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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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Is the plant-based seafood industry swimming upstream?
Is the plant-based seafood industry swimming upstream?

New plant-based seafood products and brands are gaining momentum with a focus on sustainability.

How the pandemic fed the growth of food subscription services
How the pandemic fed the growth of food subscription services

The pandemic-era surge in online shopping has also fueled growth of subscription services offering safe regular deliveries.

Top 10: Restaurant Rescue Plan, Bezos’ grocery plans, Quaker rebrands Aunt Jemima
Top 10: Restaurant Rescue Plan, Bezos’ grocery plans, Quaker rebrands Aunt Jemima

The news that the Senate approved a budget amendment that would create a $25 billion restaurant rescue grant program won readers this week.

Is the world ready for meat made from animal cells?
Is the world ready for meat made from animal cells?

Companies making meat from animal cells could be closer to bringing products to market, if regulators around the world approve.

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.

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