Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Vegetable per capita shows strength

Excluding melons, U.S. vegetable per capita availability increased 2.7% to 153.32 pounds in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Texas citrus weathers Hurricane Hanna with slight drops

Industry expectations for the Texas citrus crop estimate a smaller output than last year, primarily because of fruit damage from Hurricane Hanna in late July.

Walmart sales still up  but show reduced growth

Retail food sales are still up big, but the cruise control button is off.

Consumer retail habits, reshaped by pandemic, aren’t changing soon

The consumer’s wild ride through the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, according to Steve Lutz, senior vice president of insights and innovations for Category Partners.

Retailers have salad days now, but what about next year?

Grocery stores have nearly had a captive market during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the statistics reflect that observation.

Sustainability shows up big at Fresh Summit

It may be stating the obvious, but consumers and produce marketers still care about sustainability.

Stemilt encourages multi-variety ads to counter apple category dip

U.S. apple sales and volume in October were off a beat from a year ago, and Stemilt Growers says one way to counter that is to promote multiple varieties in a range of pack options.

Fresh Energy offers 100% recyclable one-pound medjool date bag

Bakersfield, Calif.-based Atlas Produce and Distribution, Inc. has introduced a 100% recyclable one-pound medjool date bag under their Fresh Energy brand.

Sustainability valued but definition elusive

Retailers care about sustainability because consumers care, but for many the pursuit of sustainability tends to be more of an afterthought than top priority.

Applewood Fresh and the Produce Moms co-brand apple packages

Sparta, Mich.-based apple shipper Applewood Fresh and The Produce Moms have launched a co-branded apple package timed for fall sales and the holiday baking season.