Ar-Cal Distributing has taken over the mainland marketing of Hawaii-grown Maui Gold pineapples.
Ar-Cal, a division of Arvin, Calif.-based Trino Packing and Cold Storage, inked a deal with HaliiMaile, Hawaii-based HaliiMaile Pineapple Co. Ltd. to be the North American sales agent for Maui Golds, which HaliiMaile has exclusive rights to, said John Trino, Ar-Cal’s president.
Santa Paula, Calif.-based Calavo Growers Inc. had been the mainland marketer for Maui Golds when the variety was owned by Makawao, Hawaii-based Maui Land & Pineapple Inc.
HaliiMaile, which became the exclusive marketer of Maui Golds effective Jan. 1, has cut production of Maui Golds from 3,000 to 4,000 acres to 650 acres, Trino said.
Rudy Balala, HaliiMaile’s vice president, said the company is focusing its marketing efforts on the mainland on high-end customers. He said the company can’t compete with pineapples from other countries on price.
“We know we have a superior product,” he said. “Our fruit tastes really good, and we’ve heard a lot of positive comments about it on the mainland.”
HaliiMaile expects to ship about 3,000 to 4,000 cases a week to the mainland U.S., Balala said. Continue reading
Mainland images of the fall harvest may not apply to Hawaii, where the growing season is year-round. But after the islands’ busier summer than 2009’s and before a Christmas break that’s expected to be even more robust, travelers may find that quieter autumn is the peak period to reap the benefits of new and renewed activities and accommodations.
For activities, the menu of agritourism options – an appetizing way to support farmers and rural landscapes – keeps expanding on the four major islands:
Maui: The new Grown on Maui Bus Tour lives up to its name by including a locally sourced continental breakfast at the Whole Foods Market in Kahului, a company tour and pineapple tasting at the Haliimaile Pineapple Co., a gourmet lunch and tour at upcountry Oo Farm (owned by PacificO and IO restaurants) and a walking tour and dessert at Alii Kula Lavender Farm, before returning to Whole Foods. The weekly Tuesday tour, open to ages 12 and older, costs $130 plus tax. (808) 879-2828, www.akinatours.com. Continue reading
LOS ANGELES » Federal agriculture inspectors at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have found a destructive pest in a shipment of pineapples that’s never been seen before in the United States.
The U.S. Customers and Border Protection said yesterday that the variety of leafhopper found late last month from Costa Rica can cause severe damage to crops such as grapes, potatoes, soybeans and corn.
The insect was the second first-in-the-nation pest that inspectors at the Southern California port complex have found in the last two months. Crews there found a type of aphid in late June.
The 2010 Hawaii State Farm Fair, at Bishop Museum this weekend, will feature a celebrity cook-off and the Ag-Tastic Expo.
The cook-off will involve an Island Beef Stir-fry, starting at 12:15 p.m. Saturday. The beef comes courtesy of Michelle Galimba’s Kuahiwi Ranch in Kau, and all other food ingredients will come directly from the fair’s farmers market.
The expo will showcase samples of Hawaii-grown and locally made products from farm bureau members on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island and Kauai. They include Naked Cow Dairy; Hanalei Taro and Juice Co.; Maui’s Ono, producer of specialty dressings; honey producers from Molokai; Haliimaile Pineapple Co.; Lorie Obra, producer of award-winning Rusty’s Hawaiian coffee; and Will Tabios of Rising Sun coffee, another award winner.
The farm fair features a 4-H livestock exhibit with competition in lamb and beef categories, agriculture displays, the farmers market and exotic tropical plant displays and sales.
Admission is $7, $3 for children ages 4 to 12. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Purchase tickets at the door or beforehand at the museum box office or the Hawaii Farm Bureau office, 2343 Rose St. in Kalihi. Call 848-2074 or visit www.hfbf.org.
LAHAINA, Hawaii–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. (NYSE:MLP) today announced the subscription price for its previously announced $40 million rights offering of common stock to its shareholders. The subscription price per share is $3.85.
Upon commencement of the rights offering, shareholders will receive one non-transferable subscription right for each share of common stock owned as of the close of business on July 7, 2010, which is the record date for the rights offering. Each subscription right will entitle the shareholder to purchase approximately 1.23 shares of common stock, at a subscription price of $3.85 per share. Shareholders who fully exercise all of their initial subscription rights will be entitled to purchase any unsubscribed shares at the same subscription price per share, on a pro rata basis.
