Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

Behind the scenes on the Supervalu acquisition deal

Supervalu engaged in prolonged negotiations with United Natural Foods Inc. and another grocery wholesaler before agreeing in late July to an acquisition by UNFI.

Lime prices on the move

Prices for limes have risen noticeably in the last month, and suppliers listed seasonal factors, weather and the ongoing lemon shortage as pieces of the puzzle.

Brazil begins mango season, Haiti volumes down

Mango shipments from Brazil are underway, with the season delayed compared to previous years.

Aug 23, 2018 by Ashley Nickle #Produce Crops, #Mangoes

Millennials Eat — Plums!

Retail editor Ashley Nickle and The Packer's copy editor and designer Amelia Freidline discuss purchase statistics related to plums and why millennials report buying them less.

Packer Insight — Shortages of lemons and iceberg lettuce

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss two big topics this week — the continuing lemon shortage and supply issues for iceberg lettuce. 

Old-fashioned shortcuts still winning over online orders, meal kits

Americans continue to name takeout and restaurants as their go-to time savers when it comes to food, rather than online grocery orders and meal kits.

Report suggests health halo may be fading for produce

The latest FreshFacts on Retail report shows produce sales slowing for a third straight quarter.

Romaine slowly rebounding; iceberg shortage helping demand

Interest in romaine increased in mid-August as iceberg prices rose due to supply issues — an about-face from the situation earlier this year when romaine demand dropped following an E. coli outbreak.

Kantar Media reveals the most-used words in food advertising

Fruits and vegetables check many of the boxes when it comes to the words being used to sell food.

Rutter’s convenience stores now offer local produce

Convenience store chain Rutter’s has added local fruits and vegetables to its retail and foodservice offerings.