Janet Forgrieve

Janet Forgrieve is a freelance writer and SmartBrief contributor who writes for restaurant and retail briefs. A former business journalist, Janet spent several years covering the restaurant and retail industries for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida and spent six years covering business at The Tampa Tribune.

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Plant-based trends expand to the dessert menu
Plant-based trends expand to the dessert menu

Vegan dessert options are growing in retail channels and getting more attention from chefs.

Top 10: Walmart, Houlihan’s and a General Mills/Nielsen partnership
Top 10: Walmart, Houlihan’s and a General Mills/Nielsen partnership

Walmart ranked high on two new top retailer lists this week.

Top 10: Kroger’s new look, Shake Shack’s growth plans, Coca-Cola’s AHA rollout
Top 10: Kroger’s new look, Shake Shack’s growth plans, Coca-Cola’s AHA rollout

Industry reaction to Kroger's new logo and animated Krojis grabbed readers' attention this week.

The rise of natural winemaking means more accidentally vegan vintages
The rise of natural winemaking means more accidentally vegan vintages

A growing number of vegans are seeking wines made without animal products.

Why glass is coming back in fashion for food makers
Why glass is coming back in fashion for food makers

Some food makers are choosing glass containers to appeal to consumers' demand for sustainable packaging.

Top 10: Breakfast at Wendy’s, simplicity at ALDI and a slew of snack stories
Top 10: Breakfast at Wendy’s, simplicity at ALDI and a slew of snack stories

Wendy's optimism about its planned national breakfast menu launch caught readers' attention.

Plant-based meat brands find ways to stand out in a growing field
Plant-based meat brands find ways to stand out in a growing field

Lightlife campaign uses celebrities, humor and honesty to stand out in a growing field of plant-based burgers.

Top 10: Walmart’s wellness gummies, J. Alexander’s new concept, Crate & Barrel’s restaurant plans
Top 10: Walmart’s wellness gummies, J. Alexander’s new concept, Crate & Barrel’s restaurant plans

Walmart's plans for a private-label line of wellness gummies topped this week's list of most-clicked food-and-beverage stories.

Plant-based foods play a growing role on foodservice menus
Plant-based foods play a growing role on foodservice menus

Foodservice companies such as Sodexo and Aramark are making more menu items out of plants.

Plant-based meat makers find a balance between supply and demand
Plant-based meat makers find a balance between supply and demand

Fast-growing demand spurs plant-based meat makers to grow production capacity.