The pineapple industry of Malaysia is the oldest agro-based export-oriented industry dating back to 1888. Though relatively small compared to palm oil and rubber, the industry also plays an important role in the country's socio-economic development of Malaysia, particularly in Johor. In 1997, the industry has contributed RM70.53 million to Malaysia's export earning. The industry provides employment and also contributes towards the growth of other supporting economic activities such as packaging, transportation and labeling.

Although pineapple can be grown all over the country, the planting of pineapple for canning purposes is presently confined to the peat soil area in the state of Johor which is the only major producer of Malaysian canned pineapple. In other states such as Selangor, Perak, Kelantan, Terengganu, Negeri Sembilan, and Sarawak, pineapple are planted specifically for domestic fresh consumption.

The world pineapple production trends has undergo severe changes since 1980's with the new producers entering the world markets. With the world demand for canned pineapple is estimated to increase around 4 to 5% yearly, there is a bright prospect for the world pineapple industry.

Pineapple is traded in world market the form of canned pineapple, single-strength juice or pineapple concentrate and fresh fruit. The pineapple is use for dessert, salad and cooking. Canned pineapple is grouped into slices, crushed, chunks, cubes and others. The pineapple juice can be consumed as a straight or mixed with other juices or blended with other fruits.

Other Related Topics:

World Supply and Demand,
Planted Area,
Replanting and New Planting,
Fresh Pineapple Production,
Canned and Pineapple Juice Production,
Research and Development,

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