Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

Freight rates expected to stay higher

Truck rates have fallen from the historic marks reached earlier this summer but remain well above 2017 levels.

Renovated Food Lion stores offer more fresh produce

Food Lion has poured $168 million into updating 105 stores in the greater Norfolk, Va., market, and the changes include greater fresh produce offerings.

Packer Insight — Apple outlook and NEPC

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the latest news from their travels — Tom to the U.S. Apple Association conference in Chicago, and Ashley to the New England Produce Council expo in Boston.

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.