Straight out of the gate with a list of food and beverage heavyweights
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Advertising agency FKM is diversifying its portfolio with the addition of Palate, a pseudo-brain trust of sorts for the food and beverage industry. Led by former Saveur publisher Merri Lee Kingsly and FKM president Scott Brown, Palate’s goal is to get insights into food and beverage culture from the top people creating it, then help food and beverage brands capitalize on emerging trends, anticipate where the food world is headed, and "innovate accordingly."
Brown notes, "Palate has forged alliances with the most passionate people in the industry — top chefs, sommeliers, and mixologists from around the country. We've combined that with creative, digital, research, and media experts that live food, love spirits, and have run big food and beverage brands. Our mission is to help food and beverage brands find immediate opportunities and create future relevance."
Participating chefs include Seamus Mullen of Tertulia, O Ya’s Tim Cushman, Landmarc chef and Chopped judge Marc Murphy, and Beast’s Naomi Pomeroy.
Thailand About Blog As culinary influencers, we travel the world in search of the next great meal. We eat it all from street food to haute cuisine and everything in between. Frequency 1 post / week Blog 2foodtrippers.com/food-and-t..
Facebook fans 6.8K ⋅ Twitter followers 34.2K ⋅ Instagram Followers 23K ⋅ Social Engagement 15 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 44 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 406.1K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
2. Bacon is Magic | The Best Food Around the World
Toronto, Ontario, Canada About Blog Bacon is Magic is a Culinary travel blog featuring the people and places behind the meals around the world. Frequency 4 posts / month Since Jan 2010 Also in Canadian Food Bloggers Blog baconismagic.ca
Facebook fans 19.3K ⋅ Twitter followers 11 ⋅ Social Engagement 180 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 56 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 592.3K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
3. Food Fun & Faraway Places
Florida, United States About Blog Food, Fun & Faraway Places is a luxury travel & lifestyle blog by Kelly Stilwell. Find delicious recipes, world travel & red carpet coverage. Frequency 2 posts / week Blog kellystilwell.com
Facebook fans 25.6K ⋅ Twitter followers 98.6K ⋅ Instagram Followers 78K ⋅ Social Engagement 81 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 51 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 973.7K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
4. The Travel Bite | A Food and Travel Blog
Florida, United States About Blog The Travel Bite®, a food and travel blog for inspiring active culinary vacations! If you love travel and food, history and culture, and a bit of outdoor fun too, then you've come to the right place. Our goal is to help you plan your next culinary vacation and tempt your tastebuds with a few globally inspired recipes. Here on The Travel Bite®, you'll find these recipes as well as helpful travel tips and 'bites' of information to help you plan your next getaway. Frequency 1 post / week Blog thetravelbite.com
Facebook fans 7.9K ⋅ Twitter followers 106.2K ⋅ Instagram Followers 43.5K ⋅ Social Engagement 19 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 53 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 990.5K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
5. Authentic Food Quest
About Blog Authentic Food Quest helps people travel through local food experiences. From various destinations around the world, readers can find authentic dishes and drinks not to miss, the best cooking classes, food tours, local restaurants, travel-inspired recipes, and more. Through food, we believe travelers can have deeper connections to local culture, place, and people. Frequency 2 posts / week Blog authenticfoodquest.com
Twitter followers 14.4K ⋅ Social Engagement 95 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 46 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 326.7K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
6. Dine Dream Discover
Orlando, Florida, United States About Blog Hi, I'm Mary, and welcome to Dine Dream Discover! A combination food niche, travel niche & lifestyle niche blog featuring food, adventures & life & answer some questions as time goes on. Frequency 1 post / day Blog dinedreamdiscover.com
Twitter followers 32.4K ⋅ Social Engagement 2 ⓘ ⋅ Domain Authority 25 ⓘ ⋅ Alexa Rank 118.4K ⓘ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
7. PointsandTravel.com | Luxury Travel Blog
