The price of bread was commonly regulated across medieval Europe. As bread was essential to the lives of medieval peoples, these laws protected common people from fraudulent bakers.
Massachusetts has a ruling regarding what qualifies as a sandwich. Qdoba and Panera were part of a 2006 contract dispute in which it was claimed that a burrito was a sandwich. The court ruled that only two pieces of bread, along with some sort of filling, could hold the mantle of sandwich.
Black Forest ham is a Protected Geographical Indication in the EU, requiring the ham to be traditionally and partially manufactured in the Black Forest region of Germany. However, the US and Canada do not recognize this, resulting in various qualities and types of ham being marketed as such.
Italy once tried to ban pasta because they believed that it weighed Italians down and prevented them from achieving any kind of greatness.
Every Christmas season, an estimated 3.6 million Japanese families treat themselves to Kentucky Fried Chicken, in what has become a nationwide tradition.
Hamburgers are called hamburgers because they were invented in Hamburg. And not because they are burgers made out of ham.
South Korea is the second leading consumer of Spam. Spam was introduced in Korea during WWII, and it was “godsend” for people in Korea and Japan who were starving as result of the war. Koreans view Spam as a delicacy and it is a popular gift item for the Lunar New Year.
Taco Bell has failed twice to expand their operations to Mexico. In 1992, Mexican customers found their tacos too expensive, and in 2010 their expansion restaurant closed because customers were unfamiliar with the menu items.
Pizza was invented in Naples, Italy. Since 2004, Italian law insists Neapolitan pizza must include wheat flour, flour yeast, mineral water, peeled tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, sea salt & olive oil to be considered pizza.
In 1999, Kraft met with America’s other biggest food companies to discuss the growing public health concerns over packaged and processed foods. They decided to not down-regulate the usage of salt, sugar and fat, as it would make the food taste not as good and their shareholders would lose money.