From the trend for weird festive flavours, to Bristol’s very own Casamia topping the Hardens best restaurant’s list, These are the food news stories that have caught our eye this week.

Independent

Quality Street boxes really do contain fewer of our favourite chocolates, Which? study finds. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/quality-street-christmas-selection-boxes-chocolate-favourites-which-study-a8673716.html

Daily Mail

British restaurants are urged to REMOVE avocados from their menus because profits from the trendy superfood are funding Mexican drug lords. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6476313/British-restaurants-ban-avocados-profits-funding-Mexican-drug-lords.html

Lives are being put at risk by failures in the system for policing food standards that is ‘no longer fit for purpose’, report reveals https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6472825/Food-standards-no-longer-fit-purpose-report-reveals.html

The guardian

World’s first lab-grown steak revealed – but the taste needs work. Nascent industry aims to reduce environmental impact of beef production. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/14/worlds-first-lab-grown-beef-steak-revealed-but-the-taste-needs-work

BBC News

Marmite sprouts? Why retailers are pushing the boundaries with festive food. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-46460914

The Caterer

Casamia in Bristol tops Harden’s Best 100 UK Restaurant 2019 list. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/543374/casamia-in-bristol-tops-hardens-best-100-uk-restaurant-2019-list

The Sun

The Pegan diet is set to be the biggest food trend next year – here’s what it is. https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7970225/pegan-diet-biggest-food-trend-2019/