Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Argentina’s fruit exports dip as economy sags

Planting area and exports continue to fall for Argentina apple and pear producers, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

What's the most important industry development?

What single development changed the fresh produce industry the most in the past 25 years?
Jun 03, 2019 by Tom Karst #Opinion, #The Packer

“Green genius” or “artichoked” and the “All in Band”

Have you taken the Hitchcock Farms produce quiz?

Perdue hears about labor needs in mushroom country

Pushing trade goals and hearing about labor woes from mushroom growers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue came to Kennett Square, Pa., and participated in an industry discussion on May 30.

FDA offers chemical science, food safety training

The Food and Drug Administration and the American Chemical Society are providing a series of biannual training sessions focusing on chemical science related to food safety. 

Truck rates weaken in late May

Truck rates are running well below a year ago and most U.S. fresh produce shipping districts had adequate to surplus truck availability in late May.

Wholesum Arizona expansion to add organic volume in November

A new six-acre greenhouse expansion by Wholesum in Arizona will produce an estimate of 3.5 million pounds of organic beefsteak tomatoes.

United Fresh announces foodservice award winners

The United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award Program will honor eight chefs and foodservice professionals.

United Fresh: Jewell reflects on year as chairwoman

Being the top industry volunteer leader for United Fresh in 2018-19 has been a labor of love for Cindy Jewell.