Supplies of pineapples are tight right now.
“They’re a little short at the moment which is a little off the norm. It’s surprising--I don’t know why that is,” says Anthony Serafino of Exp. Group, LLC based in North Bergen, NJ. “They’re saying there are some sourcing issues and it’s been like this for a few weeks.”
Nicolas Sanchez and Anthony Serafino show a box of pineapples.
Pineapples are coming from Central American countries including Honduras and Costa Rica. And while it’s not necessarily been identified as a source of the problem, November 2020 is when Hurricanes Eta and Iota affected large parts of Central American countries including Colombia, Nicaragua, Honduras and others. “They’re not saying that is the problem. But you take one weather instance and it really can derail everything. It throws off the chain of supply,” says Serafino.
Meanwhile demand is strong for pineapples. “There are pineapples around but it’s definitely more demand than supply,” says Serafino. “Demand also usually picks up at this time of year and usually there’s supply to meet it. Pineapple is consumed all year round but it’s a summer fruit, no doubt about it.”
Of course, all of this means pricing is slightly higher than usual by a few dollars. “And looking ahead, they’re telling me it’s going to be status quo for the next few weeks,” adds Serafino.