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French foie gras - made in China to dodge import ban

By Sybille de La Hamaide PARIS (Reuters) - A French firm plans to be fattening a million ducks in China by 2020 to supply a growing appetite there for foie gras. The duck liver delicacy did not make it onto a list of French foods newly approved by Chinese import authorities this week, despite years of lobbying. Manufacturer Rougie has already taken a more direct route to market.

Champagne chef wins coveted three Michelin stars

A chef from France's Champagne region whose restaurant offers 600 of the sparkling wines was on Monday admitted into the exclusive club of establishments with three Michelin stars. Arnaud Lallement, of the family-run L'Assiette Champenoise near Reims -- where house specialities include roasted Brittany langoustines -- received a standing ovation from his fellow three-star chefs at a ceremony in Paris.

Champagne chef wins coveted three Michelin stars

A chef from France's Champagne region whose restaurant offers 600 of the sparkling wines was admitted Monday into the exclusive club of establishments with three Michelin stars. Arnaud Lallement, of the family-run L'Assiette Champenoise near Reims -- where house specialities include roasted Brittany langoustines -- received a standing ovation from his fellow three-star chefs at a ceremony in Paris.

Champagne chef wins coveted three Michelin stars

A chef from France's Champagne region whose restaurant offers 450 of the sparkling wines was Monday admitted into the exclusive club of establishments with three Michelin stars. Arnaud Lallement, of the family-run L'Assiette Champenoise near Reims in northeastern France, received a standing ovation from his fellow three-star chefs at a ceremony in Paris.

Champagne chef wins coveted three Michelin stars

A chef from France's Champagne region whose restaurant offers 450 of the sparkling wines was Monday admitted into the exclusive club of establishments with three Michelin stars. Arnaud Lallement, of the family-run L'Assiette Champenoise near Reims in northeastern France, received a standing ovation from his fellow three-star chefs at a ceremony in Paris.

French organic winemaker in court for shunning pesticides

A winemaker in France's Burgundy region appears in court Monday for refusing to use pesticides in his organic vineyard despite a government order. Environmentalists have backed his refusal but other local winemakers have denounced the support campaign around him as full of "falsehoods" and defended their practices.

Japan store pulls foie gras lunchbox over animal rights

A Japanese convenience store chain has cancelled the launch of its foie gras lunchbox after customer complaints about animal welfare, a company spokesman said Thursday. FamilyMart had intended to begin selling the lunchbox containing a meat patty and some foie gras paste for 690 yen ($6.70), but shelved the plan after more than 20 people registered concerns over the way the traditional French delicacy is produced.

Outcry forces foie gras industry to swallow changes

Long accused of torture by animal-rights activists, French foie gras producers are admitting they may have gone too far and vowing changes to how ducks and geese are reared and their livers fattened. They are also promising a new spirit of openness and transparency about the controversial practice of gavage -- the force-feeding of animals by passing plastic tubes through their throats directly into their stomachs. "Maybe we did go a little too far," said Marie Pierre Pe of CIFOG, an industry group representing French foie gras producers.

With backing from Silicon Valley investors, food-tech startups aim to replace eggs and chicken

SAN FRANCISCO - The startup is housed in a garage-like space in San Francisco's tech-heavy South of Market neighbourhood, but it isn't like most of its neighbours that develop software, websites and mobile-phone apps. Its mission is to find plant replacements for eggs. Inside, research chefs bake cookies and cakes, whip up batches of flavoured mayonnaise and pan-fry omelets and French toast — all without eggs.

Burgundy 2013: beautifully balanced but scarce

Burgundy's 2013 harvest has produced some beautifully balanced wines but they will be in short supply after a second consecutive small harvest, local professionals said Tuesday. The Burgundy trade board (BIVB) said production levels could even be lower than 2012, already one of the smallest-yielding years of recent times, after a cold and wet spring was followed by destructive hail showers in July, exacerbating mildew and other problems in the vineyard.
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