Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

USDA lowers Florida orange estimate slightly

The U.S. Department of Agriculture adjusted its estimate for the Florida orange crop to 77 million boxes, down 3% from October.

Packer Insight — FPAA and Groceryshop

Editor-in-chef Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss some of their takeaways from recent travel to the 50th Nogales Produce Convention and the first Groceryshop conference and expo.

Millennials Eat — Fresh Summit Edition!

Designer and copy editor Amelia Freidline and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss some of the most "millennial-friendly" products they saw at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit Oct. 19-20.

Packer 25 — Caitlin Tierney

Caitlin Tierney, director of produce for 99 Cents Only Stores, has repeatedly gone the extra mile to increase her knowledge of the industry.

ShopRite named Mango Retailer of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla. — The National Mango Board recognized ShopRite as its 2018 Mango Retailer of the Year at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.

Hy-Vee’s Mike Orf receives Produce Retailer of the Year award

ORLANDO, Fla. — Produce Retailer magazine, a sister publication of The Packer, presented Hy-Vee's Mike Orf with the Produce Retailer of the Year award at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit on Oct. 19.

Fresh Summit Education Report Oct. 18

ORLANDO, Fla. — Designer Amelia Freidline and retail editor Ashley Nickle recap highlights from some of the education sessions at Fresh Summit, including the State of the Industry address by PMA CEO Cathy Burns.

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.