This sweet tropical fruit has a steady following, with 43% of shoppers saying they bought pineapples in the past year, a number even with Fresh Trends 2012.
Reducing the world’s top four banana companies to three, the boards of Chiquita Brands International Inc. and Irish competitor Fyffes Plc. have agreed that the Charlotte, N.C., company will buy the Dublin company in an all-stock deal valued at $526 million.
Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc.’s sponsorship of the 2014 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival gave celebrities the chance to sample some tropical produce.
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. had a “year of contrast” in 2013, reporting an increase in net sales at $3.7 billion but a net loss for the year of almost $40 million.
Pineapple marketers boast of an array of tools to promote the fruit, but some of those marketers say they look to retailers as the key to building sales.
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Market Scope - Pineapples — F.o.b.s as of Feb. 24
CENTRAL AMERICA IMPORTS — Imports (432-273*-267) — Imports via boat. Movement expected to remain about the same. Primarily Costa Rica, Ecuador and Honduras. Port of entry: South Florida. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. Cartons one-layer golden ripe 5-7s $8-9, 8s mostly $8. Port of entry: Philadelphia. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Cartons one-layer golden ripe 5-7s mostly $7.50-8, 8s $7-8. Port of entry: Southern California. Trading moderate. Prices slightly higher. Cartons one-layer golden ripe 5s and 8s mostly $9-10, 6s and 7s mostly $10-11. Quality good. *revised.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH TEXAS — Crossings (16-12-12) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading early slow, late very slow. Prices generally unchanged. Cartons one-layer 5-8s mostly $6.50-7. Quality generally good.