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Dubai food festival returns, click here to check out the dates

The much-awaited Dubai food festival returns in Dubai from 25 February to 13 March 2021. This year's Eighth edition format will base on four highlights of Dubai’s gourmet scene from rich culinary diversity, authentic and homegrown cuisine, unique restaurant experiences, and exceptional value for money. The festival is set to be rich in menu, masterclasses, and restaurant experience.

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Sri Lanka to vend pure Ceylon tea in China

Sri Lankan’s cabinet ministers approved MoU proposal between Sri Lanka tea board and China International trade company Fujian star for marketing pure Ceylon tea. Ceylon to be marketed both online and offline for utilizing the probabilities in Chinese tea market. Fujian star is a subsidiary company of Bennie Tea Industry Company Limited involved in tea import, export and retained in e-commerce.

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Bird flu in Delhi: Restaurants asked not to sell roasted chicken

North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has urged restaurants not to sell roasted chicken amid the spread of bird flu. NDMC will form monitoring committees in livestock markets and six zones in North Delhi. Public health inspectors will visit restaurants and request them not to sell roasted chicken until the problem of bird flu is over in Delhi. Outbreak of the avian infection has been confirmed in 10 states.

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UAE businessman says food supply stayed smooth amid pandemic

Harish Tahiliani, Managing Director of Arab India Spices, has said that COVID-19 also struck global food supply chain, but the region stayed unaffected due to visionary leadership. He said that with a futuristic vision, millions in UAE and the region were saved from overburden, shortage of food and black market pricing during pandemic.

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See how this Sharjah family focuses on local produce

A local family in Sharjah’s Filli Al Madam village is maintaining a huge farm to preserve their farming culture. Al Kabbi family has been maintaining the farm at small scale, but the owner’s son expanded it to 40 acres. They are playing a vital role in food security via their local produce, and have a group of 16 farmers, who implement modified farming techniques to produce 100% natural vegetables.

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Average American yearly eats 99 kilos of meat

A recent report by database company Statista has revealed the prodigious appetite of several countries when it comes to eating meat. America emerged as the number one meat-eating country, while Australia took the second spot, and steak-famous Argentina ranked third. The average American consumes 219lbs (99kg) of meat which includes 110 lbs (nearly 50kg) of chicken.

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Dubai Municipality's new initiative detects food-borne pathogens

Dubai Municipality's “Qoot” initiative provides on-site food sampling tests. It uses latest techniques to ensure rapid results with high accuracy besides immediate detection of food-borne pathogens. Dubai municipality was recently ranked among five best institutions in the world in the field of knowledge management and innovation as it won the prestigious Most Innovative Knowledge Enterprise award.

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Calls to restore Nepal's historic tea estate to past glory

Established in 1863, the first tea estate of Nepal is a shadow of its former glory. Mayor of Ilam Municipality said despite their historical value, the Ilam Tea Estate and Industry were in a sorry state. He and two other majors have called for bringing the estate under the jurisdiction of local governments.

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India expected to cross USD25 billion mark in agriculture exports

India’s agriculture exports are set to cross the USD25 billion mark owing to growing demand from Middle East and China. Growth in India's agriculture-based and processed foods will sustain in 2021. Iran’s lifting of ban on basmati rice imports from India will contribute to country’s improved performance in cereal exports in 2021. Also, for the first time, China imported non-basmati rice from India in December 2020.

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Bhutan: Crackdown on businessmen for selling goods at overpriced prices

OCP fined several shops in Bhutan for violating the provisions of the Consumer Protection Act. Authorities in Bhutan swung into action as people complained of overpricing of essential goods due to pandemic lockdown. The businesses were penalized for overpricing, selling expired goods. Jigme Dorgi, an officer at OCP, said the government had informed various business entities not to take advantage of the lockdown.

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Organic meats found to have nearly same greenhouse impact as regular ones

A research team has found that organic meats produce nearly the same amount of greenhouse gases as conventional meats. Researchers categorised food products into meat production, organic meat production and plant-based food production. They also took into account the emissions produced during different stages of the production process. Data revealed little difference in greenhouse gas emissions.

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'Timely delivery' wins Australian couple 60 years of free pizza

An Australian couple won free pizzas from Dominos for next six decades for naming their newborn son after the fast-food chain. Clementine Oldfield and Anthony Lot won a competition that offered 60 years worth of free pizza to an Australian family that named its newborn baby either ‘Dominic’ or ‘Dominique’. The baby had to be born on December 9, 2020, the date of the company’s 60th anniversary.

