Courtesy International Pineapple OrganizationParticipants at the International Pineapple Organization's Global Pineapple Conference included Fernando Rojas (from left), Altamar Shipping; John Harnett, Purfresh; Will Cavan, IPO; Doug Wray, Ports America; Raul Alfonso, Port Tampa Bay; Al Deasy, CSX Railroad; and Ed Miyagishima, Port Tampa Bay. Port Tampa Bay hosted the International Pineapple Organization’s annual conference.
The second Global Pineapple Conference was March 19-20, according to a Port Tampa Bay news release.
The event, sponsored by the port, CSX and Ports America, drew pineapple growers, importers and processors and transportation and logistic providers from around the world.
The conference featured a presentation by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Research and Promotion Promotion, and by companies including Kelly Brothers; Dulce Fresh, LLC; Chestnut Hill Farms; Zim Integrated Shipping Services; Mediterranean Shipping Company; Maersk Line; C.H. Robinson; and J&K Fresh Custom Brokers.
Port Tampa Bay is trying to diversify its cargo base by bringing in more fresh fruit, particularly from Central America and South America.
The port’s annual economic impact is close to $15 billion.