Phoenix, Arizona, United States About Blog PointsandTravel.com is about smart luxury travel experiences. Smart luxury travel is not about the price tag of the accommodation it's about the value found in a luxury travel experience. Being price aware, and yet looking for luxury destinations and experiences. Frequency 1 post / week Blog pointsandtravel.com
Facebook fans 5.3K ⋅ Twitter followers 68.4K ⋅ Instagram Followers 98.9K ⋅ Social Engagement 83 ⋅ Domain Authority 48 ⋅ Alexa Rank 825K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
8. Food Travelist | Bringing The Taste of Travel To Your Table
Chicago, Illinois, United States About Blog Co-Founders Sue Reddel & Diana Laskaris travel the world as Food Travelist discovering destinations that will interest culinary travelers. Food Travelist connects food travelers around the world with relevant brands, destinations and experiences. Frequency 1 post / month Since Nov 2013 Blog foodtravelist.com/content
Facebook fans 3.6K ⋅ Twitter followers 30.2K ⋅ Instagram Followers 10.3K ⋅ Social Engagement 40 ⋅ Domain Authority 39 ⋅ Alexa Rank 139.7K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
9. Will Fly for Food
Philippines About Blog Will Fly for Food is a travel blog for people who love to eat. We make detailed travel and food guides to help you plan a trip and find the best places to eat. Frequency 2 posts / week Blog willflyforfood.net
Social Engagement 16 ⋅ Domain Authority 50 ⋅ Alexa Rank 393.7K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
10. Cuisine and Travel
Newport Beach, California, United States About Blog Cuisine and Travel cover delicious restaurants, events, travel destinations, attractions, and more in Orange County, Southern California, and around the globe. Frequency 1 post / week Blog cuisineandtravel.com
Facebook fans 2.9K ⋅ Twitter followers 11.7K ⋅ Social Engagement 1 ⋅ Domain Authority 21 ⋅ Alexa Rank 536.7K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
11. Kavey Eats
Wales, United Kingdom About Blog Established in 2009, Kavey Eats is a detail-rich food and travel blog with a strong focus on enjoying life. On the travel side, I love to write about culture, cuisine and history as well as what to see, what to do, and where to stay. Written from a personal, first-person perspective, my aim is to showcase, inform and inspire my readers through high quality photography and comprehensive writing. When it comes to food, I share recipes, restaurant reviews, cookbooks and cooking classes. Frequency 1 post / week Since Aug 2006 Also in UK Food Blogs Blog kaveyeats.com
Twitter followers 10.9K ⋅ Social Engagement 10 ⋅ Domain Authority 49 ⋅ Alexa Rank 1.1M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
12. Food and Road
About Blog Food and Travel for food lovers, travellers, and industry entrepreneurs. We promote Food Tourism as a tool to connect people with food and culture. Frequency 3 posts / month Blog foodandroad.com
Facebook fans 644 ⋅ Domain Authority 16 ⋅ Alexa Rank 1.3M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
About Blog Wanderzest is a food and travel blog packed with travel-related tips, tricks, and recipes inspired from around the world. Frequency 2 posts / quarter Blog wanderzestblog.com
Facebook fans 3.3K ⋅ Twitter followers 498 ⋅ Social Engagement 3 ⋅ Domain Authority 18 ⋅ Alexa Rank 2.1M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
14. ET Food Voyage
London, England, United Kingdom About Blog ET Food Voyage is a food blog showcasing the best of halal-friendly eateries around London and beyond, and sharing fun recipes to make at home. Frequency 6 posts / month Also in London Food Blogs Blog etfoodvoyage.com
Twitter followers 311 ⋅ Domain Authority 26 ⋅ Alexa Rank 2.5M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
15. Food and Travel Guides
About Blog At Food and Travel Guides you can read Food and Travel Guides from Top Food Blogs and Top Travel Blogs - in one place! Join our Food Bloggers and Travel Bloggers as they Explore New Food Travel Destinations, writing Guides for you. Frequency 8 posts / quarter Since Jul 2020 Blog foodandtravelguides.com/food..
Facebook fans 105 ⋅ Twitter followers 267 ⋅ Social Engagement 14 ⋅ Domain Authority 13 ⋅ Alexa Rank 5.4M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
16. Go Eat Do
England, United Kingdom About Blog Go Eat Do is a UK travel blog by award-winning travel writer Stuart Forster focusing on affordable luxury travel around the world plus delicious food & drinks. Frequency 1 post / month Also in UK Travel Blogs Blog go-eat-do.com
Twitter followers 11.2K ⋅ Social Engagement 6 ⋅ Domain Authority 38 ⋅ Alexa Rank 6.4M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
17. eat. drink.gamble.
