Tom Karst

Tom Karst

USDA relaxes regulations for imports of Chinese pears

Import requirements for Chinese fragrant pears have been relaxed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Costa Fruit & Produce donates fruit snacks to healthcare workers

Boston-based Costa Fruit & Produce is distributing fruit snack packs to area healthcare workers.

Strange days in retail promotions: bagged produce winning

Retail ads for fresh produce are way down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple industry veteran Scott Hanses dies

Apple industry veteran Scott Michael Hanses, 62, died March 13.

Jim Provost talks garlic and what lies ahead - Interview April 2

The Packer's Tom Karst visits April 2 with Jim Provost, president of I Love Produce, West Grove, Pa.

Brothers Produce provides distribution help to Houston Food Bank

Houston-based Brothers Produce is providing needed distribution assistance to Houston Food Bank and its partners.

Foodservice sector scrambles for sales, relief

Wholesalers and foodservice distributors are selling to consumers as they scramble to replace millions in lost sales to restaurants because of COVID-19 restrictions in place since mid-March.

FDA PSA tells consumers food is safe during pandemic

The Food and Drug Administration’s Frank Yiannas has a message for consumers: food is available and it is safe.

Anti-pathogen packaging technology launched

Atlanta-based Aptar Food + Beverage is launching InvisiShield packaging technology, which kills pathogens and extends shelf life.

USDA extends expiring audit certifications by 60 days

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending audit certifications that expire on or before May 31 by 60 days.