Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Richard Owen talks trade and COVID-19 relief

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited on March 26 with Richard Owen, vice president of global membership and engagement for the Produce Marketing Association.

Department of State waives interview requirement for H-2A workers

The Department of State is taking steps to reduce delays in the processing of H-2A workers caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

Jason Resnick talks PACA trust and foodservice troubles

The Packer’s Tom Karst talks on March 26 with Jason Resnick, vice president and general counsel for Western Growers, about the current foodservice crisis tied to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Weakest links stressed by pandemic, unprecedented social disruptions

The coronavirus COVID-19 has brought unprecedented challenges to our world.

Heavy shipments,  delays at distribution centers push rates higher

Heavy produce shipments combined with unloading delays at retail distribution centers were factors in higher truck rates in mid-March.

Alex DiNovo talks business adjustments after COVID-19

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited March 25 with Alex DiNovo, president and chief operating officer of DNO Produce, the Columbus, Ohio-based distributor.

PBH promotes fruit and vegetables in a time of consumer fears

The Packer’s Tom Karst visits March 24 with Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, president and CEO of the Produce for Better Health Foundation about PBH’s recent consumer-facing activity in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Syngenta seeks packaging innovations

Greensboro, N.C.-based Syngenta is investing $2 billion in sustainable agriculture, and the company said part of the investment will go toward packaging innovations.

National Restaurant Association cancels May show

The National Restaurant Association has canceled its May 16-19 show in Chicago because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

USDA seeks comments on Vietnam pummelo

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking comments on a pest risk assessment on U.S. imports of pummelo from Vietnam.
Mar 24, 2020 by Tom Karst #USDA, #Produce (General), #Citrus