Despite doubling over 12 months, pineapple prices could double again due to a short crop. Consumer prices are so far behind the cost of replacing stocks that shelf prices will have to rise. Pineapple prices trail other canning fruit, but the arrival of the new crop heralds the renegotiation of retail contracts and overhaul of pricing. It will be an interesting situation for retail buyers, who have not dealt with these dynamics before. "Soon the retail price of pineapple must double," said an importer.