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Shelley Seid | 2016-10-19 08:34:20.0

SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL: The "mini revolution", the call for smaller bottles, has hit the wine industry.

The growth of single-person households has almost doubled over the past 15 years and this, together with growing concern over the environment, has led to a call for smaller, more convenient packaging. New markets like China that don't have a culture and history of buying 750ml glass bottles, represent 71% of wine consumed in portion packs. Millennials are also more likely to buy smaller wine packs so they can try out new tastes with less risk - and less wastage. The sale of portion packs of wine of less than 600ml are expected to grow by almost 5% over the next couple of years.

JUST CRICKET

Pasta made with 20% cricket flour is on show at London Food Tech Week, as well as insect ice cream and the cricket-flour energy bar Crobar.

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Crickets, with twice the protein level of beef and more iron than spinach, are being presented in forms acceptable to Western palates. Researchers predict the global bug market will be worth $1.5-billion by 2021.

ON A KNIFE'S EDGE

Scientist Adrian Cheok has invented a device that magically changes the taste of the bland and bleh into something much nicer. He created the "Taste Buddy" to make vegetables taste like chocolate.

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The device, which will be built into cutlery, emits low-level electrical currents that fool your tastebuds.

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