Tacoma, Washington, United States About Blog At Eat.Drink.Gamble we travel through the western United States discovering delicious food, tasty libations, and try our luck with a little gambling while seeing the sites of the country. Frequency 4 posts / month Since Mar 2021 Blog eatdrinkgamble.com
Twitter followers 13 ⋅ Social Engagement 10 ⋅ Domain Authority 1 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
18. Food, Wine, Beer, Travel
Grand Prairie, Texas, United States About Blog Food, Wine, Beer, Travel is a blog where I will write about all of these and more. Just not necessarily in that order. I have traveled through North and Central America, Europe and the Middle East. I love getting into the culture's food and drink. I love being in the outdoors and in/on the water. If I get near a body of water I will try my best to SCUBA dive in it. Frequency 1 post / month Since Apr 2014 Blog foodwinebeertravel.com
Twitter followers 52 ⋅ Domain Authority 18 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
19. The Curly Traveling Chef
Texas, United States About Blog The Curly Traveling Chef is a food & travel blog featuring recipes, travel tips, videos, and photography from around the world. Join Chef Heather on her culinary travels. Frequency 6 posts / quarter Since Dec 2018 Blog thecurlytravelingchef.com/blog
Twitter followers 1.3K ⋅ Social Engagement 7 ⋅ Domain Authority 5 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
20. UlrichK's Food & Travel Blogs
About Blog Food and Travel blogs by a four-star awarded chef. He reaches out to potential, upcoming young chefs to share his life & travel experiences as a chef in seven countries over 55 years. Frequency 2 posts / week Since Jul 2016 Blog ulrichkoepf.website
Twitter followers 25 ⋅ Social Engagement 1 ⋅ Domain Authority 16 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
21. The Palate Princess
Wilmington, Delaware, United States About Blog The Palate Princess is a popular food, travel, and lifestyle blog created by writer Iris McCarthy. Taste the world one bite and flight at a time. Frequency 1 post / month Since Sep 2011 Blog thepalateprincess.com
Twitter followers 4.5K ⋅ Domain Authority 25 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
About Blog Life is a great adventure just waiting for you!! Travel, Food and adventure post retirement. It's been on my bucket list for years now. to start a blog / website to share my travel and food adventures and especially photography. Now I'm gonna do it!! Seeing and learning about cultures, history and back stories of people and places fascinates me and I would LOVE to share this with all of you. Frequency 1 post / week Since Aug 2020 Blog shineyvisions.com
Twitter followers 4 ⋅ Domain Authority 1 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
23. Flights and Foods
Washington, District Of Columbia, United States About Blog I started blogging after getting questions from friends and family about where to eat when they travel. I love to travel with my husband and share our travel experiences, but I would have never thought that blogging about food and travel would allow me to gain the trust of an audience and to explore my love of photography. Frequency 2 posts / quarter Blog flightsandfoods.com
Twitter followers 606 ⋅ Social Engagement 23 ⋅ Domain Authority 11 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
24. Live the Live
Providence, Rhode Island, United States About Blog A rock jock's adventures in food, travel and high-octane spirits. Frequency 2 posts / week Since Dec 2010 Blog livethelive.com
Social Engagement 7 ⋅ Domain Authority 15 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
25. A Fork on the Road
About Blog That's me, Iris Permuy. The author, cook and photographer of the recipes shared in this blog. This is a humble culinary atlas, a shy travel guide for foodies, an honest travel diary through my palate. Frequency 1 post / month Since Nov 2017 Blog irispermuyaforkontheroad.com
Facebook fans 255 ⋅ Twitter followers 212 ⋅ Instagram Followers 3.6K ⋅ Social Engagement 2.1K ⋅ Domain Authority 10 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
Taiwan, Province Of China About Blog Hi! I created Foodbaby out of my passion for food and photography. Growing up cross-culturally in Saudi, Taiwan, and traveling with family, I developed a love for trying new foods and wanted to document my meals on Instagram to help me remember them. Over time, as my collection of food photos and videos grew, I decided to create this blog to help other fellow foodies and adventurers find yummy eats in the cities I visit! Follow me as I eat, drink, and explore my way through Taiwan. Frequency 2 posts / quarter Since Apr 2018 Blog foodbabytw.com
Facebook fans 698 ⋅ Social Engagement 5 ⋅ Domain Authority 5 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
