Ethnic food

What is the secret spice behind marketing curry globally? Don’t ask India, Ask Coco Ichi!

Mention ‘curry’ to a consumer and there’s a fair chance they’ll think of India. This summer I stayed in an AirBnB in London, the host hailed from India originally and the kitchen had the largest display of spices I’d ever seen  – over 40 varieties! I was not surprised that India is the largest spice …

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Eclectic, bustling and exotic. London’s Borough Market showcases new UK food trends!

I’ve spent much of July in the UK. In this time I was in Norfolk, the Chilterns, Chester, Scotland and of course London. Whilst I have never lived nor worked in London, it’s a city that grabs you, and grows on you too.  By far the biggest impression I have is of its diversity, simply …

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Food companies leave FHA on full stomachs as the industry rebounds from Covid

I spent 2 full days at Food and Hotel Asia Singapore this week (FHA) and it was packed full of exhibitors and visitors alike. There were over 2000 companies present, mostly packaged food, beverage and agricultural firms plus a fair number of packaging equipment and a cluster of wine and spirits companies. The majority were …

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Middle Eastern hummus grows in popularity; big food giants eye payday!

This month I spent a week in West London before returning to the Far East. It was a mixture of work, pleasure and early morning work-outs by the Thames (much recommended!) I walked as much as possible but when using public transport rode the bus more than the tube. The view is better, the buses …

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Waitrose reaches for the Wasabi, slices up the Sushi and hey presto!

By all accounts Waitrose had a good Olympics. Sales of sushi soared on the back of the Sushi Daily partnership, a shop-in-shop concept available in larger stores; and heavy coverage of the Tokyo Olympics on BBC TV. According to the Grocer, a UK trade magazine, Waitrose saw much heavier online shopper traffic to its ‘entertainment’ …

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Hamayuu is the first authentic Japanese restaurant to open in Chester, and it’s booming!

Last weekend I visited old friends in Chester, England. Chester is one of the country’s historical gems, originally settled by the Romans; an old city wall which still encircles the city, a stunning cathedral and an eclectic range of shops. This year the city welcomed its first Japanese restaurant. It’s called Hamayuu. It was impossible …

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Join the queue for the latest Japanese udon in London!

These was the scene last week when Marugame Udon opened its doors in London. Japanese people certainly know how to queue and so do Brits! Marugame Udon is a j/v between Toridoll (the Japanese parent company) and Capdesia a UK entity. There are relatively few Udon restaurants in the UK today, Sushi is far more …

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