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Food industry trends including: #foodmarketing, #foodhistory and #foodies. Senior editor/curator - Margaret Carroll Boardman Ph.D.
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The Connoisseur Series: Stella Artois Official Sponsor of the Cannes Film Festival

The Connoisseur Series: Stella Artois Official Sponsor of the Cannes Film Festival | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

21 May 2013, PRNewswire, Stella Artois -- "Stella Artois, the number one Belgian beer in the world, is an Official Partner of the Cannes Film Festival. This year, for the first time, Stella Artois will give fans around the world an intimate look inside the lives of world-class directors and actors in Cannes, through a video series known as the Connoisseur Series. Shot on location at multiple venues in Cannes, the Connoisseur Series will feature interviews with celebrities shot live on the red carpet, from inside Cannes' grand parties and aboard gorgeous yachts circling the Festival, which from May 15-26 will serve as the center of the film universe. ..."

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Hershey to Introduce Condensed Milk Products in China - Aims for Big Piece of World's Biggest Candy Market

20 May 2013, Seeking Alpha -- Hershey aims to take a piece of the world's biggest candy market when it debuts new condensed milk products in China. The initiative falls in line with a broad company plan to grow international sales to 25% of total sales by 2017 with China a key growth driver. What to watch: Hershey won't be the only foreign candy seller in the region with both Kraft Food Group and Nestle active."

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Kellogg's Special a Star Performer

20 May 2013, Seeking Alpha -- "Kellogg has seen its Special K brand be a star performer for the company for years as it continues to peck away more market share due to low-calorie products which have been decidedly on-trend. The next step from the brand is a wave of new products which will feature additional nutritional benefits on top of the low calorie counts. Kellogg has also developed a loyal following from its online weight management program which claims over 2M members."

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Chinese may have practised agriculture before advent of rice cultivation 5,000 yrs ago

Chinese may have practised agriculture before advent of rice cultivation 5,000 yrs ago | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

18 May 2013, Bangladesh Sun -- Archaeologists in southern subtropical China have uncovered evidence for the first time that people living in Xincun 5,000 years ago may have practised agriculture -before the arrival of domesticated rice in the region.

 

Current archaeological thinking is that it was the advent of rice cultivation along the Lower Yangtze River that marked the beginning of agriculture in southern China.

 

Poor organic preservation in the study region, as in many others, means that traditional archaeobotany techniques are not possible.

Now, thanks to a new method of analysis on ancient grinding stones, the archaeologists have uncovered evidence that agriculture could predate the advent of rice in the region.

 

The research was the result of a two-year collaboration between Dr Huw Barton, from the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, and Dr Xiaoyan Yang, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing.

 

The research is published in the journal PLOS ONE. (ANI)

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Coca-Cola India Launches Minute Maid Guava Flavour Tetra packs

16 May 2013, FandBNews, Mumbai, India -- "Coca-Cola India has launched the guava-flavoured variant of its fruit juice brand Minute Maid.  It will be available in Delhi, Kolkata, select towns in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh in a 200ml Tetra pack priced at Rs 20 and the one-litre Tetra pack priced at Rs 85.

The cola major is attempting to penetrate the non-mango product category through its Tetra pack range, and over the next three months, the product is expected to be available in over 10,000 premium grocery stores and modern retail outlets. ..."

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Diageo eyes ‘amazing opportunities’ in confectionery flavored spirits

Diageo eyes ‘amazing opportunities’ in confectionery flavored spirits | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

15 May 2013, Beverage Daily -- "Diageo technical director Luca Lupini believes confectionery flavored spirits are an ‘amazing opportunity’ for the firm, and insists the sub-category brings out the best in its R&D team."

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Tunneling KFC to Gazans Craving the World Outside

Tunneling KFC to Gazans Craving the World Outside | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

15 May 2013, New York Times -- "Palestinians in Gaza who crave KFC meals must order from across the border in Egypt, and the food-delivery odyssey involves two taxis, a checkpoint and a smuggling tunnel. ..."

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Insects Can Fill Gap in Diets, UN Says

Insects Can Fill Gap in Diets, UN Says | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

13 May 2013, Voice of America --A new study by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says insects could be used in the fight against hunger and to increase food security.

A report released Monday says that forest insects form part of the traditional diet for some two billion people worldwide and are a readily available source of nutritious and protein-rich food.

