The latest reports out of Thailand indicate flooding in the key southern area, which is already slowing the supply of raw materials to packers. There is a good probability that this will cause more severe shortages in the new year, driving prices up.
Packers are already wary of over-extending their ability to supply orders, and prices have started up.
Last year Chinese pineapple packers were flooded with orders due to the shortages in Thailand, making it difficult for the Chinese to fulfil all the orders received and driving prices up. The situation this year may be similar.
It is strongly recommended that anyone who needs pineapple place their orders very soon.