the cultivation of algae. These microscopic creatures are filled with fats and proteins and are therefore a useful addition to our diet. Are algae the food of the future? Mar...

Ter Beke changes company name: What's Cooking?

07 March 2023

Belgian food company Ter Beke is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Ter Beke has become known for its charcuterie, savoury snacks and prepared meals. The company resolutely opts for a new chapter with a renewed ...

Column Judith Witte: Reptile brain

06 March 2023

Us humans are creatures of habit. Every day we have the same morning routine, the same route to work, a fixed place at the table. Change makes us restless. To prove this premise at home, I ran a little test. At dinner, I...

Carl Siegert: Dilemmas in practice

06 March 2023

"When it comes to packaging, you always run into dilemmas as a food produce," says Carl Siegert, owner-director of the bakery Carl Siegert in Harmelen, where sustainable business practices are paramount. His company w...

Food producer cornered by EU deforestation-free sourcing law

02 March 2023

In the fight against deforestation, the European Union recently adopted a new regulation. This regulation raises the bar for sustainable sourcing of various raw materials and will therefore have a significant impact on m...

European food systems: Sustainable with data

01 March 2023

Can data help us make European food systems more sustainable? 'Yes,' argue researchers from the Data4Food2030 project, '...provided we manage data well and build trust among all stakeholders.' There is still work to be d...

Indonesia and the Netherlands want sustainable palm oil

01 March 2023

To address the environmental and social aspects of palm oil production, Indonesia (the world’s largest palm oil producer) has made big steps in improving sustainable production of palm oil. Sustainable production of palm...

Plant protein from the Netherlands: wanted and unknown

01 March 2023

Interest in foods containing protein produced in the Netherlands has risen sharply over the past five years. However, the recognition and value of plant proteins such as legumes and nuts is low, unlike meat and dairy. Su...

No more disposable bags for fruit and vegetables

23 February 2023

In 2023, free single-use bags for fruit and vegetables will disappear from Dutch supermarkets. Instead, customers can use reusable bags that they can wash at home. With this joint initiative, five supermarket chains expe...

Turnaround to sustainable rice

22 February 2023

With its 'SRP around the World' awareness campaign, the Sustainable Rice Platform (SRP) is drawing attention to the major impact of rice cultivation on people and the environment, and the need for a switch to more sustai...

Cees-Jan Adema: 'Look at the whole chain'

20 February 2023

"The intrinsic motivation of the food industry to start working on sustainability is high," believes Cees-Jan Adema, director of the Federation of Dutch Food Industry (FNLI). "Also when it comes to energy saving and elec...

First steps towards European eco-label for food

20 February 2023

The Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) are taking the initiative to improve transparency about the sustainability of food in retail. One of the options i...