Quilon celebrates 100 years of Indian cashew nut export

Rock Victoria, a Sri Lankan national, set up a cashew factory in Quilon (Kollam), South India in 1920 for processing of cashew nuts, with Swaminathan as a worker who later became a prominent cashew businessman. The first batch of cashews exported from India was from Kollam to USA in 1920 by Indian Nut Company, established…

Cheesemonger’s odyssey

The Great universal connects agriculture and climate to trade and exchange to traditions and cultures to identity and politics. Ned Palmer’s A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles, is a canon of food-centric histories begun with Mark Kurlansky’s Cod (1997). How we feed ourselves can tell us as much about who we are and where…

World Vegan Day 2019

World Vegan day is on November 1st. The Vegan Society says half of all vegans are now aged between 15 and 34 and more adults have switched to a plant-based diet in the last three years. Veganism actually existed more than two hundred years ago in1874. Towards the end of World War II, Donald Watson…

Pumpkin soup for Halloween

PENNY’S PUMPKIN SOUP for HALLOWEEN TWENTY NINETEEN. The ingredients are oh so simple for this warming soup and it is up to you if you choose to include finely chopped onions or leave them completely out. What you do need is preferably a hand held electric soup wizzer, a good mashing implement or a liquidiser.…

JAB Holding to raise £8bn from investors

The investment company behind Keurig Dr Pepper, sandwich chain Pret A Manger,  Krispy Kreme Doughnuts,  JAB Holdings, Caribou and Peet’s coffee, Einstein Bros Bagels who are aiming to  raise as much as  £6.5bn ($8bn) from investors to further its multi-year acquisition spree in the consumer sector. The company which manages the fortune of Germany’s billionaire…

Fungus Panama TR$ threaten Bananas

The Colombian Agriculture and Fishing Institute (ICA) has confirmed the arrival of Panama TR4 disease, a soil-dwelling fungus that has devastated plantations in South-East Asia over the past 30 years. Now it threatens Cavendish banana which accounts for half of global production and 95 per cent of the world’s exports. The ICA has declared a…