After pineapple sales were at a low level in the spring, the market has picked up again in recent weeks. "At the moment the prices are at a good level around 10 euros. The price of large sizes is slightly above this and those of small sizes a little below," says Mario de Goede of Dutoit Europe.
"Those high prices are nice, of course, but we do lack stability in the market. The market is going up and down and in my view these are signs of a weak market," Mario continues. "After all, we are still missing our fixed sales channels. Sales towards retail will continue to take place, but the hotel and catering industry, caterers and company canteens are buying much less, which is why the market is moving up and down."
"Costa Rica is now in the post-natural flowering phase, so there will be some more trade available in the coming weeks. Currently supply is limited and prices are reasonably high. We can use that to offset the losses in the first half of the year, because it won't be a top year for pineapple, that's for sure!"