Snacking and binging with so many superfoods

The Way We Eat Now is an essential reading for all, as this books scans through climate change, shrinking biodiversity, the global rise of agro-industrial food complex and our nutrition and eating habits evolving around diet. The French invented lean cuisine. But now a push for quantity over quality in our food systems and the…

Vodka was invented by Poles

For several centuries beverages differed significantly compared to the vodka of today invented in the 8th century, as the spirit at that time had a different flavour, colour and smell and was used originally as medicine, as it contained very little alcohol about 14 per cent, as this amount can be attained by natural fermentation.…

Unilever trumps Nestle to buy GSK’s Horlicks unit

GlaxoSmithKline has entered into exclusive final negotiations to sell its Indian nutrition business to Unilever ending several months of auction process for the£3.28bn ( $4bn) unit that includes the prized India’s Horlicks malted drink brand. The Anglo-Dutch consumer company beat a rival bid from Swiss food and beverage group Nestle which was eyeing up to…

Rude foods

    A beer belly fanny pack or a Marseille-made bottle of Fanny, a popular pastis aperitif, in a French super market, or cock soup from Iceland supermarket, Vergina beer from Greece Chilly Willy ice lollies are all rude foods and drinks.  

Coca-Cola to buy Costa coffee chain for £3.9bn

Coca-Cola is to buy Costa coffee from its UK owner Whitbread for £3.9billion ( $5.1bn. Whitbread shares leapt forward 18 per cent after it unveiled a deal to sell its Costa Coffee chain to Coca-Cola including debt. The sale marks the end of Whitbread’s 23-year ownership of Costa, which the Group bought for £19million  when…

Novichok vodka whatever next!

Bristol Dry Gin distillery announced its new range of vodka on 7th July named “Novichok Edition” in the same week that Amesbury local Dawn Sturgess died from exposure to the nerve agent after falling ill on 30th June. Her partner Chris Rowley, is still in hospital after also being poisoned by the chemical, while several…

Summer cocktails to cool off in the sizzling summer

  WATERMELON-TEQUILA COCKTAILS When watermelon is in abundance, this is a great way to use it. Bobby Flay purees seedless watermelon chunks, then strains the juice through a sieve and mixes it with silver tequila, sugar syrup, blueberries, mint and fresh lime juice. TO SERVE 8 •       1/4 cup water 1/4 cup…

Smoothie a day for the summer

It’s that time of year when the temperatures are rising rapidly and the need to be looking out best physically is necessary as everyone likes to get ‘Bikini’ ready. Unfortunately, the whole peer pressure of looking good and feeling our best can sometimes be overwhelming and I find myself falling into quick-fix diets which ultimately…

Sandwich and coffeeshops Pret A Manger sold for £1.5bn

The UK Private Equity Group Bridgepoint, owner of Pret a Manger, has agreed to sell their sandwich shop chain for £1.5bn inclusive of debt to JAB Holdings, the German family-owned investment group challenging Nestle with its rapid acquisition of companies linked to the coffee market. Bridgepoint initially paid only £ 364m including debt to buy…