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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.

Berries have gone from a seasonal treat to a year-round staple, as global trade makes it possible to have fresh fruit year-round, new packaging and shipping technologies keep the berries fresh longer and an increased focus on the perceived health benefits of berries fuels a rise in demand.

Per capita berry consumption in the U.S. grew steadily from 4.9 pounds to 8.8 pounds between 2000 and 2012, according to the U.S.[…] Continue Reading »

The news this week of confirmed cases of H5N2 Avian Flu on turkey farms in Missouri and Arkansas put the issues of food safety and traceability in the spotlight once again. It’s a topic that seems to stay in the headlines quite a bit, from tales of foodborne illness outbreaks to trend stories about millennials hungry for information about where their food comes from to research tying future food safety to climate change.[…] Continue Reading »

Denver’s identity as a hub of fast-casual innovation is by now well-cemented, as the Denver Post reported last week. The Mile High City was the birthplace of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Qdoba and Noodles & Company, stars in the first generation of what has become the industry’s fastest growing segment nationwide.

One of those pioneers was Aaron Kennedy, the founder of Noodles and Company, who came up with the idea for an eatery serving noodles and pasta inspired by the world’s favorite cuisines in 1993, after passing a noodle shop in New York City, where he was living and working as a corporate marketer.[…] Continue Reading »

Supermarkets have always had their share of bargain hunters, coupon clippers and shoppers in search of serious discounts, but digital technology is making it ever-easier for penny pinchers to leave the paper coupons and Sunday circulars behind while still finding the best deals. And, as the technology makes it easier for consumers to seek out the lowest prices, it also provides retailers with new opportunities to curry customer loyalty with price-matching programs that do the work and ensure that shoppers spend their savings in the stores.[…] Continue Reading »

Denver-based Mad Greens turned 10 late last year, with 12 restaurants and plans to open another dozen in 2015. The fast-casual salad chain will make its first forays outside Colorado this year, expanding into two as-yet unnamed states.

As the company doubles in size it will also double its employee base, which has grown to 250 since founders Marley Hodgson and Dan Long opened the first Mad Greens restaurant in December 2004.[…] Continue Reading »