Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Packer 25 — Peter Leifermann

Peter Leifermann remembers working in the foodservice sector in Atlanta in the 1990s when importers were flying in hass avocados from Chile and mangoes in South Florida were priced at $15 per carton.

What’s the matter with carrots?

What’s wrong with carrots?

Fresh Del Monte reports loss, despite higher sales

Bigger sales in value-added produce failed to offset lower selling prices for bananas and other fresh produce in the latest quarter for Coral Gables, Fla.-based Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc.
Oct 30, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Bananas

Import berry season begins for Crystal Valley Foods

Miami, Fla.-based Crystal Valley Foods has begun imports of blueberries for the 2018-19 season. 

Demand for H-2A guest workers continues to soar

Fueled by a tight supply of legal farm workers, the number of H-2A temporary agricultural workers certified soared by more than 20% in the past year.
Oct 29, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Labor

PSSI looks to real-time data monitoring for insights

Already a big player in meat and poultry facilities, Packers Sanitation Services Inc. is seeking to expand its footprint in the fresh produce world with real-time data monitoring of its sanitation services.

Natural Grocers customers raise nearly $100,000 to support organics

Customers of Natural Grocers raised $94,500 for Organic Farmers Association September.

Iowa, Nebraska firms awarded fresh produce supply contracts

Loffredo Fresh Produce Co. Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, and Greenberg Fruit Co., Omaha, Neb., have been awarded fresh produce supply contracts by the Defense Logistics Agency.

PMA registers another successful Fresh Summit

ORLANDO, Fla. - Pulling in about 21,000 attendees from 60 countries, the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in Orlando was another smashing success.
Oct 24, 2018 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #PMA

Buyers scramble for scarce sweet corn

Trading at $21-25 per carton, south Georgia sweet corn f.o.b. prices were nearly triple year-ago levels in late October.