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Inflation steady despite food price rises

The UK’s key inflation rate remained steady at a five-and-a-half-year high of 3% in October, according to official figures. Falls in fuel prices were offset by higher food costs, particularly the price of potato crisps, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) had been expected to rise, with the Bank of England forecasting it would peak at 3.2% this autumn. The official target for the CPI is 2%. If the CPI inflation rate had risen above 3%, Bank of England governor Mark Carney would have ...

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Food industry warns of Brexit workforce shortage

The UK food industry has warned that a Brexit workforce shortage could leave a third of its businesses unviable. The Food and Drink Federation said: “Our sector faces a rapidly approaching workforce shortage and skills gap.” In its survey of the “farm-to-fork” supply chain, almost half of all businesses surveyed said EU nationals working in the UK were considering leaving. It said that 31% of them have already seen EU workers leave the country. The Federation is calling on the UK government to guarantee the rights of nationals from across ...

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Nintendo Shows Off Super Mario Odyssey's Food World

Nintendo showcased more footage of Super Mario Odyssey today at Gamescom. In a special livestream demonstration, director Yoshiaki Koizumi gave fans their first substantial look at another one of the game’s many levels, the Luncheon Kingdom. As its name implies, the theme of the Luncheon Kingdom is food. Unlike some of the game’s other levels, such as New Donk City, the Luncheon Kingdom boasts a more stylized art style, with colorful, polygonal environments littered with overgrown vegetables, prawns, and other food items. Koizumi says the world was inspired in part ...

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Food, money and culture shock: the Béisbol Experience 50-man interview

“[Starting out] I had no money. None. But it was my own fault. I spent it on a pair of shoes, $ 60. I thought we had food in the fridge that they were going to give us. But when we arrived, there was no food. So I spent three days hungry, and I remember that I called my mom. She sent me money because I told her we were all hungry. And she started to cry. She told me, ‘Come back to Venezuela. You don’t need to go through ...

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Mosul displaced: Hundreds of Iraqis ill with food poisoning in camp

Hundreds of people have fallen ill from suspected food poisoning at a camp for displaced people near the Iraqi city of Mosul, officials say. People were said to be vomiting and suffering dehydration after an iftar meal, to break the daily Ramadan fast. The camp, between Mosul and Irbil, houses people displaced by an Iraqi offensive to capture the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS). IS fighters are currently under heavy siege in the west of the city. The Kurdish Rudaw news agency reported that more than 750 ...

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Qataris stock up on food as Arab embargo threatens imports

Food, fuel and flights: How Qatar may suffer Residents of Qatar stocked up on food on Monday, worried that a diplomatic spat with its powerful neighbors could turn into an economic blockade and lead to shortages. Six countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar after accusing the tiny gas-rich state of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region. Qatar says the claims are “unjustified” and “baseless.” Qatar is one of the wealthiest countries in the world but the desert state relies heavily on imported ...

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America loves fast food, soda and booze

We blended burgers…for science It’s only fitting that companies which sell burgers, fried chicken and soda are hitting records just before Memorial Day — the unofficial start to summer and outdoor picnics. (Too bad it’s too cold in New York to hit the beach or pool just yet!) The entire stock market is booming. But stodgy consumer staples companies in the food and beverage business are doing particularly well. Most of the companies have steady sales and earnings growth. Many of them pay reliable dividends too. And who doesn’t like ...

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NHS funding review for gluten-free food

Suncream, cold remedies and gluten-free food could no longer be available on the NHS in England under a possible crackdown on “low value” medicines. NHS England announced a review after local health bosses identified £400m of spending they believed had little or no clinical value. The proposals could see an outright ban or tighter restrictions on some products being prescribed by GPs. An initial list of 10 products has been drawn up by NHS Clinical Commissioners. A number of them are available over-the-counter at a lower price than the cost ...

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Trump's first pick for labor secretary is out as fast food CEO

Andrew Puzder in 60 seconds President Trump’s first pick to lead the Labor Department was forced to bail last month. Now he’s lost his old job, too. CKE Restaurants, which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. fast food chains, announced Tuesday that KFC executive Jason Marker will replace Andrew Puzder as chief executive in April. Puzder withdrew his nomination for labor secretary in February after losing Republican support. His path to confirmation was complicated by allegations of domestic abuse leveled by his ex-wife in the 1980s and later withdrawn, as ...

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This company makes food packaging out of bamboo to cut down on trash

This zero-waste packaging is made from bamboo To tackle Thailand’s mounting trash problem, one company is turning to the country’s plant life. Universal Biopack makes packaging that it sells to restaurants and manufacturers. But rather than plastic, it uses a mixture of bamboo and cassava, crops that are widely found across the country. After growing rapidly in recent decades, Thailand has become one of Asia’s biggest economies. But like many other countries in the region, it’s been slow to try to combat the millions of tons of trash produced each ...

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