Chronography of Food
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4 September 1939, Weekly menu suggested for �evacuated�children in Britain, removed from cities due to War risk.
1941, UK Food rationing �Peeks� image..
For famines and food shortages, see individual country pages. See also prices and wages for historic wage and food price levels.
See also Farming for agricultural technology and farming
See also Railways � social effects (1881) for effects of railways on agricultural prices.
See also Prices and other Economic Events for agricultural wages and trades unions
See also Great Britain pre 1901 for agricultural unrest e.g. Swing Revolt 1830
See also Canal-Sea for declining shipping rates of food etc.
See also Education-University for founding dates of agricultural colleges.
�If you want to defeat a country easily�feed it your food.� Ivan the Terrible. "Food is a tool. It is a weapon in the U.S. negotiating kit" Earl Butz, US President Nixon's agricultural secretary �The golden arches are the most recognized symbol in the world. The restaurant provides food for people in 119 countries, especially the USA. There are even 179 restaurants in India where most people don't eat either beef or pork.� Business Insider, 17 December 2010.
�When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they have no food, they call me a Communist� Archbishop Helder Camara, Brazil.
�I saw in one single farmyard [near London] more than enough food for four times the inhabitants of the parish, and this yard did not contain a tenth perhaps of the produce of the parish, but while the poor creatures that raise the� barley and wheat and cheese and the mutton and beef are living on potatoes, an accursed canal comes kindly through the parish to convey away the wheat and all the good food to the tax eaters and their attendants in the Wen�. Cobbett, 1820s, SE England
Food crime, adulteration, pollution � see Appendix 0.1
Obesity and Dieting � see Appendix 0.2
Supermarkets � see Appendix 0.3
Food Fashion, Dining Manners and Etiquette � see Appendix 0.6
Baked Beans � see Appendix 2
Bananas � see Appendix 3
Biscuits � see Appendix 3a
Bread, buns, cereals � see Appendix 4
Butter and Margarine � See Appendix 5
Chocolate � see Appendix 7
Desserts and Ice Cream � see Appendix 8
Fish � see Appendix 9
Frozen Foods (savoury) � see Appendix 10
Fruit and Vegetables, Vegetarianism � see Appendix 11
Milk,� cheese, dairy � see Appendix 13
Pasta and Rice � see Appendix 13a
Pizzas, Pizza outlets � see Appendix 13b
Potatoes and Crisps � see Appendix 14
Soft Drinks � see Appendix 15
Spices, Salt and Herbs � see Appendix 16
Spreads and condiments � see Appendix 17
Tinned / Canned food � see Appendix 19
2016, The number of undernourished people rose for the first time since 2003, when the figure stood at 947 million (14/7% of global population). In 2015 the figure was 777 million (10.6%), rising to 815 million (11.0%) in 2016. Armed conficts were blamed for the rise. Climate disasters also cause conflict through creating food shortages.
1984, Quorn, a mushroom-protein derived meat substitute, first appeared.
16 March 1974, Daniel Frank Gerber, US manufacturer of baby food, died aged 75.
23 April 1971, New York City became the first US government to require that a definitive expiration date on packages of perishable foods. While food distributors had information printed on packages to allow store managers to determine the date of shipment of an article of food as part of knowing when to withdraw it from the shelf), these had been in "codes indecipherable to the average shopper." Violations of the law were punishable by fines ranging from $25 to $250
4 June 1963, At the World Food Congress, John F Kennedy said �The war against hunger is truly mankind�s war of liberation�.
27 June 2006, Robert Carrier, celebrity chef, died (born 10 October 1923)
27 May� 1975, Jamie Oliver, celebrity chef, was born.
6 January 1960, Nigella Lawson, celebrity� chef, was born.
23 February 1947, Anton Mosimann, chef, was born.
4 January 1947, Rick Stein, celebrity chef, was born.
18 June 1941, Delia Smith was born.
21 January 1937, Marcel Boulestin appeared on TV on Cook�s Night Out, demonstrating how to cook an omelette; he thereby became the first TV chef.
10 October 1923, Robert Carrier, celebrity chef, was born (died 27 June 2006)
10 July 1954, US President Eisenhower signed Public Law 480, the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954, better known as PL-480. This facilitated the export of grain to US-aligned governments that were facing threats from Leftist agencies, either internal rebels or intimidation from a Soviet-aligned State next door. PL-480 could be used to keep recalcitrant allies, those possibly sliding towards Communism, in line. For example in 1965 US President Johnson shifted the renewal of PL-480 food aid to India from an annual to a� monthly basis, threatening India with withdrawal of food aid as India�s President Shastri expressed disapproval of US bombing in Vietnam. However if Shastri abandoned Nehru�s ideas of land distribution to Indian peasants then India would receive US agricultural technology, enhancing food yields.
1949, The first appearance of quiche, a savoury flan, in Britain. Derived from the German kuchen, cake, it was then� exotic but became commonplace in the 1970s, and then derided for connotations of vegetarian wimpishness.
8 January 1949, Wolfgang Puck, chef, was born.
16 October 1945, The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was established.� Its aim was to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living.
11 April 1929, Popeye the cartoon character first appeared in a comic strip in a New York newspaper.
18 October 1911, Wrigleys launched their Spearmint Gum in the UK. They set up a factory in Wembley in 1927, moving to Plymouth in 1970.
29 December 1908, Dr Magnus Pyke, nutritional scientist, was born.
1895, The concept of �calorie� as a measure of the energy content of food was introduced by Wesleyan university professor Wilbur Olin Atwater, aged 41, who had also worked in the US Department of Agriculture. A calorie is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of a kilogramme of water by 1 degree C, from 15 C to 16 C at pressure 1 atmosphere. He was developing a measure of the foods with best value based on calories per Dollar.
1863, In the UK, the first National Food Survey was conducted. 370 familes of the �labouring classes� were questioned on their daily diet.
15 May� 1862, The US Department of Agriculture was created.
30 September 1861, William Wrigley junior, who popularised chewing gum, was born this day.
23 September 1848. Chewing gum was commercially produced for the first time. It was called �State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum�.
11 March 1845, Self-raising flour was patented by Henry Jones of Bristol.
14 March 1836. Isabella Mary Mayson, who became Mrs Beeton of cookery book fame, was born in Heidelberg.
2 February 1826, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French gastronomist, died (born 1 April 1755).
1805, The first allotments in Britain were created, at Brompton, Yorkshire; rented out to households drawn into cities by the Industrial Revolution. �The Allotment Extension Act 1882 made it compulsory for parish authorities in Britain to provide land for allotments.� In 1978 the UK had 480,000 allotments.
1760, A two-volume cookery book, �The British Housewife�, by Martha Bradley, late of Bath, was published. It also described the origins and properties of the food, a sort of food encyclopedia.
