Ivory Coast exports up Ivory Coast pineapple production has risen substantially to 180,000 tonnes, leading to a doubling of exports, according to Mathias N'Goan, president of the country's central office representing growers and exports (OCAB). Speaking at the first exotic fruit conference to be held in Spain, he admitted that trade had boosted by an EU aid programme, but subsequently with more fruit being shipped, prices had tumbled. In an effort to stabilise the market, five European importers have launched a common brand, Ivoria, and agreed to pay growers a guaranteed minimum price. In the UK at present this fruit is making around £7.80 to £8.40 a carton in sizes ranging from 6s to 12s. They are also having to compete with cheap fruit from Ghana at around £1 less, and Costa Rican Extra Sweet which can command double the price. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}