Tom Karst

Tom Karst

New line of pomegranate arils released

The POM Group of Mississauga Ontario has announced the release of a new line of fresh pomegranate arils, under the Royal brand.

Back to school promotions with Mike Mauti

The Packer’s editor Tom Karst visited Aug. 16 with retail consultant Mike Mauti about back-to-school promotions.

Banana disease finding in Colombia concerns industry

While posing no short-term risk to U.S. supplies, a potentially devastating banana disease has been discovered for the first time in Latin America plantations.

Industry weighs in on changes to come in retailing

The Packer’s 125th-anniversary issue is soon coming, and in a series of blog posts, I have described the results of a survey we posted in conjunction with our editorial efforts for the publication. 

Proposed changes help truckers deal with delays in loading, unloading

Opening the door for truckers to go “off the clock” for up to three hours when faced with delays in loading or unloading, new proposed rules on hours of service regulations have been introduced.

Apeel Sciences reveals supplier network

Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Apeel Sciences has announced supplier partnerships that company leaders say will enable a year-round supply of Apeel avocados, limes, asparagus, and apples for U.S. retailers and consumers.

Banana industry staggered by TR4 discovery: now what?

The Packer’s Tom Karst visits Aug. 14 with Gerrit (Gert) Kema, professor and researcher at Wageningen University in the Netherlands about the recent discovery of Panama disease in Latin America.

Index Fresh partners with Colombia hass growers

Riverside, Calif.-based Index Fresh is partnering with growers in Colombia to bring hass avocados to the U.S. market. 

Industry gets an earful on truck detention times

Produce shippers and receivers, cover your ears.

UPDATED: USTR delays some tariffs on Chinese goods

(UPDATED, Aug. 14) Sparking a 400-point rally in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the United States Trade Representative said Aug. 13 the U.S. will delay tariffs on some imports from China until Dec. 15.