1 April 1755, Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, French gastronomist, was born (died 2 February 1826).
1727, The highly successful cookery book, �The Compleat Housewife� was written by Eliza Smith, with 500 recipes. It went through 100 editions and was in print until 1773.
1707, The upmarket food store Fortnum and Mason�s was founded in Picadilly, London.
1706, The food, condiments, company Crosse and Blackwell was founded, to supply produce to the English colonies.
1686, �Cordon Bleu� cookery originated in the Institut de Saint-Louis, founded by Madame Maintenon for 250 daughters of impoverished nobility, especially titled army officers. The school became famous for its cookery lessons, and the girls who graduated from there wore blue ribbons (cordon bleu) as part of the graduation uniform.
1249, A Mediaeval northern European town of 3,000 people consumed 1,500 tons of grain annually, which would require 10,000 acres (40 square kilometres) of agricultural land.
Palm Sunday, 1098. The first Cistercian Abbey was founded, in a desolate swamp 14 miles from Dijon. The Cistercian order monks �subject themselves to severe discipline, eating no meat or fat, wearing no comfortable clothing such as breeches or coats. They observed strict silence as they work, and abhored sloth.� They did not use slave labour and they did much of their own farming and were skilled at building and civil engineering.
300, The average citizen of Rome breakfasted on bean stew and then unleavened bread, toasted on cinders, with milk or honey. At midday, lunch consisted of fruit, a sweet confection, fruit, cheese and watered wine (the prandium). The evening meal, or convivium, might include meat, fish, cereals, porridge, and onions fried in oil and seasoned with chickpeas and vinegar.
Appendix 0.1 - Food crime,madulteration, pollution
28 August 1988, The longest trial in Spanish history came to an end after 15 months. Alleged sales of toxic olive oil had killed 600 and injured thousands more.
28 August 1975, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a ban on the use of polyvinyl chloride plastic for packaging of certain foods, because of its potential for causing cancer. At the time, PVC was the second most-used plastic in American food packaging. Although PVC film wrapping of meat and fruits was still permitted, the use of hard PVC plastic on lunch meat packages, and for bottles of liquids, was to be prohibited.
1820, Accum published his famous work on the aduoteration and contramination of food in Britain. This was widespread, and included, the use of toxic chemicals like arsenic sulphide and lead oxide (red) or copper salts (green0 to colour sweets, tye dilution of beer woith water but then the restitutiom of its intoxicating properties with picrotoxin (a plant extract used to poison fish), similar dilution and adulteration of milk with water then chalk and herbs, and similar practices with medications bought at chemists. Gravel or sand was added to wheat and barley to increase its weight. Accum raised the anger of the food producers, who succeeded in raising a civil case against him for theft of a ten� pages ot journals from the Royal Institution; he fled back to Germany where he died in Berlin in1838.
29 March 1769, Friedrich Accum, pioneer on combatting food adulteration, was born in Buckeburg, Hanover, Germany, to Jewish parents. He moved to Britain in 1793 and worked at a pharmacy in Arlington Street, London. By 1800 he had his own chemical analytical and laboratory equipment business.
857, The first recorded outbreak of ergotism; a disease causded by eating fungally-contaminated rye. Thousands were killed, in the Rhine Valley.
Appendix 0.2� - Obesity and Dieting
3 June 2016, In the UK, four of the seven board members of the National Obesity Forum resigned in protest over a report that people should eat more fat, less sugar, to lose weight.
10 September 1983, The heaviest man in the US, Jon Browner Minnoch, died weighing 362 kg. When admitted to hospital in March 1978, he weighed 635 kg, or 102 stone.
1963, Weight Watchers was founded in New York.
1927, Health farms became popular amongst the Western middle classes; residential places where one went for several days to improve health and/or fitness by speical dieting.
Appendix 0.3� - Supermarkets; see also Supermarket History
28 April 2018, The second and third largest UK supermarkets, Asda and Sainsbury, announced a merger. Wal-Mart, who had owned Asda, was disposing of it. If cleared by the� Office of Fair Trading and Competition Commission, this would create a supermarket with a larger share than Tesco, see supermarket share.
22 September 2014, Tesco shared fell sharply as the food retailer admitted overstating its profits by some �250 million. The issue was with clawed-back payments from Tesco�s suppliers, in return for better shelf positioning and other �perks�; future such payments had been included in earlier-period profit statements.
13 January 2013, The Food Safety Authority of Ireland announced the discovery of horsemeat in four Tesco beef products.
31 December 1997, The US retail chain Wal-Mart announced its intention to expand into Europe, by acquiring the German retailer Werkauf with its 21 supermarkets.
29 August 1994. In Britain, large shops were allowed to open legally for the first time on a Sunday.
8 December 1993. The House of Commons voted to allow large British shops to open for six hours on Sundays. High Street shops now prepared for a price war with the supermarkets.
17 May� 1988. Sainsbury announced sales of over �5 billion in the UK in 1987, selling 10.7% of all UK groceries.
1980, Marks and Spencer started selling sandwiches. Some doubted whether consumers would pay for a product they could easily make at home. They quickly sold out.
26 June 1974, The first use of barcodes in a supermarket. A pack of Wrigley�s Juicy Fruit was scanned at a March�s supermarket in Troy, Ohio.
8 December 1964, Simon Marks, successful retailer in conjunction with Thomas Spencer, knighted in 1944, and made a peer in 1961, died in London at his head office.
16 July 1964, In the UK, the abolition of Resale Price Maintenance on most goods facilitated the subsequent growth of the supermarkets.
25 March 1963, The Co-op on Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, converted from counter service to self service. Now 24 of the 35 Co-ops in the area were self service, and just three remained offering counter service in Scunthorpe itself.
1962, The first Wal-Mart was opened, by Sam Walton, in Rogers, Arkansas.
31 July 1950. Britain�s first self-service store, Sainsbury in Croydon, opened.
12 January 1948. The Co-op opened the first supermarket in Britain, at Manor Park.
4 June 1937. The first supermarket trolleys were wheeled out at a Humpty Dumpty Supermarket in Oklahoma, USA. The manager, Sylvan Goldman, had noticed that business was slack because women would come in and shop until their baskets were full, then stop purchasing. He had the idea of a basket on wheels to enable shoppers to carry more, so he attached wheels to a metal chair and fitted two baskets one above the other. He then employed people to wheel it round and round the shop full of groceries, until shoppers got the idea.
6 September 1916, US retailer Clarence Saunders opened the first Piggly Wiggly supermarket, in Memphis, Tennessee.
10 May� 1850, Sir Thomas Lipton, British grocer and philanthropist, was born in Glasgow.
1707. Fortnum and Mason, renowned for its range of exotic foods, was founded by William Fortnum (footman to Queen Anne) and Hugh Mason, a local shopkeeper.