Whitefish, Montana, United States About Blog NapaFoodGalTravels is your passport to all things deliciously wonderful presenting you with a journey around the world of food, wine, and all the things amazing. It offers you a Tasty Visit to Dynie's Delicious Destinations around the Wine Regions, around the Country and around the World! Frequency 1 post / quarter Blog napafoodgaltravels.com
Facebook fans 2K ⋅ Twitter followers 60.9K ⋅ Instagram Followers 17.2K ⋅ Social Engagement 3 ⋅ Domain Authority 13 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
28. Will Travel For Food
Montreal, Quebec, Canada About Blog A food and travel blog based in Montreal but roaming the planet for the latest culinary discoveries. Frequency 3 posts / year Since Jun 2010 Also in Food Blogs Blog willtravelforfood.com
Facebook fans 6K ⋅ Twitter followers 5.7K ⋅ Instagram Followers 5.7K ⋅ Social Engagement 71 ⋅ Domain Authority 42 ⋅ Alexa Rank 2.1M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
29. Migrationology | Food Travel Blog
Bangkok About Blog Migrationology is a food travel blog by Mark Wiens, highlighting delicious and unique foods from around the world. Subscribe to keep up with travel tips, photos, videos, and blog posts, that will help you find authentic local food when you travel. Frequency 22 posts / year Blog migrationology.com/blog
Facebook fans 1.3M ⋅ Twitter followers 38.2K ⋅ Instagram Followers 1.1M ⋅ Social Engagement 110 ⋅ Domain Authority 59 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
30. The Culinary Travel Guide Blog | Inspiration for the food-obsessed traveler
Los Angeles, California, United States About Blog A culinary travel blog focused on helping busy prime-time women find the best local food when they travel. Self-guided food walks and mini travel guides show our readers how to experience the highlights of a local cuisine in a short period of time. Frequency 14 posts / year Blog theculinarytravelguide.com/blog
Facebook fans 2.1K ⋅ Twitter followers 3.1K ⋅ Instagram Followers 712 ⋅ Social Engagement 26 ⋅ Domain Authority 36 ⋅ Alexa Rank 1.3M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
31. Hungryoungwoman | Food and Travel Website
Dubai, Dubayy, United Arab Emirates About Blog Hungryoungwoman is a way of documenting restaurant experiences by Sarah whose journey started when she was out dining with her friends. Visiting restaurants is more of a learning experience than just eating to her and she loves meeting people to know what happens behind the scenes of every dining concept. Frequency 6 posts / year Blog hungryoungwoman.com
Facebook fans 393 ⋅ Twitter followers 185 ⋅ Instagram Followers 11.5K ⋅ Social Engagement 18 ⋅ Domain Authority 26 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
Berlin, Germany About Blog Travel Blog for planning your trip to Europe. Inspiration, travel tips, recommendations for city breaks, business travel or long term holidays. Frequency 10 posts / year Since May 2017 Also in Europe Travel Blogs Blog wunderlander.eu
Facebook fans 348 ⋅ Twitter followers 2.3K ⋅ Instagram Followers 9.7K ⋅ Social Engagement 2 ⋅ Domain Authority 27 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
33. Hungry Food Steps
Belgium About Blog Always hungry for food, life and the world. Helping people travel and find the best eats in SE Asia and Australia. Frequency 3 posts / year Blog hungryfoodsteps.com/blog
Twitter followers 36 ⋅ Instagram Followers 422 ⋅ Social Engagement 4 ⋅ Domain Authority 4 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
34. Explore With Me
About Blog Hi, my name is Anushka. I am a full-time undergraduate student and a part-time travel and food blogger. I spend most of my time exploring new places, recipes, and ideas on the internet and subsequently trying them out myself. This blog is an attempt to bring closer experiences from every nook and corner. I hope you enjoy reading and find worth in what we do! Frequency 4 posts / year Also in Mumbai Food Bloggers Blog exploreewithme.wordpress.com
Social Engagement 1 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
35. Chef Travel Guide
About Blog A food travel blog created by two chefs traveling the world. Frequency 15 posts / year Blog cheftravelguide.com
Facebook fans 178 ⋅ Social Engagement 3 ⋅ Domain Authority 4 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
36. KitchenNinja World Recipes & Travel Spots
About Blog Keep up with articles on KitchenNinja World Recipes & Travel Spots Frequency 23 posts / year Since Aug 2020 Blog eat-with-eve.blogspot.com
Domain Authority 1 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
37. Our Tasty Travels | Tasting the World, One Country at a Time
Belize About Blog We're Erin and Brett — two serious food travelers with a passion for learning everything and anything about a local destination's cuisine, wine, and beer. Combined, we have traveled to over 70 countries on six continents to date. We enjoy everything from cheap street food stalls to high-end Michelin-starred restaurants. Frequency 2 posts / year Blog ourtastytravels.com/category..
