Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Cold storage sector likely to be changed by COVID-19

The increase in online food purchases that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown will likely persist, affecting the cold storage sector.

Drop payment limits, lawmakers tell Trump administration

Drop payments limits to fresh produce growers in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Democratic and Republic Congressional lawmakers told the Trump Administration on April 23.

United Fresh and USDA offer Buy Fresh web seminar

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service and the United Fresh Produce Association will partner on an April 23 web seminar discussing details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Purchase and Distribution Program.

Robert Guenther looks at USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Delving into the detail of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, Robert Guenther visited April 21 with The Packer’s Tom Karst.

Category Partners and The Packer partner on April 22 retail web event

An April 22 web seminar hosted by The Packer and conducted by Category Partners will look at what is coming next for fresh produce at retail during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

USDA offers web seminar on $300 million COVID-19 purchase program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a web seminar on April 21 to explain details of its “Buy Fresh” program funded through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

School association and United Fresh to help students get produce

The School Nutrition Association and United Fresh are partnering to connect produce distributors to school foodservice directors looking for single-serve, wrapped produce as part of meal distributions.  

Produce operators reflect on COVID-19 lessons

Constant communication with employees and strong buyer-seller relationships have helped produce operators manage the choppy waters since the COVID-19 crisis began.

2020 potato acreage cuts could be big

2020 U.S. potato acreage is likely to be down substantially in response to disappearing foodservice demand for frozen potatoes and large count-carton potatoes in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions.

Shay Myers garners spotlight on food losses, COVID-19 pressures

The disconnect between long lines at food banks and images of wasted produce has struck a nerve with the American public.