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สมาคมผูผ้ ลิตอาหารสาเร็จร ูป THAI FOOD PROCESSORS’ ASSOCIATION PINEAPPLE SUPPLY OUTLOOK OF THAILAND Summer Crop 2011 All factories have prepared to close for Songkran Holiday for this week. The supply in the first quarter 2011 has been sufficient to many factories to keep production at satisfactory rate. However, the demand for fruit has exceeded the supply that fruit price has been driven to the level exceeding 7.50 THB/kg in March. In March, we are happy that there has been rainfall in many growing areas of pineapple. The supply of summer crop may not be as badly affected as that of 2010 when we experienced severe drought as a result of the El Nino. Nevertheless, the improving supply in 2011 may not offset the shortage of 2010 and the increasing demand in the market as inventory is diminishing and importers are required to replenish inventory. The surge of fruit prior to and after our festive Songkran holiday period does not imply of the bumper crop of this summer harvest or for the year 2011. Farmers have harvested earlier to avoid the holiday period. And what are available in the fields will be harvested next week when we return to work. The supply in May and June is expected to level off. Fruit quality has been affected by lack of rain prior to March. At the moment, we are in our summer season when temperature would rise close to 38 – 40 c. Fruit size may be small and fruits may damage by the heat and the sun. On the production cost, tinplate price will increase from the 3rd quarter after the price was locked in for 6 months from January – June 2011. The decreasing demand for steel products in Japan due to the damage from Tsunami and earthquake does not dampen the demand for steel in China and Korea. The price of iron ore to China has been reported to increase. The oil price will also have an impact on the price increase for tinplate and all packaging material, as well as transportation cost. The Thai Food Processors’ Association April 12, 2011

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Pineapple Supply Outlook of Thailand Summer: Crop 2011  

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