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5 Reasons Companies Love Working with Recruitment Agencies

5 Reasons Companies Love Working with Recruitment Agencies

More and more companies of all sizes are working with recruitment and staffing agencies to fill their vacancies, and getting great results. Here’s why.  It used to be that a company’s HR staff were primarily responsible for sourcing, interviewing, and hiring the best talent. Today, most companies have HR teams…

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The Wonders of Citrus Part 1: Foods and Flavors

The Wonders of Citrus Part 1: Foods and Flavors

Citrus fruits are so ancient, and have been so widely cultivated and cross-bred, that their true origins are shrouded in mystery. Genetic research suggests there may be as few as 25 true-breeding species of citrus, and yet these fruits are the most important crop in the world, impacting every aspect…

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BiFi and the Best Wurst

BiFi and the Best Wurst

The demand for ready-to-eat, high protein snacks keeps growing, creating a market worth $5B USD in 2018, and continuous growth projected for the next several years. Europe is home to some of the biggest companies in the meat snacks market, including BiFi.  Jerky is an ancient way of preserving meats.…

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The Crucial Role of Regulatory Management

The Crucial Role of Regulatory Management

Regulatory is a complex, dynamic career. Regulatory managers monitor a wide range of rules and regulations in their industry and region, and communicate with internal team members, external suppliers, and a wide range of stakeholders to ensure compliance. In highly regulated industries like food, health, cosmetics and pharma, these careers…

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A World of Opportunities in Quality Management

A World of Opportunities in Quality Management

Companies have always cared about quality in their products and services. But the formal processes of monitoring, ensuring, and improving quality are fairly new, and still have huge effects on how companies around the world operate. It’s a career field that isn’t just growing in numbers, it’s growing in importance. …

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How do Personal Care Brands Build Trust?

How do Personal Care Brands Build Trust?

Decades of confusing and contradictory information have made consumers wary of brands and unfamiliar ingredients. So how do personal care brands build trust? How Did We Get Here? While human history is full of examples of people unknowingly exposing themselves to toxins like lead and asbestos, the relationship between consumers…

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Why Professionals Should Work with Recruitment Agencies

Why Professionals Should Work with Recruitment Agencies

Many top professionals feel that their CV speaks for itself, and they can get the best jobs by going directly to the company and searching their current openings. But is there a better way?  For many professionals in fields like product development, management, commerce, supply chain and logistics, there is…

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Alternatives to Nitrates: Is There a Better Way?

Alternatives to Nitrates: Is There a Better Way?

Nitrates are an increasing source of tension and controversy. So what’s the problem with nitrates, and is there a better way?  What are Nitrates Anyway? The earth’s atmosphere is composed of 78% nitrogen. The nitrogen cycle is a global process in which the nitrogen in the atmosphere becomes transformed into…

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Overcoming the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

Overcoming the Supply Chain Talent Shortage

For every talented candidate in the supply chain sector, there are six or more open positions. The crisis is deepening around the world, so what can recruiters do about it?  In today’s connected world, nearly every business has a complex supply chain. And consumers are demanding more transparency and accountability…

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The Fifth Taste: Unraveling Umami

The Fifth Taste: Unraveling Umami

Umami is a distinct taste, triggering unique receptors in our mouths. But what is it exactly, and why did it take so long to identify? Most people know that “umami” is a loan word borrowed from the Japanese. In English, tastes have historically been described as sweet, salty, bitter, or…

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Great Interview Questions That Show How Your Candidate Thinks

Great Interview Questions That Show How Your Candidate Thinks

Strengths and weaknesses, goals and accomplishments… every job interviewer asks these questions, and candidates are prepared for them. What other insights can you gain from a job interview? Here are some crucial questions to ask. When you are looking for the right match, it goes beyond training and experience. Employers…

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Industry Origins: The Foundation of Cosmetics