Appendix 0.6� - Food Fashion, Dining Manners and Etiquette
4 September 1988. Nutritionists blamed junk food for Britain�s increased youth violence.
19 September 1949, �Twiggy�, British model, actress, and singer, was born in Neasden, London, as Lesley Hornby.
1941, Click here for Peek Frean�s Mrs Peek�s Puddings advert ca. 1941. Note the social context of this advert.
1909, First mention of the �spork�, a combination spoon and fork. Registered as a trademark only in the 1970s, it was proposed as an aid for the disabled to cope at home.
1660, Earliest mention of the fork in England. Early iusers might be mocked as �pitchfork-handlers�. Forks only became commonplace in England after 1750.
1608, Earliest recorded use of the fork, in Italy, by Thomas Coryate. (Or, 1518, banquet in Venice). Before this time, people cut meat with a knife then ate with their fingers. However in northern Europe most people continued to carve meat with a knife but eat with their fingers (or use a piece of bread and a spoon) until after 1700.
1290, Advice on Italian table manners included washing one�s hands before a meal (when forks were not in use and people might carve meat with a knife but then eat with their fingers). Even more important was not to scratch one�s bare skin and then carry on eating (withone�s bare hands). Lice and fleas were very prevalent; it was good manners, if scratching an itch was unavoidable, to take a portion of one�s clothes and scratch with that. Also very frowned upon was the habit of scratching out one�s ears and then continuing eating.
185 BCE, With the Roman conquest of Syria, luxurious eastern eating habits began to permeate Roman culture. Meals became more elaborate and expensive, and cooks became elevated from lowly slaves to professionals.
Appendix 2 � Baked Beans
1928, Heinz baked beans were manufactured in Britain for the first time.
1905, Heinz baked beans went on sale in Britain.
1895, The first baked beans with tomato sauce were produced by the W J Heinz Company, Pittsburgh, USA.
1875, The first canned baked beans were produced by Burnham and Morrill Company, Portland, Maine, USA.
11 October 1844. The baked beans magnate H J Heinz was born of German parents in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Appendix 3 �- Bananas
8 March 1946, In Covent Garden, London, bananas went on sale for the first time since the War.
30 December 1945, The SS Tilapia docked in Bristol with the first cargo of bananas to enter the UK since the War, since 11/1940, when the UK Government banned all fruit imports except oranges.
1944, The Chiquita banana company was established.
1866, Bananas were introduced to the USA. Only from the 1880s, with the advent of refrigerated ships, did mass imports of these tropical fruits become feasible.
10 April 1633. Bananas were displayed for the first time in a London shop window.
1482, The Portuguese, sailing along the west coast of Africa, became the first Europeans to discover bananas.
Appendix 3a - Biscuits
1933, Ritz Crackers went on sale in the US.
1925, Ryvita crispbreads went on sale in the UK. The name is a combination of �rye� and �vita�, Latin for �life�.
6 March 1912, The National Biscuit Company (now Nabisco) introduced the Oreo cookie.
1912, Oreo Biscuits were first produced by the National Biscuit Company.
1826, Thomas Huntly established a biscuit manufacturing company in Reading, UK, that later became Huntly and Palmers.
1815, The UKs first biscuit factory opened, in Carlisle. By 1990 the UK was Europe�s largest produced and consumer of factory-made biscuits.
Appendix 4� - Bread, buns, cereals
1962, The Chorleywood Baking Process was invented by the bread industry�s research organisation. As a chemical-mechanical baking procedure, it enabled the bread to be baked faster, with weaker flour, so saving time and money. The quick baking process meant less water was lost, so the loaf was heavier; a typical white standard loaf in the 1970s was 40% water by weight and 75% air by volume.
1969, Kaboom breakfast cereal was introduced by General Mills. It contained 43.8% sugar. In the same year Frosted Mini-Wheats breakfast ceral was introduced by Kellogg�s, containing 28% sugar.
1965, Apple Jacks breakfast food was introduced by Kellogg�s. It contained 55% sugar.
1964, Lucky Charms breakfast cereal was introduced by General Mills. It contained 50.4% sugar.
1959, Concentrate breakfast food was introduced by Kellogg�s. It contained 9.9% sugar. Frosty-O sugar-coated creal was introduced by General Mills.
1958, Cocoa Krispies breakfast cereal was introduced by Kellogg�s. It contained 45.9% sugar. Cocoa Puffs cereal was introduced by General Mills. It contained 43% sugar.
1955, Special K breakfast cereal was introduced by Kellogg�s. It contained 4.4% sugar.
1954, Trix breakfast cereal was introduced by General Mills. It contained 46.6% sugar.
1953, Sugar Smacks cereal was introduced by Kellogg�s. It contained 56% sugar.
1952, Kellogg�s Sugar Frosted Flakes were introduced. They contained 29% sugar.
1951, Garlic bread appeared in Britain; an early incursion of foreign food, encouraged by military service abroad and the cookery books of Elizabeth David. Increasing foreign holidays later on encouraged more non-English dishes into the country.
25 July 1948. Bread rationing ended in Britain.
21 July 1946. Bread rationing began in Britain because of a world shortage of wheat, caused by a poor harvest and shortages of transport and fertilisers.
30 May� 1946. In the UK, the Labour Minister of Food, John Strachey, announced that bread would be rationed. The greatest allowance would go to manual workers in heavy industry.
1942, Kellogg�s Raisin Bran was introduced by the Kellogg�s Company. It contained 10.6% sugar.
6 April 1942, According to an order made by the UK Government on 6 March 1942, it was now illegal to bake white bread in the UK.
1941, Cheerios breakfast cereal was introduced in the USA by General Mills. It contained 2.2% sugar.
1936, Rice Krispies bramnd name cereal was registered in the UK.
1930, Wrapped pre-sliced bread first went on sale in Britain.
26 October 1928, Otto Rohwedder patented a bread slicing machine, He first began work on this concept in 1912; bakers responded that sliced bread would quickly go stale, and slices could be stolen. Therefore a wrapping was necessary. Rohwedder suffered various setbacks including serious illness and a fire in 1917 that destroyed his work. He only secured financial backing for his work in 1922.
7 July 1928, Sliced bread was first produced.
2 May� 1917, King George V called for national restraint in bread consumption.
2 February 1917, In the UK, bread rationing began.
13 September 1915. The process for making cornflakes was patented by Frank Martin. Previous combinations of corn, oats, and grain, tried from ca. 1906 onwards, �proved indigestible for the public.
19 February 1906. The American, William Kellogg, formed the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company of Michigan to market to the public the breakfast cereal he had invented as a health food for mental patients 8 years earlier with his brother John Kellogg. John, a Seventh Day Adventist, had claimed the new food would curb the sex drive but the latest adverts failed to mention that.
30 July 1898, William Kellogg invented cornflakes. With his brother, Dr John Kellogg, he had been developing foods to offer patients at their sanatorium.
