According to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, more than 150 pineapples-for-export farms in the country have registered with the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA), which together have more than 3,600 hectares, spread over 14 departments. Antioquia is the leading exporter department with exports from the municipalities of Chigorodo, Apartado, and Uraba. It is followed by the departments of Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Quindío, Cesar, Cordoba, Meta, and Casanare. During this year, the country has exported more than 2,000 tons of pineapple to 10 countries, after having achieved the opening of new markets, such as Canada.
In fact, the country has recently sent its first shipment of pineapples to Canada. The shipment was made up of 19,000 kilos of pineapple cultivated in the municipality of La Gloria (department of Cesar) and it was sent to Toronto.
The shipment was made by Pineapple International, a company that was set up approximately two years ago and that is located in the town of Simaña, in the south of Cesar. “We saw an excellent market opportunity for the pineapple business in this area of Cesar because of the number of daylight hours there are here each day, which allow the fruit to achieve very good sugar levels, and because of its proximity to the ports,” stated Juan Pablo Perdomo, the company's general manager.
The company grows MD-2 pineapples, among other varieties, Perdomo said. "This year we are going to produce around 3 million kilograms of pineapples. Next year we expect to produce around six million kilograms and our goal is to export between 50% and 80% of our total production," he added.