Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Look to Asia, Africa for growth in produce sales

NEW YORK, N.Y. – As population and per-capita consumption growth slows in the U.S., fresh produce marketers may be wise to focus on faster-expanding markets in Asia and Africa.

Fresh apple holdings down sharply

U.S. fresh-market apple holdings on Dec. 1 were off 16% from year-ago levels, according to a new report from the U.S. Apple Association.
Dec 10, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

Agrow Fresh rolls out products

Chicago-based Agrow Fresh Produce Co. is introducing a new steam bag for petite potatoes, said Ed Romanelli, vice president of sales and marketing.

Chicago retailers vie for online consumers

Competing for online  grocery shoppers is a dominant trend for leading Chicago retailers.

Limoneira leans on geographic diversity to fill lemon demand

Mother Nature’s unpredictable ways have increased the importance of having geographic diversity in sourcing lemons.
Dec 06, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Lemons

Romaine reality in a graph

Check out the above chart showing the shortfall in shipments of romaine in early December compared with a year ago.

Tomra expands in China

Belgium-based Tomra is increasing its investment in China.

USDA purchases more than $10 million in California grapes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing some late-season relief for California grape growers. 
Dec 04, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Grapes

What is the sweet spot for organic produce price premium?

The premium paid for organic produce is a moving target, and it is far from standard for fresh produce commodities.
Dec 03, 2018 by Tom Karst #Fresh Talk, #Organics

Report: Mexican avocado exports to shine again

Mexican avocado exports to the U.S. will remain strong in 2018-19, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.