Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Oppy tests Hazel shelf-life technology on South American grapes

The Oppenheimer Group has concluded a grape quality trial using Hazel Technologies shelf-life extending sachets in pallets of imported of South Africa red seedless grapes.

USDA approves imports of fresh citrus from China

Despite consistent long-term opposition from some U.S. citrus leaders, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved U.S. imports of Chinese pummelo, nanfeng honey mandarin, ponkan, sweet orange, and satsuma mandarins.

Senators call on USDA to pay growers, ramp up produce purchases

Twenty-nine U.S. senators have asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to directly pay specialty crop growers and to immediately increase purchases of fresh produce for food banks and federal feeding programs.

Dandrea Produce’s Ron Dandrea dies

Produce industry veteran Ron Dandrea, 57, died April 11.

Agricultural innovation needed and the USDA is open to ideas

What kind of innovation is needed to feed x(number) billion people in Y(date)?

York looks back on four decades and looks forward to challenges

Tim York began working in the produce industry after college, without knowing he would never leave it.

PMA sets speakers for April 15 Virtual Town Hall

A panel of retail and foodservice experts will share their perspectives on the COVID-19 crisis at the Produce Marketing Association’s April 15 Virtual Town Hall.

U.S. tree fruit groups urge federal relief for sector

The U.S. Apple Association, the Northwest Horticultural Council and other organizations have asked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider the needs of tree fruit growers when allocating funds from the CARES Act.

Category Partners and The Packer partner on retail COVID-19 web event

An April 17 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.

Supermarkets scale back produce ads during COVID-19 lockdown

In the continuing market disruption related to the COVID-19, supermarkets are not running their typical amount of weekly promotions for fruits and vegetables.