Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Have a Plant succeeds PBH's Fruits & Veggies — More Matters

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Have a Plant will succeed Fruits & Veggies — More Matters as the new consumer marketing message from the Produce for Better Health Foundation to promote fruit and vegetable consumption.
Apr 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #PBH

Weighing the balance of fresh vegetable trade - and more of the "100"

How do exports of U.S. fresh vegetables compare with imports?

Singh talks FreshPACKmoves, sustainability in packaging

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited with Jay Singh on April 17, previewing the upcoming freshPACKmoves 2019 conference and also talking about sustainability in packaging.

Smurfit Kappa eyes sustainability in packaging

German Pulido, director of innovation for Smurfit Kappa, said counting the cost of packaging goes beyond dollars and cents.

No Packer jinx for celery

The urban legend of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx goes something to the effect that people or teams on the cover of the magazine subsequently experience bad luck. 

Import share of fresh vegetables continues to climb

The latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that the import share of the U.S. fresh vegetable supply continues to rise.

Time to reverse farm labor decline, group says

A decline of more than 325,000 U.S. farm workers over the past five years highlights the need to brings changes to farm labor laws, according to a grower’s group.
Apr 12, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

Watermelon season heating up

Though prices were high in early April, seasonally increasing supplies of watermelon are on tap through the summer months.
Apr 12, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Watermelons

Industry wary of growing delays at border

With the Trump administration shifting some federal employees away from the border to deal with increased illegal immigration, commercial shipments of produce from Mexico are taking longer to cross into the U.S.

Celery market soars as juicing trend expands

Fueled by consumer demand for fresh celery juice, prices for celery soared to more than $60 a carton in early April.
Apr 09, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Celery