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Pineapple exports (trade value, in US $) $250,000,000

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Philippine pineapple production (in tonnes)

3.000.000

3.000.000

2.500.000

$200,000,000

2.500.000

2.000.000

$150,000,000

2.000.000

1.500.000

Mindanao Pineapple Sector

the value of canned pineapples has increased by 28%. Canned

1.500.000

$100,000,000

pineapple volumes have increased only slightly by 3%.17

1.000.000 1.000.000

The production of pineapples in the country has steadily

Northern Mindanao

$50,000,000

500.000

increased over the last decade, as is shown by both production and

500.000

land use figures. Clearly, the production has significantly intensified. Between 2003 and 2012, pineapple production grew by 41%,18 while

0

$0

official land use increased by 23%.

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2009

2010

acquisition of Dole Packaged Foods.20 According to Itochu’s reporting,

SOCCSKSARGEN

300,000,000

2.500.000

2.000.000

1.500.000

250,000,000

As for DMPI, the profits are less transparent, but based on the report-

200,000,000

ing of their parent company DPML we can assume that their business

the island Mindanao, where the large companies Dolefil

is also very profitable. In 2013, DMPL reached record sales of US

150,000,000

and DMPI are based.9 They operate 80% of the Philippine

$492.2 million.23 At the beginning of 2014, DMPL finalised the buyout

pineapple industry. The rest of the Philippine pineapple

of Del Monte Foods Consumer Products. Adding back the one-off fees of the US acquisition, net profit would have been US $33.9 mil-

Hybrid, and Mt. Kitanglad Agricultural Development Corpor-

lion, or 6% higher than that of 2012. Indeed, in the last five years

ation (with a few smaller-scale exceptions).

the net profits of DMPL have increased from US $11.3 million to US

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$33.9 million, which represents a 300% increase in five years.26

Philippine pineapple area planted (in hectares)

2.000.000

April 2014, Dolefil announced that they are planning to double their

market is mainly operated by Sumifru, Unifrutti, Asian

2012 2012

...SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII) ...SOCCSKSARGEN (Region XII)

3.000.000

400,000,000 350,000,000

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2009 2009

2.500.000

450,000,000

The majority (89%) of Philippine pineapples come from

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3.000.000

500,000,000

it earned ¥7.1 billion (€51.3 million) last year from its Dole unit.21 In plantations in the next five years.22

2006 2006

...NOTHERN (Region ...NOTHERN MINDANAO MINDANAO (Region X) X)

Source: Philippines Statistics Authority, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (2013).

Pineapple exports (trade quantity)

The growth in the Philippine pineapple industry’s operations,

2013, the Japanese Corporation Itochu took over Dolefil as part of its

20032003 PHILIPPINES TOTAL PHILIPPINES TOTAL

Source: UN Comtrade (2013)

Dolefil’s plantations and processing plants are located.

profits recorded by the pineapple producers DMPI and Dolefil. In

0

2013

Pineapples, otherwise prepared or preserved

Mindanao, where DMPI has its operations, and SOCCSKSARGEN where

production volume and export value is also reflected in the major

2012

Pineapples fresh or dried

Production has grown strongest in the provinces of Northern

Davao City

2011

1.500.000

1.000.000 1.000.000

500.000

100,000,000

500.000

50,000,000

0

0 2009

2010

2011

2012

Pineapples fresh or dried Pineapples, otherwise prepared or preserved

Source: UN Comtrade (2013)

2013

0

2003 2003 PHILIPPINES TOTAL PHILIPPINES TOTAL

2006 2006

20092009

...NOTHERN MINDANAO (Region ...NOTHERN MINDANAO (Region X) X)

2012

2012

...SOCCSKSARGEN XII) ...SOCCSKSARGEN (Region(Region XII)

Source: Philippines Statistics Authority, Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (2013).

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