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Costa Rica, Colombia Continue to Increase Pineapple Exports to the U.S

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During the past 10 years, the U.S. has imported $6.05 billion worth of pineapple with 85% of pineapple exports coming from Costa Rica. Colombia was the eighth-largest supplier for this fruit to the U.S. during the same period, according to ProColumbia data.

With industries in constant development and growth, Costa Rica and Colombia are seeking to consolidate pineapple consumption in the U.S. market. At the same time, they are aiming to grow exports to new destinations, such as Israel. 

With more than 98,842 acres concentrated in the south and north, Costa Rica produces pineapples all year round. More than 52% of shipments are destined for the U.S., and led by Del Monte company. According to the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (CANAPEP), exports began in the late 1990s with a high quality fruit.

Per capita consumption in the U.S. currently stands at nearly 6 pounds per year. And 84% of pineapples consumed come from Costa Rica. 

Abel Chaves, president of CANAPEP’s Board of Directors, says: “Since we started with exports and the development of MD2 pineapple along with phytosanitary work, we are the number one supplier in the U.S. 

“In fact, in supermarket chains, consumers seek Costa Rican pineapple, which has led to an annual average shipment of 170 million boxes of 12 kilos (26.4 pounds), which is why there is such a large consumption in the U.S”. The association seeks to position Costa Rica as the leading pineapple supplier for global markets.

Colombian market

Along the same lines, Colombia has increased its pineapple production. ProColombia data in 2021, reveals national pineapple production closed at 927,050 tons, with a 3% growth over the previous year.

In 1989, the first pineapple exports to the United States began with a value of $122,191, equivalent to 388 tons. Since then, per capita consumption in the country has remained constant, creating annual increases of 9% in imports.

Colombia has the possibility of supplying pineapple all year round, as does Costa Rica. Between January and July this year, Colombia shipped 1.1 million dollars to the US, representing a 27% growth compared to the same period in 2021.

2022 Season 

With a season marked by the logistics crisis, the pandemic and the increase in fertilizer prices in both countries, the Costa Rican pineapple industry is conservative when making projections. It predicts an average shipment of 190 million boxes for the entire industry, a figure that remains the same compared to 2021.

Of that percentage, 50% of the national industry is destined to the U.S. While between 40 to 43% is sent to Europe, with the rest of the exports destined to Chile and Asia.

According to figures from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) and analysis by ProColombia, Colombia exported more than 3 million net kilos of pineapple between January and July 2022. This represented 1.3% more than in the same period of 2021. In total, last year closed at 6.6 million net kilos.

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Imports to Pick up on PEI Spuds, Tropical Fruits

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007Late summer in the U.S. means increasing imports of items ranging from Canadian potatoes to various tropical fruits from several countries.

Prince Edward Island Potato Shipments

Prince Edward Island potato shipments from Eastern Canada could be down slightly this year due to less yields and planted acreage.  Potato diggings typically start in late September.  For example, Garden Isle Farms, Albany, Prince Edward Island, expects to begin digging the week of September 26th.

PEI potato growers have about 89,000 acres of potatoes were planted this year, 500 less than in 2015.  PEI’s fresh-crop mix of russets, yellows, reds and whites should remain fairly steady, with the trend of fewer white potatoes continuing.  Harvest should begin in the last week of September, with russets following at the beginning of October,

Processing markets may take a little higher percentage of the crop this year, with about 30 percent going to the fresh market.  While some growers are looking at new yellow varieties, production still remains mostly russets.

Mango Imports

With Mexican imported mangos finishing the season within the next week or so, the focus will shift to Brazilian imported mangoes.  Boats of Brazilian fruit began arriving at U.S. ports in August and should continue until November, with the peak volume coming in mid- to late October.  Additionally imported mangoes are arriving from Ecuador and arrivals should hit record levels in late October or early November.

Pineapple Imports

Pineapples from Costa Rica face a normal production gap from mid-August to mid-September and it has been a so-so season due to weather factors.

Papaya Imports

Boat arrivals of golden papaya out of Brazil should experience increased volume by the second week of September.  There also are papaya imports from Guatemala.

Lime Imports

Imported limes are arriving from Mexico, Ecuador, Columbia and Guatemala.  Volumes are now increasing some, but are considered to be normal.



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