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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.

It’s no secret that when it comes to chocolate trends, dark chocolate has grown increasingly popular with consumers who like their indulgences with a side of health benefits. Now that dark chocolate has become much more mainstream and in demand, a growing number of consumers have become accustomed to the stronger, less-sweet taste, chocolate makers say. And, as with most consumer food trends, familiarity breeds a craving for something new, from sea salt and nuts to fruit and black pepper.[…] Continue Reading »

Summertime brings a new surge of food-truck activity each year, from events like Truckeroo in the Washington, D.C., market and Food Truck Fridays in Charlotte, N.C., to cross-country tours by chains like TGI Fridays, which launched a food truck stocked with free samples in the hope of reintroducing young consumers to the casual chain.

Lee Campbell has been making customized trucks and RVs for 25 years, and he added mobile kitchens into the mix about 10 years ago, when the demand began to grow.[…] Continue Reading »


The Specialty Food Association works each year to strike a good balance of international and domestic companies at the Summer Fancy Food Show, and this year is no different. Of the lineup of 2,700 presenters spread across the 350,000-square-foot trade show, slightly more than half are U.S. companies and the rest come from 49 countries around the globe, said spokeswoman Louise Kramer.[…] Continue Reading »

Phrases like gluten-free, fair trade and non-GMO hadn’t even been coined in 1952, when a handful of U.S. cheese importers banded together to fight tariffs that were hurting their businesses. The effort succeeded and led to the formation of the Specialty Food Association, which is celebrating its 60th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City this week.[…] Continue Reading »

More than 28,000 food buyers from around the world, including thousands from U.S. retail and restaurant companies, will descend on New York City a week from Sunday, to taste the latest sweet treats, savory snacks, spices, sauces, olive oils and other new flavors at the Specialty Food Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show. The sprawling halls of the sold-out show will boast more than 2,700 food makers, importers and culinary entrepreneurs representing countries from Argentina to Wales.[…] Continue Reading »