Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

Walmart food safety VP Frank Yiannas headed to FDA

Frank Yiannas, the vice president of food safety for Walmart and an outspoken proponent of blockchain, is leaving retail to take a post at the Food and Drug Administration.

Earthbound Farm debuts new blends at Fresh Summit

San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based Earthbound Farm plans to introduce three new organic lettuce blends at The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit — Rosé, Mighty Spinach and Red Baby Butter.

Dole launches partnership for new product development

Dole Fresh Vegetables has joined forces with Vineland, N.J.-based Safeway Fresh Foods to develop fruit and vegetable products.

Packer Insight — New NAFTA and new store formats

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the big stories of the week, including the agreement that replaces NAFTA and a flurry of announcements about new stores and new store formats.

Attendee feedback inspires PMA Fresh Summit refresh

Attendees will notice several key changes at Fresh Summit this year, each designed to respond to feedback from attendees of past shows.
Oct 04, 2018 by Ashley Nickle #PMA, #Produce (General)

Amazon, supermarkets compete for online grocery dollars

Retail consulting firm Brick Meets Click sees perishables as key to Amazon continuing to increase its share of online grocery spend.

Royal Star papaya gets brand refresh

Super Starr International has a new logo for its Royal Star papaya.

$10 million marketing campaign planned for Cosmic Crisp

Preparations for the launch of the highly touted Cosmic Crisp apple have begun, and the industry is building an expansive marketing campaign around the fruit.

Blended burger Sonic Slinger back for fall after rave summer reviews

Sonic's blended burger is back for fall after a successful summer debut.


Packer Insight — Washington Conference and Walmart plus blockchain

Tom and Ashley recap the United Fresh Produce Association's Washington Conference and discuss the news that Walmart will require its leafy greens suppliers to be on its blockchain system next year.