Daily Report: Reinventing Food Isn’t Easy

Food delivery services are having a hard time turning a profit, and they are dreading the day that Amazon officially acquires the high-end grocer Whole Foods. Uber, the ride-hailing service, is simmering in management chaos and a tough intellectual property fight with Google’s parent company, Alphabet. And that brings us to Hampton Creek, the company that is trying to reinvent food. Last year, the vegan food start-up quietly ordered its workers to buy mass quantities of its flagship product, Just Mayo, from stores. Such an effort could make Just Mayo seem more popular than it…

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Harmful Chemicals and Plastic Matter in Food Linked to Risk of Chronic Diseases in Men

Do you usually consume foods packed in plastic? Experts now suggest that potentially harmful chemicals found in plastic products, such as phthalates, may pose severe threat to human health. Researchers at the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute joined hands to investigate the presence of harmful chemicals in around 1500 male participants. The urine samples of close to 99.6% of the participants contained phthalates. Traces of phthalates in human body have often been linked to triggering a range of ailments. “We found that the prevalence of cardiovascular disease,…

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M&S investors spooked by slowdown in food sales

A slowdown in food sales at Marks & Spencer has spooked investors who have increasingly relied on brisk trade in its upmarket food halls to prop up its struggling clothing arm. M&S’s shares were marked down by more than 4% after the retailer revealed food sales in stores open more than one year had fallen over the last three months. The 0.1% decline – contrasting with a 0.6% rise pencilled in by analysts – comes at a time when sales of its supermarket rivals have been boosted by inflation and the…

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Has abundance destroyed our appreciation for food?

Many of us are fortunate to have well-stocked kitchens, and yet food and eating has never been so stressful since the days when we didn’t have enough. Once upon a time, humans spent their days hunting and gathering food and securing shelter for themselves. They did this for millennia until, suddenly, within the last century, both were much easier to find. Food became abundant for those of us fortunate enough to live in the affluent and productive West. Tragically, this has not been the case for everyone in the world,…

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Nagaland Food: A Beginner’s Guide to this Northeast Indian Cuisine

When it comes to food, there are so many endearing qualities about the Nagas. And I particularly love my Naga friends for many culinary reasons. In their company, one gets to eat really yummy food. Nagas are hospitable and they are known for their large heartedness. Land up in any Naga home – back in Nagaland or, in any metro cities where they are increasingly making a presence, they will manifest their hospitality on the table so much so that it’s hard to resist not over eating. They can cook a…

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How much food does it take to feed a festival?

Festival food. As nice as it would be to sit in the campsite living off Pringles for four days (and no doubt some of you do), this will do little to aid your horrible Friday hangover and general ill-health as you battle to make it to every party of what should be the best weekend of the year. So you amble over to the row of food stalls, all a bit overpriced, all with a silly queue, and you take a moment to wonder if the chips you’ve been craving…

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Foxrock’s Masterchef finalist takes on new food adventure

Dubliner Alison O’Reilly, who narrowly missed out on making the final three in the recent BBC television MasterChef series, has joined up with two of the other contestants, Lorna Robertson and Giovanna Ryan, to form Three Girls Cook. The trio have already done some star turns at food festivals, and their recent series of supper clubs in London’s Notting Hill was a sell out. London-based O’Reilly has launched a new career as a marketing specialist for food businesses, a food writer and private chef. She plans on returning to Dublin next month to stage a…

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Lunch will be a big focus for us in food, Starbucks CFO Scott Maw says

Let’s do lunch! Starbucks CFO Scott Maw says the coffee giant is looking to grow its food sales, particularly those at the midday meal. As Starbucks looks to grow its share of the coffee market, the chain is also testing ways to attract more customers who want food. Starbucks has been successful with its breakfast offerings, but lunch will be a bigger part of the company’s so-called food growth moving forward, Maw told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday morning. Monday was the 25th anniversary of Starbucks’ listing on the Nasdaq….

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This quiet agricultural ‘moonshot’ could change the future of food

The global population is skyrocketing, the climate is changing, and diets are shifting. So how do you tackle the problem of feeding 9 billion people by 2050? Assemble an elite team of scientists for a year-long brainstorming session. The first meeting of “Science Breakthroughs 2030” just convened to discuss the key advances essential for revolutionizing food and agriculture in the next decade. The resounding theme: What’s needed is akin to a moonshot. Or as committee co-chair John D. Floros put it, a “green revolution 2.0.” “This is something we owe to…

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Amazon’s Whole Foods deal may accelerate the fresh food takeover, hurting General Mills

Jeff Bezos just drove a tank into the middle of the food fight going on between Wal-Mart and the packaged goods industry. Amazon’s $13.7 billion deal to purchase Whole Foods is expected to be disruptive for grocers and other retailers, but it couldn’t come at a worse time for big brand food companies, already hurt by the heavy hand of Wal-Mart’s discount pricing and the expansion of online shopping. Now with Amazon jumping into the grocery business with a more than 400-location retailer, the price slashing — and competition from…

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