Laura Reiley

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the business of food

Education: University of Virginia, bachelor's of English; California Culinary Academy, associate's degree

Laura Reiley is the business of food reporter. She was previously a food critic at the Tampa Bay Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Baltimore Sun. She has authored four books, has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She is a two-time James Beard finalist and in 2017 was a Pulitzer finalist.
Latest from Laura Reiley

Scathing report urges major changes at FDA, including possibly breaking up agency

A new report reveals poor leadership and ineptitude among FDA's food safety leadership.

December 6, 2022

    Vermont’s dairy farms recede, giving way to shrimp, saffron and new ideas

    Changing climate and other factors make Vermont staples like milk and maple syrup harder to produce, so a raft of new crops and farm businesses are popping up.

    December 2, 2022

    U.S. bans sugar from biggest producer in Dominican Republic

    The ban stemmed from an investigation that found evidence of forced labor at Central Romana, and comes as sugar prices are already up 14 percent

    November 23, 2022

    Cutting-edge tech made this tiny country a major exporter of food

    The Netherlands has used advances in vertical farming, seed technology and robotics to become the world’s second-largest agriculture exporter.

    November 21, 2022

    Lab-grown meat is safe to eat, says FDA

    Ruling paves way for product derived from real animal cells — but that don’t require an animal to be slaughtered — to someday be available in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants.

    November 16, 2022

      Alt-meat fever has cooled. Here’s why.

      High price, nebulous health benefits and other challenges have hindered the success of plant-based meats.

      November 12, 2022

      Turkeys will cost more because 6 million of them died during bird flu outbreak

      This year’s outbreak of bird flu is on track to be the worst in U.S. history, causing turkey shortages ahead of Thanksgiving.

      October 26, 2022

      It’s not a trick: Your Halloween treats are getting smaller

      Halloween candy is getting smaller due to shrinkflation, but also candy companies watching calorie counts.

      October 21, 2022

      ‘What idiot do you think I am?’ Customers chafe as rewards programs are pared back

      Customers are heavily using rewards programs. That's becoming a problem for companies like Dunkin', which scaled back its loyalty points, to the chagrin of fans.

      October 11, 2022

      The FDA announces a new definition of what’s ‘healthy’

      As part of a national strategy released ahead of its Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health, the White House wants the FDA to update the nutrition criteria for “healthy” claims on food packages.

      September 28, 2022