Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Turning the page on 2018

The government is dysfunctional.

The state of grapefruit

Comedian Jim Gaffigan, talking about the medical penchant for naming associating tumor sizes with fruit:  “Interesting fact,” he says. “Worst tumor: grapefruit. Worst fruit: grapefruit.”

Florida brilliance variety shows promise in first season

Florida's fastest-growing strawberry variety also is its newest.

Shutdown worries H-2A users

A partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22 could stretch deep into January and could mean delays and trouble for the H-2A agricultural guest worker program used by produce growers.
Dec 28, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

Food Institute predicts faster growth for foodservice

The Food Institute forecasts that sales at restaurants will grow faster than grocery store sales in 2019,

Year in Produce No. 5 — Trucking industry and ELDs

The implementation of Electronic Logging Data regulations and volatile truck rates combined to make trucking and transportation big issues in 2018.

2019 California avocado expected lower

The 2018-19 California avocado crop is expected to fall short of 2017-18 output by nearly half.

Higher prices cushion lower production for Florida citrus growers

With higher prices offsetting reduced volume, 2016-17 Florida citrus returns were little different than the previous year, a new report says.
Dec 20, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Citrus

Look to Asia, Africa for growth in produce sales

NEW YORK, N.Y. – As population and per-capita consumption growth slows in the U.S., fresh produce marketers may be wise to focus on faster-expanding markets in Asia and Africa.

Fresh apple holdings down sharply

U.S. fresh-market apple holdings on Dec. 1 were off 16% from year-ago levels, according to a new report from the U.S. Apple Association.
Dec 10, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples