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12 Facts about the Pineapple Industry in the Philippines

7 May 2018

The Philippines is the second largest producer and exporter of pineapples in the world after Thailand. Pineapple is not native to the Philippines, but since the tropical environment has proven ideal for plantations - some of the world’s biggest pineapple plantations (Del Monte and Dole) are found here. Here are some key facts and statistics about Pineapple industry the Philippines:

 

#1. In 2015, the Philippine pineapple industry produced 2.58 million metric tons of fruit. The growth of the industry has been slow, but steady, as there were 2.23 million metric tons of fruit produced in 2011. (Statista)

 

#2. In Q3 2017, pineapple production in the Philippines produced an increase of 1.5% over the same quarter in 2016. The growth was attributed to a harvest increase thanks to the expansion of corporate farms in Mindanao and Cotabato. (Philippine Statistics Authority)

 

#3. Northern Mindanao is the top producing region for pineapples in the Philippines. This one region accounts for an average of 61% of the annual crop. The next closest region is Soccsksargen, which produces about 28% of the crop. The Bicol region provides about 6% of the total pineapple crop. (Philippine Statistics Authority)

 

#4. Most of the active pineapple plantations in the Philippines are classified as being small, with a total size of 2 hectares or less. This means outside of the major tropical fruit brands that are active in the country, the average pineapple plantation owner is catering to the local market. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

#5. There are three primary cultivars grown in the Philippine pineapple industry: Formosa (Queen), Cayenne, and Red Spanish. The latter cultivar is primarily used for its leaf production rather than providing fruit to the industry. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

#6. Pineapple harvesting in the Philippines is a year-round experience. For the smaller farms, the peak time for harvest is usually April - July. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

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#7. Just 17% of the Philippine pineapple industry is composed of fresh fruit that is designated for export. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

#8. The average annual growth rate of the farmgate price of pineapples in the Philippines was as high as 7.71% for the Formosa type of fruit. Cayenne pineapples had an annual farmgate price growth average of 2.82%, while the Red Spanish pineapples experienced annual growth of 3.07%. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

#9. Pineapples that are grown in the Philippines are exported in processed forms in addition to the fresh fruit that is shipped. Dole and Del Monte are the primary exporters of pineapple products for the industry. Although exports declined from 2008-2010, the industry has recovered to experience annual growth rates of 11% or more in some years. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

#10. Japan is the primary country that imports pineapples from the Philippines, accounting for 87% of the total export portion of the Philippine pineapple industry. South Korea and China both account for another 5% each for pineapple exports. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

#11. The most popular processed forms of pineapple that are exported from the Philippines are purees, juices, dried fruit, and preserves in syrup. (Food and Fertilizer Technology Center)

 

#12. One of the reasons why the pineapple is such a popular fruit is because it contains bromelain. That is an enzyme that helps to digest food because it is able to break down proteins that have been consumed. At the same time, it works to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract, offers anti-clotting properties, and may provide relief for indigestion. (Choose Philippines)

 

As with any tropical fruit industry, the Philippine pineapple may experience economic downturns from time to time. Because of the popularity of the product, however, there will always be local and international markets that are seeking to import more of this sweet fruit.

 

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Sources:

Brandon Gaille
Choose Pineapples
Fair Food

 

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