Master of Science in Food Science, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 1990. Doctor of Philosophy in Food Science, Wageningen University, Netherlands, 1995.
Postdoctoral scientist Unilever Wageningen University, 1996—1998. Senior scientist, lecturer University College Cork, Ireland, 1998—2005. Group manager Rikilt, Wageningen, since 2005, head department authenticity and identity, since 2005.
Married Gert De Vries. Children: Annabella, Veerle.