1901, The Quaker Oats Company was founded by HP Crowell and Robvert Stuart.
1900, The term �hot dog�, for a hot sausage enclosed in a bread roll, was first used.
1898, The Hovis Bread Company was founded. The name derives from the Latin for �strength of man�, homino vis.
1891, Britain�s frst white bread was produced at the Clarence Flour Mill, erected this year in Hull. The mill became part of Rank Hovis McDougall in 1962.
27 March 1889, John Bright, reformer who worked with Richard Cobden for the repeal of the Corn Laws, died.
9 July 1872. John Blondel patented the first doughnut cutter in America. A sea captain, he is said to have invented the hole so he could slip the doughnut over the handle of the ship�s wheel and enjoy his snack whilst steering.
7 April 1860, Birth of William Kellogg, inventor of breakfast cereal, originally used in the treatment of mental patients.
1762, John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich, created the first �sandwich� by placing a slice of meat between two slices of bread, to alow him to eat whilst continuing to gamble,
1686, The croissant was invented about this time, either in Vienna or Budapest; one story has the night bakers in Budapest hearing the Ottoman Turks tunnelling into the city; they raised the alarm and saved the city, Afterwards they baked the crescent-shaped rolls as a copy of the symbol on the vanquished Ottoman flag.
1266, English bakers were ordered to mark their loaves of bread, so a faulty loaf could be attributed to its manufacturer. These were amongst the earliest trademarks.
123 BCE, Rome began to intervene in the grain market so as to distribute grain to peasant households at below market rate or even for free.
170 BCE, The first commercial cooks appeared in Rome, as retail bakers. However most Roman households continued to grind their own corn and make their own bread.
350 BCE, First references to wheat cultivation in Greece, for making bread. Wheat had originated in Egypt.
1680 BCE, Production of leavened (raised) bread began in Egypt.
12,000 BCE, Possible date for the earliest bread; discovered at an archeological site in Jordan. Bread from 7,000 BCE has also been found in Turkey. This predates agriculture and the grains must have been gathered from wild grasses and ground into flour. That would have been a major undertaking, and it is possible that this bread was only made for special ceremonial occasions. Possibly, the desire for bread gave rise to agriculture, not vice versa.
Appendix 5� - Butter and Margarine
1964, Flora Margarine was launched by Unilever, and first advertised on TV in 1965. It was marketed as a healthy alternative to butter, especially for men, being �high in polyunsaturates�.
1928, The first commercially-viable, stable, peanut butter went on sale.
1902, The US Federal Government raised the tax on magarine fivefold, from 2c to 10c per lb; this resulted in consumption falling by 50% by 1904.
1889, Peanut butter was developed by a St Louis, USA, physician, as a health food.
1886, US Congress passed the Margarine Act; this imposed a 2 cents per lb tax on margarine and required
manufacturers and sellers of margarine to obtain a licence. Individual US States had been restricting margarine sales since 1877, by, for example, prohibiting the addition of yellow colouring. This stopped the margarine being passed off as butter and it was intended that the greyish undyed colour would be off-putting to consumers. The motivation for these laws was the protection of the US dairy cow industry.
1872, The world�s first magarine factory was built, in Germany.
3 January 1871, In the USA, Henry W Bradley claimed the US patent for oleomargarine, the butter substitute based on clarified beef fat developed by chemist Hippolyte Mege Mouries in 1869 in France.
15 July 1869. Hippolyte Mege Mouries of Paris patented margarine in France.
22 September 1699, Citizens of Rotterdam went on strike over the high price of butter.
406, Butter was introduced into the Roman Empire by invading Vandals, Aland and Sciri; it replaced olive oil.
Appendix 7� - Chocolate
17 March 2010, Kraft Foods said it was "truly sorry" over its closure of Cadbury's Somerdale Factory. Senior Kraft executive Marc Firestone made the public apology to MPs at a parliamentary select committee hearing
19 January 2010, Cadbury approved a revised offer from Kraft, valuing the confectionery business at $19.5 billion (�11.5 billion).
3 May� 2002. Research showed Britons increasingly spending on comfort items such as chocolate, desserts, and wine, to relieve stress. Spending on these items was running at �2 million an hour.
26 April 1988. The Swiss food giant Nestle bid �2.1 billion for the York confectioners, Rowntree. On 23 June 1988 Rowntree accepted a �2.55 billion bid from Nestle. Nestle already owned 12% of Rowntree, and Suchard owned 29.9% of Rowntree. Both Swiss companies wanted Rowntree, maker of brands like Kit Kat, Quality Street, and Smarties, as a bridgehead into the European Community.
1959, The Caramac Bar was introduced by Nestle. It is not a chocolate bar but was often sold alongside them. It was withdrawn from sale in 2023.
24 April 1949. Sweets and chocolates came off rations in Britain, but rations were soon re-imposed, see 2 May� 1952. All food rationing ended on 3 July 1954.
1940, M&Ms began as a candy-coated chocolate made for the military,by Forrest E Mars and Bruce E Murrie.
1938, Cadbury�s Roses went on sale in the UK � but was soon withdrawn again as World War Two broke out.
1937, Rolo, Aero and Smarties went on sale in the UK.
1936, Quality Street and Maltesers went on sale in the UK.
1935, The first Kit Kat bar was produced in the UK; it was initially called Rowntree�s Chocolate Crisp. Milky Way bars went on sale in the UK.
1 August 1932. The first Mars Bar, made in Slough, went on sale, at 2d. Made by Mr Forrest E Mars, son of a US confectioner, the bar was innovative, because until then all chocolate bars had been just solid blocks of chocolate.
1930, In the USA, Snickers Bars (Mars Bars in the UK) were introduced. Cadbury�s Whole Nut bars appeared in Britain.
24 February 1925, Joseph Rowntree, chocolate manufacturer in York, died in that city.
1923, The Milky Way chocolate bar was introduced in the USA by confectioner Frank C Mars, aged 39. Sales went from US$78,200 in the first year of sales to US$ 792,000 in the second year. It was sold in the UK from 1935.
1922, US confectioner Frank C Mars introduced the Mars-O-Bar, a precursor to his son�s more successful Mars Bar.
24 October 1922, George Cadbury, English chocolate manufacturer and social reformer, died in Birmingham aged 83.
1908, The first Toblerone Bar was produced.
1905, The first bar of Cadbury�s Dairy Milk chocolate was produced.
1905, Milton Hershey, a Mennonite from Penssylvania, established a chocolate-manufacturing town, called Hershey. Chocolate was manufactured on the mass-production model of Henry Ford.
1900, The first Hershey chocolate bar was produced. In 1893 caramel maker Milton Snaveley Hershey, then aged 36, visited the Chicago Fair and saw chocolate-making machinery made in Dresden. He bought this machinery and began trialling chocolate manufacture in a partof his caramel factory.