Industry Origins: The Foundation of Cosmetics

Europe is the world leader in cosmetics production, with a combined value of nearly €80 billion a year. It’s a complex industry, with a rich history and a cutting edge future. The cosmetics industry is an incredibly important part of the economy of Europe, employing over 2 million people, and…

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Food Trends: Fermentation

Food Trends: Fermentation

Fermented foods are ancient delicacies enjoying a modern resurgence, and fermentation is breaking new ground in ingredient science, merging cutting edge science and health. Today we take a closer look at fermented foods.  Of course, we know that we rely on the magic of fermentation to create beer and wine.…

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Common Mistakes in Recruiting: Misunderstanding the Role

Common Mistakes in Recruiting: Misunderstanding the Role

To hire the right candidates, job descriptions and role expectations need to be updated often. How can you hire the right person if you don’t know what you’re looking for?  The best way to make sure that the most talented people will never reply to your listings is to show…

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From the Far East to the Midwest: The Story of Tea

From the Far East to the Midwest: The Story of Tea

Tea has been cultivated and enjoyed for centuries, and is currently experiencing a surge in popularity. Let’s look at the fascinating history of tea.  After water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world. It is more popular than coffee, alcohol, and soft drinks combined. Although it is a…

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History in Your Medicine Cabinet: The Fascinating Story of Aspirin

History in Your Medicine Cabinet: The Fascinating Story of Aspirin

Aspirin has been an essential medication for over 120 years. Along the way, aspirin has influenced health, medical research, and even international copyright law, making it a little drug with a big story.  It All Begins with Salicin Our ancient ancestors in Europe, North America, and Asia knew that brewing…

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How to Recruit Top Process Engineers

How to Recruit Top Process Engineers

Process engineers are in high demand around the globe. How can companies recruit these talented, in-demand professionals?  Process engineering used to be an engineering discipline that involved the design and control of chemical, physical, and/or biological processes. Today, process engineers are also project and team managers, and their skills are…

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Origins of a Legend: Maggi

Origins of a Legend: Maggi

From humble beginnings in Switzerland, Maggi has become a global staple, used in thousands of meals every minute of every day.  The history of Maggi goes back to Frauenfeld, Switzerland, where Julius Maggi inherited his father’s mill in 1869. He began experimenting with new types of flour, trying to create…

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The European Cosmetics Trend that has Taken Over the World: the Wonders of Micellar Water

The European Cosmetics Trend that has Taken Over the World: the Wonders of Micellar Water

Micellar cleansing water was invented more than 100 years ago, and has been a skincare essential in France ever since. For decades it was the secret of dermatologists and beauty experts, but lower-cost alternatives have recently swept the world. What’s so special about micellar water?  Just a few short years…

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Common Mistakes in Recruiting: Ignoring the Competition

Common Mistakes in Recruiting: Ignoring the Competition

Insight from the experts at Grapefrute on how to make your recruiting faster and get better results At Grapefrute, we work with some of the biggest, most prestigious FMCG companies in Europe. But even big, prestigious companies have to face competition in order to attract the top talent. In today’s…

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Everyday Biotech: Futuristic Technologies You Use Every Day – Part 2: Fragrances

Everyday Biotech: Futuristic Technologies You Use Every Day – Part 2: Fragrances

A visit to your local perfume counter isn’t just an experience in the ancient art of crafting fragrances. In fact, in many cases, what you smell is science! Let’s take a closer look. What Drives Biotechnology in the Fragrance Industry? In recent years, the adoption of biotech tools and methods…

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Bridging the Divide: Recruitment Across Generation Gaps

Bridging the Divide: Recruitment Across Generation Gaps

The oldest members of Generation Z are now in their early 20s and entering the workforce. They have a style all their own, and pose a unique set of challenges and opportunities for the companies who will be hiring them. Here’s what you need to know to recruit Gen Z…

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A Feast for the Senses: the Design of Candy

A Feast for the Senses: the Design of Candy

When we see candy, we know that it will have a sweet and pleasing taste. But candy is designed to appeal to all your senses, to connect with the child inside you that wants to pick up something colorful and put it in their mouth. Candy is serious business, crafted…