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Six ill-reputed foods that are surprisingly healthy

There are many foods that are generally perceived to be unhealthy, but have plenty of nutrients to offer, when cooked the right way. Eggs with yolk are a nourishment powerhouse, offering 3g protein, vitamin D, and minerals. Potatoes are known for offering nutrients and minerals, while ghee is known for fat-soluble vitamins and healthy fatty acids.

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UNWFP and Indian government to setup Rice ATMs in Bengaluru

IT city Bengaluru will soon get ‘Rice ATMs’, under central government’s project ‘Annapurti’ in partnership with UNWFP. The ATMs will set up in a slum in the city where low-income labour resides and will dispense two commodities weighing 25kgs each per minute. A machine with 100-500 kg grain capacity will be installed depending upon demand.

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Here are the number of animals slaughtered for meat worldwide

Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh shared data from UN Food and Agriculture Organization and revealed that over 60 million of animals were slaughtered for meat worldwide from 1961 to 2018. The data is based on livestock production for meat and chicken was largely consumed product among turkey, goats, sheep, etc. In the list, Afghanistan was the largest consumer of chicken with +415% hike during 1961 and 2018.

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Fancy a McDonald's burger with Oreo biscuits?

McDonald's China has come up with limited edition Spam and Oreo burgers, joining the list of bizarre food offerings by fast food chains this year. The burgers featuring two thick slices of Spam topped with a portion of crushed Oreo-style cookies and creamy white sauce will sell for USD2. Foodies have been giving mixed reactions, but one viewer called it 'unexpectedly delicious'.

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Thai researcher seeks funding to bring chicken feather on menu

Sorawut Kittibanthorn, 30-year-old from Thailand is seeking funding to continue his research to convert nutrient component found in Chicken feather. He reveals that about 2.3 trillion tons of feathers are being dumped in Europe alone each year and Asia contributes up to 30% of waste. Sorawut was looking for new types of waste to recycling, concerning millions of tons of chicken feathers waste being discarded each year.

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Singapore restaurant to serve dishes made with 'lab-grown meat'

A restaurant in Singapore will soon start serving dishes prepared with 'lab-grown meat'. This comes after the company behind the product announced its inaugural sale in city-state. US start-up 'Eat Just' recently received sales approval from Singapore authorities for its lab-grown chicken meat. Singapore is the first country to allow meat created without slaughtering any animals to be sold.

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Burger King UK allows local restaurants to use its Instagram for free

Burger King UK will begin promoting independent restaurants across the country as many are being forced to close due to the widening of tier-3 restrictions. In tier 3, all restaurants and pubs are forced to close except for takeaways and deliveries. Burger King will be using its platform to advertise for independent restaurants that have struggled this year due to the pandemic.

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This recipe was the most searched on Google in 2020

Google recently posted its annual Year in Search data, which looks back at all of the most-popular things we've been searching for. Among the news, people, actors, and other search results, Google recounted the top 10 most-searched-for recipes of 2020. Dalgona Coffee recipe topped the list with Ekmek, Sourdough bread, Pizza, and Lahmacun following.

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UAE's Lulu group to open processing plant in Srinagar

UAE-based multinational conglomerate Lulu group has decided to open a fruit-processing plant in Srinagar. It has signed an agreement with Fruit Master Agro Fresh, Jammu & Kashmir, for facilitation of services during the setup process. The group will supply Kashmiri apples and saffron from the processing plant to all its branches across the gulf region.

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Food establishments urged to refrain from serving errant motorists

Sharjah Municipality urged all food establishments to refrain from serving customers who wait in cars parked in lots that is reserved for certain special groups of community. The move comes to serve customers who wait in regular parking lots, not those who park illegally obstructing traffic in process. Clear notices were distributed with an emphasis on importance of commitment with instructions.

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FDA says genetically modified foods are 'healthy'

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says genetically modified (GMO) foods are as healthy as their non-GMO counterparts. Some GMO plants have even been modified to improve their nutritional value. An example is GMO soybeans with healthier oils that can be used to replace oils that contain trans fats. Some GMO plants have also proven to reduce pesticide use.

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Scientists find a way to make extruded snacks healthy

Scientists from the University of Helsinki have found a way to make extruded snacks healthy without even affecting flavour of cheese puffs and similar snacks. The extruded snacks are just carbohydrate foam 40% of modified rye bran dramatically improved nutritional value. Rye bran is mostly used in cheese puffs and similar snacks, which has 48% of fibre and 18% protein, making it healthy.

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Study: Vegetarians at higher risk to suffer bone fractures

A newly published research revealed that people, who follow a vegan diet and eat fish only, holds a 43% higher risk of bone fracture compared to those who eat meat. Vegan diet with lower calcium and protein intakes reduces one's body mass index and increases risk of 2.3% compared to older people. The study was conducted on nearly 50,000 participants in EPIC-Oxford study.

