Category: Food News

Global food prices hit three-year high in 2020

Jan. 7 (UPI) — World food prices hit a three-year high in 2020, a U.N. food agency said Thursday.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Index averaged 97.9 points in 2020, a 3.1% increase from 95 points in 2019, and the highest since it averaged 98 points in 2017, a U.N. FAO press release shows.

The FAO noted that the three-year high is still well below its peak of 131.9 points in 2011.

In December, the index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 107.5 points, after increasing for the seventh straight month.

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LA’s Food Trucks Try Not To Lose Their Lunch During The Pandemic: LAist

Customers order from a taco truck in Los Angeles on July 1, 2020. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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The pandemic has killed lunch. Nobody is mourning that death more than Los Angeles County’s 2,700 or so permitted food trucks, which park outside office buildings, construction sites, business districts and anywhere people gather in large numbers during the middle of the day. With many people working at home — or not working at

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2020: Deadly beer, seedy stories and PHE axed


This year has been dominated by the global coronavirus pandemic but it also held many other surprises such as contaminated beer in Brazil, pesticide residues in seeds from India, and approval of cell-based meat in Singapore.

As you can imagine, trying to condense 52 weeks’ worth of articles into 10 highlights means many things don’t make the cut. Some of these include a botulism outbreak in Vietnam from pate, food poisoning in Hong Kong from sandwiches, Lloyd Register Foundation’s World Risk Poll, findings from the 2019 Ugandan food aid outbreak, and an outbreak of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) linked to

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Beloved Food Brands That Disappeared in 2020

It’s a fact of life that as tastes and trends change, foods come and go. And so we learn to accept the loss of, say, our favorite classic snack foods or these 50 foods that simply ceased to exist. But 2020? Now, this has been a year like no other in terms of its comings and goings.

Old-time restaurants we thought would always be there for us have shuttered their doors—even famous restaurants like these. Sure, we’ve embraced the whole eating-at-home thing. We’ve even learned patience as we waited for our grocery stores to restock their empty

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2020 in review: The dining dilemma | 2020-12-31

KANSAS CITY — No one could have predicted the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) would have on everyone’s lives when the virus started to spread around the country the first few months of 2020. When the first round of stay-at-home orders were issued and restaurants were forced to close, consumer eating habits changed.

Eating out at restaurants was temporarily put on hold and was quickly replaced with more at-home prepared meals. Even with drive-through, carryout and curbside pickup options available from many foodservice establishments, food consumption in the United States flipped. A 2018, Zagat survey showed Americans ate out 5.9 times

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