Tom Karst

Tom Karst

Applewood Fresh and the Produce Moms co-brand apple packages

Sparta, Mich.-based apple shipper Applewood Fresh and The Produce Moms have launched a co-branded apple package timed for fall sales and the holiday baking season.

Tasteful Selections makes Inc. list of fast-growing private companies

Inc. magazine revealed its annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies, and Arvin, Calif.-based Tasteful Selections ranked No. 3,941 on the list, according to a news release.
Nov 04, 2020 by Tom Karst #Produce Retail, #Potatoes

Sev-Rend hires new Pacific Northwest sales manager

Sev-Rend, Collinsville, Ill., has hired James (JC) Nyssen as the company’s Pacific Northwest sales manager.

Supply chain investments needed in labor-saving technology, report says

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed vulnerabilities in the food supply chain, and a new research paper from Resilience360 says investments in labor-saving technology will be needed over the long-term to counter rising costs.

Natural Grocers issues voluntary recall on organic elderberries

Vitamin Cottage Natural Food Markets, Inc. iis voluntarily recalling Natural Grocers Brand 4-ounce Organic Whole Elderberries after being notified by its supplier of the potential presence of Salmonella.

Golden West Packaging makes acquisitions

Golden West Packaging Group, City of Industry, Calif., said it has acquired Berry Pack and Progressive Packaging Group.

Plastpac promotes closed-loop recycling

Kenilworth, N.J.-based Plastpac is promoting closed-loop recycling of its plastic corrugated boxes.
Nov 02, 2020 by Tom Karst #Packaging, #Sustainability

Pack Expo 2020 offers free registration

Don’t pack your bags. The virtual Pack Expo Connects is coming to you online.

Blueberries reach hero status at retail

Blueberries have been growing at a rapid clip at retail, according to the United Fresh Produce Association’s FreshFacts report for the second quarter of 2020.

Low retail inflation holds for fruits and vegetables

In a year that has seen double-digit increases in demand for fresh produce at supermarkets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture projects that retail prices for fruits and vegetables will come in below historical averages.