Twitter followers 8.9K ⋅ Instagram Followers 1.8K ⋅ Social Engagement 1 ⋅ Domain Authority 39 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
38. Postcard Provisions | traveling the world in pursuit of flavor
About Blog A food scientist, cook, and brewer sending home culinary experiences and food travel tips from afar. Follow to get updates. Blog postcardprovisions.com
Instagram Followers 387 ⋅ Domain Authority 1 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
Singapore About Blog Award-winning and best Singapore food blog, discovering the true authenticity of local cuisine from the food court and the food near me. Frequency 9 posts / year Also in Singapore Food Blogs Blog foodchiak.com/index.html
Facebook fans 1.7K ⋅ Twitter followers 583 ⋅ Social Engagement 6 ⋅ Domain Authority 15 ⋅ View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
40. Musings of a Traveling Foodie
California, United States About Blog For as long as I can remember, food has played a huge role in my life. I plan my dinner as I eat my lunch. I'm fortunate to live in the San Francisco Bay Area and am able to dine at world class restaurants as well as delicious hole-in-the-walls. I love to travel and plan my trips around the food. My sister calls me 'Dory' because my memory is so poor. This blog is a way for me to remember and to share my tips.. Frequency 30 posts / year Since Jun 2012 Blog musingsofatravelingfoodie.bl..
Domain Authority 3 ⋅ Alexa Rank 4.2M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
41. Live The Little Things
San Francisco, California, United States About Blog Bits and bites of healthy-ish food and travel with plenty of gluten-free, mostly plant-based recipes, wellness, and travel inspirations. Frequency 1 post / year Blog livethelittlethings.com
Facebook fans 2.3K ⋅ Instagram Followers 34.6K ⋅ Social Engagement 2 ⋅ Domain Authority 10 ⋅ Alexa Rank 343.8K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
42. Food Fun Travel Blog | Food Worth Traveling For
Georgia, United States About Blog We are Tommo & Megsy two roaming food and travel photographers & writers with an insatiable passion for seeking out culinary deliciousness. We've visited 90 countries territories during our quest to find the ultimate Food Worth Traveling For. Here on our food travel blog, we share what we have discovered, to help you plan your next perfect foodie vacation. Blog foodfuntravel.com/news
Facebook fans 3.7K ⋅ Twitter followers 45.9K ⋅ Social Engagement 2 ⋅ Domain Authority 47 ⋅ Alexa Rank 906.2K View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
43. The Roaming Fork
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia About Blog Follow The Roaming Fork as I travel to various countries trying local cuisine and exploring various food experiences from 'paddock to plate'. Blog theroamingfork.com
Twitter followers 2.4K ⋅ Instagram Followers 3.8K ⋅ Social Engagement 9 ⋅ Domain Authority 24 ⋅ Alexa Rank 2.7M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
44. Girl Eat World
Singapore About Blog My name is Melissa Hie and I am the 'Girl' in Girl Eat World. As the name suggests, I love eating and traveling the world. Since Apr 2015 Blog girleatworld.net
Facebook fans 10.6K ⋅ Instagram Followers 379.4K ⋅ Social Engagement 3 ⋅ Domain Authority 51 ⋅ Alexa Rank 1.1M View Latest Posts ⋅ Get Email Contact
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Can You Drink the Water in Anguilla?
Short answer yes. You can drink it. But you may not want to. Anguillans don’t. At least not directly from the tap.
Anguilla hotels may have different water sources.
Some use water-makers to create clean water, with others having cisterns where there may be a possibility for the build up of bacteria.
To keep things simple most restaurants offer bottled water, in fact many luxury hotel guests expect it.
But as a frequent traveler I have really struggled with how many water bottles I go through.
After spending so much time in Cuba and wanting to avoid single use plastic I invested in this Lifestraw water bottle.
Anguilla has a dry heat and it’s easy to become dehydrated. So whatever you choose, make sure you drink a lot of water during the day.
