Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Certified organic operations up for 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported the number of certified organic operations in the U.S. reached 27,494 in 2018, up by 1,093 over the 2017 count.

Millions of cardiovascular deaths linked to a lack of produce

A new global study published in Science Daily estimates that millions of deaths from heart disease and stroke can be linked to a lack of fruit and vegetable consumption.

Remembering the days of the produce huckster truck

I talked today with Peter Machi, long-time sales and purchasing representative with Consumer Fresh Produce Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Kids Eat Local Act finds support

In language that supporters hope is included in the next Child Nutrition Act reauthorization, new legislation aims to make it easier for school foodservice directors to buy local food for student meals.

Oppy celebrates 10-year partnership with Orchard View

The Vancouver-based Oppenheimer Group is celebrating a decade of partnering with The Dalles, Ore.-based Orchard View Inc.

Robotics Plus wins innovation award for apple packer

A robotic apple packer from New Zealand-based Robotics Plus has won a major technology award.

Mexican political leader speaks out for suspension agreement

A leading Mexican politician believes the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement may be in trouble without a renewed tomato suspension agreement.

Mexico’s protected agriculture growth harms Florida, study says

Ongoing investment in protected agriculture in Mexico will likely result in continued losses for the fruit and vegetable industry in Florida, according to a new report from the University of Florida.

CORRECTED: India acts on 20% apple tariff

After months of delay, India has imposed a 20% retaliatory tariff on U.S. apples, walnuts, almonds, and 25 other goods.
Jun 17, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples, #India

Produce expectations for Dollar General rise too quickly

Can the world really expect Dollar General to evolve from selling bargain paper towels, breakfast bars, and bleach to “sustainably grown” local produce in one fell swoop?