Ashley Nickle

Ashley Nickle

Packer Insight — PBH, Walmart and what makes a great produce manager

SAN ANTONIO — Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss some of the big stories of the week, from news at the PBH Consumer Connection conference to a Walmart report and interviews with execs on what makes a great produce manager.

Where shoppers are with plant-based and the opportunity for produce

The produce industry wants in on the plant-based trend, so what follows is a look at which shopper segments are using plant-based protein, followed by a snapshot of how the volume of hashtags related to the plant-based movement compares to those of other food buzzwords, from healthy to organic to local.

Giant Food to pilot Produce Rx program

Medicaid beneficiaries with diet-related chronic illnesses can receive prescriptions and coupons for fresh produce as a part of a pilot with a Giant Food store in Washington D.C.

PMA CEO urges industry to get produce in the plant-based conversation

PHILADELPHIA — The growing interest in plant-based diets is an opportunity the produce industry needs to seize, PMA CEO Cathy Burns said April 11 during her address at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Connections Retail event.

Consumer Reports ranks best grocery stores for produce quality, variety

Central Market, Wegmans, Heinen’s, Gelson’s, Trader Joe’s and Market Basket scored highest in customer satisfaction in the latest ranking of grocery stores by Consumer Reports.

Four companies win product awards at CPMA

MONTREAL — Mann Packing, Mucci Farms, Schur Packaging Systems and Mastronardi Produce took home product awards from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association convention and expo.

On location — Reporting from the show floor at CPMA

The Packer's editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss some of their takeaways from the first day of the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's annual convention.

CPMA introduces three tools to drive business performance

MONTREAL – The Canadian Produce Marketing Association has announced a trio of new tools to help members reduce food waste, understand consumer perceptions and connect with tech startups.

Produce for Kids sees growth via podcast, Instagram, Pinterest

Produce for Kids continues to grow its online offerings along with its retail presence, especially with its new podcast and on Instagram and Pinterest.

Building trust key for kids-focused marketing

Familiar faces can help sell fruits and vegetables to families with children, marketers say.