Tom Karst

Tom Karst

United Fresh promises memorable Chicago show

The June 10-12 United Fresh 2019 Convention & Expo in Chicago is having one more fling with the Windy City before moving to San Diego next year for a June 17-18 show.

University of Georgia study drawing friendly fire

The University of Georgia’s recent study on the potential effect of the “new NAFTA” on the state’s vegetable and berry growers is drawing friendly fire.

Packer Interview - Shay Myers

The Packer’s Tom Karst talks with Shay Myers, general manager of Nyssa, Ore.-based Owyhee Produce on May 28.

Cellresin to bring ripening inhibitor agent to packaging

PISMO BEACH, Calif. — Cellresin Technologies will soon bring the same ripening inhibitor that apples and pears have benefited from for years to dozens of fresh fruits and vegetables.

South African exports of deciduous fruit rise

Exports of apple, pears, and grapes continue to rise from South Africa, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Tame inflation predicted for retail food in 2019

Retail consumer food prices are projected to increase between 0.5% to 1.5% in 2019, according to the latest price forecast from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Potato Council lobbies for USMCA, expanded trade with China

Potato industry leader Dan Moss voiced support for immediate Congressional approval of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and expanded potato trade with China at a White House trade event May 23. 

New Mexican tomato proposal finds cool reception by Florida growers

Mexican tomato growers proposed a new tomato suspension agreement to the Commerce Department on May 22, but Florida tomato growers gave it an icy reception.

USDA announces assistance for farmers hit by tariffs

Cherry, grape, cranberry and tree nut producers are among U.S. growers who will receive direct payments from the U.S. Department of Agriculture this year to offset damage caused by retaliatory tariffs.

Northwest cherry season offers promo opportunities

Northwest fruit marketers will give retailers plenty of promotion opportunities from mid-June to mid-August.