Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Cuties promotes with Spread the Cheer campaign

Pasadena, Calif.-based Cuties mandarin marketer Sun Pacific is launching a “Spread the Cheer” holiday promotion encouraging shoppers to share their favorite ways to give back.

Chilean cherry exports nicked by hail

After accounting for recent hail storms, the Chilean Cherry Committee has decreased its export estimate for the 2018-19 season.

Concord Foods in invests in updating brand

Brockton, Mass.-based Concord Foods is leveraging the popularity of avocados and convenience-oriented produce items to elevate its products, such as guacamole dip spices.
Nov 27, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Avocados

National strategy needed for packaging goals

The St. Paul, Minn.-based packaging organization Ameripen is calling for a broad effort to build a comprehensive U.S. strategy to reach the goals of 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging.

Organic Trade Association gives top ten organic enforcement priorities

Looking to help shape stronger organic enforcement standards, the Organic Trade Association has submitted comments to the USDA on its top ten priorities to boost the integrity of the global organic market.

Global apple show draws big crowd, awards innovators

BOLZANO, Italy – Bringing 20,000 people to the mountain-rimmed apple region of South Tyrol in northern Italy, the Nov. 15-17 Interpoma 2018 was three days of “everything apple, said Thomas Mur.
Nov 19, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples, #Video

Quebec’s grocery scene has a flair of its own

Quebec’s retail grocery environment is dominated by the same retail forces as those Ontario, but there are differences in approach, one analyst believes.
Nov 19, 2018 by Tom Karst #Montreal, #Produce Retail, #Canada

EFI looks to give certified suppliers preferred status

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Equitable Food Initiative hopes that its “Responsibly Grown Farmworker Assured” label will elevate the status of those suppliers in the eyes of the produce buying community.
Nov 15, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Labor, #PMA, #United Fresh

McInerney to retire from Western Growers in March

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Western Growers executive Matt McInerney plans to retire in March.