Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

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. 

FFVA names Mike Joyner president

NAPLES, Fla. — The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has named Mike Joyner as its new president.

Packer Insight — Hurricanes, tariffs and retail

Editor Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle run down the big stories of the week, from Hurricane Florence and sweet potatoes to India tariffs on apples to a major e-commerce move by Aldi.

Water a concern for Colorado potato growers

San Luis Valley potato growers need Colorado to get more snow this coming winter than it got this past winter.

Southern Innovations delivers focus on organics, foodservice

NASHVILLE — Produce companies visited with buyers about organic products, packaging that uses less plastic, value-added foodservice items and more during the Southern Innovations Organics & Foodservice Expo.

NEPC delivers with annual expo

BOSTON — Companies reported strong traffic at their booths during the 2018 New England Produce Council’s Produce, Floral and Foodservice Expo.

Amazon: Whole Foods shoppers have saved ‘hundreds of millions’

One year has passed since Amazon purchased Whole Foods Market, and the company continues to work its services into the Whole Foods business. People who pay for a yearly Amazon Prime membership benefit most.

Packer Insight — Idaho potatoes and Amazon

Editor Tom Karst checks in from the Idaho Grower Shippers Association Annual Convention, and retail editor Ashley Nickle details purported savings by Whole Foods shoppers since the grocery chain was acquired by Amazon.

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.