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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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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.

Is the world getting close to its first taste of cultured meat?
Is the world getting close to its first taste of cultured meat?

Cultured meat startups won bigger investments in 2019 as they worked to make their products affordable and accessible.

Top 10: Mondelez makes growth plans, Trader Joe’s to rebrand ethnic lines
Top 10: Mondelez makes growth plans, Trader Joe’s to rebrand ethnic lines

Mondelez plans to feed pandemic-era demand for comfort food, Trader Joe's will rebrand its ethnic food lines in response to demand.

Private label plays a growing role in plant-based grocery trends
Private label plays a growing role in plant-based grocery trends

Kroger-owned King Soopers was recognized in a recent report for its range of private-label plant-based products.

Report: Last year played a pivotal role in growing plant-based food sales
Report: Last year played a pivotal role in growing plant-based food sales

The success of plant-based meat companies Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods spurred other companies to launch their own plant-based burgers in 2019.

How plant-based food makers have adjusted to the pandemic
How plant-based food makers have adjusted to the pandemic

Companies are talking about the steps they've taken to keep plant-based food production safe for employees.

What’s next for third-party delivery services?
What’s next for third-party delivery services?

Food delivery services play a vital role during the pandemic but delivery fees are still an issue for restaurant operators.

Top 10: Revamped school lunch, McDonald’s menus and Costco samples
Top 10: Revamped school lunch, McDonald’s menus and Costco samples

McDonald's operators hope to keep the pared-down menu after the pandemic.

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