Pineapple has become one of Colombia's main products, both in the domestic and international markets. According to data provided by the Fruit and Vegetable Association of Colombia (Asohofrucol), between 2014 and 2018, production has grown at an annual rate of 12%, and the country has gone from producing 652,759 tons to 1.05 million tons. The area devoted to pineapple cultivation in 2018 stood at 32,735 hectares.
According to Alvaro Ernesto Palacio, the general manager of Asohofrucol, “the department with the highest pineapple production is Santander (43%), followed by Valle del Cauca (14%), and Meta (12%); together, these departments account for 69% of the country's total production.” In 2018 these departments produced 455,701 tons, 145,162 and 126,800 tons of pineapple, respectively.
To develop the potential of this crop, the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce created the El Agro Exporta Alliance, a program executed by Colombia Productiva that linked 653 farmers in three departments that have a high pineapple production (Cauca, Valle del Cauca, and Casanare), with outstanding results. The goal of this alliance is to increase the yields of Golden Pineapple production and achieve the phytosanitary and quality standards required to enter value chains and new markets.
Thanks to its quality and flavor, the pineapple produced in Colombia is conquering the markets of Italy (20%), Chile (20%), and the United Kingdom (10%). The country also sends this product to Slovenia (9%), Spain (6%), the Netherlands (5%), Germany (5%), United States (5%), Portugal (4%), Turkey (3%), Russia (2%) and other destinations (10%).
Based on the behavior of the previous years, Asohofrucol plans to the end this year with a production of 1.18 million tons of pineapple.