The U.S. imported just under 12.0 million liters of pineapple juice concentrate in September, right around the average for the month that we’ve seen during recent years. During Jun-Aug, PJC imports were notably higher than during the past two years, perhaps as importers secured supply during these challenging times, which include labor shortages caused by COVID-19. PJC pricing also eased slightly during the summer compared to levels seen last year when production in Southeast Asia was low.
Pricing in September was sharply higher, however. The value (CIF) of September’s concentrate imports, on a per-liter basis, was up about 30 cents per gallon from August (using 65˚ Brix concentrate as an average) and up more than 24 percent year over year.