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Cafe Asia food industry news: June 2015

June 24, 2015 9:40 am

Welcome to this month’s Cafe Asia newsletter. We’re pleased to see the weather getting warmer - it’s certainly turning into barbecue and picnic season! Keep an eye on our blog, as we’ll be publishing some exciting pieces on summer food trends soon. In the meantime, have a read of our monthly round-up of top headlines from the catering, manufacturing, cash and carry and food service sectors, giving you an insight into some of the major developments, news stories and movings and shakings…

FareShare Food Efficiency Framework launched...

Launched on June 17th, the FareShare Food Efficiency Framework has the backing of a number of major brands and food industry bodies. The plan’s aim is to support those living in food poverty, reduce food waste and increase resource efficiency by using an eight-step plan to identify sources of and distribute surplus food. Organisers FareShare believe that...

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Korean food: The rise of kimchi

June 18, 2015 12:30 pm

Korean food is becoming increasingly popular in the UK – particularly kimchi. What is it, and why has it become so stylish? Kimchi – Korea's national food – is a traditional side dish made with fermented vegetables and seasonings. The main ingredients are normally any combination of cabbage, cucumber, radish, and spring onions. In its earliest modern form it was made with only cabbage and beef stock until red chilli was introduced to Korea in the 1500s, after which the spice became a staple addition. History of kimchi Historical references to kimchi date back as far as the third century, though the dish was very different to what we know now. It was several hundred years before vegetation such as mushrooms and Chinese cabbage were introduced to Korea, at which point the basis for kimchi became a great deal more diverse.

Cafe Asia food industry news: May 2015

June 18, 2015 10:04 am

Welcome to this month’s Cafe Asia newsletter. As May makes way for June, many minds will start to turn to barbecues, picnics and al fresco evening meals...if the weather holds out of course. While we wait to see what the skies have to offer, have a read of our monthly round-up of top headlines from the catering, manufacturing, cash and carry and food service sectors, giving you an insight into some of the major developments, news stories and movings and shakings… Cafe Asia brand hits Iceland Food Warehouse stores... After an initial meeting at international food trade show SIAL Paris in October 2014, we are excited to announced that Cafe Asia launched in Iceland’s six Food Warehouse stores on May 13th, with hopes of a national roll-out. First introduced in September 2014, The Food Warehouse from Iceland is a new concept: larger stores that feature new and...

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Gyoza and other Japanese snacks are hitting UK retail – but why?

June 10, 2015 12:00 pm

If you were asked to think of Japanese food, you would probably think of sushi or other seafood, or maybe ramen. This is also the typical Japanese cuisine that you might expect to find in the UK, where restaurant chains such as Yo! Sushi and Wagamama have grown increasingly popular in recent years. But now Japan's snack foods are also on the rise, with growing interest in Japan's calorific comfort food. Need an appetiser or a quick bite to eat? Try these Japanese favourites and find out why they’re doing so well in the UK market. Gyoza Gyoza are dumplings filled with ground meat, usually chicken or pork, and vegetables such as chives, green onions and cabbage, wrapped in a thin dough. As is usual for foods such as these, though, there are all kinds of variations.

There are...

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