NEWS FLASH--Maui Land & Pineapple Company has just announced that they are shutting down pineapple operations on Maui by the end of the year.
Maui Land & Pineapple Company has been sustaining heavy losses for many years and was unable to define a viable plan to continue operations. Several hundred workers will lose their jobs and fresh Maui-grown pineapples will be a thing of the past except for some small farmers. The island of Oahu went through this last year when Del Monte abruptly stopped pineapple production. Dole still produces pineapple on Oahu but has significantly scaled back operations over the years.
Agriculture is taking a heavy hit throughout Hawaii. Just last week Kauai ended their sugar cane operations after harvesting their final crop (see my post HERE). For now, sugar is still a big crop on Maui and thousands of acres of it greet incoming passengers who pass over the valley fields prior to landing.
Tourists can still get fresh Hawaiian pineapple to take back to the mainland. But those wanting to do so would be wise to visit now rather than later.
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