Panama's pineapple producers are seeing an increase in sales as consumers seek multivitamin foods rich in antioxidants, to gain what they believe is a defense against the coronavirus. Panama produces and exports the MD2 Golden pineapple, a fruit that is sweeter has less fiber and acidity than that produced in other countries; And it can contain up to four times more vitamin C than regular varieties.
Hipólito Vergara, director of pineapple operations at Verba Odrec, said that these qualities of the Panamanian fruit have allowed demand to strengthen towards the European market now that consumers are demanding more fruits and vegetables, menafn.com reported.
“Our customers in Europe, who supply supermarket chains, report that pineapple consumption has risen. "We have clients in Italy, one of our main markets, and so far they have not canceled any orders, on the contrary, we have increased them," said Vergara.
The Chorrera company exports to Europe between 40,000 and 50,000 kilograms of the fruit a week. 20% of the shipments go to the Italian market. Verba Odrec pineapple is packed on pallets (wooden pallet) with capacity for 36 boxes with six fruits per box.
Turkey, the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Jordan, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France, Ireland, Japan and the United Arab Emirates, are some of the main destinations for the Panamanian fruit.