1876, British confectionery company Fry�s launched chocolate Easter Eggs.
13 September 1857, Birth of William Snaveley Hershey, US chocolate manufacturer who built the world�s largest chocolate factory. He also established the Hershey Foundation, to promote education.
19 September 1839. George Cadbury was born in Birmingham. He expanded his father�s chocolate business and established a model village for his workers at Bourneville, Birmingham. The Cadbury chocolate manufacturing family owed a debt to the collector Sir Hans Sloane, who died on 11 January 1753.
24 May� 1836, Joseph Rowntree, British cocoa manufacturer and philanthropist, was born in York
1826, Philippe Suchard set up a chocolate factory near Neuchatel, Switzerland.
1787, Joseph Fry, a Quaker, started a chocolate manufacturing business in Bristol.
11 January 1753. Death at age 93 of the collector Sir Hans Sloane. Born in County Down, Ireland in 1660, Sloane studied in London and France before finally settling in London as a physician. He was famous for his collection of plants, antiquities, cons, and some 50,000 books and 3,650 manuscripts that were to form the nucleus of the British Museum collection after his death. In Jamaica in 1685-6 he had collected a herbarium of 800 species. The Birmingham chocolate manufacturers, the Cadbury family, owe Sloane a debt for� while in Jamaica he came across a cocoa drink favoured by the locals which Sloane found nauseous. However if mixed with milk it became more palatable. He brought this back to England where it was used by the Cadbury family.
1659, The Spanish Infanta Maria Theresa introduced cocoa to Paris.
16 June 1657, The first mention of chocolate in the British media, in the Public Advertiser. The foodstuff was then used either as a drink or as a paste for brewing a tasty but rather greasy beverage, as the ground beans were rich in cocoa butter. At that time it was being sold by a Frenchman in Bishopsgate, London. The first factory to produce chocolate bars opened at Vevey, Switzerland, in 1819; the bars were used as emergency rations. In 1842 John Cadbury introduced �French Eating Chocolate�, the first chocolate bar for pleasurable eating. Cadbury also introduced the first chocolate boxes to Britain, in 1866. Their first assortment included almond, lemon, orange and raspberry flavoured centres. Also in 1866 Cadbury introduced the first modern cocoa powder, with all the greasy butter removed, for an improved chocolate drink.
1520, Chocolate first brought to Europe, to Spain, from Mexico.
Appendix 8 � Desserts and Ice Cream (see also Chocolate)
1960, Hagen Daz ice cream went on sale in New York, USA.
1948, The US Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain began to grow as California entrepreneur Burton Baskin merged his business with Snowbird Ice Cream (founded by Irvine Robbins, aged 30 in 1948). Baskin-Robbins grew to offer a huge range of over 100 flavours.
1939, Ripple ice cream (vanilla with swirls of fruit syrup) first appeared in the UK (registered as a brand name in the USA 1942).
1938, Fruit Gums were introduced by Rowntrees, under the slogan �Don�t forget the Fruit Gums, Mum!�
23 February 1931, Dame Nellie Melba, the Australian opera singer after whom peach melba is named, died.
29 January 1924. The ice cream cone making machine was patented by Carl Taylor.
1923, Frank Epperson, USA, patented the first iced lollipop, which he called the Epsicle. He later changed the name to Popsicle. He is said to have got the idea when he left a glass of lemonade with a spoon in it on a windowsill overnight and it froze. When he tried to remove the spoon, he found himself with the world�s first ice lolly.
1922, Thomas Wall, sausage and pie manufacturer, produced the first factory-made ice cream in Britain.
1921, Christian K Nelson, USA, sold the first choc ice, which he marketed as �Eskimo Pie�.
23 July 1904. The first ice cream cone was commercially sold, by Charles Menches in Missouri.
15 December 1903, Italian-American food cart vendor Italo Marchiony received a US� patent for inventing a machine to make ice cream cones.
1896,The first ice cream cone was made by Italian-American Italo Marconi.
1894, Peach Melba was created by Auguste Escoffier, chef at London�s Savoy Hotel (opened 1889), named in honour of Australian singer Madame Nellie Melba (real name Helen Porter Mitchell, aged 33), who was then performing at Covent Garden.� Escoffier was inspired by the swan in Wagner�s Lohengrin opera (composed 1850) and put a scoop of vanilla ice cream on a peach with an almond and raspberry puree.
15 June 1851, The first factory-produced ice cream was made in the USA by John Fussell. He wanted to avoid wastage of cream so he froze it; his new food became very popular, and his factory ice cream cost less than a third of the same amount of hand made ice cream.
1726, Rum baba was invented; a sponge cake soaked in rum from the French West Indies.
50, The Roman Emperor Nero reportedly sent slaves out to collect snow, which was then flavoured with honey, nuts and fruit; an early version of sorbet.
Appendix 9 - Fish
5 February 2004, 20 Chinese cockle pickers drowned in Morecambe Bay, Lancashire.
1955, Frozen fish fingers first appeared in British shops. See 8 October 1973.
1924, In the USA, Clarence Birdseye founded the General Seafoods Company, to prepare and sell frozen fish.
10 May� 1883, In London, the Lord Mayor opened the Central Fish Market, Farringdon Street.
1877, Fleetwood Docks (Lancashire) opened in 1877, with capital provided by the railways. The fish trade was significant from here, and the railways were credited with reducing the price of fish in Manchester by almost 90%.
1870, Fish and chip shops became popular in Britain as refrigerated trawlers were developed that fished the North Sea and more distant areas north towards Iceland. The fish was covered in batter to disguise any discolouration, and sprinkled with vinegar to cover any spoilage in flavour.
110 BCE, Near Naples, oyster cultivation began; the first efforts by humans to farm marine life.
25,000 BCE, The estimated date of the earliest baited fish hooks. Discovered in the Dordogne, France,these hooks were made of thorn or bone, and designed so when a fish took the bait the fisherman could pull the line taut, catching the hook in the fish�s jaw.
Appendix 10� - �Frozen Foods (savoury)
8 October 1973. The first TV commercial in Britain for frozen fish fingers was broadcast.
7 October 1956. Death of US frozen foods pioneer, Clarence Birdseye.
10 May� 1937, Britain�s first frozen food, asparagus, went on sale. It was produced by Smedleys of Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
6 March 1930. The first frozen food, peas, went on sale, at grocery stores in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was produced by Clarence Birdseye. Birdseye got the idea when surveying wildlife in Labrador in 1912, and noticing how local people preserved fish by packing them in snow. It took till 1930 to develop a commercially viable method of bulk freezing and to get financial backing. Sales were slow at first, because the products were not readily visible, being kept in with the ice cream, and because their price was relatively high. However the availability of vegetables out of season and of seafood made frozen foods popular. Birdseye sold his company within months for US4 22million. By 1933 there were 516 frozen food outlets across the USA.. In Britain frozen foods were pioneered by S W Smedley of Wisbech, who began freezing fruit and vegetables in 1936.