Implications for marketers
Think local and tell stories that show the positive human impact of your brand on their immediate community. Consumers demand more transparency about the ethics of production, but they are also more willing to try unconventional purchase methods if they support these values. Now is the time to try creative, community-oriented solutions.
There’s no telling how the economy will adjust or if panic buying tendencies will continue to impact the F&B space. What is certain, though: if consumers cannot find a product in store — or don’t want to risk checking — they order online. Knowing the local economy is also suffering, some consumers are investing more in farmers markets, mom-and-pop shops and stores that make their communities special. Getting your message of availability to the proper audiences will be key to brand building and awareness.
Martin Stoll is the founder and CEO of Sparkloft Media, a social-first creative agency. Sparkloft’s perspective is that in today’s world social media is fundamentally impacting most aspects of our lives and should therefore be used as part of marketing, recruiting, B2B sales, market research, product development or design initiatives.
R&D in action – cake innovation at ProperMaid
ProperMaid are a client of ForrestBrown. They supply food retailers with innovative cakes made with ‘proper’ ingredients, mainly sourced from Yorkshire, and artisan production methods. They have even featured on Dragon’s Den gaining offers from two dragons before accepting the offer from Deborah Meaden.
Two of their R&D projects that we have worked on are excellent examples of R&D in the food industry.
The first was driven by the commercial decision to expand out of their largely local markets. The challenge that ProperMaid had to overcome was that their cakes, made from fresh ingredients and without additives or preservatives, deteriorated to an unsatisfactory level when distributed over longer distances. ProperMaid’s solution, was to develop a ‘Fresh to Frozen’ range for distribution via Ocado.
To achieve this, ProperMaid had to deploy staff, experiment with ingredients and use energy (gas and electricity) – all qualifying costs for R&D tax credits. Areas of research included working out the optimum temperature of freezing (including freezing in stages), trialling fat and liquid content to manage taste and texture consistency and ensuring ice crystals did not form.
Additionally, they had to ensure that the products were robust enough to be defrosted in different conditions. i.e. while they could rigorously control the freezing process, the consumer – at home or in a small business – could be defrosting within a wide range of conditions that could affect the cake. They wanted to minimise the potential for adverse effects.
The second project involved developing gluten-free products. As we explored in this piece, free-from products, including gluten, are a rapidly expanding market. In the case of gluten, it is thought that 1% of the population has coeliac disease, meaning they have to avoid gluten. ProperMaid wanted to develop a cake range to cater for this market.
When developing a gluten-free cake there are numerous technical challenges that need to be overcome – in doing so there is the potential that some of the costs can qualify for R&D tax credits.
In the case of the ProperMaid project, these included developing recipes with gluten-free ingredients that have acceptable texture and taste standards ensuring a cake is structurally sound and will not fall apart testing the cooking process to make sure the cakes cook evenly dealing with changes to the availability of ingredients. All of which come with costs that represent qualifying expenditure for the government R&D tax incentive.
Another important consideration in the food industry, and relevant to this project, is scaling up. It is one thing developing a recipe on a small scale, but significant further testing is usually required to ensure it can be reproduced using mass production techniques. This includes guaranteeing that the cakes are gluten-free, even if wheat-based products are being produced in the same factory.
These examples demonstrate how apparently everyday projects in the food and beverage industry can qualify for R&D tax credits. Food for thought for producers who haven’t explored the incentive!
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Parul Pratap Shirazi, Professional Food Stylist & Food Blogger
Making food and marketing it the Shirazine way…. Parul Pratap Shirazi has a love for food. Her profession has followed this passion.
I finished Culinary School at WGSHA (ITC), Manipal back in 1998, at a time when women in the kitchen wasn’t the trend, forget the norm! Personal circumstances didn’t allow me to pursue my masters at the time and I chose to train wherever I got placement. A couple of years down the line, I was disheartened by a scenario vis a vis women chefs but I wasn’t disheartened from cooking. I started dabbling in food writing and food styling. Digital was coming into the country and food and beverage brands were building websites left right and centre. It kept me in the scene if not cooking in a pro kitchen and for me that was enough. I developed a small test kitchen and had the opportunity to sample many products before they hit the market. This was around the time blogging was catching on and it was a natural progression for me to start food blogging at www.theshirazine.com. Coming from regionally mixed parents and being married into an even more mixed family, our home cuisine started to be called The Shirazine. Today I blog when I can, I’m the events editor for India’s largest food network, Chef at Large and I have my own digital media and food consultancy that caters only to the food and beverage sector. From a disheartened cook to a cook who moonlights at a cafe and a bar as a chef, The Shirazine has come a long way!