Some of the most widely consumed insects include beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants. The food agency report says insects are rich in protein, good fats, iron and other minerals.

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related FAO video - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/1660285.html

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McDonald's New Master Plan for a More Eco-Friendly Identity With Solar Carports

McDonald's New Master Plan for a More Eco-Friendly Identity With Solar Carports | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

15 May 2013, PRNewswire, Burgerbrug, The Netherlands, Giulio Barbieri S.p.A. -- McDonald's has decided to renewing its brand image integrating the architecture of its restaurants with a renewable energy source thanks to new solar carports built to offer customers a useful and ecological way to protect their cars

 

Alkmaar, Schagen and Burgerbrug are the towns chosen for this experimental project: the installation of a carport for 8 cars manufactured by the Italian company Giulio Barbieri S.p.A with high performance solar panels.

 

"Our commitment does not stop trying to reduce as much as possible the environmental impact of our restaurants by using advanced equipments for the recycling of our packages and to maximize energy saving, but it moves on providing our guests with real sustainable services, that is services powered by renewable energy sources, like the new solar charging station for electric vehicles" says Richard Pach, McDonald's owner and operator for McBurger Bridge Holding BV. "If this test is successful, we will be happy to extend the initiative to other restaurants in order to meet our customers' needs, who are increasingly aware of the importance of a responsible environmental culture".

 

"We take great pride in collaborating with a giant of the calibre of McDonald's, whose efforts, exactly like ours, are mainly put in trying to work according to the respect and protection of the environment" says Giulio Barbieri S.p.A., president of the eponymous firm. "Our carports consist of aluminium profiles, recyclable material, which does not require any maintenance over time; in addition our carports can be quickly installed without foundations, respecting therefore the environment and the integrity of the soil."

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New Mexico Cheese Plant to Expand to Produce More Whey

6 May 2013, AgWeb -- "Demand from markets in Asia and developing countries is fueling the $100 million expansion."

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Food Security by Fareed Zakaria Featured at IFT 2013 Annual Meeting & Food Expo, Chicago, July 2013

6 May 2013, IFT -- "Food professionals from all over the globe will be gathering together in Chicago for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) 2013 Annual Meeting & Food Expo. This is the only annual event that brings together professionals involved in both the science and the business of food — experts from industry, academia and government.

 

he Annual Meeting & Food Expo is the only event of its kind to feature the very latest food products, the hottest food trends, and the most important developments in the science of food. With more than 1,000 companies exhibiting, this event showcases the largest, most diverse collection of food ingredient, equipment, and packaging suppliers from all over the world. Over 100 educational sessions and 1,200 poster presentations will provide information on the latest developments and trends in food science. 

Opening General Session: The Opening General Session keynote presentation, Facing the Extreme: Food Challenges, on Sunday, July 14, from 8:30 to 10:15 a.m. will feature Fareed Zakaria, PhD, host of CNN's international affairs program — Fareed Zakaria GPS.  He is also an editor-at-large of TIME, a Washington Post columnist, and best-selling author. Dr. Zakaria’s presentation comes at a critical time for food professionals who face extreme challenges in both developed and developing nations ranging from food waste, food safety, and food insecurity to new nutritional demands and limitations on natural resources.

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Javaplant site visit - extraction in Indonesia

Javaplant site visit - extraction in Indonesia | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

6 May 2013, NutraIngredients USA -- "FoodNavigator-Asia recently visited Indonesia's largest extraction facility, Javaplant, to look at how one of Asia's top 10 botanical, coffee and tea extractors produces products for export around the world. ..."

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Cardiologist writes cookbook for wheat-free eating

30 April 2013, Reuters, New York -- Dr William Davis, the American cardiologist who trumpeted the health benefits of a wheat-free diet in his 2011 best-selling book "Wheat Belly," has taken his approach a step further with a cookbook.

 

In the "Wheat Belly Cookbook" Davis explains the thinking behind his wheat-free eating plan, adds updates on research and includes 150 wheat-free recipes and instructions on how to make pizzas, pies, cakes and cookies with other types of flour.

 

Davis said he first stumbled upon the benefits of not eating wheat when he was looking at ways to improve his patients' cardiovascular health.

 

He found that a modern strain of wheat had a high glycemic index, which rates how food affects blood sugar and insulin, and a protein called gliadin that he says stimulates the appetite.

