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

Mud-slinging between alt-meat and traditional ag is getting kind of dirty

This Valentine’s weekend ad blitz by a plant-based food company is the latest sign of the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric between plant-based food companies and mainstream meat industries, one that could even be considered below the belt.

February 12, 2022

    What to know about inflation: Rising prices hit in U.S., around the world

    The cost of living is going up at the fastest rate seen in decades as the coronavirus pandemic enters its third year.

    February 9, 2022

    Inflation gobbles up fresh produce, driving up price of Super Bowl guacamole

    Experts say fruits and vegetables are the latest category to see higher prices.

    February 7, 2022

    USDA announces stricter standards for school nutrition

    The administration is tightening rules for fat and salt after restrictions were eased during pandemic.

    February 4, 2022

    The next big squeeze: Florida orange juice could skyrocket in price

    Demand for orange juice has skyrocketed in the pandemic, while Florida growers have big problems. Expect prices to soar.

    January 29, 2022

    Restaurant workers are quitting in droves. This is how they are being lured back.

    Restaurant owners are resorting to new incentives to find workers while experts say it may permanently change the industry.

    January 28, 2022

    Biden renewed a free program to feed needy kids. Most states haven’t even applied.

    At its height, Pandemic-EBT fed millions of low-income students. Now it’s faltering as burdened administrators opt out.

    January 19, 2022

    Empty shelves, fewer babies: How the pandemic is leading to less

    Today on Post Reports: Why you’re seeing empty shelves at the grocery store — again. Plus, the sharp decline in the U.S. birthrate nine months after the pandemic began.

    January 12, 2022

    Four reasons you’re seeing empty grocery store shelves

    Grocery stores are seeing a fresh round of empty shelves, with winter weather and the omicron surge adding to earlier supply-chain woes.

    January 11, 2022

    In latest effort to combat rising prices, White House to offer $1 billion in aid for smaller meat-industry producers

    Officials have tried to deflect criticism over inflation by alleging that large companies have too much clout.

    January 3, 2022