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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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VIDEO: The end of instant coffee?

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The growth of big coffee chains has not only transformed the high street, but also our taste for coffee.

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Haven Offers a Tastier Choice for Holidaying Families

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HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwire – Feb. 8, 2013) - After months of research, sales and product analysis, menu development and product sampling, Haven’s new menu was put to the test by a panel of tasters in preparation for the parks opening in March. The tasters were team members from the company’s head office and included mums and dads. They gave the menu a good grilling as they were asked to feedback on taste, appearance, portion size and value for money.

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Shgould press regulators also be arbiters of taste?

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The Leveson proposals as they stand could involve lengthy – even interminable – wrangles over taste, hurt and perception

The Irish newspapers took four years to produce the regulatory system Sir Brian Leveson loves best. Britain has only had three months. So the snorting about delay and incipient deceitfulness is off the mark.

Leveson didn’t provide a detailed model for instant implementation. His “exemplary damages” wheeze might not survive in Strasbourg. His public interest defence on information-gathering is too restrictive. And keeping the law’s Whiplash Willies away from “light-touch” arbitration is like handing Lance Armstrong a tube of Smarties.

But the travails of Ms Julie Burchill, Ms Suzanne Moore and The Observer (dealt with by Stephen Pritchard elsewhere) unveil another very grey area. Ireland doesn’t allow third-party or group complaints. Yet Leveson proposes giving his new board the power “to hear complaints whoever they come from”, including from “a representative group affected by the alleged breach” of an as-yet-unwritten code.

In short, he opened the door for those who, like an assemblage of violence-against-women groups, want better reporting of their plight and policies. Their specific submission to Leveson lauded only “free speech that does no gratuitous harm”.

And maybe the case of Ms Moore gives us a whiff of what that could be like. Fury, fulminations and ferocious debate about taste, hurt and perception. Until recently, the PCC hasn’t done “taste” for very good reason. Now the digital weight of protests seems to be expanding its bulging boundaries. Here come many more investigations and, if Leveson has his way, many more guidelines to wade through. Not so much gratuitous harm, you fear: more terminal.

Horse burgers should have us all weeping in the aisles | Tanya Gold

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The supermarkets are not the victims in this scandal – with false smells and tastes they’ve made us lose touch with what we eat

In Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd it was initially cats in pies; later, because all drama needs momentum, it was extras in pies. Now, in widening swaths of our glittering supermarkets and cheaper restaurants, it is bits of pig and horse in beefburgers, sometimes in grotesque amounts.

Ignore the chatter about horsemeat being good for you; this is not an opportunity to amaze with pony recipes, but a vast fraud perpetrated, inevitably, against poorer consumers. Was anyone surprised that the adulteration occurred in “value” products? I am surprised that the outcry has not been louder – so far, most of the tears shed have been for the cute ponies, not for the cute children who obliviously swallowed the cute ponies, and then played with their plastic cousins.

What is worse – eating Peppa Pig or your Little Pony? That depends on whether you are a Jilly Cooper fan, a Muslim, or a Jew. Either way, I detect snobbery: if you are a stranger to farmers’ markets, what can you expect for your money, even as it was announced than a million children, or small consumers, will be in poverty under this administration? The story has already crawled into gag. A pantomime horse entered a Tesco in Pembrokeshire earlier this week and pretended to weep in the burger aisle until security removed it.

Food adulteration is as ancient as greed. Bee Wilson’s fascinating book Swindled: the Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee tells of 19th-century London grocers selling green vegetables made lustrous with copper, or adding red lead to Double Gloucester cheese. Rotten cheese was refaced, or cladded, with fresher cheese; rotten meat was seared out of the joint, which was then sold on. Bread flour could be cut with sand; pepper with dust from the floor. The Romans sweetened rancid wine with lead. In India sweets may be coloured with poisons; in China, soy sauce was said to be sometimes made from human hair. Tea leaves are recycled and resold; inferior Chinese truffles impersonate Périgold.

I do not accuse Tesco of secret foreknowledge of the yuksome pony burgers. But I do not buy their bewildered sense of victimhood, their quasi-Shakespearian “a fraud perpetrated on us all” rhetoric either. No one is keener to obscure what we are actually eating than the supermarkets, and no one pushes the most dangerous foods more forcefully into our mouths.

A part of the scandal is deregulation. This current adulteration was discovered not in the UK, but in Ireland. As Mary Creagh, the shadow environment secretary, has pointed out in the Guardian, the government split responsibility for food inspections between the Department of Health and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2010: split a responsibility, and watch the chaos flap.