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Common Mistakes in Recruiting: Relying Too Much on Keywords

Common Mistakes in Recruiting: Relying Too Much on Keywords

Insight from the experts at Grapefrute on how to make your recruiting faster and get better results One of the most common mistakes people make in recruiting is over-reliance on relevant keywords. Sure, keyword searches and software algorithms that scan for the desired terms make the initial talent search faster…

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Functional Beverages Continue to Dominate in 2020

Functional Beverages Continue to Dominate in 2020

Soft drinks and energy drinks have dominated the non-alcoholic beverages market for decades. Today, as consumers increasingly want beverages that are just as convenient, but have less sugar and more health benefits, functional drinks are stepping into the spotlight.  All over the world, there has been a slow decline in…

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Food Forensics: Traceability Goes High Tech

Food Forensics: Traceability Goes High Tech

Consumers and governments hold FMCG companies accountable for the quality, safety, sustainability, and impact of every ingredient in every product. To meet these standards and expectations, companies are using a broad range of high tech tools for advanced traceability. Introducing Food Forensics Generally speaking, the term “food forensics” means using…

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Cutting Edge Nutrition Science, Inside Your Dog Bowl

Cutting Edge Nutrition Science, Inside Your Dog Bowl

Pet nutrition is advancing in incredible ways, as pet owners seek optimal care for their animal companions, and companies respond to the demand. It’s the latest frontier in functional foods. For decades, people with a love of animals and an aptitude for science have thought that their only natural career…

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FMCG Ingredients Shaping Our World: Remarkable Algae

FMCG Ingredients Shaping Our World: Remarkable Algae

As the search for versatile, sustainable ingredients accelerates, algae take centre stage. Scientifically speaking, “algae” is an imprecise term. Algae are an incredibly diverse group of photosynthetic aquatic organisms, many of which bear very little resemblance to land plants. Different kinds of algae do not share a common ancestor, and…

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Revolution in Cosmetics: The Science of Sunscreen

Revolution in Cosmetics: The Science of Sunscreen

Sunscreen is big business, merging skin care, health care, and cosmetics to affect the daily lives of millions of people of all ages, all around the world. Some of the most advanced research in the world is happening in sun protection.  If you haven't bought sunscreen for a few years,…

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Everyday Biotech: Futuristic Technologies You Use Every Day – Part 1: Detergents and Cleaning Supplies

Everyday Biotech: Futuristic Technologies You Use Every Day – Part 1: Detergents and Cleaning Supplies

When we think biotech, we often imagine sci-fi settings with cyborgs in space ports. But these technologies are in our homes, our workplaces, and our daily lives. Here’s a closer look at some of the advanced biotech in your home right now.  In its most basic definition, biotechnology is “hacking”…

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Belgian Chocolate: Origins of an Icon

Belgian Chocolate: Origins of an Icon

How did a small northern European country become world-famous for a food native to the New World? We explore the magic behind Belgian Chocolate.  Belgian chocolate is famous around the world, and deeply embedded in the culture and economy of Belgium. But how did this New World bean, native to…

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Supply Chain and Logistics Trends

Supply Chain and Logistics Trends

Does coronavirus mean the end of Just In Time? And what might take its place in the global supply chain?  For decades, supply chains have been managed by the just-in-time principle, using lean systems that emphasize efficiency and seek to eliminate overages, waste, and storage throughout the system. JIT maximizes…

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The Endless Implications of Colour

The Endless Implications of Colour

Colour has a powerful effect on the human mind, and it doesn't just influence what we see. Colour affects our mood and emotions, our appetites and desires, and even our physical capabilities. Colour is a stimulant, anti-depressant, and aphrodisiac, and has powerful social, psychological, and cultural influence. Here are just…

