News on Food Trends from Belgium

Brand new website about sustainable fertilization of potatoes.
April 02, 2024

Belfertil and Belgapom promote the sustainable fertilization of potatoes with a new website for growers

BELFertil and Belgapom collaborate to offer growers, crop supervisors, and advisors a new website dedicated to sustainable fertilization practices for potatoes.
This modern facility, located in Ranst, Belgium, which earned the title of 'Factory of the Future,' last year, embodies Pomuni's commitment to innovation and excellence
March 30, 2024

Pomuni CEO Ben Muyshondt Sees the Market for Frozen Products to Grow in Next 3 to 4 Year

With innovation, resilience, and a commitment to sustainability as its guiding principles, Pomuni is poised to continue its ascent, leaving an indelible mark on the agricultural landscape of Belgium and beyond.
New frying line to make Belgian fries even tastier
February 06, 2024

New pilot frying line to make Belgian fries even tastier

Nothing as Belgian as a tasty packet of fries. But sustainably producing fries requires a lot of knowledge, development and collaboration with companies and researchers.
December 21, 2023

Europatat calls for information about ongoing projects to control the spread of wireworms

Europatat, the European Potato Association, is calling upon researchers and industry professionals to share information about ongoing research, and any other related activities which will help to control the spread of wireworms in potatoes.
TOMRA Insight Foreign Materials Identification
November 02, 2023

TOMRA Food wins International FoodTec Award for foreign material identification

The foreign material identification accuracy of TOMRA Food's sorting and grading solutions has won a prestigious International FoodTec Award for 'using artificial intelligence and cloud technology to improve food safety, quality, and traceability while increasing process efficiency'.
Campos de papa cultivados
October 10, 2023

Temporada difícil para los productores de semilla en Europa afectará la disponibilidad para los mercados de exportación

La temporada de cultivo de 2023 trajo desafíos sin precedentes para los productores de semilla de papa en Europa. Condiciones climáticas desfavorables y una reducción en la superficie sembrada han provocado retrasos en la siembra, disminución de los rendimientos y una importante escasez de semilla.
‘Climate breakdown’: 2023 likely to be hottest year humanity has experienced in European countries
September 10, 2023

‘Climate breakdown’: 2023 expected to be hottest year humanity has experienced

Scientists confirmed this week that summer 2023 was the hottest season the world has ever seen by a large margin. Europe is warming almost twice as fast as the global average, at about 2.2C above pre-industrial times.
Virto Group facility
September 08, 2023

Capabilities of modern sorters illustrated with a toxic weeds challenge for green vegetables.

Toxic datura and nightshade weeds are more often harvested with crops such as green beans and baby leaf spinach, with the risk of getting into the final product. Today, advanced sorting technology is capable to deal with these challenges
EU Commission publishes legally binding food waste reduction targets for 2030
July 24, 2023

EU Commission publishes legally binding food waste reduction targets for 2030

As part of a package of measures for a sustainable use of natural resources, the European Commission is proposing to set legally binding food waste reduction targets to be achieved by Member States (MS) by 2030.
Europatat participates in a new Horizon Europe project to protect potato plants against emerging new pests
June 28, 2023

Europatat participates in PATAFEST, a new Horizon Europe project to protect potato plants against emerging new pests

Europatat is proud to become an active partner of a new EU Horizon Europe project called PATAFEST that aims at protecting potato plants by means of pest spreading and resistance characterisation, preharvest treatments, and post-harvest solutions.
European Snacks Association names Sandy Lagallo as new president
June 27, 2023

European Snacks Association names Sandy Lagallo as new president

The General Assembly of the European Snacks Association (ESA) has elected Sandy Iagallo, Senior Director Regulatory & Wellbeing Europe at Kellogg Europe, as its new President for the term 2023-2025.
"Potatoes, prepare to be surprised" campaign will keep promoting potatoes’ versatility among millennials until end of 2025.
April 07, 2023

'Potatoes, prepare to be surprised': EU campaign highlighting the versatility of the potato to continue until December 2025

Following the success of the promotion campaign Potatoes, prepare to be surprised – Europe’s favourite since 1536 that was launched in 2020 and finished at the end of last year
Global coalition of fresh produce calls for urgent policy measures to safeguard.
April 02, 2023

Global Coalition of Fresh Produce (GCFP) Report Highlights Challenges Threatening Economic Viability of Fresh Produce Sector Worldwide

A recent report by the Global Coalition of Fresh Produce (GCFP) analyses the global trading environment for fresh fruits and vegetables and concludes a number of challenges threatening the long-term economic viability of the fresh produce sector worldwide.

Joint Statement – Efforts for more sustainable packaging for the fruit and vegetables sector should be based on realistic, fair, and feasible targets for real environmental impact reduction
March 28, 2023

European Produce Associations Call for Revised Packaging Regulations to Support Sustainable Practices in the Fruit and Vegetable Sector

Copa-Cogeca, Freshfel Europe, the European Fresh Produce Association, and Europatat, the European Potato Trade Association, have taken note of the European Commission’s proposal for a Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste that was published on 30 November 2022
Launch of a new project 'WASTELESS' to measure and reduce food losses and waste in the EU
March 03, 2023

Europatat participates in new EU project 'WASTELESS' to measure and reduce food loss

Potato trade association Europatat will participate in EU project WASTELESS, which aims to develop tools for measuring food loss and waste in the EU food supply chain, currently estimated at 88 million tonnes every year.
EU wins in WTO appeal about Colombian anti-dumping duties on frozen fries
December 23, 2022

WTO rejects Colombian anti-dumping duties on frozen fries from Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands

Arbitrators have in substance ruled in favour of the EU in the first WTO appeal dealt with under the ‘Multi-party interim appeal arbitration arrangement', known as the ‘MPIA'.
Fluvius brings extra power to fast-growing Agristo Wielsbeke
November 24, 2022

More electrical power for fast-growing potato processor Agristo Wielsbeke

In recent weeks, power network company Fluvius has carried out important construction works near the West Flemish producer of potato products Agristo in Wielsbeke.
Klimanager energy management software and Self-Consumption
November 23, 2022

Storing energy in your potato storage: KLIM'TOP Klimanager energy management software optimizes for Self-Consumption

KLIM’TOP Controls manufactures, sells and installs cooling units and ventilation systems for the farm industry, and more precisely for long-term storage root vegetables such as potatoes.


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