Dutch Food Waste Free Week

Today is the first day of the third edition of the Dutch Food Waste Free Week.

Food waste prevention in your kitchen is always a good idea. For the climate as well as for your
wallet! But did you know that, when it comes to food waste prevention, we as VacQPack do our bit
already at the beginning of the food chain?

We specialize in the packaging of products in an ecological way by using so-called modified
atmosphere big bags. For example, if you package cashew nuts in the country of origin under
modified atmosphere (MAP), mold and condensation don’t stand a chance.

And this while the container load from Vietnam, for example, is exposed to varying conditions during
transport through different climate zones such as cold, heat and moisture. The multi-layer liner of
the big bags forms an excellent oxygen and moisture barrier.

This way, the quality of the cashews is preserved and food waste prevented!

Proud despite hard times!

Only 6 weeks ago – which feels like an eternity – it became clear what was in store for us regarding measures in case of Coronavirus.  The first notifications came from our Italian colleagues about quarantines, possible lockdown, hundreds of infected, and the first people who died from this virus. Then it escalated quickly. We also had to prepare ourselves, which risks and impact this pandemic would have for our companies in the other European countries, where we operate. We involved our customers to know their vision for the coming months. Also new forecasts have been made and we did some research into reducing work time. Various scenarios passed. Precautions have been taken; cars from the operational staff have all been supplied with soap and water, extra cleaning has been scheduled, all the office personnel were asked to work from home. We try to follow one clear policy as hard as we can. Of course, with specific exceptions in each Country.

 

 

The fact is that this situation is showing how strong our organisation is: there is more cooperation than ever on all fronts, we have daily team meetings, where we keep each other informed about developments by video conference.  HR, QHSE, Sales and Operations have never worked that close and intensively before. Everyone has a lot of creativity and is motivated to answer to all our customers issues. The most important thing is we remain self-motivated.

This situation reminds me of a Dutch quote: “alone you go faster, together you come further.” This sentence certainly applies to us. We really do this together!

We have divisions that are struggling, so we are blessed that we also work in branches that continue to run their business. Logistic never stands still, pests cannot be held back by coronavirus and the demand for our services has never been higher in the food industry. New services, such as disinfection, have been developed and time has been dedicated to knowledge transfer. Multidisciplinary training of our colleagues has always been a high priority on our agenda, but due to constant growth and tight labour markets, this has been difficult to achieve. Nowadays, colleagues between the different divisions are exchanged more than ever before.

It’s often said in the news: there is a world before coronavirus and a world after it, and it will never be like before. I must tell you honestly that I hope so, because this extraordinary situation brought significant changes. I am proud, extremely proud of our colleagues, our partners (customers and suppliers). We all stand together, with patience and understanding. This is inspiring and give us the drive to go for it every day.

Take care, enjoy the little things and try to stay healthy!

Joren Nieuwenhuizen

CEO

Article as PDF: Proud despite hard times!

VacQPack is PTNPA member!

VacQPack is now member of the Peanut and Tree Nut Processors Association (PTNPA), and will be attending the convention in January in Orlando. We hope to see you there!

VacQPack demonstrates technique in Vietnam

VacQPack is demonstrating the VacQPack technique at an event at Katoen Natie Vietnam today for the cashew, coffee, cocoa and rice industries! Here we display and demonstrate our solution of stored product protection. With our technique we are contributing to the food safety, quality preservation and logistic benefits. Are you curious how we can be of service to you? Don’t hesitate to contact us!

VacQPack is attending the IOBC-WPRS conference in Pisa

From 3 to 6 September, the 12th conference of the IOBC-WPRS working group on “Integrated Protection of Stored Products” is taking place in Pisa, Italy. We will attend the program and have our own desk in the hall. Over there we display our own solution of stored product protection. Are you curious about our contribution to food safety? Visit our desk and we will answer all your questions. We are looking forward to seeing you there in September!

VacQPack is a proud sponsor of the INC World Congress 2019!

23 to 25 May this year, the INC World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress is taking place in Boca Raton, Florida. We are proud to announce that VacQPack is, like last year, a sponsor of the event! Last year, VacQPack attended the INC World Congress for the first time and is was a success. That is why this year, we will be exhibiting at the congress as well! We are looking forward to it and hope to meet you there! https://nutfruitcongress.org/bocaraton2019/sponsors

VacQPack looks back on a successful BIOFACH!

Last week, from 13 to 16 February, VacQPack attended the BIOFACH in Nuremberg again and it was a success! Different markets from all over the world took an interest in our packaging technology. We would like to thank everyone who visited our booth and was interested in our products and services.

We are looking forward to next year!

VacQPack opens Vietnamese branch office

VacQPack has opened a branch office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. We welcomed Kelvin Nam as our Vietnamese representative, and he will be at your service. He visited the VacQPack head office in the Netherlands, where he learned all the VacQPack facets. He will also be present at the 11th VINACAS Golden Cashew Rendezvous in Hue, Vietnam. We hope to see you there!

The INC World Congress: a success

Last May was the first time VacQPack attended the INC World Congress on nuts and dried fruits. The biggest event in the business. And it was a success!

Our packaging technology aroused the interest of Australian, South African and Californian markets. Also, the nuts sector is adopting bulk packaging. Our technology guarantees quality preservation under vacuum and a controlled atmosphere. Moreover, we learned that solutions of organic fumigation are becoming more popular for worldwide nut business key players.

We look forward to next year, and hope it will be just as successful as this year!

Ekologi Fair

We are so excited to inform you that VQP will be attending the Ekoloji Fair in Izmir Turkey from the 9th till 12th of May.
You are very welcome to visit us at stand H102!

Please find more information about Ekoloji here: http://ekolojiizmir.izfas.com.tr/home1