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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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Top 10: More PPP for restaurants, a Save A Lot turnaround and ice cream for dogs
Top 10: More PPP for restaurants, a Save A Lot turnaround and ice cream for dogs

Restaurants were able to apply for loans this week under a second round of Paycheck Protection Program funding.

Restaurants, food brands find a partner in Veganuary
Restaurants, food brands find a partner in Veganuary

Veganuary's growing popularity among consumers has spurred plant-based brands to participate in the 31-day vegan challenge.

Why quickserves had an edge in the year of off-premises dining
Why quickserves had an edge in the year of off-premises dining

The pandemic put a focus on already growing quickserve drive-thru operations.

How businesses are feeding the cravings of the comfort- and convenience-centric consumer
How businesses are feeding the cravings of the comfort- and convenience-centric consumer

Conveniences and comfort food options were all available before COVID-19, but they’ve surged in use and popularity as the pandemic changed everything.

Top 10: Pizza at Panera, panic shopping at Walmart
Top 10: Pizza at Panera, panic shopping at Walmart

The pandemic fueled business decisions at companies including Panera, Walmart, Coca-Cola and General Mills.

California’s wine industry weathers a record wildfire season
California’s wine industry weathers a record wildfire season

California's wine industry faced a double whammy in 2020 as a record wildfire season hit amid the pandemic.

Top 10: 25 CPG innovations and 3 new McDonald’s pastries
Top 10: 25 CPG innovations and 3 new McDonald’s pastries

Food makers innovated this year to meet changing consumer needs and McDonald's put new pastries on the permanent menu.

How the specialty food industry is faring in the era of COVID-19
How the specialty food industry is faring in the era of COVID-19

The Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show was canceled amid COVID-19 this year, so the trade group is using a virtual event to help brands and buyers connect.

Top 10: Burger King’s Restaurant of Tomorrow, Jelly Belly branches out into chocolate
Top 10: Burger King’s Restaurant of Tomorrow, Jelly Belly branches out into chocolate

Restaurant chains including Burger King, Taco Bell and Shake Shack unveiled new formats for the pandemic era.

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