Trends and Innovation

Plastic-Free Food Packaging: Where Do We Stand?

Originally published on Food Unfolded in September 2021 As an avid advocate for keeping groceries as plastic-free as possible, I have always wondered about what stops supermarkets and local grocers from relinquishing plastic altogether. Join me as I explore whether it is reasonable for us to expect food producers to start switching out plastic for […]

Read more
Trends and Innovation

Short Food Supply Chains: Reconnecting Producers and Consumers

Originally published on Eufic.org in April 2021. Recent developments in the food market show a renaissance of traditional, direct ways of delivering food, coupled with an emergence of more innovative types of distribution systems which provide direct links between producers and consumers. These numerous types of short food distribution channels, commonly named short food supply […]

Read more
Trends and Innovation

EU Green Deal: 5 Ways Policy Might Impact our Food System

Originally published on Foodunfolded.com in August 2020. The European Commission recently announced a ‘Farm to Fork’ strategy that aims to make the food system fairer, healthier, and more environmentally friendly over the next decade. This would mean that the way we purchase and consume food will change in some ways. Here are 5 changes we […]

Read more
Trends and Innovation

Are Edible Snails a Source of Sustainable Meat?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in August 2020. Scientists, governments, farmers, and environmentally conscious consumers are working hard to find ways to produce and consume protein-rich foods in a sustainable way. Several options that seem unconventional today might become regular additions to our meals in the future. Could edible snails be one them? Several communities around […]

Read more
Trends and Innovation

Animal Testing in Food Research | Ask the Expert

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in August 2020. It might come as a surprise, but some foods or ingredients are tested on animals. Moving away from testing food on animals has been a critical concern for consumers, scientists and governments alike, but is this really possible? If so, what are the alternatives? We interviewed Maastricht University’s […]

Read more
Trends and Innovation

Mushroom Farming and Processing| Ask the Expert

Originally posted on FoodUnfolded.com in August 2020. We’ve been growing and eating mushrooms for thousands of years, but how has that changed in the 21st century? I’ve interviewed Jan Klerken, founder of Scelta Mushrooms, to understand the different ways  of eating, processing and growing mushrooms.  How did you get into the mushroom farming industry? My love for […]

Read more
Trends and Innovation

COVID-19 | Impacts on Food Waste

Originally posted on Foodunfolded.com in May 2020. Food supply chains are complex systems with carefully orchestrated operations spread across the world. The food we purchase locally often makes a long, closely monitored journey before reaching our supermarkets. As commendable as that sounds, today’s advanced food supply networks are not without shortcomings and are not immune […]

Read more
Trends and Innovation

How is Jackfruit Eaten and How Does it Taste?

Originally posted on FoodUnfolded.com in January 2020. Jackfruit can be enjoyed as a dessert, in a curry, mixed with barbecue sauce, and in so many other ways. How do I eat Jackfruit? As crisp, rice flour coated fritters! This fruit seems to be able to transform itself in ways few other fruits can. Let’s take […]

Read more