Aug 2, 2016

Japan's food self-sufficiency rate misses target again

The nation’s food self-sufficiency rate on a calorie intake basis was 39 percent in fiscal 2015 for the sixth year in a row, falling short of the government target of 45 percent, the farm ministry said Tuesday. In the year through March, the self-sufficiency ...

Jul 31, 2016

India providing food to laid-off workers in Saudi Arabia

India’s foreign minister said the government is providing food aid to thousands of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who are not able to buy food after losing their jobs in the kingdom. Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a series of tweets over the ...

Eel sells well on Day of Ox despite climbing prices

Jul 31, 2016

Eel sells well on Day of Ox despite climbing prices

Grilled eel sold well across the country on Saturday, the Day of the Ox, although prices rose from their peak last year due partly to poor catches of glass eel for farming. Retail giant Aeon Co. raised the retail price of its best-selling size ...

'Sweetest' town clings to Hershey, adding to takeover hurdles

Jul 7, 2016

'Sweetest' town clings to Hershey, adding to takeover hurdles

The town of Hershey, Pennsylvania, calls itself the “sweetest place on Earth.” But if chocolate giant Hershey Co. considers any new acquisition offer in the coming weeks, it could face bitter opposition from some in its namesake town, where residents have prospered from its ...

Angst grows over agrochemical mega-mergers

Jun 19, 2016

Angst grows over agrochemical mega-mergers

Three mega-mergers in the agrochemical sector, including Bayer and Monsanto, have raised concerns among farmers who fear higher prices and consumers who fear more genetically modified food. Even before Bayer began trying to woos U.S.-based Monsanto, German civil society had erupted in protest against ...

Foreign protesters' bark unleashes Chinese dog eaters' bite

Jun 17, 2016

Foreign protesters' bark unleashes Chinese dog eaters' bite

International groups and celebrities, backed by millions of foreign petitioners, have rallied against an annual dog meat festival in the Chinese city of Yulin, but residents say the protests may have backfired by spurring more people to eat man’s best friend. “My store’s dog ...

Jun 16, 2016

Holy guacamole! Avocado desperados hit New Zealand

New Zealand avocado growers have reported a spate of thefts after rising prices caused a seasonal shortage, leaving guacamole lovers choking on their dip. Avocado prices have doubled in recent months, reaching 6 New Zealand dollars ($4.20) each in some supermarkets, prompting a number ...

Jun 4, 2016

N.Y. chef Bouley named Japanese cuisine ambassador

Renowned New York chef David Bouley, whose downtown restaurants include the kaiseki (traditional multi-course cuisine) mainstay Brushstroke, received the honorary title of Japanese cuisine goodwill ambassador on Friday.