Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Fruit Logistica brings global scale to produce show

BERLIN – With close to 80,000 visitors, Fruit Logistica is a nightmare when it comes to finding a taxi at the end of the day.

Light and moderate users will fuel organic growth in years ahead

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Consumers who have taken organic produce to its elevated importance today won’t be the same consumers who will take it to the next level.

United Fresh promotes Mary Coppola

Mary Coppola has been promoted by the United Fresh Produce Association to vice president of marketing and communications.

Tucker: hydroponic organic certification is settled issue

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - U.S. Department of Agriculture organic certification of hydroponic operations is a settled issue, USDA National Organic Program Deputy Administrator Jennifer Tucker said Feb. 1.

Stemilt Fruit Tracker notes strong sales for gala apples

Gala apple sales and volume showed a sharp uptick in December compared with year-ago sales, according Stemilt Growers.

Jan 31, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Apples

California citrus leader Joel Nelsen has retirement in sight

Citrus industry warrior Joel Nelsen will work through the end of 2019, helping Exeter, Calif.-based California Citrus Mutual usher in a new era of leadership under Casey Creamer.
Jan 28, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Citrus

GOPEX panel to look at new organic study on citrus greening strategies

A new research paper from The Organic Center outlines organic-compliant practices for combating citrus greening disease and the disease-carrying Asian citrus psyllid.
Jan 23, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Citrus

Government shutdown creating delays for imports

News coverage is ramping up about the potential effects on perishable imports caused by the government shutdown.

Resistance to plastic packaging grows in organics

More organic produce consumers are pushing back against the use of plastic in packaging, but will it matter?

Laughs, lessons, inspiration: Award honors Ron Carkoski

LA QUINTA, Calif. — After more than 40 years in the produce industry and nearly 25 years at Four Seasons, Ron Carkoski was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the United Fruit Produce FreshStart 2019.