A copy of the prospectus and additional materials relating to the rights offering are expected to be mailed on or about July 9, 2010 to shareholders as of the record date. Shareholders may also obtain a copy of the prospectus and additional materials by contacting Maui Land & Pineapple Company, 870 Haliimaile Road, Makawao, Hawaii 96768, Attn: Corporate Secretary, via telephone at (808) 877-3895 or via email at email@example.com.
About Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc.
Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc., organized in 1909, is a landholding, real estate development and asset management company headquartered in Maui, Hawaii. The company owns approximately 24,000 acres of land on Maui, including its principal development, the Kapalua Resort, a 1,650 acre master-planned, luxury destination resort community.
Purfresh Outperforms Traditional Chemicals and Maintains the Quality Consumers Have Come to Expect from Maui Gold Pineapples
FREMONT, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Purfresh, a provider of clean technologies that purify, protect, and preserve our food and water, today announced that Hali’imaile Pineapple Company, previously known as the Maui Pineapple Company, has integrated Purfresh® Cold Storage and Purfresh Wash in their new packing facility. The intelligent atmosphere and disinfectant solutions from Purfresh combine clean, state-of-the-art ozone-based technology with web-based informatics to preserve quality and extend the shelf life of Maui Gold pineapples.“We’re focused on delivering high-quality pineapples to our customers, and Purfresh’s clean solutions have been instrumental in eliminating mold and reducing chemical use in our operations,” said Mr. Brian Igersheim, director of quality control for Hali’imaile Pineapple Company. “With Purfresh, we replaced chlorine with ozone, have eliminated all shell and crown mold, and haven’t experienced any customer rejections as a result of decay since we implemented the systems. In addition, because ozone is certified for use on organic produce, we’re able to run our conventional and organic pineapples on the same line.”
PUKALANI – Just a half year into its existence, Hali’imaile Pineapple Co. is operating "in the black" and hiring more employees, said Doug MacCluer, part owner of the company and a member of its board of directors.
"It’s manini, but we’re showing a profit," MacCluer said Thursday evening after providing an update on the company during a meeting of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center.
The company is filling a void left by Maui Pineapple Co., which closed and laid off 285 employees Dec. 31, after sustaining multimillion-dollar losses. As recently as 2008, Maui Pine employed 659 workers.
"We thought we could straighten out a big mess, and it was a big mess," MacCluer said.
So far, Hali’imaile Pineapple has generated $3.2 million in revenue – before taxes and farmland rents to Maui Land & Pineapple Co.
Most of the revenue has gone to Hali’imaile Pineapple employees, who belong to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, MacCluer said.
By CONSTANCE COOPER
Daily News Staff
In an effort to boost fruit production in the territory, the V.I. Agriculture Department is offering $2 pineapple plants to local farmers.
Three popular commercial varieties not typically grown in the territory — sugar loaf, cayenne smooth and elite gold — will be available and will be shipped to growers for free in orders of 36 or more. The Agriculture Department will collect data about acreage and the the kinds of food grown by each farmer who orders the fruit.
Posted by Wendy Osher
Executives with the newly established Haliimaile Pineapple Company will discuss the company’s operations at the upcoming meeting of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui. Company board member, Doug MacCluer will speak on the company’s hiring of former Maui Land and Pineapple Company employees, and the effect of the state’s water commission decision on the pineapple business and land owners.
The meeting is set for Thursday, June 17th at 5 p.m. in Pukalani at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center.
Governor Linda Lingle created councils of neighbor island advisors to give neighbor island residents a stronger voice in state government. The Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui holds monthly public meetings to seek community input, advise the Governor issues of importance in the outlying counties, and make recommendations for state boards and commissions.
The members of the Governor’s Council of Neighbor Island Advisors for Maui are Madge Schaefer (chair), Kathryn Ghean (vice chair), John Henry, Lori Ululani Sablas, Gail K. Takeuchi and Leona Rocha Wilson.
The meeting is open to the public.
Haliimaile Pineapple Co. employees work to process fresh pineapples Thursday at the company’s renovated Haliimaile plant. The company closed a former Maui Pineapple Co. processing plant in Kahului and moved to Haliimaile to centralize plantings and packing there, said Vice President Rudy Balala. He said the weather has been “nice but kind of dry,” but replanting is on schedule. Haliimaile Pineapple took over about 1,000 acres when Maui Pineapple shut down at the end of the year. The new company handles about 75 tons of fruit per day, but most of it stays in Hawaii, with about 20 percent sold to customers on the Mainland, Balala said.