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 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.

Top 10: Blue Buffalo, Superior Cake and Impossible Burgers
Top 10: Blue Buffalo, Superior Cake and Impossible Burgers

Blue Buffalo's integration into General Mills was this week's most-clicked food-and-beverage story.

Top 10: “Baby Shark” cereal, Halloween M&Ms, mustard ice cream
Top 10: “Baby Shark” cereal, Halloween M&Ms, mustard ice cream

Limited-edition food tales proved popular among SmartBrief's food-and-beverage readers this week.

Oat milk’s popularity expands to the ice cream case
Oat milk’s popularity expands to the ice cream case

Sales of plant-based ice cream are on the rise, fueled by new products including oat-based options.

Top 10: Kraft’s new mac-and-cheese, Gatorade’s Bolt24, Walmart’s pickup store
Top 10: Kraft’s new mac-and-cheese, Gatorade’s Bolt24, Walmart’s pickup store

Several CPG stories rated with readers this week, starting with plans by Kraft Heinz for new vegetable-infused Macaroni & Cheese.

Trendy new plant-based food and beverages were on display at the Summer Fancy Food Show.
Trendy new plant-based food and beverages were on display at the Summer Fancy Food Show.

Trendy new plant-based food and beverages were on display at the Summer Fancy Food Show.

Gen X and millennials have unseated baby boomers to become the biggest force behind specialty food trends.
Gen X and millennials have unseated baby boomers to become the biggest force behind specialty food trends.

Gen X and millennials have unseated baby boomers to become the biggest force behind specialty food trends, and plant-based is the fastest growth category.