Limes, pineapples help prop up tropicals category

09/04/2013 08:11:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

“The pineapples have been good,” he said in late August. “It’s a steady business. “We go through a period when growers planted for uniform volume, but every year, Mother Nature will induce a few early, so we get a little influx in them and then get a small shortage before volume returns to normal.”

Warren said he expects volume to begin increasing in mid-September.

The flowering stage brings smaller supplies and a June and July gap as the new crop begins, said Adrian Capote, vice president of sales for J&C Tropicals Inc., Miami.

In late August, Capote said supplies were improving.

“Prices are coming off,” Capote said. “Prices have been as high as $14 in those months while the average price in other months is $9-10. The new crop is coming in so prices are coming off and the market will be stabilizing.”

Capote said quality is high and said retailers should expect consistent fall supplies.

In early September, the USDA reported these prices for one layer golden ripe pineapple from Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama pineapple entering south Florida ports: 5-6s, $9; 7s, $8-8.50; 8s, $7.50-8.

In Philadelphia ports, the same cartons and variety sold for $9 for 5-6s, $8-9 for 7s and $8-8.50 for 8s. 

At Southern California ports, the same cartons and variety sold for $10-10.50 for 5-6s, $9.50-10 for 7s and $9 for 8s, according to the USDA.

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