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'Hulk of an Orange': Largest orange by circumference found in Nagpur, India

Maharashtra's Nagpur is popularly known as 'Orange City' as it is the major exporter of sweet-sour fruit across the world. The image of the largest orange by circumference grown by a Nagpur farmer has left thousands of internet users stunned. The orange weights 1.45kg, and it is 8 inches in height, and 24 inches wide. It garnered thousands of likes and hundreds of comments on social media.

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Unilever may take EUR1 billion bite into alternative meat and dairy market

Unilever is targeting EUR1 billion sales in plant-based meat and dairy products in next 5-7 years. The market worldwide was at USD11 billion in 2019, and is expected to grow 15.8% per year, over next seven years. The target supposed quintupling of business, and will require really high growth rates. Some of Unilever’s products are pricier than the real thing, and may end up putting off some buyers.

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Safe Christmas: Firefighters demonstrate dangers of frying frozen turkey

Chicago fire department demonstrated the dangers of frying a frozen turkey. Chicago Fire Department through a video showed how quickly a fire can spread 'when attempting to fry a frozen turkey in boiling oil'. “Please stay safe this holiday season and make sure your turkey is completely defrosted before frying," the department posted.

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UAE restricts import of birds and its byproducts from four countries

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) issued four resolutions for banning imports of birds and their byproducts. The countries like Netherlands, Germany, and select areas of Russia recorded an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza during November 2020 as per first three resolutions. Meanwhile, 4th resolution bans import of poultry meat from UK.

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'Corona Sandwich' improves footfall in the city of Bethlehem

With tourism down and out because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Raed Bannura, a tourist guide from Bethlehem, has switched professions and started an eatery named 'Corona Sandwich'. "My wife called me crazy for the idea, but I told her this name will spread as fast as the virus", Bannura stated. The former tourist guide also serves a 'Covid-19 hot-dog' and wants to keep the name even after the pandemic.

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New York restaurant offers 'Biden Biryani', goes viral

A Bangladeshi restaurant in New York has added a unique mouth-watering dish ‘Biden Biryani’ to its menu list. The outlet is getting an overwhelming response from the customers and the special dish is serving like hot cakes in the area. Biryani is a famous delicacy from South Asia and the name of US President-elect attached to it has made it more appealing to some.

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UK launches first ever vegan-only butchers in London

Rudy’s, UK’s first permanent vegan butcher, has opened up in North London’s Islington. It will sell meat-free versions of common meat products such as baycon(vegan bacon), and soysage (soy-based sausages). Co-founder Matthew Foster said that demand for vegan has increased as people understand what they are selling. The products are designed to emulate meat, and taste like meat, with a meat-like texture.

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Did Burger king just ask its customers to order from McDonald’s?

Fast-food chain Burger King, in a highly unusual step, has appealed to customers to order from its rival McDonald’s, and many other restaurants. The company’s UK arm tweeted the statement, asking customers to support food outlets amid pandemic. Burger King said that they never thought they would ask this from customers, and won Twitteratis’ hearts with the post.

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Which food are not healthy for arthritis patients?

Arthritis is not an age-related disorder but an auto-immune disease affecting joint and bone pain. Patients must need to take care of a few things, including diet and while somethings are a must, some need to be avoided. Red meat is a source of inflammation, while deep-fried food can also cause the same effect. Refined sugars and excessive salt also must be avoided.

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Parents helpless as kid influencers promote junk food

According to a new study, kid influencers are promoting junk food brands on YouTube, leaving parents with a difficult choice to let their kids access the medium or not. The growing popularity of kid influencers have caught the attention of companies and increased concern for the ordinary parent. Kids with wildly popular YouTube channels are frequently promoting unhealthy food and drinks in their videos, researchers warn.

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COVID-19 exposes fragile system of world's food system, says FAO

World Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO of United Nations, marked the 75th anniversary of World Food Day on 17 October 2020 with a theme of 'Grow, nourish, and sustain. Together'. On the day, FAO highlighted how Coronavirus pandemic exposed fragility of world's food system. It is estimated that nearly 700 million people still go hungry and pandemic could tip up to 132 million more by end of 2020.

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Emirates Flight Catering commits to reduce food waste by 35%

Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC) has announced its commitment to reduce food waste by 35% across its central operations in Dubai. EKFC has engaged Winnow for a gradual rollout of an advanced food waste management system for its catering facilities. It will employ AI and machine learning, enabling EKFC to automatically monitor and control food waste.

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Navratri celebrations: What can people eat during fast?

The nine day festival during which people also fast, calls for a limited diet with various restrictions. Various flours and grains such as wheat, rice, and chickpeas are restricted, while those observing fasts can replace these with buckwheat flour or water chestnut flour. All kinds of nuts and dry fruits, and various spices including cardmoms and cloves are also allowed for consumption.