18 June 1927, Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956) took out a patent for �flash-freezing� of fish. Whilst cold storage of food was known beforehand, if it was only frozen slowly some spoilage of taste and appearance still occurred. Birdseye noticed that fish caught in winter and left exposed to freezing winds retained their taste as the froze quickly, His machine flash froze food under high pressure.
1925, Clarence Birsdeye extended his frozen food process from fish to pre-cooked foods.
1896, New Zealand lamb could be reared, killed, transported to the UK in frozen cargo ships, and sold to UK retailers for 2 � d per lb.
9 December 1886, Clarence Birdseye, US inventor of a process for deep-freezing foodstuffs, was born in New York City.
15 February 1882. The first shipment of frozen meat left New Zealand for Britain aboard SS Dunedin.
2 February 1880, The first shipment of frozen meat from Sydney, Australia, arrived in Britain aboard the SS Strathaven.
Appendix 11 � Fruit and Vegetables, Vegetarianism,
1987, Quorn was introduced; a trade name for Textured Vegetable Protein, TVP (a term iutaelf intordiuced in the USA in 1968) and made from edible fungi. It was named after its manufacturer, which was located near the village of Quorndon, Leicestershire, UK. TVP has been promoted as avoiding cruelty to farm animals, also as extending the world�s food supply in a sustainable manner.
1972, The name Vegeburger appeared for a patty resembling a meat burger but made of vegetable protein. It was registered in the USA in 1976.
4 July 1924, Caesar�s Salad made its debut, at the Caesar�s Place Restaurant, Tihuana, Mexico, owned by US citizen Caesar Cardini.
1908, The nut cutlet first appeared, as a cutlet-shaped patty based on chopped nuts. It has become a well-worn means of poking fun at vegetarians.
1 January 1905. In Italy, Belgian Henri Oedenkoven founded the world�s first vegetarian organisation.
1903, Tinned pineapples, cut into small cubes, became available as a convenience dessert.
1899, The United Fruit Company was founded.
1891, The Del Monte canned fruit brand was created. The name was inspired by the upmarket Del Monte Hotel (opened 1880) at Monterrey, California, and was adopted by executives at the Oakland Prewserving Company, Oakland, California.
1847, The Vegan Society held its first annual general meeting in Manchester, UK.
1847, A Vegetarian Society was established in London.
1812, The first English vegetarian cookery book was published.
3 July 1806. Michael Keen, of Isleworth, exhibited the first edible cultivated strawberry.
1805, Tangerines began to be exported from Tangier, Morocco, to European countries.
1721, Broccoli, then known as �Italian asparagus�, was introduced to England, some 70 years after it became popular in France.
1683, A Christian reformer, Thomas Tryon, first advocated vegetarianism, on the grounds of the cruelty of slaughtering farm animals.
1596, Tomatoes introduced to England.
1514, Fresh green peas became popular in England.
1514, Pineapples first arrived in Europe.
1492, Christopher Columbus discovered foods unknown in Europe, including capsicums (peppers), maize, pineapples, plantains, sweet potatoes and turtle meat.
1301, Chinese recipes included wheat gluten as an ingredient in mock-meat dishes that in fact were meat-free.
1200, New foods brought back to Europe from the East by the Crusaders included damson trees, rice, sugar and lemons, as well as cotton.
827, Spinach was introduced into Sicily by the Saracens, who originally found the plant growing in Persia. They also introduced the lemon to Sicily and Spain.
70 BCE, Cherries from the newly conquered lands of Armenia wer introduced to Rome by Lucullus. By 65 BCE Rome was consuming raspberries from Mount Ida (near Troy), quinces from Sidon and plums from Damascus.
140 BCE, Rome began to establish links with China, as China sent its emissary Chang Ch�ien into Sogdiana and Bactria. Peach and apricot trees from China had now reached Roma, also Chinese silk; meanwhile China began importing grapes, walnuts and dates from the west.
Appendix 13� - �Milk, cheese, dairy
1994, Oatly, the world�s largest producer of oat milk, was founded (see also Vegetarianism).
20 February 1968, In Britain, the provision of free school milk at secondary schools ceased.
1952, The Tetrapak first appeared as a commercial container for milk. It was easy to store, transport and open, and kept the liquid inside hygienically sealed. By the 1990s other loquid foodstuffs from soup to wine were sold in Tetrapaks.
28 March 1946, The British Government announced plans for free school dinners and free milk at school.
1942, Dannon Yoghurt was introduced in New York by Joe Metzger.
26 July 1926, The French Government made Roquefort Cheese a geographically-protected brand, passing a law that this cheese can only be made in the limestone caves of Roquefort, near Toulouse. This was the first law of its kind.
1924, The average American consumed, over the year, 17.8 lbs of butter, 6.8 lbs of ice cream, 4.5 lbs of cheese and 350 lbs of milk.
10 December 1923, The Kraft Company started as National Dairy Products Corporation (National Dairy), formed on December 10, 1923, by Thomas H. McInnerney.
1910, Londoners now consumed some 180 pints of milk a year, compared to 48 pints in 1850. In 1850 Londoners generally obtained their milk from some 20,000 cows tethered in the back yard or even kept in a cellar. Milk brought in by rail was initially regarded with suspicion because it would be shaken up, copmpared to the fresh undisturbed milk obtainable locally. However after� an outbreak of cattle disease in London, and by 1870 half of London�s milk was being brought in by rail, from as far as pastures in Derbyshire 130 miles away. By 1910 96% of London�s milk came in by rail, from as far as 300 miles away.
1906, A nut-based butter supplement (see Appendix 11, Vegetarian) came on the UK market, called Nutter. However� by the 1960s �nutter� had come to mean a mentally-deranged person, and the brand was pulled in the 1970s. A similar fate overtook Ayds, a slimming tablet, popular in the 1970s but pulled in the 1980s when AIDS arrived � a disease that actually caused acute weight loss.
25 October 1884, John Mayenberg of St Louis, Missouri, patented evaporated milk.
22 January 1878. Milk was delivered in glass bottles for the first time.
1877, In Denmark, Gustav de Laval invented a mechanical cream separator, greatly reducing production costs.
18 August 1856. Condensed milk was patented.
1844, Milk reached Manchester (UK) by rail for the first time. Growing urban populations, distant from the countryside, could now receive fresh milk and other produce that was both fresh and cheap. Fresh vegetables, meat and fish supplies were niw improved in cities.
1817, Port au salut cheese was first manufactured in France, by Trappist monks in northern Tourraine.
