About the author: Janet Forgrieve | SmartBlogs

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.

A new promotion and campaign touting the premium ingredients and recipes that make Papa John’s pizzas worth paying a bit more for ranked high with SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week, coming in second after a tale about the soaring popularity of meat-based jerky from established companies and emerging startups such as Epic, which was recently acquired by General Mills.[…] Continue Reading »

Two years ago, a UK-based group launched Veganuary, a global effort to get people to try going vegan for the month of January. The effort, launched for ethical, health and environmental reasons, comes as most consumers are making more meals out of snacks, and whether it’s for a month or forever, those going plant-based have more snack options than ever before.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief readers showed eclectic tastes in food and beverage stories heading into the new year, favoring tales about healthy trends, quickservice value meals, executive moves and cupcakes.

The creation of Sonoma Brands, a new venture from Krave Pure Foods founder Jon Sebastiani that aims to develop innovative food and beverage products, was the most-read story over the past week, and other healthy dining stories including one about “clean” diet trends and another about the popularity of kombucha ranked high.[…] Continue Reading »

Experts have been talking up healthier food trends for a while now and that includes the dessert category, in spite of its tradition of being an indulgent treat or a reward for eating your veggies. Minimally processed local and artisan ingredients ranked high on the National Restaurant Association’s What’s Hot 2016 Culinary Forecast, and artisan and housemade treats ranked highest among dessert trends.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers found millennials’ love of Nestle and Hershey a sweet read this week, sending the story to the top of this week’s most-read list, which also included CPG stories about McCormick’s investment in packaging innovation and Post’s plans for acquisitions next year.

Grocery retail stories also proved popular, starting with the pricing strategy that’s propelling German discount supermarket chain ALDI’s rapid global growth.[…] Continue Reading »