Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Rocky trade backdrop greets McKinney speech at U.S. Apple meeting

With the apple industry racked by trade troubles, U.S. Agricultural Trade Under Secretary Ted McKinney had a tough audience when he spoke Aug. 23 at the U.S. Apple Association Marketing and Outlook Conference.
Aug 25, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples, #USDA, #China, #India

Soren to move into new space

Soren, a Cypress, Texas-based third party logistics company, broke ground on its new building at the end of 2018 and is expecting its completion in early October.

Total Quality Logistics finds growth in contract business

Cincinnati-based Total Quality Logistics is seeing growth in contract business with produce shippers, company leaders said.

Produce shipments, truck rates down so far in 2019

It’s been a softer year for both truck rates and fruit and vegetable shipments.

Mexican apple output way up, but Canada down slightly

CHICAGO — Canada’s apple output is down slightly, but Mexican apple production is way up this year, according to industry reports at the U.S. Apple Association’s Marketing Conference.

Kroger produce executive urges innovation, customer focus for apples

CHICAGO — Lending insights on consumer apple demand from a retail perspective, Randy Riley outlined the challenges and opportunities he sees for the apple category.
Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Apples

U.S. Apple Association apple estimate 2.2% lower than USDA

CHICAGO — The U.S. Apple Association estimate for the 2019 crop is forecast at 247.76 million (42-pound) cartons, 2.2% lower than the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate of 253.09 million cartons.
Aug 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Apples, #USDA

Inspection provision in Mexico tomato deal draws critics

The relief of reaching a new  tomato suspension agreement between Mexican tomato growers and the Department of Commerce has come with misgivings about the effect of mandatory inspections at the border.

Packer Interview - Joel Nelsen CCM Aug. 21

The Packer’s Tom Karst visits with Joel Nelsen, strategic advisor for California Citrus Mutual, about citrus issues in an Aug. 21 interview.

Aug 22, 2019 by Tom Karst #Video, #Produce (General), #Citrus, #USDA

Nothing new under the sun? Not so fast, my friend

“There is nothing new under the sun,” the writer of Ecclesiastes says.