1791, Camembert cheese was (re)invented by Marie Fontaine Harel, a farmer�s wife, in Vimoutiers, Orme Department. Mr. Ridel pioneered the characteristic light wooden round boxes in which the cheese could be safely shipped to distant markets.
1722, Gruyere cheese was introduced in France.
1654, Bechamel cream sauce was named after French financier Louis de Bechamel, Marquis de Nointel, who served King Louis XIV of France in the honorary post of Lord Stewart of the Royal Household.
16 September 1542, The French King, Francois I, was prescribed a new food by his Ottoman Turkish doctor. This food was yoghurt.
4 June 1070. Roquefort cheese was created in a cave near Roquefort, France.
7,700 BCE, Sheep milk first consumed as food, in the Middle East. By 7,200 BCE sheep were domesticated in Greece.
8,500 BCE, Goat milk first consumed as a food, in the Middle East.
13a - Pasta and Rice
1 April 1957, The BBC ran an April fools spoof documentary about spaghetti being harvested from trees in Switzerland.
1941, Buitoni Foods Corporation was set up in New York by Giovanni Buitoni� (see 1827).
1827, Buitoni macaroni was first produced in San Sepulcro, Italy, by Giulia Buitoni and her husband Giovambattista. In 1856 their son Giovanni Buitoni opened a pasta factory at Citta del Castello, Umbria.
1250, Ravioli, in the form of cheese sauce contained in parcels of pasta, was now being consumed in Rome (see 1941)
500 BCE Wet rice cultivation began in Japan,
800 BCE, Rice was now a major part of the Chinese diet (see 2300 BCE).
Appendix 13b� - �Pizzas and pizza outlets (see also Restaurants)
1960, The Domino pizza chain originated when Thomas and James Monaghan bought Dominick�s pizza shop in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA. They renamed it Domino�s in 1965.
1958, The first Pizza Hut restaurant opened in Wichita, Kansas, USA.
1955, The USA now had 15,000 pizza outlets, one for every 11,000 people, along with at least 100,000 food stores selling refridgerated or frozen pizzas.
1943, Pizzerias were becoming common in the USA. They are often branded as Italian, but they are really a global food, eaten almost everywhere, simply a bread base with various toppings.
1895, The first pizzeria opened in New York, at 53 � Spring Street.
1889, Italian baker Raphael Esposito made the first pizza margherita in the Italian colours red white and green. He used red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese and green basil. This was in honour of a visit to Naples by King Umberto and Queen Margherita.
Appendix 14� - �Potatoes and Crisps,
1954, The first flavoured crisps (barbecue) were produced.
1953, Crisps were first put in sealed bags, by Californian entrepreneur Laura Scudder.
17 September 1941. The UK government ordered potatoes to be sold at 1p so more people would eat them.
21 March 1934, The slimming craze was blamed for a fall in UK potato sales.
1920, Smiths Crisps Company was founded in London, UK.
1913, The potato crisp was launched in Britain, by Carter�s Crisps. They became popular in Britain in the 1930s.
1910, The world�s furst commercially-produced crisps were manufactured by the Mikesells Potato Chip Company in the USA.
24 August 1853, Crisps were allegedly invented by George Crum, a chef in the Moon Lake Lodge Hotel in Saratoga
Springs, New York State, when his customers complained that his potato chips were cut too thickly. So he cut the potatoes wafer-thin. People loved the new �Saratoga chips�. Crisps reached the UK in 1913. However something very much like the modern crisp appears to have existed as far back as 1817.
26 February 1827, Death of William Kitchiner, who allegedly invented the potato crisp
1817, The first known recipe for potato crisps was published in The Cook�s Oracle.
17 September 1879, The International Potato Exhibition opened at Crystal Palace; thousands flocked to see it.
1785, Potatoes first planted in France.
1688, Potatoes had become a staple food of Irish farm labourers (see Ireland for famine)
1621, Potatoes first planted in Germany.
28 July 1586. Potatoes arrived in Britain, brought from Colombia by Sir Thomas Harriott. They were to be used to feed livestock.
1565, Potaotes forst arrived in Spain.
1540, The first potato from South America was brought to Pope Paul III. It was then taken to France to be used as an ornamental plant.
3,500 BCE, Potatoes first cultivated in South America.
Appendix 15 � Soft Drinks
2017, The UK Government introduced a sugar tax on soft drinks. By 2019 this had led to a 28.8% fall in the sugar content of these drinks. However overall UK sugar consumotion rose by 2.6% as new processed products appeared and people bought more of them.
14 February 1990, Perrier had to recall 160 million bottles of mineral water after traces of benzene were found.
1987, The Red Bull energy drink was created by the Austrian company Red Bull GmbH. 5,387 million cans of Red Bull were sold worldwide in 2013, giving it the highest market share of any energy drink.
23 April 1985, New Coke was introduced by the Coca Cola company, and production of the original Coke was halted.� A few months later in July 1985 the company had to admit the new product was a flop and reverted to the original soft drink.
1965, Diet Pepsi was introduced by tye Pepsi-Cola Company.
1962, Ring pull cans first appeared in the shops. This meant cans could be opened without a tin opener, meaning soft drinks and beer could be more easily consumed away from the home.
1961, Coca-Cola introduced Sprite, a new lemon-lime drink to compete with Seven-Up.
28 February 1950. France passed a Bill limiting the sale of Coca Cola.
1936, The orange-flavoured soft drink Orangina orginiated when a Spanish pharmacist, Dr Trigo, introduced an orange flavour drink called Naranjina at the Marseilles Fair. Leon Beton, a Frenchman living in Algeria, was so impressed that he bought the rights to the drink and renamed it Orangina.
19 February 1934, Death of Caleb Bradham, inventor of Pepsi Cola.
1929, The lemon-lime drink Seven-Up was first sold as Lithiated Lemon by St Louis bottler Charles Grigg. It�s name was changed to Seven Up in 1933.
1 July 1916. Coca Cola introduced its distinctively-shaped bottle.
1908, Production of Horlicks began at Slough, UK.
1907, The Perrier Water brand was first registered.
1904, Thermos flasks became commercially available for keeping drinks warm. The Scottish scientist James Dewar had produced the frst vacuum flask in 1892, for scientific experiments. Reinhold Burger, a German student of Dewar, had the idea of marketing these flasks for domestic use.
1903, Pepsi Cola was registered as a brand name in the USA.
31 August 1900. Coca Cola went on sale in Britain, 14 years after it went on sale in the USA.
12 March 1894, Coca Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. The Coca Cola trade mark dates from 1887.
10 August 1889. The screw bottle top was patented by Dan Ryelands of Barnsley.
1 May� 1889. Asa Briggs Candler of Atlanta bought the exclusive rights to a drink called Coca Cola.
1886, The first drinking straws were manufactured by Marvin Chester Stone in the USA.