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Developing Countries Emerge as Fertile Markets for ANZ Dairy Exporters, Finds Frost & Sullivan

21 May 2013, PRNewswire, Sydney, Australia -- As large dairy importers all over the world are looking to reduce their dependence on exports, Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) exporters will have to tap new markets in smaller countries to stay afloat. Fortunately, nations with emerging dairy markets and rising middle classes in Asia and Africa are eager to import from ANZ due to the perceived high quality of products from these countries.

 

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.food.frost.com), Strategic Growth and Emerging Export Opportunities in theAustralia and New Zealand (ANZ) Dairy Sector, finds that the market earned revenues of $11.60 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $17.2 billion in 2018.

"Exporters need to reevaluate their marketing strategies to cater to newer customers, rather than simply concentrate on the big importers such as the United States and China," said Frost & Sullivan Chemicals, Materials & Food Research Analyst Natasha D'Costa. "This will enable the exporters to not only address the healthy markets locally but also help build global dairy demand."

 

Seeing that dairy exporters are making a beeline for the thus-far sidelined emerging nations, ANZ should aim to make the most of its first-mover advantage and its geographical proximity to these markets, especially Asia.

However, international market penetration involves numerous challenges such as imposing trade barriers, fluctuating currencies, and the duplication of the regulatory and industry approval processes. Most importantly, exporters must possess cultural awareness of their export market, as most developing markets have strong religious and cultural beliefs that often affect their food choice.

 

It is imperative for exporters to position their products to match the requirements of the importing nations. Affordability and a basic understanding of product positioning will be crucial in gaining brand equity and loyalty in these highly price-sensitive economies.

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Chelsea flower show: a guide to edible flowers

Chelsea flower show: a guide to edible flowers | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

20 May 2013, The Guardian -- Visitors to this year's show can pop down to a nearby restaurant and try a flower-based lunch menu. Is it just a novelty – or something worth taking seriously?

 

As Chelsea flower show gets under way it's not just the gardeners who are putting flowers on the table. Chefs are too. Down the road from the Royal Horticultural extravaganza, Tom Aikens restaurant has a lunch menu bursting with edible blooms. Loch Duart Salmon with viola, violet flowers or poached chicken with marigolds are followed by rose-poached strawberries and washed down with elderflower syrup.

 

This isn't just a PR stunt, says Aikens who has been cooking with flowers for several years: "Flowers complement dishes in the same way that herbs and spices do," he says. "In savoury dishes, flowers from herbs like rosemary and thyme, which have a short season, add a unique and distinct flavour while, in desserts, roses, lavender and hibiscus all add a subtle, sweet and slightly scented flavour – which works well."

 

One of the most high-profile chefs to use flowers is René Redzepi ofNoma in Copenhagen. His dishes include beetroot with thyme flowers, nasturtium flowers with snails, and broad beans with cucumber and mustard flowers. And anyone who read his book, Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine, may find themselves scouring the landscape for delicacies such as sea buckthorn.

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India - McDonald's launches Masala Grill burgers with veg and chicken variants

20 May 2013, FnBNews.com, Mumbai, India -- "McDonald’s recently introduced Masala Grill, a range of grilled vegetarian and non-vegetarian products inspired by the kebabs of the province in Pakistan formerly called the Northwest Frontier Province. ...

 

Masala Grill is the result of a three-year-long development programme to introduce products that have a universal appeal across all regions in India. In India, this is a challenge, as customers across the country have strong preference towards their local flavours. ...


The local variants complement the international flavours in the brand's three categories – namely Happy Price Menu, Mid-tier and Premium. The chain currently has 303 outlets across India (of which 148 are spread across the northern and eastern states of the country). ..."

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Chelsea Flower Show: The Resilience of the Ginkgo

17 May 2013, Financial Times -- "To most people ginkgo is either the tree with the smelly “fruits” or the source of a leaf extract that is good for your memory, but..."

 

for more see: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/21ffa6f0-b1b6-11e2-9315-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz2U3XQ1Lne

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Agriculture in China predates domesticated rice: Discovery of ancient diet shatters conventional ideas of how agriculture emerged

Agriculture in China predates domesticated rice: Discovery of ancient diet shatters conventional ideas of how agriculture emerged | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

17 May 2013, ScienceDaily -- "Archaeologists have made a discovery in southern subtropical China which could revolutionise thinking about how ancient humans lived in the region. They have uncovered evidence for the first time that people living in Xincun 5,000 years ago may have practised agriculture -- before the arrival of domesticated rice in the region. ..."

