Tom Karst

Tom Karst

New York Apple Association offers new poly bag options, retail contest

The Fishers, N.Y.-based New York Apple Association is kicking off the holiday season with new poly bags and a big holiday retail display contest.
Nov 27, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

USDA study looks at time use and food

How much time do you spend slaving over a hot stove compared with inching through the fast-food drive-through lane for an extra value meal? 

Retail 101: Part Four with Mike Mauti

With more than 20 years of experience in the North American supermarket industry, Mike Mauti has learned “Retail 101” firsthand.

Bee Sweet Citrus draws focus to specialty citrus

Fowler, Calif.-based Bee Sweet Citrus is drawing consumer focus to the company’s specialty citrus varieties.
Nov 26, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Citrus

USDA reports grape exports, output rising in Peru

Peru grape exports will increase by 5% in 2019-20, according to a new estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 
Nov 25, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Grapes

Tomato growers expect strong results from Texas crops

Going into mid-November and beyond, the outlook is very good for Texas produce, industry sources say.

Romaine and E. coli is ghost of Thanksgiving past

Beyond the painful toll on those who have been stricken, the tragedy is that the association between romaine lettuce and a foodborne outbreak linked to the E. coli pathogen has become predictable.

Produce shopping in 2050: Futuristic or more of the same?

The produce department of tomorrow may not be one.
Nov 25, 2019 by Tom Karst #Opinion, #Produce Retail

Trade commission says Mexican tomatoes threaten U.S. growers

Keeping in place a tomato suspension agreement between Mexican growers and the Commerce Department, the International Trade Commission ruled that Mexican tomatoes sold at less than “fair value” threaten the U.S. 
Nov 22, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #FPAA, #Tomatoes

Farm labor report shows wages up 4%

Both wages and the number of farm labor workers are up compared with a year ago.
Nov 22, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor