Not all importers, however, thought the volume decline in early March would affect markets.
“You would think it would affect the market more, but it hasn’t,” said Ken Nabal, vice president of sales and logistics for Edinburg, Texas-based Frontera Produce Ltd.
Quality, sizing and volume issues for Rosemont Farms Corp., Boca Raton, Fla., cleared up at the end of February, said Roc Baggett, senior category executive for pineapples.
“We’ve come through on the other side of it, and right now we’re not really having supply issues,” he said.
Del Monte Fresh Produce NA, Coral Gables, Fla., reported no quality issues or shortages heading into Easter, said Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing.
Year-to-date pineapple shipments are not significantly lower than last year. About 250 million pounds had been imported through March 11, down from 258 million last year at the same time.