AMEP’s president, Emilio Lopez Turrent, is chief executive officer of Pinicola, and Jiminez serves as marketing manager for the association and for each member company.
AMEP operates from the state of Veracruz, Mexico, where about 80% of the country’s pineapple crops are located, Jiminez said.
The pineapple business is very good and looks to remain good, said Alan Dolezal, vice president of sales, Coral Gables, Fla.-based Turbana Corp.
Supply and demand are fairly equal right now. The mild winter weather in much of the U.S. likely has helped boost recent pineapple sales.
“It enables people to get out and shop with more frequency, and as a result sales are stronger than last year,” Dolezal said.
The majority of Turbana’s pineapples are sourced from Costa Rica, and it also ships weekly from Panama. This year, Turbana started marketing pineapples from its new farms in Colombia.
Production in Costa Rica is expected to be stable, barring an unpredictable natural flowering event. Pineapple plants sometimes flower in response to periods of cold or cloudy weather.
In that case, fruit comes on early and growers can be left with a glut of fruit when they didn’t expect it.
“If it’s going to happen in Central America, it’ll happen around this time,” Dolezal said.