Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

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.

BrightFarms delivers greenhouse tours with in-store virtual reality

Irvington, N.Y.-based BrightFarms has gotten creative in granting consumer requests to tour its greenhouses.

Peruvian Asparagus 2018 business updates

Read a couple updates on companies involved in importing Peruvian asparagus into the U.S.

Millennials Eat — Avocados!

Copy editor and designer Amelia Freidline and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss millennial purchasing habits as they relate to avocados as well as the prevalence of a certain avocado dish on menus.

How the pros parse trends

Trends excite consumers and therefore intrigue retailers and restaurant operators as well — especially in the Instagram era.
Aug 06, 2018 by Ashley Nickle #Opinion, #Foodservice, #PMA

Peru asparagus to ramp up as U.S. winds down

Importers report good volume and quality for Peruvian asparagus, with interest expected to tick up as production in numerous other regions finishes up.

Packer Insight — Leafy greens task force and China tariffs

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the big stories of the week, including recommendations from the Leafy Greens Food Safety Task Force and the latest back-and-forth with China on trade.

Albertsons, investment firm partner to fund new grocery tech

Albertsons Cos. and venture capitalist Greycroft have created a fund that could put as much as $50 million toward developing technologies for the grocery space.