FOOD HISTORY TIMELINE
2013 to 2014
2013 For the first time in modern history, the world is producing more farmed fish than farmed beef. The Earth Policy Institute in Washington DC has found that farmed fish production reached a record 66 million tonnes in 2012. Cattle farm output, by contrast, has levelled off, with just 63 million tonnes of beef produced in the same year.
2013 The movie 'The Brass Teapot' opened in U.S. theaters. A couple discover a brass teapot that provides them with money whenever they hurt themselves.
2013 Less than a month after ad-firm Renew began anonymously collecting information about people walking past their Wi-Fi-enabled trash cans, the City of London demanded the company put a stop to the practice.
2013 Gary Miller won the 40th Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with a pumpkin that weighed 1,985 pounds. Miller of Napa, California took home a cash prize of $11,910, or $6 a pound.
2013 The award winning documentary 'Spinning Plates' opened in U.S. theatres. It is about three very unique restaurants and their owners.
2013 Detroit, Michigan officially becomes the largest city in U.S. history to enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
2013 Mauritania, in western North Africa, has banned the use of plastic bags to protect the environment and the lives of land and sea animals.
2013 The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced that horse DNA had been bound in frozen beef hamburgers sold in several Irish and British stores. Pig DNA was also present in some samples of beef products. The beginning of a major horsemeat adulteration scandal that would involve many other companies and products (beef lasagne, beef Bolognese sauce, beef meatballs, etc.) The scandal soon spread to at least 13 other European countries. Supposed 'Beef' products were found to contain 29% up to 100% horsemeat.
2013 U.S. first class postage rates are raised to 46 cents and post cards to 33 cents.
2013 Canada withdraws the penny from circulation.
2013 France overturned a 200 year-old law that banned women from wearing trousers.
2013 Ikea home furnishings stores in Europe have withdrawn 17,000 portions of Moose Lasagna after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium.
2013 'More Than Honey' a documentary film about honeybees, opened in New York City.
2013 Protesting low egg prices, French farmers began smashing thousands of eggs on the streets and squares of France's main poultry producing region of Brittany. Over-production and expensive renovations to meet new European regulations on hen houses have resulted in farmers receiving lower prices for eggs.
2013 Swarms of 2" long giant hornets were reported to have killed more than 40 people and injured more than 1,600 in northern China.
2013 The Dow Jones industrial average closed above 16,000 for the first time, closing at 16,009.99.
2013 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' opened in U.S theatres.
2013 Fred Turner died. In 1956 he was one of the first employees hired by McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. He rose quickly through the ranks, and succeeded founder Ray Kroc as CEO in 1977. He founded Hamburger University in 1961 and was a co-founder of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
2013 John Galardi died. Founder of Wienerschnitzel (originally Der Wienerschnitzel) hot dog fast food chain.
2013 The musical 'Big Fish' opened at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York.
2013 Burger King introduced 'Satisfries' a new crinkle-cut french fry with about 20% fewer calories then its regular fries.
2013 Charles 'Charlie' Trotter died on November 5.
2013 The city of Detroit, Michigan files for Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
2013 A New York appeals court upheld a ruling the New York City Board of Health exceeded its authority when it tried to ban sodas larger than 16 ounces.
2013 The accountant in charge of keeping tabs of lunch money for the Rialto Unified School District in California was arrested on suspicion of embezzling from the school district's nutrition services department. Up to $3.1 million dollars was reported missing over a period of up to 14 years.
2013 The movie 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' (originally titled 'The Butler') opened in U.S. theatres. The story of Cecil Gaines, White House butler to 8 presidents.
2013 According to a United Nations report released today (Food Wastage Footprint: Impacts on Natural Resources), 1/3 of all the food produced worldwide was going to waste or lost because of inappropriate practices, while 870 million people go hungry every day.
2014 'Drink a Beer' by Luke Bryan is number 1 on the country music charts.
2014 The United Nations has declared 2014 as the ‘International Year of Family Farming’.
2014 The world's oldest flamingo, 83 year old 'Greater,' died at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia.
2014 The first McDonald's restaurant in Vietnam opened in Ho Chi Minh City.
2014 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' opened in U.S. theatres. The adventures of the hotel's concierge Gustave H and his friend Zero Moustafa the lobby boy.
2014 Quiznos restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection.
2014 The International Court of Justice rules that the Japanese government must halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. Japan said it would abide by the decision.
2014 Governor Jerry Brown of California signed legislation that overturned a ban on pets at bars and restaurants. The new law allows dogs at outside patios effective January 1, 2015.
2014 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' opened in U.S. theatres.
2014 The movie 'Chef' was released in the U.S. A chef loses his restaurant job starts up a food truck.
2014 Joey Chestnut won his 8th straight Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog-Eating Contest, consuming 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes.
2014 M. Food Arts magazine suspends publication. "It is with great sadness that, after 25 years, we announce the closing of Food Arts magazine."
2014 Burger King announced its purchase of Tim Hortons, Canadian coffee and donut chain.
2014 A record 4.16 pound (1.89 kg) White Alba Truffle from the Umbrian region of Italy sold at auction for $61,250 to a Taiwanese buyer.