Creagh also noted the Food Standards Agency (FSA) meat hygiene service had its budget cut by £12m over four years. (The budget for trading standards generally will be reduced by about one third, to £140m, by 2014.) The number of trading standards inspections for all products has fallen by 29% in two years and the number of public analyst laboratories has nearly halved in a decade. This is all presumably bliss to industry in general and the food industry in particular who, as I never tire of pointing out, were lucky enough to write the Conservative party’s food policy in opposition.

The government’s response to those pointing out the weaknesses in trading standards was a masterclass in Bush era Americanisms. To criticise the UK food industry is unpatriotic, or, as the environment minister David Heath told Creagh: “It is very important neither you, nor anyone else, talks down the British food industry.” Ignorance, in his mind, is preferable; these days, you are either for burgers, or against them, which is not helpful.

But you cannot regulate for the wider food culture; in this we have a crisis, spurred by our hunger for cheap and varied food, and the terrifying power of monopoly. Of all the things that come too easily and cheaply, perhaps food is the most dangerous? If your beef burgers are less than £6 a kilo, and you do not farm or butcher it yourself (as endorsed by The Original Road Kill Cookbook), can you really be surprised if it is cut with nameless horrors?

Our collective relationship with food is approaching something like psychosis. The 24-hour supermarket, a modern palace of dreams, where everything is available and nothing ever rots, is a fairytale mirage, because it has taught us to forget how to eat. So of course obesity, the sad physical manifestation of forgetting how to eat, is swelling like one of Margaret Atwood’s creepy headless chickens in Oryx and Crake.

False smells and tastes confuse us; edible food that looks wrong is rejected, in a strange parallel with the beauty industry. It was revealed this month that globally we throw away between 30% and 50% of the food we buy from supermarkets, and 75% of the vegetables grown in Britain are never even eaten. If you do not know what it is supposed to taste like, how can you tell what you are eating? The answer came this week. You can’t.

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Miranda Lambert Wears Jacob & Co. to the 2012 ACA

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NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwire – Dec 26, 2012) – For over a quarter of a century, Jacob & Co. has created revolutionary timepieces and jewelry for men and women. As the world’s premier house for the fusion of impeccable quality, classic technique, and unmatched creativity, the company’s owner and designer Jacob Arabov is the first choice for discerning individuals whose demand for superb craftsmanship is matched with a taste for visionary artistry in both jewelry and fine watch-making. Whether fashion, film, or music stars in the entertainment world, or simply lovers of flawless attention to detail, every client experiences the finest in personal service and workmanship.

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France develops a taste for British cheddar

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Farmhouse fashioned by hand or factory made, today’s maturer tasting cheddar is breaking sales records

“They do take a lot of convincing,” admitted Marie Quatrehomme, an award-winning Parisian cheesemonger, “but once they do, they’re very happy with it.”‘ The problem, she said from her illustrious Left Bank cheese shop, Quatrehomme, is that “cheddar is well-liked by the French once they try it, but at the same time it’s very little known.”

Slowly, though, the French palate – spoiled after being weaned on the ripest brie and most sumptuous camembert – is coming round to the idea of British cheddar. “Its appeal in France lies in its wonderful shape and texture and in the fact that it is very close in appearance to the French cheese cantal and yet has a totally different taste,” says Quatrehomme. “We stock cheddar all year, but I’ve just taken a large order for Christmas and I’m really proud to offer my customers two of the best varieties.”

But the rise of cheddar is arguably best exemplified by the success of Cathedral City, made by Dairy Crest and

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McDonald’s opens vegetarian venue

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The standard-bearer of the hamburger, McDonald’s, is appealing to local taste and opening a meat-free outlet in India.

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Does farmers’ market food taste better?

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Does farmers’ market food really taste better?

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India’s much-trumpeted wine boom fails to bear fruit

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Grape growers uproot vines as

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Microsoft (MSFT) mobile and tablet ambitions are underpinned by a newfound focus on creating elegant, intuitive designs – never seen as a strong point for a company Steve Jobs once dismissed as having no taste. Microsoft has roughly doubled its…

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Microsoft (MSFT) mobile and tablet ambitions are underpinned by a newfound focus on creating elegant, intuitive designs – never seen as a strong point for a company Steve Jobs once dismissed as having no taste. Microsoft has roughly doubled its design staff to 600 over the last 5 years, and has recruited top talent from the likes of Nike and Frog Design. The results are starting to draw attention. (more on MSFT) 3 comments!

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