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You can now order food through Instagram

You can now order food through Instagram

Technology
Instagram users can now order their lunch or dinner through the app after it created a special function to support local businesses during the coronavirus lockdown.In March, the government ordered restaurants, pubs and hotels to close as it announced strict social distancing measures, but said that takeaway and delivery services could still continue. The photo and video-sharing site says a new Action button can be added to the business's profile, allowing anyone who taps on it, to make a purchase through its website. A Food Order sticker can also be added to its Instagram Stories.The scheme was first launched in the US and Canada last week to help food outlets struggling during the pandemic, and it has now been expanded to the UK as part of a worldwide rollout. ...
Takeaway.com’s $7.6 billion takeover of food delivery rival Just Eat approved by UK regulator

Takeaway.com’s $7.6 billion takeover of food delivery rival Just Eat approved by UK regulator

Finance
An employee makes a pizza next to a Just Eat Plc branded delivery bag in the kitchen of The Fat Pizza takeaway pizza restaurant in Southend-on-Sea, U.K., on Thursday, Dec 19, 2019.Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg via Getty ImagesDutch food delivery firm Takeaway.com's £6.2 billion ($ 7.6 billion) takeover of British rival Just Eat has been cleared by the U.K.'s competition regulator.The deal had been thrown into doubt after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced an investigation earlier this year into whether it could cause a "substantial lessening of competition."Takeaway.com had previously operated its online takeout service in the U.K., but exited the market in 2016. The CMA considered information suggesting Takeaway.com could have re-entered without the Just Eat merger, but o
The Latest: Italy premier urges people not to hoard food

The Latest: Italy premier urges people not to hoard food

Health
The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe: Italy's premier is urging people not to hoard food, saying they don't need to because stores where they can buy it will remain open. Premier Giuseppe Conte made the comments late Wednesday as he announced closures of most stores around the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Included in the ban are coffee bars, a staple of Italian life. Restaurants will also close but will be allowed to make home deliveries. Gas stations were not included in the order mandating which businesses will be forced to close and Conte announced no new restrictions on using public transportation, used by many Italians. Under earlier rules set for the nationwide lockdown, people are allowed to travel for work, medical appointments or to care ...
To sea turtles, stinky plastic smells like food

To sea turtles, stinky plastic smells like food

Science
March 9 (UPI) -- Sea turtles are drawn to stinky plastic because it smells like food, according to new research. Their affinity for the aroma of plastic waste, described Monday in the journal Current Biology, could explain why the marine reptiles are so susceptible to pollution. "We found that loggerhead sea turtles respond to odors from biofouled plastics in the same way they respond to food odorants, suggesting that turtles may be attracted to plastic debris not only by the way it looks, but by the way it smells," lead study author Joseph Pfaller, marine biologist and sea turtle expert at the University of Florida, said in a news release. "This 'olfactory trap' might help explain why sea turtles ingest and become entangled in plastic so frequently." Previous studies have suggested some...
Itsu boss: ‘We see processed and fried food as the enemy’

Itsu boss: ‘We see processed and fried food as the enemy’

Business
"Fast food across the entire globe is fried, and still dominated by a handful of people." says Julian Metcalfe, the boss of Asian-inspired food chain Itsu.He told the BBC that the company sees fried food "as the enemy", as it plans to expand ahead of a possible float on the stock exchange.Itsu currently has 75 UK stores but plans to double this number over the next five years.Mr Metcalfe called the opportunity for growth "almost endless".The food chain started in 1997. It sells sushi and hot food that is steamed rather than fried, with a kitchen in each store.Mr Metcalfe - who also co-founded Pret a Manger - told the BBC's Today programme that consumers were placing greater importance on nutrition: "It's time for change, and it's time for this new type of...