Blog: A thrill on a plate
Catherine Sleep | 10 October 2005
Thrill-seekers, death-defiers, daredevils… real men seek out danger and meet it head on. Or something like that.
The current Feature of the Week investigates the market for exotic meat. This ranges from fairly pedestrian game meat, such as venison, to the far more unusual kangaroo, ostrich or zebra. The market for such meats is booming, growing 17% between 1999 and 2004 to reach an estimated value of £41m.
But who’s eating this more exotic fare, and why? Consumers who are watching their weight are reputedly drawn to the low-cholesterol and low-fat meats, while others are simply drawn by the thrill factor. Because bungee jumping and roller coasters are just SO last millennium, I suppose.
This puts me in mind of the Japanese speciality fugu – or puffer fish - which, if not prepared absolutely correctly, imparts to the diner a toxin 500 times deadlier than cyanide. Why would anyone risk instant death just to taste a fish? And yet the Japanese get through 20,000 tonnes of the stuff each year. It must taste darned good.
By comparison a zebra ‘n chips supper is tame.
We hear a lot in the food industry about two interconnected trends: and social media and “foodie” culture....
Nestle, set to welcome a new CEO on 1 January, has announced more changes to the make-up of its senior management team....
Blue Bell Creameries is trying to win back the trust of consumers after a fatal listeriosis outbreak last year was linked to its products - but in recent days the US ice cream maker has issued another...
The UK's competition regulator has given the all-clear to Hain Celestial's bid to buy UK food and beverage group Orchard House Foods, nine months after the US group announced the deal....
- General Mills on Q1, innovation, margins
- Interview: Mondelez's outlook for China
- Aryzta FY results, outlook for 2017 - 6 takeaways
- What next for Bernard Matthews? - comment
- Interview: Mondelez eyes sweet success in China
- ConAgra acquires Frontera Foods' "gourmet" brands
- Nestle revamps foodservice arm
- Aryzta FY profits fall
- Nestle close to finalising Garoto deal
- Nestle launches Nesquik Protein Plus for adults
- The Big 15: Strategies and Priorities of Top Packaged Food Players in Comparison
- Global Chocolate Confectionery Overview: Challenges, Opportunities and Risks
- Global Foodservice Market 2016-2020
- Constellation Brands, Inc. (STZ) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review
- Global Food and Drinks Closures: Performance and Opportunities