Tom Karst

Tom Karst

USDA considers apple grade change for fujis

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is taking comments until July 5 on a proposal to change U.S. fuji apple grade standards.
May 07, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Apples

Tomato negotiations continue but end of agreement is reality

The Department of Commerce sent what one Florida source called a “new and constructive proposal” to Mexican tomato exporters on May 3.

Plastics working group formed by CPMA

The use of plastics across the produce supply chain is the focus of a new industry working group formed by the Canadian Produce Marketing Association.

West Coast Expo names Brighter Bites as Golf Tournament beneficiary

The Packer’s West Coast Produce Expo has named Brighter Bites as the event’s golf tournament beneficiary.

Chilean clementines bound for U.S.

Chilean clementines are on the water and Chile’s summer citrus season has begun.
May 06, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce (General), #Citrus

Women in Produce — Katiana Valdes

Katiana Valdes is a self-confessed produce nerd.

California farms face continuing labor shortages

California growers continue to face labor shortages, according to a new survey.

Consumers may be dumber than you think

What do consumers want anyway?

Give your input on The Packer's 125th anniversary issue

Taking measure of progress in the produce industry over the past 125 years is no simple task, but The Packer has helped to chronicle that journey since its founding in 1893.
May 06, 2019 by Tom Karst #Opinion, #The Packer

Report: USMCA will bring losses to Georgia growers

A University of Georgia study has determined that the state’s berry and vegetable growers will suffer if the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is ratified without changes.
May 03, 2019 by Tom Karst #Produce Crops, #Greenhouse