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.

Autumn’s chilly temperatures typically herald a shift from fresh fruit and other warm-weather treats to more indulgent desserts, and the shift continues as the mercury falls and the holidays approach.

Some 49% of Americans who bake for the holidays use classic recipes rather than experimenting with new trends, according to a survey from Fleischmann’s Yeast and Karo Syrup.[…] Continue Reading »

Kroger’s announcement that it plans to pay $178 million for Roundy’s, a smaller rival that operates under the Mariano’s, Pick ‘n Save and Metro Market banners in Wisconsin and Illinois, drew the most attention from SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week, and a separate story about the ways Kroger is using tech tools to improve the grocery shopping experience ranked fourth.[…] Continue Reading »

A restaurant update led the list of most-read stories by SmartBrief’s ffood and beverage readers last week. McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook gave updates on the chain’s all-day breakfast launch and offered details on the company’s ongoing efforts to trim less-popular items from the menu to make room for McMuffins. Meanwhile, some franchisees worried that the new menu was slowing service.[…] Continue Reading »

The last thing most costumed kids are considering on Halloween is healthy eating, but concerned parents don’t put aside all their rules when the candy holiday hits.

Nearly 80% of American parents said they have a plan in place to help their children exercise moderation while still enjoying the candy and treats they bring home on Halloween, according to a survey by the National Confectioner’s Association.[…] Continue Reading »

Pricey cupcakes may not be the hot trend they were a few years ago, but Americans are still sweet on desserts and they’ve got a growing selection of individual and shareable options at restaurants and at the grocery store.

Seventy percent of Americans eat dessert at least once a week, up from 57% three years ago, according to US Foods.[…] Continue Reading »