29 March 1886. Coca-cola, invented by Dr John S Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia, was launched as an �esteemed brain tonic and intellectual beverage�. Claimed to cure almost anything from hysteria to the common cold, the beverage faced competition from drinks such as Imperial Inca Cola.
1863, Ovaltine was first developed in Berne, Switzerland, as a sweet drink to combat infant malnutrition. In the 1930s the brand was boosted by the �Ovaltineys�, a children�s club promoted by radio advetrtising.
1741, English doctor William Brownrigg created the first artificially-carbonated mineral water at Whitehaven, Cumbria.
Appendix 16 Spices, Salt Sauces and Herbs
1937, Pesto sauce (made of crushed basil, garlic and oilive oil) appeared� in Britain. It was the forerunner of a major penetration into English cuisine of many Italian foodstuffs from the 1950s onward.
12 March 1930, Ghandi began a 300-mile march to the sea to protest at the British salt tax in India.
24 March 1923. The salt tax in India was restored.
14 May� 1919. Death of the American food manufacturer Henry John Heinz. Heinz founded his company in Pittsburgh in 1869 as a partnership to market and prepare horseradish. This company collapsed in the business panic of 1875 but Heinz reorganised it in 1876 and it re-emerged as a major food company by 1900. By 1905 the Heinz company was the USA�s largest manufacturer of pickles, vinegar, and ketchup, and employed thousands. The company was headed by members of the Heinz family until 1969.
1908, Monosodium glutamate was first used to enhance savoury tastes in Japan.
1900, The Dutch nutmeg monopoly was broken, by pigeons. In the late 1800s, nutmeg trees grew only on the Dutch-colonised islands of Ambon and Banda, because Dutch traders had destroyed hutmeg trees elsewhere. This enabled the Dutch to charge high prices for nutmeg. However by 1900 island-hopping pigeons had eaten the nutmeg tree seeds and dropped them on other islands not under Dutch control.
1894, Garton�s HP sauce was launched in Britain by the Midland Vinegar Company. It was later renamed as HP Sauce.
1837, Britsh chemists John Lee and William Perrins created Worcester Sauce.
1756, The Duc de Richelieu invented mayonnaise.
1621, It was reckoned in England that 3,000 tons of spices could be purchased in India for �91,041 but this shipload could be sold in Aleppo for �789,168. By the time the spices had been sold on via Venetian merchants the price had risen still further. Shipping had now improved to the point where a vessel could tackle the open seas to reach the Spice Islands, and a three-masted design meant oars were unnecessary.
1599, England faced a rise in pepper prices from three shillings a pound to eight shillings (see 1594, also restricted trade since Constantinople fell to the Turks in 1453). This inspired 80 London merchants to estanlish the East India Company, which ultimately led to the creation of the British Empire.
1594, Lisbon closed its spice market to Dutch and English traders; at this time Portugal was in personal union with Spain, both being ruled by Philip II, and England was helping the Dutch to gain independecnce from Spain. This forced traders from those countries to get their spices directly from India, and the creation of the Dutch East India Company followed.
20 May� 1498. Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut, southern India, after discovering a route via the tip of southern Africa. , proving the feasibility of a sea route from Portugal to India and the Spice Islands. This meant Europe could buy spices independent from Venetian and Muslim middlemen.
1400, In England, the use of spices and sauces became widespread, in an effort to counter the monotony of a diet of dried and salted foods.
1250, The Crusaders had now brought back to Europe a range of spices including cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, cubebs, ginger, mace and nutmeg. Only the wealthy could afford these, and they were often used medicinally rather than to season food.
1100, The first Crusaders brought back spices from southern Asia, and the knowledge of how to use them in cooking.
400, A recipe for mustard appeared in De re coquinaria, an anonymously compiled Roman cookbook.
24 BCE, Concerned about the high price of spices in Rome, Emperor Augustaus made preparations for invading and incorporating into the Roman Empire the lands of southern Arabia where these spices originated. However due to poor roads and fatigue the proposed invasion failed.
430 BCE, Black pepper, originally from India, was common in Greece. However it was used medicinally rather than to season food.
Appendix 17 - Spreads and Condiments.
1923, The brand name Vegemite was registered in Australia.
1912, Helmann�s Blue Label Mayonnaise was first produced by Richard Helmann, a German-American aged 35, who had� run Hellmann�s Delicatessen at 490 Columbus Avenue New York since 1905.
1910, Bisto, a gravy base, went on sale as a powder,
1908, Monosodium Glutamate was isolated from seaweed by Kikunae Ikeda, chemist at Tokyo University. It gives a strong savoury, meaty, flavour to vegetable dishes.
1907, Gentleman�s Relish, a type of savoury sporead, went on sale.
1902, Marmite was first produced at Burton on Trent, made from brewer�s yeast. A �marmite� was originally a cooking pot to make meat stews in, an illustration of which appears on the marmite jar, sublimina;lly suggesting meat extract.
1896, The slogan �57 Varieties� was adopted by Heinz, although their total product range exceeded that number.
1889, Bovril, concentrated beef essence, was first produced in Britain.
1873, The Chivers family began a jam factory near Cambridge.
28 August 1837, Pharmacists John Lea and William Perrins began to manufacture Worcestershire Sauce. It was possibly an attempt to recreate an Indian sauce enjoyed by a retired Governor of Bengal.
1797, James Kieller began to manufacture the first orange marmalade, in Dundee, Scotland.
1722, Dry Durham Mustard first appeared. It was produced in Durham, England. Until now, mustard seeds were brought to the table and diners crushed them with their knife handles on the side of the plate, but Mrs Clements pioneered the idea of grinding the mustard seeds like wheat.
Appendix 19 - �Tinned / Canned food (see also Fruit and Vegetables)
1910, Vichysoisse soup was invented by chef Louis Diat, at New York�s Ritz-Carlton Hotel. It was a cold version of the French hot soupe bonne femme.
6 January 1901, Philip Amour, one of the first American meat packers to use refrigerated transport and to make canned meat products, died.
1898, Campbells Soups adopted their characteristic red and white label.
1871, Imports of Australian canned meat into the UK had risen from 16,000 lbs to 22 million lbs. This was partly down to an epidemic of cattle disease in the UK, 1863-67; it was more down to the perfection of canning techniques. Early canning techniques involved heating the can to �drive off the air�, with a small hole for air expulsion that was then sealed with solder. However it was not the air expulsion that killed the bacteria but the heating; early large cans were heated insufficiently for this, and their contents putrefied. Once the heating was perfected, it was much easier to transport canned meat by ship than livestock, which could become injured in a storm, diseased, and required food and water.
1870, In the US, 30 million cans of food were being produced a year, up from 5 million in 1860.
1869, Campbells Soup was first produced in Camden, New Jersey by Joseph Campbell.
1862, British food manufacturer Cross and Blackwell launched tinned soups.