Costa Rican pineapple volume climbs even higher

11/21/2008 12:00:00 AM
Tom Karst

However, Roberto Obando, director of an association of agricultural agronomists in Costa Rica, said there are reasons to suspect pineapple acreage growth will taper off in coming years.

Slower economic growth in the U.S., a renewed emphasis in Costa Rica agricultural policy on production of corn and beans and environmental pressures and possible new regulations on pineapple growers are factors that could slow acreage growth, he said.

Christou said the lack of expertise and financial backing for some new growers, combined with the credit crunch and economic slowdown, would likely accelerate their exit from the business.

Despite the economic challenges, Christou said Del Monte — the largest pineapple producer and exporter in Costa Rica — is well-positioned for future growth in demand for the Del Monte Gold variety, and he said Del Monte is also producing organic pineapples in Costa Rica.


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