Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

‘Industry legend’ Willie McRae dies at 65

Willie McRae, president of Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based McRae Produce, died April 2 at the age of 65.

Strawberries — They're kind of a big deal

It’s hard to overstate the importance of strawberries to a grocery retailer.

Survey identifies shifts in grocery shopping behaviors amid COVID-19

A new survey by Category Partners indicates shoppers have been adjusting their trip frequency, basket size and packaging preferences due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Produce sales growth slows as COVID-19 crisis continues

Fresh produce sales growth slowed significantly at the end of March after two record-breaking weeks earlier in the month due to stock-up buying because of the coronavirus COVID-19.

Talking promotions, in-store traffic flow, outlook amid COVID-19

With the weeks-long crush of panic buying fading, grocery retailers are figuring out what to do next, in produce and across their stores.

Lauren Scott details PMA support for industry amid COVID-19

PMA chief marketing officer Lauren Scott and The Packer’s retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss PMA’s new Joy of Fresh campaign and the resources it includes for grower-shippers, retailers and others in the industry.

Eight grower-shippers detail COVID-19 effect on business, supplies

The coronavirus COVID-19 and efforts to slow its spread have had a significant effect on the produce industry, forcing suppliers to adjust in a number of ways.

Steve Lutz talks produce demand, changes ahead

Steve Lutz with Category Partners spoke with The Packer’s Ashley Nickle about the increases in fresh produce demand due to COVID-19 and how that demand could change in the coming weeks.

Connecting with customers, consumers amid COVID-19

DMA Solutions founder Dan’l Mackey Almy spoke with The Packer’s Ashley Nickle about how produce marketers should continue to connect with customers and consumers in the midst of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Driscoll's president Soren Bjorn talks COVID-19, supply, promotions

Driscoll’s president Soren Bjorn and The Packer’s retail editor Ashley Nickle discussed how the coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting business, supply outlook and promotional activity.