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French food trends: Street food, new flavours and more

September 26, 2016 9:00 am

Here in the UK, the term “French food” conjures up, to some, images of fat-laden dishes a la Julia Child, traditional haute cuisine, snails, frogs’ legs, buttery croissants and dainty macarons. Yet Britain is seeing a decline in the traditional French restaurant: a decline mirrored in Parisian food trends and in the rest of France itself. Back in 2013, reports showed that a massive 54% of restaurant sales in France were accounted for by fast food chains, spelling bad news for traditional cuisine. French fine dining appears to be in freefall, with alternative food trends playing a far greater role in French food culture. Here’s what you need to know.

The rise of street food

Street food had a pretty slow start in France but is now starting to make waves in large cities beyond Paris. Driven by the success of street food movements...

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Eastern innovation: The story behind our new steamed buns

September 9, 2016 12:05 pm

Direct from the street stalls of China, we’re delighted to introduce our delicious new steamed buns in two different, succulent flavours - launching on shelves this week. Ready in 40 seconds and packed with authentic, Chinese flavour, the steamed bun (or baozi) could revitalise your work lunch or serve as a delicious snack on the go. Our Managing Director, Amit Bhavsar, reveals the story of how he first came across baozi – and why he thinks the UK will fall in love with them.

The Idea

The baozi is typical Chinese street food, eaten for breakfast or lunch and enjoyed all across Asia. While visiting China, inspiration struck Amit on a casual canteen lunch with friends who shared their own bags of baozi. “It was almost like being in the UK and having a sandwich”, he says; fluffy dumplings served as a quick, healthy and...

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