Tom Karst

Tom Karst

California’s Concentric Power expanding its reach

Campbell, Calif.- based Concentric Power is expanding its reach across the state, with aims to expand throughout North America.

Loop seeks to cut waste with reusable consumer packaging

PISMO BEACH, Calif. — Loop, a division of New Jersey recycling company TerraCycle, seeks to reduce waste by marketing big-brand durable and reusable consumer packaging.

Oh very young truck drivers find pushback

To say there is pushback against the idea of creating another pilot program to allow drivers under 21 to operate commercial trucks is putting it mildly.

Grapes and pecans gain ground

Arkansas apple acreage has declined but acreage for the state’s grapes and pecans has risen in the past five years.

Arkansas produce marketers ready for this season’s crops

Ample rain and cool nights have characterized spring weather, but Arkansas produce marketers say they expect 2019 crop prospects to be solid this year.

U.S. to drop tariffs on Mexican, Canadian steel, aluminum

The U.S. has reached a deal with Mexico and Canada to remove tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from those countries. 

USDA: Chile deciduous fruit exports taper off in 2018-19

Chile’s fresh apple and grape exports will drop by just over 5% in the 2018-19 season, according to a new estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service.

Hope fades for quick resolution as tomato lawsuits filed

The possibility persists for a new tomato suspension agreement between the Commerce Department and Mexican growers, but hopes for a quick resolution have been doused.

NatureSweet asks for relief on Mexican tomato duty

Greenhouse grower NatureSweet is asking the Commerce Department for some exemptions on duties for its imported tomatoes grown in Mexico, on the basis they did not exist when those duties were originally set.
May 16, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Mexico, #Tomatoes

Rain slows California cherry harvest

Mid-May rain in California is likely to damage some cherries, but marketers believe there will be plenty of promotion opportunities for all sizes through mid-June.