Tom Karst

Tom Karst

The rock of Sisyphus the eternal challenge to eat enough fresh produce

There is not enough fruit and vegetable production to feed the world at recommended serving levels, and that scenario will get worse instead of better in the next 30 years.

New Commerce proposal shows promise, Florida tomato group says

A new Department of Commerce proposal for a tomato suspension agreement with Mexican tomato growers is a “good starting point” to resume negotiations, according to the Florida Tomato Exchange.

USDA trade official set for U.S. Apple Outlook Conference

U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Apple Association’s 2019 Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference in Chicago.
Jul 22, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

Comment period extended for possible pilot for under-21 drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the comment period for a possible pilot program that would allow drivers under age 21 to operate trucks over interstate highways.

What consumer trends will drive produce demand for the next 25 years?

The Packer’s 125th-anniversary edition is coming out later this year, and it has been fun collecting material for that publication and publishing articles from past anniversary editions.

UPDATED: Industry votes in favor of adding frozen to mango program

(UPDATED, July 24) By a narrow majority, fresh and frozen mango handlers and importers have voted in favor of an amendment to add frozen mangoes to the national research and promotion program. 
Jul 21, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Mangoes

Retailers are “bi” - both conventional and organic, that is

Tonya Antle’s retail panel at the Organic Produce Summit had a lot of great content in less than 30 minutes. Not all of it fit into the coverage I had from the show.

Mexico retail business trending online

Mexico’s retailers are trending toward e-commerce, a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says.

Truck rates steady in mid-July

Truck rates were mostly steady in mid-July.

Packer Insight - Jason Klinowski talks Mexican tomato trade

The Packer’s Editor Tom Karst talked with Jason Klinowski, agricultural and food law attorney on July 17.