Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Fyffes utilizes water recycling system

Fyffes is reducing water consumption by 80% with a new water recycling system at its banana farm in Costa Rica.
Mar 21, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Bananas

U.S. grape imports and exports both up in 2018

By value, both U.S. imports and exports of grapes were up in 2018.
Mar 21, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Grapes

Hurst International touts Versaprint traceability codes

Los Angeles-based Hurst International is touting item-level traceability capabilities of its patented Print on Demand (POD) Versaprint labeling system.

UPDATED: Inspection, audit fee increase set for October

(UPDATED, March 19) The U.S. Department of Agriculture will increase fees for audit and fresh produce inspections services on Oct. 1.

Industry petitions for changes in hours of service, ELD regulations

A broad coalition of fruit and vegetable industry groups have petitioned the FMCSA to modify the Hours of Service and Electronic Logging Device rules for perishable fruit and vegetable commodities.

Plant-centered trend presents opportunity for potatoes

DENVER — Crowd-sourced nutrition fads, low-carb diets, the “snackification” of America and global competition are some of the challenges facing the U.S. potato industry.

USDA seeks comments on French baby kiwi

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on a draft pest risk assessment for the importation of baby kiwi — kiwi berries  from France.
Mar 12, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #USDA, #France, #Imports

Fresh trends data shows appeal of sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a popular vegetable among U.S. shoppers, with female, white and high-income consumers among the most frequent purchasers.

Tomato per capita growth to continue

The reasons behind gains in per capita consumption growth of fresh tomatoes over the past 40 years are analyzed in a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.