Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Michigan flexes year-round strength

With year-round shipments of fruits and vegetables, Michigan is a fresh produce force in the U.S.

Study looks at organic feasibility for Michigan apple growers

Growing apples organically is a daunting challenge for Michigan growers, but the industry is conducting a study to determine if the opportunities may outweigh the obstacles.

New Mexico’s onions coming on for summer deal

New Mexico Onions should feature good quality and sizing this year, though shippers said acreage and yields are likely lower than last season.
Jun 13, 2019 by Tom Karst #Onions

Want to sell produce to schools? Know these tips

CHICAGO — Students may be a captive audience at lunch time, but school foodservice officials say they want options and ideas from produce marketers to present fruits and vegetables to kids in an attractive way.

Hedgehogs or lettuce, outbreak investigations are complex

CHICAGO — Through a hypothetical outbreak scenario, a workshop at the United Fresh Produce Convention showed the considerable challenges federal investigators and regulators face when real outbreaks occur.

Produce companies squeezed by tight labor market

CHICAGO — Produce companies are competing for scarce talent in a tight economy, and that is translating to more generous benefits and higher compensation compared with a few years ago.

USDA study looks at grower food safety practices

Produce growers are evolving to meet federal food safety requirements, but a new study shows that many are not are optimistic that federal rules will make compliance with buyer expectations easier.

PMA’s Bob Whitaker plans January retirement

After 11 years as chief science and technology officer for the Produce Marketing Association, Bob Whitaker plans to retire in January.

Zest Labs finds shelf life varies significantly at retail

Retail research conducted this year by San Jose, Calif.-based Zest Labs finds big variability in the shelf life of strawberries, romaine lettuce and packaged salads.

Study charts changes on food safety practices

U.S. growers are using less risky irrigation sources and are sanitizing their equipment more often than 20 years ago.