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Rethinking Packaging

Rethinking Packaging

Every year, the average European generates nearly three times their own body weight in product packaging waste. But times are changing.  As governments pass more regulations restricting the use of plastics, and consumers are looking for more environmentally-friendly product offerings, industries are adopting more innovative ways to make packaging that…

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Pharmaceuticals: An Industry Shaping the World

Pharmaceuticals: An Industry Shaping the World

The pharmaceutical industry has transformed every aspect of our lives, from medicine and hygiene to the forefront of science and the global economy. Founded on the roots of medicine, chemistry, and manufacturing, and shaped by war and history, pharmaceuticals are leading us into the future. The modern pharmaceutical industry has…

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Renowned around the world: German Beer

Renowned around the world: German Beer

In Germany, beer is both a beverage and a food: they call it “liquid bread” or Flüssiges Brot. The beer that we today think of as “German” originated in Bavaria, where beer has been brewed since the Dark Ages, and even today more than 50% of German beer is produced…

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Coronavirus Recovery Means Long-Lasting Changes

Coronavirus Recovery Means Long-Lasting Changes

Europe is implementing a green recovery: how will it shape our world?  While it's still too early to know exactly what impacts the coronavirus will have on our economies, our healthcare systems, and our political relationships, there's no doubt that the effects will be with us for decades. While, as…

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The Amazing Origins of Dutch Cheese

The Amazing Origins of Dutch Cheese

While cheese may not be one of the first things that people think of when they think of the Netherlands, many of the world’s most popular cheeses, including Gouda and Edam, are Dutch. In fact, despite its small size, the mighty Netherlands is the world’s largest cheese exporter, sending over…

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The Scents of History

The Scents of History

Archaeological evidence and ancient texts indicate that people have been making perfumes since the very beginning of civilization. The first known chemist and perfumer was a Mesopotamian woman named Tapputi. In the second millennium BC, she distilled flowers, plants, oils, and other aromatics, in a complex process of repeated filtering,…

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Flavours of Spain

Flavours of Spain

Spain has the second-largest proportion of land devoted to agriculture in Europe, second only to France. The incredible diversity of ecosystems in Spain, ranging from the Mediterranean Andalucia to the dry plateaus of central Spain, to the 8,000 kilometres of coastline, make it suitable for producing a huge range of…

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Covid-19 – The Industry Response & Your (Own) Responsibility

Covid-19 – The Industry Response & Your (Own) Responsibility

Amid the global health concern about the coronavirus pandemic, and the resulting disruption of supply chains and markets, more and more companies and industries are rapidly shifting focus to make a positive contribution and support their customers and communities. Here are just a few examples from around the world:  Europe:…

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Expanding the Talent Search and Your Horizons: Recruiting Across Borders

Expanding the Talent Search and Your Horizons: Recruiting Across Borders

To stay competitive in the ever-changing FMCG industries, you need top talent. And the simple fact is, the best people often don’t show up on your doorstep with a resume in hand. You have to reach out and find them, wherever they are. This often means reaching beyond your borders,…

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How to Dominate the Plant-Based Food Trend

How to Dominate the Plant-Based Food Trend

In the United States alone, there has been an incredible 600% increase in veganism since 2015, and a whopping 70% of the global population says they are reducing meat intake or skipping meat altogether. Driven by environmental concerns, animal welfare issues, and economic necessity, people are turning away from meat…

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Is RPO Recruitment Right for You?

Is RPO Recruitment Right for You?

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is an alternative to traditional recruiting services that have transformed many companies' recruitment processes. Unlike many agencies, grapefrute offers both RPO and traditional contingency recruitment services, so you can choose the right solution for your recruitment needs. Let's take a closer look at RPO recruitment so…

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The Frozen Explosion

The Frozen Explosion

Recent years are seeing a sudden growth in frozen food consumption, driven largely by millennials, who spent an average of 9% more on frozen foods in 2017 than other demographics. Millennials now wield a combined 1.3 trillion dollar budget for annual spending, and frozen foods are increasingly appealing to their…

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