Pineapple supplies are limited; import levels are below normal for this time of year. Large sizes (5- and 6-count fruit) are especially tight. Weather challenges and a seasonal harvesting gap will extend shortages through September. Expect rising prices.
- Weather patterns in Costa Rica over the past several months have reduced overall stocks
- The growing region is approaching the time of year when production naturally slows
- Pineapple plants rely on weather patterns to flower naturally
- Volume normally declines in July, August, and September
- Large sizes (5- and 6-count fruit) are extremely limited; small sizes (7- and 8-count supplies) are more readily available
- Quality is good; sugar levels range from 14 to 15 Brix
- Expect decreased stocks through mid-September; volume will return to normal levels by early October
- The market will rise
- The season is expected to end early this year
- Approximately 50% fewer supplies are being shipped into the U.S.
- Rain, humidity, and high temperatures have reduced yields and are affecting quality
- Current quality is fairly good: sugar levels are averaging 13 Brix
- Small sizes (7- and 8-count fruit) dominate the crop
- Large sizes are limited
- 5-count stocks are not available
- The season is expected to gap in late July when quality becomes too poor to ship to the U.S.
- New crop harvesting will begin in late August
- Expect prices to climb over the next several weeks
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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