Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Late Season Berries 2018 business updates

Catch up on late season developments with a bunch of berry companies from around North America.

European apple and pear crops up, forecast says

European apple production in 2018 will be way up and the region’s pear output will grow moderately, according to a new forecast.
Aug 09, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples, #Pears

New Jersey peaches run social media contest

Tantalizing New Jersey peaches are in full view of the state’s residents in early August.
Aug 07, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Peaches

New video series introduced by Side Delights

A new video series introduced by Side Delights and Fresh Solutions Network invokes passion for potatoes as a comfort food and shares the story behind the brands.

Smile for the camera: the produce safety rule “before” shot

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a “before” shot of food safety practices on the farm, perhaps followed ten years from now with a more flattering “after” shot. 

Wisconsin potato crop outlook rebounds after rough start

With cool and wet weather in April and May, unseasonably hot weather around Memorial Day and dry weather in July, Mother Nature has given Wisconsin potato growers a challenging season.

India postpones retaliatory tariff on apples

The government of India has given Washington apple shippers a six-week delay on the implementation of a 25% retaliatory tariff against U.S. apples.
Aug 06, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

Lawmaker criticizes FDA handling of cyclospora outbreak

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is pressing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb for specifics about the investigation of the cyclospora outbreak linked to product sold by Fresh Express.

New York marketing program helps consumers find local produce

The New York State Grown & Certified program aims to make it easy for the state’s consumers to find New York-grown fruits and vegetables.
Aug 01, 2018 by Tom Karst #New York Produce, #Local

Bair talks apple industry priorities, previews conference

Previewing the Aug. 23-24 2018 Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, U.S. Apple Association president Jim Bair talked with The Packer’s editor Tom Karst July 31.
Aug 01, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples, #Video