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Sweet victory: French candymakers win China legal war

Marseille - Revenge is sweet for the makers of France's traditional "calisson" candies, who have won a months-long legal battle with a businessman who trademarked the product's name in China.

EU Parliament fails to skewer kebab meat phosphates

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Wednesday narrowly failed to block a proposal to allow the use of phosphates in kebab meat, an additive which critics say is linked to heart disease.

Dutch retailer pulls infant milk in French health scare

Den Haag - Dutch value-for-money retailer Kruidvat pulled some of its own-brand infant milk off the shelves Monday following an international recall by French baby milk maker Lactalis amid a salmonella scare.

Major recall of Lactalis baby milk over salmonella fears

Paris - French baby-milk maker Lactalis and health authorities have ordered a major international product recall because of fears of salmonella contamination, following 26 cases of children falling sick in France.

Australia stung by N. Zealand bid to trademark manuka honey

Sydney - Manuka honey's much-hyped healing properties have proved a money-spinner for beekeepers in Australia and New Zealand, but a push to trademark its name has sparked a bitter row between the two countries.

You'll be herring from my lawyer, Dutch fishmongers tell paper

Den Haag - Two disgruntled Dutch fishmongers are dragging a national newspaper to court after it accused them of selling "rotten" examples during a nationwide test of the country's favourite snack: raw, salted herring.

Butter, wine, foie gras: French face triple whammy as shortages abound

Paris - With butter spread thin and wine output drying up, whatever next for the unlucky French? A shortage of foie gras, the must-have liver pate that takes pride of place on most Christmas tables.

Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Toukyo - International Olympic officials will be fed produce from northern Japan hit by the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, as Tokyo 2020 organisers aim to dispel fears over food from the region.

Communist Hanoi gets its first McDonald's

Hanoi - Global burger behemoth McDonald's opened its first branch on Saturday in the historic heart of communist Hanoi, a conservative city renowned for its traditional -- and cheap -- Vietnamese staples beloved by food-obsessed locals.

Fonterra ordered to pay France's Danone $125 mln over baby formula scare

Wellington - New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra was ordered to pay French rival Danone NZ$183 million ($125 million) in damages Friday over a baby formula botulism scare.

Greenpeace slams Indonesia palm oil industry on deforestation

Jakarta - `Greenpeace slammed Indonesia's palm oil industry Monday for failing to live up to a pledge to halt deforestation, as the lucrative sector faces possible restrictions in Europe over environmental concerns.

First food aid in weeks docks at rebel-held Yemen port: WFP

Sanaa - A vessel carrying the first shipment of food aid in three weeks docked Sunday at the rebel-controlled Red Sea port of Saleef in western Yemen, a United Nations official said.

Shaping consumer eating habits with VR technology

Consumption of ‘unhealthy foods’ is a major societal problem, especially with spiraling obesity rates in so-called ‘developed countries’. Can consumer behavior be modified to eat more healthy foods through the use of virtual reality?

Turkmenistan currency crisis seen causing cola shortage

Ashgabat - Fans of Coca-Cola in gas-rich Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat are complaining they can no longer "taste the feeling": their favourite drink has disappeared from shop shelves amidst a sharpening economic crisis.

'Selling death': Australia cemeteries get new lease of life

Adelaide - From the graveside to the dinner plate, olive oil is being harvested from centuries-old trees at a Australian cemetery in a bid to shake up people's attitudes towards death and burial sites.

Butter shortage chills France's patisserie-loving soul

Paris - There can arguably be no greater threat to the French way of life than a lack of butter.

Smart vending machines set to become commonplace

The digital transformation of vending services is moving at a faster pace. This covers the range from cashless payments to smart machines that can signal when they need to be restocked with supplies.

White truffles fetch 75,000 euros at Italian auction

Alba - A lot of around 850 grammes (1.9 pounds) of white truffles was sold for 75,000 euros ($87,500) in a top Italian auction on Sunday.

Holy guacamole! How NAFTA drove America's avocado boom

Washington - Love it or loathe it, America's avocado craze shows no sign of fizzling out, but fans of the Mexican staple may not realize they can thank the NAFTA trade deal for ensuring its bountiful supply.

Made-in-Italy: a 'Disneyland for foodies'

Bologna - A gastronomic theme park designed as a celebration of Italy's field-to-fork food culture opens next week with backers aiming to pull in six million visitors a year.

Italian celebrity chef Carluccio dead at 80

London - Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio, whose television programmes and books were credited with turning British households on to Italian cooking, died on Wednesday aged 80.

Lifeline trails restored to Nepal's quake-hit villages

Dang - As the dust settled from Nepal's massive earthquake, a fresh humanitarian crisis was just beginning: supply lines to remote communities had been destroyed, and villagers were starving.

Sauce older than US on Trump's South Korea menu

Seoul - A special sauce more than a century older than the United States will be on the menu for Donald Trump at his state banquet in Seoul on Tuesday -- along with a diplomatically tricky prawn.

Soy sauce older than US on Trump's South Korea menu

Seoul - A special sauce more than a century older than the United States will be on the menu for Donald Trump at his state banquet in Seoul on Tuesday -- along with a diplomatically tricky prawn.

Italian factory worker wins first Tiramisu World Cup

Treviso - An Italian factory worker won the first ever Tiramisu World Cup on Sunday, beating 700 other amateurs to whip up the softest and creamiest version of Italy's famous dessert.

Sweet smell of success for Syrian refugee in Jordan

Irbid - Aromas of orange blossom, almond and coconut waft from the northern Jordan shop of Mazen Obeido, a 42-year-old Syrian who never imagined he would prosper again far from home.

3D printing of personalized food pioneered

Jerusalem - A remarkable technological breakthrough in 3D printing of food on demand has been showcased by a new start-up. The technology is based on nano-cellulose, which is a natural, edible, calorie-free fiber.

French resume foie gras exports to Japan

Paris - French foie gras can grace Japanese dinner tables once more, two years after Tokyo banned it following outbreaks of bird flu, French agriculture minister Stephane Travert said Friday."That's the good news of the night.

Pope urges world to act on causes of migration crisis

Rome - Pope Francis marked UN World Food Day on Monday with a call for world governments to act together to fight the hunger, conflicts and climate change driving mass migration from the developing to the industrialised world.

Fayre's not fair for Eastern Europeans

Bratislava - Grumbling that their western neighbours enjoy better quality fayre, from chocolate to ketchup, eastern Europeans stepped up their campaign Friday for better food standards.
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