Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Pro*Act distributors selling directly to consumers in crisis

With plummeting foodservice sales across the country, Pro*Act’s distributors and their restaurant customers are delivering boxes containing a week’s worth of produce directly to consumers.

Just in: fresh vegetable per capita availability 2019

Relax. Newly updated figures show 2019 per capita statistics for fresh vegetables, and it is good news.

United Fresh 2020 LIVE! moves traditional show, expo online

The United Fresh Produce Association has swapped the traditional trade show planned for San Diego in June for an online event.

Craig Carlson talks industry adjustments - Packer Interview

The Packer’s Tom Karst spoke on March 30 with Craig Carlson, CEO of Chicago-based Carlson Produce Consulting, LLC.

Produce groups urge quick action on market stabilization plan

The U.S. fresh produce industry needs the federal government’s immediate assistance to recover from economic distress caused by the ongoing coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Ken Lund talks transportation — Packer Interview

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited March 30 with Ken Lund, vice president of operations for the Allen Lund Company, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.

PMA schedules more COVID-19 virtual meetings for members

The Produce Marketing Association will host an April 1 Virtual Town Hall for members to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

Farm labor issues follow COVID-19

Germany may lose up to a third of its seasonal agricultural workers in the wake of reports that it has closed its borders with Bulgaria and Romania.

Richard Owen talks trade and COVID-19 relief

The Packer’s Tom Karst visited on March 26 with Richard Owen, vice president of global membership and engagement for the Produce Marketing Association.

Department of State waives interview requirement for H-2A workers

The Department of State is taking steps to reduce delays in the processing of H-2A workers caused by the COVID-19 crisis.