Commodity: Pineapple

PLUs:

  • 4029
    small
  • 4430
    large
  • 4431
    jet fresh, small
  • 4432
    jet fresh, large
  • 3379
    mini
  • 3380
    perola
  • 3037
    queen
Pineapple

Commodity Overview

Pineapple is a familiar tropical fruit to most consumers. It is especially popular with certain ethnic groups. Take advantage of pineapple’s popularity to get it moving off your shelves.

Availability

Facts

  • Pineapple’s sweet taste can make consumers forget all about its health benefits, but it offers many. Like all fruits high in vitamin C, pineapple can help boost the immune system and fight cancer. Pineapple is an inflammation fighter. It contains the enzyme bromelain, which has been shown to help reduce inflammation. Pineapple contains manganese and thiamin, which help produce energy for your body. Pineapple is a great choice for those on low-sodium, low-cholesterol diets.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the following nutrient content descriptors for pineapples: fat-free, saturated fat-free, very low-sodium, cholesterol-free, and high in vitamin C.

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Sales Strategies

  • Pineapple has a few natural partners for cross-merchandising, including ham, stir-fry vegetables and sauces and bagged salads.
  • Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is available year-round. Promote it throughout the year.
  • Fall: Promote pineapple, especially fresh-cut pineapple, as a great addition to school lunchboxes.
  • Winter: Include pineapple in holiday fruit baskets and boxes. Add fresh-cut pineapple chunks to holiday fruit trays. Promote it as a natural complement to ham during the holidays. Include pineapple in Chinese New Year promotions.
  • Spring: Promote pineapple as a tasty addition to springtime salads. Encourage consumers to add pineapple to Easter and Mother’s Day brunches.
  • Summer: Promote pineapple as a quick, easy summertime snack. Include it in summertime grilling promotions as it makes a great addition to grilled fruit skewers.
  • Offer samples to encourage impulse buys.
  • Pineapple is popular with Asian and Hispanic consumers, so if you have large ethnic populations that shop at your store, be sure to promote pineapple on a regular basis.

Dynamic Displays

  • Pineapple can bruise so don’t dump it on the display or stack it on top of each other.
  • Remove any product with dried out, shriveled leaves.
  • Pineapples can be the base of a larger tropical display. Surround them with bananas, mangoes, kiwifruit and other tropicals that sell well in your produce department.
  • Add fresh-cut pineapple to your display to encourage time-strapped consumers to pick some up.

Foodservice

  • Add pineapple as a side dish on your children’s menu.
  • Include pineapple in fruit cup side dishes.
  • Add pineapple to ice cream sundae bars.
  • Include pineapple in salads and on salad bars.
  • Pineapple is a great flavor for baked goods. Include it in cakes, cookies and pies.
  • Include pineapple in smoothies.
  • Pineapple adds flavor to stir-fry dishes.

In The Backroom

Shipping

40-lb cartons/flats, 2-layer
20-lb. cartons/flats, 1-layer
RPC -- 6413, 6416, 6419, 6420

Consumer packs
12-, 16-, 40- and 80-oz. bags of fresh-cut chunks, wedges and spears

Fresh-cut cylinders
20-oz. packs

Fresh cored pineapple
32-oz. bags

Foodservice packs
5-pound plastic airtight pouches of wedges, cylinders, spears and tidbits

Grades

United States
U.S. fancy
U.S. No. 1
U.S. No. 2

Hawaii
Hawaii fancy
Hawaii No. 1
Hawaii cocktail

Handling

Temperature: mature green, 50 to 55 F (10 to 12.8 C); ripe, 45 F (7.2 C), 32 to 35 F (0 to 1.7 C)
Relative humidity: 85-90%
Mist: no
Typical shelf life: 14 to 36 days
Odor-sensitive (Do not store or transport odor-sensitive items with commodities that produce odors. Pineapples will absorb odors produced by avocados and green peppers.)
Susceptible to chilling injury (Damage sometimes is not apparent until produce is returned to a higher temperature.)
Fruit with a deep yellow shell color has higher sugar content because it is picked later in the growing process.

Nutrition Labels

Companies

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Brooks Tropicals Inc


  • Headquarters
Homestead, Florida, United States
Operation Type:
Grower
Wholesaler
Shipper
Broker
Importer
Exporter
Produce Category: Specialties, Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Cooking Vegetables, Salad Vegetables, Berries, Deciduous Fruit, Melons, Stone Fruit

The Garden Wholesale Inc


  • Headquarters
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Operation Type:
Wholesaler
Exporter
Retailer
Buyer
Produce Category: Deciduous Fruit, Stone Fruit, Melons, Cooking Vegetables, Tropical Fruit, Salad Vegetables, Berries, Citrus

Coosemans Cleveland Inc


  • Headquarters
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Operation Type:
Importer
Wholesaler
Produce Category: Specialties, Deciduous Fruit, Tropical Fruit, Cooking Vegetables, Salad Vegetables, Citrus, Berries, Melons, Stone Fruit

Coosemans Houston Inc


  • Headquarters
Houston, Texas, United States
Operation Type:
Importer
Wholesaler
Shipper
Retailer
Produce Category: Salad Vegetables, Stone Fruit, Cooking Vegetables, Deciduous Fruit, Melons, Tropical Fruit, Citrus, Berries, Specialties

Coosemans Tampa Inc


  • Headquarters
Tampa, Florida, United States
Operation Type:
Importer
Exporter
Wholesaler
Grower
Shipper
Produce Category: Cooking Vegetables, Salad Vegetables, Berries, Citrus, Deciduous Fruit, Melons, Stone Fruit, Tropical Fruit, Specialties
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Coosemans Montreal


  • Headquarters
Montreal, QC, Canada
Operation Type:
Wholesaler
Produce Category: Citrus, Specialties, Deciduous Fruit, Tropical Fruit, Cooking Vegetables, Salad Vegetables, Berries, Stone Fruit, Melons

Courchesne, LaRose Ltee


  • Headquarters
Montreal, Canada
Operation Type:
Wholesaler
Importer
Produce Category: Cooking Vegetables, Melons, Citrus, Tropical Fruit, Deciduous Fruit, Salad Vegetables, Berries, Stone Fruit

Adexma


  • Headquarters
Fort De France, Martinique
Operation Type:
Exporter
Trade Association
Produce Category: Tropical Fruit, Citrus, Cooking Vegetables

Agricola Internacional La Semilla SA/AGRISEMSA


  • Headquarters
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Operation Type:
Exporter
Produce Category: Tropical Fruit, Specialties

Agricultores Especialidades Latinas SPR de RL


  • Headquarters
Xalapa, Mexico
Operation Type:
Shipper
Exporter
Produce Category: Specialties, Tropical Fruit