London 2012: Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury given 'unrivalled platform' to promote unhealthy brands at Olympics

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s are being given an “unrivalled platform” to promote unhealthy brands and products at the Olympics, says a new study.

Mexican-food chain Chipotle sill soon invade London

Say hola to the new burrito conquistadors

Does Britain need any more fast-food joints? We're OK, thanks. But the news that US/Mexican-food chain Chipotle is on a European expansion drive (it currently has just three London stores and one in Paris and plans to open hundreds more), gives pause for thought.

Risk Capital serves up its late bid for Pizza Hut chain

The investment vehicle co-founded by Luke Johnson, the entrepreneur and former chairman of Pizza Express, has submitted a final-round bid to acquire part of Pizza Hut UK.

Luke Johnson bids for Pizza Hut UK

The private equity firm co-founded by Luke Johnson, the entrepreneur and former chairman of PizzaExpress, has submitted a final-round bid to acquire part of Pizza Hut UK.

'People will rarely buy a second helping but they will take the option of a larger size'

Supersize me more...

From buckets of popcorn to 'meal deals' and multi-buys, our portion sizes are ballooning. And it's all thanks to profit margins, says Gillian Orr

'People will rarely buy a second helping but they will take the option of a larger size'

Supersized: Why our portion sizes are ballooning

From buckets of cinema popcorn to 'meal deals' and multi-buys...

Her Majesty's meatballs: Pizza Hut's Jubilee tribute

Pizza watch: A Jubilee tie-in that's barely regal

It's back! Hot off the stone, our occasional look at crimes against pizza.

Children should be taught how to grow and cook their own food at school as part of the national curriculum, MPs will say today

Teach children to grow food and cook it, MPs urge

Children should be taught how to grow and cook their own food at school as part of the national curriculum, to encourage them to eat more healthily as adults, MPs will say today.

In a case of opportunistic marketing in 2010, the Dutch brewer Oranjeboom handed out orange dresses to fans at a World Cup game

Want to strike gold at the Olympics? Don't be an official sponsor

Rival firms bend rules to reap rewards from the Games

The campaign for proper Italian food is still on

Trending: The campaign for good, honest Italian street food starts here

We reported last week on the rise of the Pizza à la Bastard, or egregious violations of the dish by food technologists armed with toppings and techniques as removed as the Moon from its Neapolitan origins.

One of the toys that will be given away with Happy Meals

Would you like a relay baton with that Happy Meal? McDonald's goes for Olympic gold

Obesity campaigners criticise sponsor for linking Games with unhealthy fast food

Tesco Full-on-Flavour Simply Pepperoni, 1.8g salt/100g

The take-away pizzas that are saltier than the sea

Diners risk heart disease and stroke because of the excessive sodium content, researchers are warning

Stephen Foley: It’s not the king and even the burgers may be history

Burger King’s biggest fans – young men – have been hardest hit

The new collection from menswear brand Percival is inspired by all things British. Visit asos.com
British cheese fan? New fromage called Tex Mex or Mexicana

America: land of the (not very nice) cheese

It's fair to say that America is not a nation known for its cheeses. There's Monterey Jack, cheese slices and, erm, Easy Cheese, which comes in an aerosol can. But there's a new grand fromage that is tickling the nation's taste buds: Pepper Jack, cheese with little bits of spicy jalapeño pepper.

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