From the cost of Christmas dinner to the falling number of restaurants in the UK these are the food news stories that have caught our eye this week.

Telegraph

Greengrocers have claimed that a backlash against plastic from millennials has sparked a boom in their trade, as young people flock through the doors to buy locally-sourced vegetables. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/11/30/greengrocers-claim-millennial-backlash-against-plastic-has-sparked/

Heston Blumenthal reveals how new found taste for pebbles from Provence has transformed his dishes. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/01/heston-blumenthal-reveals-new-found-taste-pebbles-provence-has/

The rise of ‘alt meat’. Why our chicken and beef will soon be grown in the laboratory. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2018/12/02/rise-alt-meat-chicken-beef-will-soon-grown-laboratory/

From clean wines to anti-toxin supplements: The healthy hedonist’s guide to the party season. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/health-fitness/nutrition/clean-wines-anti-toxin-supplements-healthy-hedonists-guide-party/

The guardian

UK shoppers face most expensive Christmas dinner in a decade. Brexit and heatwave drive up prices of sprouts, turkey and Christmas pudding. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/dec/01/uk-shoppers-face-most-expensive-christmas-dinner-in-a-decade

Fresh produce journal

Sprouts “more popular than pigs in blankets. New Tesco Christmas survey reveals yuletide dining trends with veg holding up as a festive essential. http://www.fruitnet.com/fpj/article/177301/sprouts-more-popular-than-pigs-in-blankets

The Caterer

Number of restaurants in Britain fell by 539 in year to September: https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/542744/number-of-restaurants-in-britain-fell-by-539-in-year-to-september?utm_source=TheCaterer&utm_campaign=thursday