Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

Produce education opportunities plentiful at NGA Show

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Independent retailers at the National Grocers Association Show had the chance to hear about organic produce, varieties seeing growth, sales opportunities and the Double Up Food Bucks program.

Price Chopper names new president, CEO

Overland Park, Kan.-based Price Chopper Enterprises has selected retail veteran Brian Haaraoja as its new president and CEO.

Stemilt ends use of anti-ripening agents on pears

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers will no longer use anti-ripening agents on pears, saying they compromise optimum flavor.

Feb 26, 2019 by Ashley Nickle #Produce Retail, #Pears

Hy-Vee employee wins 2019 Best Bagger Championship at NGA Show

Dwayne Campbell from West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee won the Best Bagger Championship and $10,000 at the NGA Show Feb. 25.

Whole Foods, Wegmans, Stop & Shop among buyers attending PMA event

The Produce Marketing Association expects more than 30 buyers from 24 companies to participate in its Fresh Connections: Retail event in Philadelphia in April.

Packer Insight — California strawberries and BrandStorm

Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss a couple of the major topics of the week, including a drop in strawberry acreage in the Salinas-Watsonville region and industry event BrandStorm.

Insights on marketing, messaging, connection abound at BrandStorm

SAN FRANCISCO — Produce marketers heard perspective from wine and snack brands, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, cannabis companies and more in the opening days of BrandStorm, a United Fresh Produce Association event.

Eat Smart Sweet Kale bagged salads recalled in Canada

Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results have triggered the recall of certain Eat Smart Sweet Kale bagged salads due to potential listeria contamination.

Strawberries in demand for Valentine's Day as California rains persist

Demand is high for Florida strawberries as Valentine's Day approaches and rain hampers production in California.


SpartanNash hires former Albertsons exec to lead merchandising

Lori Raya, the division president for Albertsons who led the post-merger transition with Safeway, is the new chief merchandising and marketing officer for SpartanNash.