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2016 International Year of Pulses

We'd had the International Year of the Potato. Then the United Nations declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. As… Read More

2011 World population hits seven billion

It took 123 years for the world population to go from one billion to two billion but only 12 to… Read More

2011 Denmark introduces ‘fat tax’

The Danish government introduced a 'fat tax' surcharge on foods containing more than 2.3% saturated fats. This initiative to combat heart… Read More

2008 International Year of the Potato

The United Nations declared 2008 the International Year of the Potato, to focus world attention on the role the potato… Read More

2004 Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me

The American documentary film Super Size Me by director Morgan Spurlock aimed to expose the evils of fast food. The film… Read More

2003 Australian Ark of Taste established

The Ark of Taste (or Arca del Gusto) is an initiative by Slow Food International to identify and preserve heritage… Read More

2002 El Bulli named world’s best

The el Bulli restaurant in Roses, Catalonia, under chef Ferran Adrià, was named best restaurant in the world by Restaurant… Read More

2001 Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation

Eric Schlosser’s book Fast Food Nation:The Dark Side of the All-American Meal explores the global influence of the American fast… Read More

1998 Nigella Lawson publishes How to Eat

If Jamie Oliver was all about energy, Nigella Lawson was all about sensuality. Her first book, How to Eat, had… Read More

1997 The Jamie phenomenon

Jamie Oliver became The Naked Chef. The impossibly jaunty young chef received his big break from appearing on television as… Read More

1989 Slow Food International is founded

The predecessor of Slow Food, Arcigola, began in Bra, Italy, the hometown of founder Carlo Petrini, who was horrified at… Read More

1970s Counterculture revolt

In the late ‘60s and early ’70s, the counterculture revolt railed against everything that symbolised the industrial state. It included a… Read More

1968 Subway emerges in Connecticut

A recent high school graduate, 17 year old Fred DeLuca, and family friend Dr. Peter Buck teamed up to open… Read More

1962 Hawaiian Pizza created in Canada

History does not record when the first Hawaiian Pizza arrived in Australia. But the man credited with its invention was… Read More

1957 Global warming first mentioned

The first use of the term global warming was in The Hammond Times in Indiana USA. The article, on 6… Read More

1952 Kentucky Fried Chicken brand launched in USA

Harland Sanders opened his first restaurant in 1930 in the front room of a gas station in Corbin, Kentucky, naming… Read More

1933 The term ‘supermarket’ is first used

Albers Super Market in Cincinatti,USA,was the first to use the term ‘supermarket ’.  William Albers, former president of Kroger Grocery… Read More

1930 World’s first supermarket

King Kullen, the Price Wrecker, opened in 1930 in Long Island, New York. King Kullen is recognized by the Smithsonian… Read More

1916 World’s first self-service grocery store

The world’s first self-service grocery store, Piggly Wiggly, opened in Memphis Tennessee. Clarence Saunders, the founder of Piggly Wiggly, claimed to… Read More

1900 Muesli invented in Switzerland

Swiss doctor Maximilian Bircher-Benner invented muesli at his health clinic . He called it the “apple diet dish” or Apfeldiätspeise . The… Read More

1886 Dishwasher patented by Josephine Cochran

The first patent for a dish-washing machine was issued in 1850 in the USA, but the machine was never put… Read More

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