Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

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.

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