Kingston announces pineapple program expansion


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Fri. October 12th, 2012

<p><strong>Idaho Falls, ID</strong><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">Kingston &amp; Associates Marketing has recently announced its plan for the expansion of its Costa Rican MD2 golden variety pineapple program – the Kingston “Sugar Pine”.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">“For over twelve years, Kingston has solidified its position as a premier marketer of high quality Costa Rican pineapples in the United States,” says Ken Nabal, Marketing President. “Our strong focus on customer service, overall dependability, and long-standing grower relationships have allowed these programs to flourish. Recognition of Kingston’s “Sugar Pine” brand as the standard for quality in the industry is the driving motivation behind this expansion. Our team and our customers are excited!”<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">With an estimated volume increase of 30% over last season, the company says the growth is driven by an increased customer demand and expansion into new geographic areas of the United States in recent months.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">“The pineapple programs have been a great success for our team and a great source of pride for me. Since my first trip to Costa Rica in 2000, we have grown into having an entire pineapple division. Whether it be our QA and food safety ‘boots on the ground’ in Costa Rica or our talented sales professionals in 4 regional offices, this infrastructure network keeps us active in major regional ports and in close proximity to our customers,” says Dave Kingston, CEO.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">While the pineapple programs are the leading import program for the company, it has recently branched out into several other key globally-sourced products like mango, papaya, asparagus and sweet onions.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">“Our strong presence both in the various growing regions and with the port terminals has been the gating item, allowing us to continue growing and open new distribution channels for sourcing other new products from Central and South America. We have excellent relationships in these countries and our grower-partners are excited to work and expand with us here at Kingston,” says Mike Anderson, Director of International Procurement.<hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><a class="btn btn-sm btn-primary col-lg-12" style="white-space: normal;" href=" http://www.kingstonmarketing.com/home.cfm" target="_new"> Kingston </a></p><hr class="legacyRuler"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding"><hr class="invisible minimal-padding">