Food

Prime Minster Mark Rutte visiting an Albert Heijn in The Hague during the Covid-19 crisis, 19 March 2020
Mar 19 '20 16:10

Self-service wholesalers like Makro and Sligro will temporarily open to consumers during the coronavirus crisis, the association for supermarkets and food service companies CBL announced on Thursday. This forms part of an emergency package that the food sector presented to Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Wednesday. 

Empty shelves of toilet paper
Mar 13 '20 18:15

Prime Minister Mark Rutte insisted that the people of the Netherlands stop hoarding because of the spread of coronavirus, and instead be more socially responsible and thus considerate of people in difficult situations. "We have enough food. There is no need to hoard," he said at his weekly scheduled press conference on Friday.

Rutte mentioned workers who were not able to remain home, like first responders, as one example. “It is very annoying for the people who work so hard for us. They get to the stores after work and see empty shelves," he said.

Food bank
Mar 3 '20 10:30

Getting packages of food from a food bank is intended to be an emergency aid measure, but more and more people in the Netherlands need this help long-term. Last year 13 thousand people received food from food banks for longer than three years. That is 15 percent of the total customer base. Five years ago, only 5 percent were dependent on food bank packages for more than three years, NOS reports.

Garlic
Feb 26 '20 09:28

The coronavirus outbreak in China is expected to push the prices of garlic and ginger. China is the world's largest exporter of these aromatics, responsible for 80 percent of all garlic in the world. In the Netherlands, 75 percent of all ginger and 66 percent of all garlic comes from China, according to figures from Statistics Netherlands. And the doors of the Chinese warehouses full of garlic bulbs and ginger roots have been closed for weeks, NOS reports.

Burger patties
Feb 25 '20 16:00

Vegan burgers often contain more salt than recommended by the Netherlands Nutrition Center, but so do meat burgers. On average, vegan burgers contain less fat than their meaty counterparts, according to a study by Dutch consumers' association Consumentenbond, NOS reports.

The Consumentenbond tested 16 meat substitute burgers and compared them to their meat counterparts.

Pigs at a meat plant
Jan 31 '20 14:50

Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture is intervening at Dutch slaughterhouses after another undercover video was published showing workers at a slaughterhouse in IJsselstein beating pigs and pulling crippled animals by the tail. Schouten was shocked by the video. "You cannot use violence against animals. This is unacceptable," she said to RTL Nieuws.

The video was released by RTL Nieuws on Friday. It shows slaughterhouse employees beating the animals in their care, sometimes with inspectors from Dutch food safety authority NVWA watching on or even participating. 

Restaurant-De-Librije1-1500x1001
Jan 13 '20 12:12

Eight restaurants in the Netherlands were awarded their first Michelin Star at the presentation in Amsterdam on Monday. Inter Scaldes in Kruiningen and De Librije in Zwolle both kept the three stars they already had. The Netherlands now counts a total of 112 Michelin star restaurants​, according to Misset Horeca's live blog of the presentation.

De Librije, with chefs Jonnie and Therese de Boer, has had three Michelin stars since 2004. "We still do it with so much pleasure. We enjoy it. But we can't do it without our team. Alone we are nothing," Therese said at the presentation.

Coffee
Jan 13 '20 10:10

People in the Netherlands are drinking less coffee, but are more willing to spend more for a quality cup of the caffeinated beverage. In liters, the amount of coffee consumed in the Netherlands decreased by roughly 8 percent since 2005. But the amount of money spent on coffee increased by 20 percent, NOS reports based on figures from the Euromonitor. 

Quail
Dec 18 '19 13:50

Animal rights organization Wakker Dier is calling on those considering quail for Christmas dinner to rather reconsider, or at least avoid buying these game birds at Albert Heijn and Jumbo. The two Dutch supermarket chains are selling quail without an animal welfare quality mark this year, the organization said.

Chocolate spread
Dec 16 '19 09:20

Chocolate spread marketed for babies "from the age of 8 months" by De Kleine Keuken won the most misleading product of the year award by food watchdog Foodwatch. The chocolate spread got 23 percent of the more than 10 thousand votes.

Dinner
Dec 3 '19 13:50

The average Joe in the Netherlands eats dinner at the table, usually a home cooked meal, and does not watch television or use their phone during dinner time, according to a study by the Nutrition Center, AD reports.

The Nutrition Center questioned a thousand people in the Netherlands about their eating habits. 52 percent said they talk with a partner or family members during dinner, a quarter said they watch TV, and 2 percent said they check social media. Around 20 percent said they have dinner with no distractions at all.

Lipton Ice Tea display in Albert Heijn
Nov 25 '19 11:00

Food watchdog Foodwatch opened voting for its annual most misleading product of the year election - the so-called Gouden Windei award. This year there are eight nominees, including Lipton Matcha iced tea, which contains nearly no matcha tea, and two from Albert Heijn - goat's milk cheese spread that is made mostly of cow's milk, and seasonal vegetables it imports from the other side of the world. 

