Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

Packer Insight — Food box program, USMCA and new store formats

The Packer's editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the big stories of the week, from Farmers to Families Food Box Program contracts to USMCA to new store formats for Raley's and Schnucks.

Good Foods to launch direct-to-consumer site

Pleasant Prairie, Wis.-based Good Foods Group plans to debut in the coming weeks a direct-to-consumer site.

Behind the scenes: The produce department at Raley’s O-N-E Market

The first Raley’s O-N-E Market made its debut in late June in Truckee, Calif., its produce department filled with organic fruits and vegetables.

Schnucks vice president of produce talks new EatWell format

Fresh produce plays a starring role at EatWell, the new natural store format St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets debuted in late June in Columbia, Mo.

New study shows omnichannel shopping becoming more common

Retail Feedback Group reports in its 2020 U.S. Online & In-Store Grocery Shopping Study that 50% of in-store supermarket shoppers also ordered groceries online in the last 30 days.

Father’s Day weekend boosts produce sales growth past 15%

Fresh produce dollar sales growth over 2019 topped 15% in the third week of June, boosted by Father’s Day weekend, with vegetables experiencing sales growth of more than 20%.

Albertsons exec to speak in Organic Produce Summit session

Albertsons co-chairman Jim Donald will discuss the role of organics, changes in consumer behavior due to COVID-19 and more during an online Organic Produce Summit session July 9.

Bonus episode of the podcast — Sweet corn update before 4th of July

Bert Barnes, account manager and corn commodity manager for Oviedo, Fla.-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods, provided an update June 29 on how sweet corn supply and quality are looking heading into the Fourth of July weekend.

Packer Insight — Grower payments, COVID-19 and produce retail awards

Tom Karst, Ashley Nickle and Amy Sowder discuss some of the key topics of the week, from requested changes on direct payments to growers, to COVID-19 outbreaks at produce operations, to retail awards.

Retail produce sales remain elevated, but growth slows

Fresh produce dollar sales growth fell below 10% for the first time in nearly two months as the timing of Father’s Day produced unfavorable sales comparisons for some items.