Thursday, October 25, 2007


Made in Transit is a supply chain concept working towards the development of packaging that operates on the paradigm of enabling growth rather than preserving freshness, a shift from ‘best before’ to ‘ready by’ for fresh perishable goods. The aim is to enable growth throughout the entire supply chain so that the consumer harvests the product when he’s ready to consume it, resulting in a higher quality fresh good.

The concept is applied to a new system of mushroom cultivation imbedded within the distribution network, shifting the role of distribution from slowing down the process of post-harvest deterioration to enabling growth and involving the consumer for harvest at the point of consumption.

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Friday, October 19, 2007


In partnership with Sodexho, the Dutch University of Wageningen's opened a new €3 million research center-slash-restaurant, the "restaurant of the future," that is focused on the study of its patrons' eating habits by way of dozens of unobtrusive (but still totally creepy) cameras and close monitoring. Ultimately, these studies will "help the Center for Innovative Consumer Studies 'find out what influences people: colors, taste, personnel. We try to focus on one stimulus, like light,'said Rene Koster, head of the center, as overhead bulbs switched through green, red, orange and blue."

From a hidden control room, researchers maneuver the hidden cameras to zoom in and spy on diners and what and how they munch--everything from how someone walks with a tray of food, what food they choose to jam on, where they sit, and what they waste.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007


Food for design will be one of the lecturers at the 9th gastronomic congress in San Sebastian together with the belgian top chef Sang Hoon Degeimbre of L'air du temps. This congress hosts some of the top chefs in the world like Ferran Adria, Grant Achatz, Quique Dacoste, Martin Berasategui, Wylie Dufresne, Joan Roca, Sergio Herman, Peter Goossens,...
At the congress we will launch our free accessible foodpairing website which contains now 80 food products and their pairs. We are also preparing the lauch of 2 innovative products. So if you want to be part of these revelations, subscribe for this congress. We will give our seminar on Thursday the 22th of November at 16:30.

Many thanks to Jean Paul Perez for the support!

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Thursday, October 04, 2007


During spring in Denmark, at approximately one half an hour before sunset, flocks of more than a million European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) gather from all corners to join in the incredible formations shown above. This phenomenon is called Black Sun (in Denmark), and can be witnessed in early spring throughout the marshlands of western Denmark, from March through to the middle of April. The starlings migrate from the south and spend the day in the meadows gathering food, sleeping in the reeds during the night.

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