Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

Women in Produce — Leslie Simmons

Leslie Simmons hit the ground running when she joined the produce industry eight years ago.

Going the extra mile with food safety

SAN ANTONIO — Martin Wiedmann, a food safety professor at Cornell University, delivered a stern message to the industry in a recent tradeshow address: Your food safety efforts may very well be insufficient.

Walmart explores artificial intelligence with Intelligent Retail Lab

Walmart recently announced a transformation of one of its Neighborhood Market locations into a store with tons of cameras, sensors, data processors and cabling to connect it all.

HelloFresh adds five new meal kits to retail product line

Meal kit company HelloFresh has expanded its retail lineup, with new items including Teriyaki Beef Tacos, Truffle Steak, Honey Sriracha Chicken, Meatloaf Balsamico and Creamy Tomato Penne.

Walmart names new food safety leader

Walmart has hired food safety veteran Sara Mortimore as its new vice president of global food safety compliance.

Women in Produce — Julie Escobar

To hear Julie Escobar describe her job is to understand the international scope of the produce industry.

Ten food safety mistakes that could lead to a repeat of the romaine debacle

SAN ANTONIO — Martin Wiedmann, a professor of food safety at Cornell University, listed at a Viva Fresh education session ten mistakes he believes companies must avoid to prevent another situation like the recent string of outbreaks tied to romaine lettuce.

Packer Insight — Viva Fresh Show Floor

SAN ANTONIO — The Viva Fresh Expo wrapped up April 27, with conversations on the show floor going strong to the end of the event. Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle recap the expo in this edition of Packer Insight.

MAP: Walmart stores by state and the potential for online grocery growth

Walmart continues to grow its e-commerce offerings, with grocery pickup now available at 2,100 locations.

Packer Insight — Talking tomato suspension agreement and food safety at Viva Fresh

SAN ANTONIO — Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss some of the key education topics at the Viva Fresh Expo, including the tomato suspension agreement and food safety.