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World Food Day: Viral food trends that made headlines globally

People across the globe celebrated food as they were stuck at homes due to COVID-19 lockdown. With cafes shut, dalgona coffee became one of the top trends in households. People missing creativity also created several Coronavirus themed food items like burgers and wraps. French baker Jean-François even made Coronavirus shaped Easter eggs.

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Starbucks marks 8th anniversary in India with special offers

Starbucks India has come up with several offers to mark its eighth anniversary in India. The coffee major is honouring the human connection and its commitment to the highest quality coffee for enthusiasts across India. On 17th and 18th October 2020, customers can enjoy special pricing on several beverages available on Starbucks menu.

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Food delivery volumes in India reach pre-COVID-19 peak: Zomato CEO

Deepinder Goyal, founder & CEO of delivery platform Zomato stated that food delivery volumes in India have reached pre-COVID peaks. Goyal also expects the sector to grow at around 15-25% month-on-month for the foreseeable future. Since March 23, Zomato has delivered 92 million orders, with no reported cases of Covid-19 transmission through food delivery, or its food delivery agents, Goyal added.

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Indian Michelin-star chef 'Vikas Khanna' feeds millions across globe

The award-winning Indian chef Vikas Khanna will feed around 50 million people across globe in 200 days during Coronavirus pandemic on 17 October 2020. He is connecting with colleagues and friends in India from Manhattan, New York to expand his "Feed India" initiative. India is the second-largest COVID-19 hit country behind US with over 7 million confirmed infections.

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It is neither a chocolate factory, nor a chocolate shop: What is it?

The Lindt Home of Chocolate welcomed its first visitor in Kilchberg Switzerland museum in September 2020. The world's largest Chocolate Museum boasts 65,000 square feet of chocolate-centric content, including a full view of Lindt shop, cafe, and production line. The Fountain, standing nearly 30 feet tall, features an oversized golden whisk dripping 15 litres of liquid cocoa into a giant Lindor truffle.

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Bengal vegans: Food bloggers in catch 22 of Facebook copycats

When 'Bengal vegans' Facebook group realised they were facing a copy cat, they considered it a form of flattery. Alas, soon it turned into a stuff of nightmares for their admins. The impersonators had managed to acquire more followers than the originals by sharing memes of non-vegetarian food in contrast to vegan. This slander is now out of control for the humble vegans who aim to rebrand.

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Do takeaways open for businesses to sell food or drink in UK?

UK government amid the action to restrict Coronavirus infection announced businesses serving food or drinks must be closed after 10 pm. The takeaway services and deliveries will continue after 24 September 2020. UK has released various other measures related to face coverings, working from home, gathering, etc. Additionally, businesses must display NHS QR code posters as an alternative for providing contact details.

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Chef Vikas Khanna’s Feed India initiative crosses 40 million meals

The Feed India initiative, started under the guidance of Michelin-star Chef Vikas Khanna, has crossed 40 million meals. The noble initiative began from a single tweet by the chef in April 2020. He decided to reach out and help people in these crisis times by feeding millions of people in need across 135 cities in India.

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Etihad Airways teams up with Lumitics to reduce inflight food wastage

Etihad Airways, national carrier of UAE, has partnered with Singapore based food technology startup Lumitics. The partnership will use computer vision and machine learning in order to reduce food wastage on Etihad flights. It will track unconsumed Economy class meals, with collated data used to highlight food consumption and wastage patterns. Analysis of results will help to reduce food waste and improve meal planning.

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Which Asian bakery is must visit for all in UAE?

Apart from its cultural heritage and sightseeing, UAE also offers global cuisines for everyone to relish. For people wanting to explore Filipino desserts, Sweet Indulgence bakery serves customer favourite authentic Filipino and global sweets. It has two branches in the emirates and offers home delivery of delicacies to customers in Dubai and Sharjah.

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Fish Swedish Surstromming gains popularity due to its pungent odour

Sweden’s infamous delicacy, made from fermented herring, is known for a pungent smell that wafts out as soon as a can of it is opened. Its smell is so strong that it should be opened outdoors, and has gained a following online as more people try it out. It is made with herring caught in the Baltic, which are then fermented for months in barrels before being canned.

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Coronavirus effect: Thai Airways opens on ground diner

To give customers a taste of in-flight meals, Thai Airways has transformed the cafeteria of its Bangkok headquarters into an airline-themed restaurant. Diners at the restaurant can meet cabin crew in full uniform as they enter the restaurant. Thailand halted commercial flights in light of Coronavirus pandemic. The restaurant is serving over 2,000 meals a day as travellers turn up to relive 'flying dining'.

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