Tom Karst

Tom Karst

New Mexico onion shipments trending lower

New Mexico onion shipments have trended slightly lower in the past three years, U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show.

New Mexico onions — Building on exceptional 2019

By any measure, 2019 was an exceptional year for New Mexico onion marketers, and the outlook for 2020 is again calling for good sizing and quality, suppliers say.

Wonderful Pistachios adds 11-ounce bag option

Wonderful Pistachios is making its No Shells Chili Roasted and Honey Roasted flavors available in an 11-ounce bag, adding another option to the original 5.5-ounce size bags that was introduced last year.

Florida’s avocado crop getting ready to kick off

Avocado harvest is gearing up in south Florida, with harvest and shipments kicking in by early June, shippers said.

Starr Ranch Grower launches blog, cherry sweepstakes

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Starr Ranch Growers has launched a consumer blog and sweepstakes to support cherry marketing efforts.

Are consumers ready to splurge a little?

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited June 8 with Mike Mauti, managing partner of the consulting firm Execulytics on the Canadian retail perspective during the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Foodservice Forum set for United Fresh LIVE!

The United Fresh Start Foundation’s annual School Foodservice Forum will be during the United Fresh LIVE! virtual event.

COVID-19 could test push toward sustainability

Suddenly the industry’s attention on continuous improvement has wavered. The COVID-19 crisis refocused operators on simply surviving. Full steam ahead on plastics, recyclable or not!

COVID-19 effect on packaging trends

Considering the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on packaging trends, The Packer’s Tom Karst visited June 2 with Jay Singh, professor at Cal Poly and packaging program director at the school.

Stemilt touts Piñata and kid-sized organic Lil Snappers

Wenatchee, Wash.-based Stemilt Growers is promoting Piñata and Artisan Organics Lil Snappers apples as summer promotion options.