Food

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. 

Food waste
Oct 3 '19 08:25

Dutch people are throwing away less food. This year 34.3 kilograms of food per person ended up in the bin, 7 kilograms less than in 2016, according to a study by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The amount of liquid food stuffs thrown away decreased by 11 liters to over 45 liters.

Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture aims to reduce food waste by half in 2030 when compared to 2015. Not just household waste, but in the entire food chain. 

Albert Heijn fights food waste with dynamic discounts
Sep 25 '19 17:00

Supermarket concern Ahold Delhaize, parent of Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn, is stepping up the fight against food waste. Where the company previously aimed to reduce its food waste by 20 percent in 2020, it now increased its target to 50 percent less wasted food by 2030, the Telegraaf reports.

Ahold Delhaize joined a global initiative by retail chains to tackle food waste, launched at the United Nations climate summit in New York this week. 

Sep 18 '19 11:30

Albert Heijn was awarded the Liar, Liar Award for 2019 by animal rights group Wakker Dier. According to the organization, the packaging of Albert Heijn's chicken states that the animals have "more space", but in reality 16 chickens live per square meter, without daylight.

Lidl
Aug 30 '19 11:00

Lidl is taking on the fight against food waste by experimenting with selling products for only 25 cents on their expiry date. The experiment, called 'Don't waste me, I'm still good', launched in 20 stores in the Gooi region and around Amersfoort this week, RTL Nieuws reports.

The experiment includes products like bread, meat and 2 kilogram boxes of fruit and vegetables. "With meat we of course also tell people to use it immediately or freeze it", a Lidl spokesperson said to the broadcaster.

Volunteers sorting food bank donations
Aug 21 '19 07:39

The number of Dutch families getting aid from food banks increased by 8 percent in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period last year, food banks association Voedselbanken Nederland announced. The number of children being fed by food banks increased by nearly 7 percent, NOS reports.

Veggie skewers
Aug 14 '19 09:28

Meat replacement products are gaining popularity in the Netherlands, and with that the sale of actual meat products is decreasing, according to new figures from market researcher IRI Nederland, NOS reports.

Locally grown
Aug 2 '19 11:40

Minister Carola Schouten of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality wants supermarkets to stock more locally sourced products. She believes that a short food chain will strengthen the connection between farmers, conservationists and consumers, and thereby increase consumers' appreciation for food and where it comes from. 

The Minister is therefore organizing, in collaboration with the provinces, a special trade mission to make local products more widely known and to stimulate short chains of delivery, Schouten wrote in a letter to parliament.

Lunch time at an Amsterdam terrace
Jul 24 '19 15:10

Those looking to enjoy the summer weather with a few drinks on a terrace will get away cheapest in Zwolle. Like last year and the year before that, Zwolle is the cheapest terrace city in the Netherlands, according to the annual study by hospitality consultancy Van Spronsen & Partners.

Budweiser
Jul 22 '19 11:10

The originally American beer brand Budweiser is taking on the Netherlands. Starting Monday, the beer will be available in Dutch pubs and restaurants - mainly in the Randstad region, but also elsewhere in the country. From September, Dutch will also be able to buy Budweiser in supermarkets, RTL Nieuws reports.

Summer vacation
Jul 11 '19 11:00

In four of the five most popular holiday destinations for Dutch tourists, food is more expensive than in the Netherlands. Only in Spain will Dutch pay less for groceries than at home, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.

De Werf in Veere
Jul 9 '19 09:15

Terrace De Werf in the Zeeland town of Veere is the best terrace in the Netherlands, according to the annual Top 100 ranking by Misset Horeca. Brasa in Purmerend and Pelle's in Deurningen took second and third place. Amsterdam's first spot on the ranking is in 8th place with terrace Barca.

De_Librije
Jun 26 '19 14:00

Restaurant De Librije is back in the top 50 ranking of the best restaurants in the world. The three Michelin Star restaurant in Zwolle was ranked 46th on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list, NOS reports.

Two years ago the De Librije, run by chef Jonnie Boer and his wife Therese, was also on the renowned ranking in 34th place. Last year the Zwolle restaurant just missed the list, making it to 51st place. 

Grocery shopping
Jun 24 '19 08:49

Almost all products on special offer in Dutch supermarkets are unhealthy for the consumer or fall outside the recommended guideline for healthy eating by the Dutch Nutrition Center, supermarket comparator Stichting Questionmark found in a study, the Volkskrant reports.

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