Daily news update: our selection of food and chef news from the world's press

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Editor 17th December 2013

Jamie Oliver 'explores options' for Union Jacks restaurants 

Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks restaurant chain could be rebranded or sold, amid concerns that it hasn't performed as well as was hoped.  A spokesman for Oliver's restaurant business confirmed that it was looking at different options for the four sites, three of which are in London, with one in Winchester in Hampshire. Read more from Caterer & Hotelkeeper  

Italy complains to EU over Britain's 'unjustified and thoughtless' food labelling

Italy has complained to the European Union that Britain's 'traffic lights' on food discriminates against Italian produce.  Rome has enlisted the backing of 15 EU states as Italian producers warn the scheme could cost them €200 million (£170m) a year in lost sales.  Launched in June in British supermarkets, the system sees food marked with a green, amber or red light depending on their fat content, in a bid to warn consumers off eating too much fatty food as obesity rates rise alarmingly. Read more from The Telegraph  

Jack Monroe to front Sainsbury's ad campaign

Celebrity chefs are off the menu for a supermarket which has chosen one of the faces of austerity Britain as its new advertising star.  Jack Monroe, a 25-year-old single mother whose stories of struggling to feed her son for £10 a week while on benefits have propelled her to national fame, will front Sainsbury's new campaign from next month. Two years after terminating its relationship with another Essex-born foodie, Jamie Oliver, the retailer has hired Monroe as one of four "real" food lovers whose commitment to food on a budget and work in their local communities has impressed the bosses at Britain's third largest supermarket. Read more from The Guardian  

Dish of the Day: Food connections – the memories attached to what we eat

Food and drink has the amazing ability to bring back memories and feelings that maybe you never knew existed. Many people have studied how the brain can paint a picture through the smell of coffee, for example, better than any artist could, and plenty of people have written about it, too. Read more from The Independent

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The  Staff Canteen

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Editor 17th December 2013

Daily news update: our selection of food and chef news from the world's press