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Luxury travel trends: Hyper-local food

Luxury travel trends: Hyper-local food | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

16 May 2013, The Telegraph -- "In the wake of the horsemeat scandal, luxury resorts are going to commendable, and sometimes unusual, lengths to ensure guests know exactly what they're eating."

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Examples - New York City (foraging for edible bark, berries and leaves in NYC's green spaces), Florence (truffle hunting), Thailand (catch, cook and dine on your own snapper fish), other cities (rooftop and onsite gardens).

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NASA ponders food supply for 2030s mission

NASA ponders food supply for 2030s mission | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

15 May 2013, CBS News, Clara Moskowitz -- "In order to establish a sustainable community, the space agency is investigating how to grow crops on the red planet.

 

The first humans to live on Mars might not identify as astronauts, but farmers. To establish a sustainable settlement on Earth's solar system neighbor, space travelers will have to learn how to grow food on Mars -- a job that could turn out to be one of the most vital, challenging and labor-intensive tasks at hand, experts say.

 

"One of the things that every gardener on the planet will know is producing food is hard -- it is a non-trivial thing," Penelope Boston, director of the Cave and Karst Studies program at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, said Tuesday at the Humans 2 Mars Summit at The George Washington University. "Up until several hundred years ago it occupied most of us for most of the time."

 

Early Mars colonists may have to revert to this mode of life to ensure their own survival, she suggested. ..."

 

Photo: Future astronauts may grow some of their meals inside greenhouses, such as this Martian growth chamber, where fruits and vegetables could be grown hydroponically, without soil. / PAT RAWLINGS/NA

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Red Bull launches energy drink in special ‘Camo’ can for US military

15 May 2013, Beverage Daily, Ben Bouckley -- "Red Bull will sell a limited edition camouflage-colored can from Memorial Day to Labour Day through military channels and retailers immediately surrounding bases. ..."

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UK Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver - Men who can cook more likely to be lucky with the ladies

UK Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver - Men who can cook more likely to be lucky with the ladies | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

11 May 2013, The Telegraph -- "He has already campaigned for healthy school dinners and pledged to get over-worked parents cooking.

 

Now, Jamie Oliver appears to have embarked on an innovative new crusade to get the men of Britain cooking – by promising them they are more likely to “get laid”.

 

Oliver, the television chef, claimed men are more likely to boost their love lives if they can cook.

 

Indeed, he continued, their conquests would even be of “better quality” if they could woo them with a delicious dinner.

 

Speaking about men who can cook on BBC Radio 5 live’s Men’s Hour,Oliver said he had learned from being in the company of male chefs for years. ..."

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Early China Buying Boosts Dairy Market

Early China Buying Boosts Dairy Market | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

7 May 2013, AgWeb via Dairy Today Editors and U.S. Dairy Export Council -- Imports from key customers were mostly higher in early 2013, led by record purchases from China.

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Hummus Is Conquering America

Hummus Is Conquering America | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

30 April 2013, The Wall Street Journal -- "Prodded by the largest U.S. hummus maker, farmers in the heart of tobacco country are trying to grow chickpeas, an improbable move that reflects booming demand for hummus."

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Our obsession with sugar, salt and fat

Our obsession with sugar, salt and fat | Food History & New Markets | Scoop.it

1 March 2013, Time Magazine, Alexandra Sifferlin -- "How did Lunchables start? Why does soda have so much sugar? Michael Moss pulls back the curtain on the processed food industry.


In his new book, "Salt Sugar Fat," Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Michael Moss takes readers on a tour of the $1 trillion processed food industry, and the sights aren't pretty.


The average American eats 33 pounds of cheese and 70 pounds of sugar a year, and health experts say those trends triggered the obesity epidemic that has left millions at risk of heart disease, diabetes and other chronic health conditions.

Based on his interviews with top industry executives from Kraft to Coca-Cola as well as leading food scientists, Moss discusses how we became so dependent on processed food.

Photo: Did you know that the food industry has created different kinds of salt to fit their specific products? Credit: Time Magazine.

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Cited reference: Michael Moss, Salt, Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. New York: Random House, 2013 

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