Tom Karst

Tom Karst

UPDATED: Deal struck between Commerce Department, Mexican growers

(UPDATED, 1:28 p.m.) Mexican tomato growers and the U.S. Commerce Department struck a deal for a new tomato suspension agreement late Aug. 20.

Chilean cherry exports to China rising as U.S. imports drop

Led by fast-rising imports of cherries, China is claiming a greater share of Chilean stone fruit exports.

PMA looking for industry votes to support SXSW panel

The Produce Marketing Association hopes to join the education lineup at South by Southwest event for the second year and is seeking industry support to make it happen.
Aug 20, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #PMA

Howard Nager joins Progressive Produce as vice president

Los Angeles-based Progressive Produce has hired Howard Nager as vice president of business development and marketing. 
Aug 20, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #People

Pick three - changes coming in the next 25 years

The collective wisdom of the industry typically gets it right. 

Perdue thanked for support of expanding potato trade with Mexico

The National Potato Council and a dozen other U.S. state and regional potato associations on Aug. 16 thanked Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for his support of expanded U.S. fresh potato exports to Mexico.

2019 apple crop shows consumer focus, Roper says

The mix of apple varieties is all shook up compared with 30 years, and Don Roper believes that is a good thing.
Aug 19, 2019 by Tom Karst #Video, #Produce (General), #Apples

What is the future of produce wholesalers? Survey says..

In anticipation of The Packer’s 125th-anniversary issue, we have enjoyed publishing past anniversary articles from the Century of Produce and also posted industry columns for the 125th-anniversary edition. 

New events highlight United Fresh Washington Conference

The 2019 United Fresh Washington Conference will feature several new elements on its agenda.

Truck rates stable in mid-August

Spot shortages of refrigerated produce trucks were noted in the Midwest states in mid-August, but most growing regions reported adequate supply.