What excites you most about your industry?
The way it is shaping up, the Indian palate is opening up. Indians now travel for pleasure and their indulgences include food as much as sights and shopping. Chefs are upping the ante with forgotten recipes and nouvelle cuisines. There is an opportunity to eat far east cuisines in your neighbourhood when just 15 years ago there was only a few Thai restaurants. The food and beverage industry is becoming more organized. Food is at the forefront, in tandem with fashion and it is a big conversation point, which brands and establishments have taken note of. It is a very exciting time to be in this space.
What’s your connection to Asia?
Though I trained in European food, being Indian, my heart is Asian. I studied food in the south of India where the flavours have influenced many Asian cuisines. So my connection comes from that food memory and even though I work a lot with French and Italian food, at the end of the day my heart craves a bowl of good Pho.
Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
I would say Singapore. I don’t get to travel much anymore but I love a sense of familiarity wherever I go. It’s not in the true spirit of the traveller but for me it is a matter of comfort. That way Singapore is a melting pot and technologically so advanced too.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
“Do your own thing”! I thought to myself, that is much easier said than done. It’s tough, it’s super tough but if you have a vision and a plan with the patience to go with the flow (of your industry), there is nothing like having your own set-up and operating at your own pace.
Anthony Bourdain! He is the essence of a chef, the attitude, the intellect, the expertise and most of all the oratory powers. When he talks, people listen. His journey as a chef is not inspiring because he’s a TV star now, it’s inspiring because he maximized his experience of this fabulously overwhelming profession. He raved, ranted, snorted and lived to tell the tale. As they say, “God made food, the devil and the chefs.”
What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
I’ve learnt the value of simplicity. Everyone knows it at some level but it takes a bunch of instances or one heck of an experience to realize. It’s the simple things that are being forgotten. My most simple recipes have been received the best, because they’re honest and not construed to impress but to satisfy!
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
At this age I can safely say, nothing. Well maybe a few things but the broader sense, they don’t matter. When you have a frenzied pace of life, you realize that you have reached where you are because of carefully placed circumstances and events and changing one thing could throw it all off. So for me, to be here, cooking for the city, eating new foods, experiencing new food trends, it all had to happen this way.
I cook. It all started that way. I was a highly strung teenager, my mother was a small home caterer and her only way of keeping me safe and grounded was to involve me in the kitchen. Whether it was peeling garlic or squeezing lemons for summer sherbets. It became my most peaceful time. Today even after a heavy dinner service at the cafe, with 12 hours in the kitchen, I can come home, get comfortable, bake a chocolate tart and eat it by myself, me and my thoughts!
Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
Colombo and it has to be because of the people, the food and the foliage. Again familiarity helps build these bonds with travel destinations that are tourist heavy.
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This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:
Callum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia. He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries. He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence. A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.
Old age: dry mouths and dentures
At 95, literary doyenne Diana Athill says: "My appetite is much smaller and I have a much sweeter tooth than I used to have." Her theory is that older people enjoy the quick and easy energy hit.
There are a number of reasons why we might eat less as we age, according to Margot Gosney, a professor of geriatric medicine, specialising in nutrition: "There's a shrinkage of the stomach. And the brain tells the older person they're full much more quickly. There's also a change in the mechanism in the brain telling us we need food or drink in the first place – it's really easy for older people to get dehydrated."
Saliva flow is much reduced in old age, too, taking away some of the enjoyment of eating. "Saliva cleans the tongue and works like a lubricant when we swallow," says Moghadasian. "And it contains enzymes that start digestion of starch, for example." Wearing dentures, a weaker senses of taste (old people need much more salt and sugar to be able to detect them) and smell, along with taste-altering medications, and conditions like dementia and stroke, can all further conspire to dampen the appetite.
Athill still enjoys eating though. "If I go out and have a delicious dinner I would eat much more than if I stay in," she says, when "fruit and a Horlicks" will suffice. There goes that comforting warm, milky drink again.
Now, I shudder at the foods which I craved in my youth such as cheap chicken nuggets. Are you disgusted by what you ate when you were younger, and has your palate become more sophisticated with age? When have you been the most adventurous with food and how else have your tastes changed?