Tom Karst

Tom Karst

EFI looks to give certified suppliers preferred status

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Equitable Food Initiative hopes that its “Responsibly Grown Farmworker Assured” label will elevate the status of those suppliers in the eyes of the produce buying community.
Nov 15, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Labor, #PMA, #United Fresh

McInerney to retire from Western Growers in March

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Western Growers executive Matt McInerney plans to retire in March.

Third quarter retail report shows sales gains

Showing nearly $16 billion in fresh produce retail sales in the third quarter, the latest edition of the United Fresh Produce Association’s FreshFacts on Retail report has been released. 

Oppy premium apples drive sales

Premium apple varieties are taking a bigger bite of total apple sales, and Vancouver, British Columbia based The Oppenheimer Group is helping to keep the pipeline full of those desired apples.
Nov 12, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

United Fresh report looks at fall produce menu trends

Featuring a close look at menu trends for apples, the fall edition of United Fresh Produce Association’s Fresh Insights for Foodservice has been released.

Honeycrisp the exception in down crop year

Honeycrisp volume is up but most every other major apple variety is down compared with last year.
Nov 09, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

FDA issues final guidance on mandatory recall authority

When the Food and Drug Administration tells a food company to issue a recall “or else,” a new document describes exactly what that means.

Packer 25 — Dan Bourgault

Dan Bourgault, recently with Instacart and now headed to a new grocery tech startup in the Northwest U.S., is a man seeking to stay one step ahead of rapidly evolving technology in online grocery sales.

Packer 25 — Kam Quarles

Like his father before him, Kam Quarles is a voice for growers.
Nov 07, 2018 by Tom Karst #Packer 25, #People, #Potatoes

The remarkable story of per capita avocado gains

Has there ever been a fresh produce item that has ascended per capita consumption levels as fast as the avocado?
Nov 07, 2018 by Tom Karst #Fresh Talk