Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Western wildfire concerns move from California to Oregon

Wildfires were causing a wide range of problems for the produce industry in the first two weeks of September.

Report: 100,000 restaurants down or out from pandemic effects

With nearly one in six restaurants closed, the National Restaurant Association is lobbying Congress for more relief from the devastation to foodservice demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple category volume and sales up for summer months

With another edition of Fast Facts: The Cast video series from Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers provides insights on selling apples in the summer and best promotion bets for the fall.

California Citrus Mutual supports domestic protection plans

California Citrus Mutual is commending the Trump administration plan to protect domestic growers of seasonal produce.

Low prices offset higher avocado volumes for Calavo

Calavo Growers reported avocado volume rose 18.2% in the quarter ending July 31, but that was offset by a 37% decline in average selling prices.

Walmart+ launches subscription grocery delivery service

Flexing its strength in the digital channel, Walmart unveiled a new $98 annual subscription service Sept. 1 that provides unlimited free delivery of groceries and other merchandise from 4,700 stores.

National Fruits & Veggies Month begins

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited Aug. 31 with Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak, president and CEO of the Produce Better Health Foundation about National Fruits & Veggies Month activities in September.

Honeybear Brands sets long-term sustainability goals

Elgin, Minn.-Honeybear Brands has created long-term sustainability goals around pollinator health, packaging, food loss/waste and climate and energy.

PBH outlines National Fruits & Veggies Month plans

Have A Plant Nation is the theme of September’s Produce for Better Health Foundation’s second annual National Fruits & Veggies Month campaign.

Analyst: apples are convenient, healthy food during pandemic

With COVID-19, more people are eating at home, and that means fresh apple marketers can take advantage of increased snacking trends.