Steak
Nov 21 '19 09:14

Almost 60 percent of Netherlands residents consider themselves a meat eater, but just as large a group are aware of meat's impact on the climate and think that eating less meat will become the norm. Almost half agree with the statement that "eating meat everyday is no longer of this time", according to a study by Kien commissioned by environmental organization Natuur & Milieu, AD reports. 

Mushrooms
Oct 29 '19 11:00

So far this year, 28 people have become ill in the Netherlands after eating self-picked mushrooms. A significant increase compared to last year, when around 11 people contracted mushroom poisoning, AD reports based on figures from the national poisons information center NVIC.

The vast majority of the poisoning incidents happened in October, after mushrooms started growing en masse. By September, there were only nine cases of mushroom poisoning. 

Food waste
Oct 29 '19 08:50

The Too good to go project seems to be an effective measure in the fight against food waste. Around 1 million Dutch people are signed up to the project. They receive a Magic Box containing food items that are still good to eat, but can no longer be sold, for around a third of the original price of the items. That amounts to 1.5 million 'saved' meals, that would otherwise have ended up in the trash, NOS reports.

Fries shop in Middelburg, 9 Oct 2019
Oct 25 '19 09:37

More than half of the 1,500 to 2 thousand fries stalls in the Netherlands have disappeared in the past 20 years. "In ten years' time, there might be only 100 or 200 fries stalls left in the Netherlands", according to fries expert Ubel Zuiderveld. His new book De Frietkraam is kind of a requiem for this disappearing food culture, he said in an interview with newspaper AD.

Blok's Restaurant in Amersfoort
Oct 21 '19 17:00

One of the top eateries in Amersfoort says it no longer wants its Michelin star. The owners of Blok’s Restaurant, which was first awarded its star in 2013, will close permanently on December 29 so the owners can start over with a new restaurant.

Marco and Ingeborgh Blok will open their new restaurant, MEI, at the same Krommestraat where Blok’s Restaurant is shutting its doors. “It must be greener, more organic, more sustainable, more open, more accessible, and freer,” they told AD. They plan to use natural, seasonal ingredients presented in a less rigid menu than before.

Chicken hatchery
Oct 11 '19 15:20

All companies in the Netherlands that hatch chickens for meat are guilty of animal abuse, according to a not-yet-published ruling from the Ministry of Agriculture that the Volkskrant has in its possession. After hatching, nearly 500 million chicks per year run the risk of being left without food and water for an unnecessarily long time. The hatcheries have five years to rectify this, according to the newspaper.

This decision follows a lengthy court procedure filed by animal welfare organization Wakker Dier in 2013. 

Mouse
Oct 10 '19 16:40

A video of a mouse munching on a crepe in an Amsterdam cafe, resulted in the business being ordered closed by the Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA. The video was posted on Twitter on Wednesday. NVWA inspectors went to inspect the cafe and found more vermin. Which is why the cafe was ordered closed, RTL Nieuws reports.

Supermarket
Oct 10 '19 07:38

People in the Netherlands use 26 billion pieces of plastic food packaging per year - 1,500 pieces of plastic per Dutch person per year, or four per day, according to a study by ING Economic Bureau. And plastic consumption continues to grow along with the population, increasing by around 100 million pieces of packaging every year, NOS reports.

Kim Veldman and Jacob Jan Boerma at the 2014 Michelin awards in Paris
Oct 7 '19 16:20

Three Michelin star restaurant De Leest in Vaassen is closing its doors 17 years after opening, owners Jacob Jan Boerma and Kim Veldman announced. They will start a new culinary adventure with the launch of a concept restaurant in Amsterdam early next year, RTL Nieuws reports.

The couple plans to spend more time with their four-year-old son, Senne. "I've never been to a zoo or amusement park with him," Boerma told the broadcaster. "I also really want my wife to be able to put that little man to bed more than once per week."

Albert Heijn
Oct 7 '19 09:34

On Friday Albert Heijn removed halal meat products from listeria-contaminated supplier Offerman from its shelves. But unlike Jumbo and Aldi, Albert Heijn made no public announcement to recall products already purchased by customers, NOS reports.

Jumbo meat products recalled after a listeria outbreak at supplier Offerman, 4 Oct 2019
Oct 4 '19 12:52

At least 20 listeria infections caused by tainted meat over the past two years were connected to supplier Offerman. Of these patients, three people died and one woman had a miscarriage, public health institute RIVM said on Friday.

Jumbo
Oct 4 '19 09:04

Jumbo is recalling dozens of pre-packed meat products because the production location of one of the suppliers may be contaminated with the listeria bacteria. The supermarket chain is also removing these products from the shelves of all its stores, Jumbo said in a statement.

The recall includes a total of 135 different meat products, such as pre-packaged chicken fillet, ham and bacon. A full list can be found here. Consumers are urged to bring the meat back to the supermarket for a refund. 

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