Packer Insight 8-14-20
(Clockwise from top left) Editor-in-chief Tom Karst, retail editor Ashley Nickle, news editor Chris Koger ( The Packer )

Editor-in-chief Tom Karst, news editor Chris Koger and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss news items of note this week, from a Fresh Summit sneak peek to a recall roundup to columns from industry veterans.

For more on these topics, check out the following articles:

Fresh Summit

PMA reveals plans for the Fresh Summit 2020 virtual experience — The virtual platform will prioritize connections between buyers and sellers and feature ways to engage with and learn about the newest products, services and solutions. The technology will use artificial intelligence to give attendees recommendations of relevant people, products, services and content.


Recalled salsa contains onions from Thomson International — Salsa joins the list of recalled food caught up in a nationwide advisory on onions because of an outbreak of Salmonella Newport.

Progressive Produce recalls onions from Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s — Progressive Produce LLC., Los Angeles, is recalling a limited amount of red and yellow onions it distributed to retailers in the Western U.S.

Listeria on packing equipment sparks Freshouse citrus, potato recall — Freshouse II LLC, Salisbury, N.C., is recalling citrus and potatoes that were packed on equipment on which Listeria monocytogenes was detected during routine testing.

U.S. salmonella cases jump; Publix recalls bulk red onions — Another retailer has recalled onions that came from a California grower because some of the onions from the company have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella Newport.


The Independent View – Elevation of the produce manager — The retail produce industry has, for the past 25 years or so, spent countless millions of dollars upgrading produce departments. But how about investing in those human resources?

What makes a great produce department — Not to diminish the importance of the meat department, but in today’s world, your produce department is the driver of your store’s success. Here's how to make it successful.

PMG reveals Produce Artist Award Series summer contest results Aug. 19 — Have you been enjoying the beautiful display photos we've been sharing on LinkedIn, Facebook and elsewhere this summer? If so, you will not want to miss our Produce Artist Award Series results webinar coming Aug. 19.