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.

New products, menu innovation and shifting food strategies at Target and Wal-Mart proved popular with SmartBrief readers this week, starting with plans for Hershey’s Krave Pure Foods unit to roll out meat snack bars this summer in flavors including black cherry barbecue and basil citrus.

On the restaurant front, Dunkin’ Donuts is experimenting with waffle breakfast sandwiches, cold-brew coffee and other premium menu items in a push to compete with McDonald’s all-day breakfast offerings.[…] Continue Reading »

Restaurants, retailers and consumer brands are increasingly embracing the concept of the pop-up, temporary shops and eateries that offer an affordable way to introduce new products, try out innovative menu items and wow consumers with flashy new formats.

High-end chefs have been doing pop-up concepts in different formats for several years, often to try out new menu ideas, experiment with new cuisines or to gain a following before opening a new permanent space, and the strategy is also catching on with less-pricey concepts.[…] Continue Reading »

Vegan cuisines can be as different from each other as fast food and fine dining, as varied as the Guac Burger at By Chloe in New York City and the Rutabaga Fondue at Vedge in Philadelphia.

“’Vegan’ isn’t just a single cuisine – plant-based chefs can create incredibly innovative modern dishes or they can prepare simple yet delicious vegetable dishes,” said Ross Olchvary of Sprig & Vine in New Hope, Pa.[…] Continue Reading »

Chain restaurant stories resounded with SmartBrief readers this week, starting with McDonald’s application to trademark the slogan “The Simpler the Better” as part of an ongoing streamlining of some parts of the chain’s menus and operations. A report from Technomic revealing a 4.9% growth in the top 500 US restaurant chains last year led by continued growth in the fast-casual sector also proved popular, as did the debut of Burger King’s Angriest Whopper and the key role digital technology is playing in McDonald’s marketing efforts.[…] Continue Reading »

A report by Oxford University researchers published last week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calculated that there would be 8.1 million fewer deaths and as much as $1 trillion in health-care savings by 2050 if the world went vegan. The report is the first to share estimates of positive changes to health and the environment from going plant-based.[…] Continue Reading »