Tom Karst

Tom Karst

LGS Specialty Sales starts Spanish, Moroccan clementine imports

New Rochelle, N.Y.-based LGS Specialty Sales Ltd. is starting imports of Spanish and Moroccan citrus in November.

Packer 25 — John Gates

Doing what the market wants has worked out well for John Gates, president of Lancaster Foods, Jessup, Md.

Tomato suspension agreement hanging in the balance

I recently asked the public affairs office of the U.S. International Trade Administration about the status of the talks for a new tomato suspension agreement between Mexican tomato growers and the U.S. 

PMA makes case for ethical charter on responsible labor practices

Cathy Burns encouraged suppliers, importers and buyers at the 50th Nogales Produce Convention to take a close look at the Produce Industry Ethical Charter on Responsible Labor Practices and consider endorsing it.
Nov 02, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor, #FPAA

Study: Mexican fresh tomato trade worth nearly $5 billion to U.S.

TUBAC, Ariz. ——  The Mexican tomato trade contributed an estimated $4.8 billion in total economic activity to the U.S. economy in 2016, a new study says.

Researchers create new crop from wild tomato

Researchers from Brazil, the U.S. and Germany have created a new crop from a wild plant within a single generation using CRISPR-Cas9, a modern genome editing process.

Packer 25 — James Rogers

The route that James Rogers took to the produce industry is as unconventional as anyone.

Packer 25 — Charles Hall

Armed with a slow Southern drawl and a quick mind, Charles Hall has a singular focus on the needs of Georgia growers.

Packer 25 — Todd Fryhover

Todd Fryhover has done it all.

Packer 25 — Peter Leifermann

Peter Leifermann remembers working in the foodservice sector in Atlanta in the 1990s when importers were flying in hass avocados from Chile and mangoes in South Florida were priced at $15 per carton.