King of Fruit Media Releases
Apr 2013 - Grow for Gold (Australian Good Taste)
"Rain plus sun equals the perfect recipe for growing pineapples. That’s how we grow them up here in Queensland," says farmer Ben Clifton. The family company he now runs has been producing pineapples for more than 50 years, so they've had plenty of practice at growing sweet, juicy fruit all year round.
26 Mar 2013 - Coles sweetens deal with Australian pineapple growers
With more than 1.5 million cans of Coles Brand tinned pineapple sold each year, this is a major boost for Queensland growers and the local food.
23 Mar 2013 - Asian fruit under scrutiny (The Morning Bulletin)
An independent risk expert has called for more time to consider the effect of imported Malaysian pineapples on Australian pineapple growers. A final report was expected later this month, after being delayed in November, but instead a second interim report was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday night. The final report is now due June 24.
22 Mar 2013 - Senate report questions disease checks on pineapple and ginger imports
Coalition Senator Bill Heffernan says the independent assessment undertaken by the Senate committee indicated the risk matrix used to examine imported produce had flaws... Derek Lightfoot, from Tropical Pines, has been campaigning against the import of Malaysian pineapples since their preliminary approval for import.
"We don't want any industry being affected by a fundamentally flawed risk estimation matrix."
7 Dec 2012 - The matrix problem for pineapples
Hear managing director Derek Lightfoot on ABC (Rural) Radio National discussing the risk assessment matrix used by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on the import of produce from Malaysia.
29 Nov 2012 - 'Ghost diseased' pineapples from Malaysia inquiry report delayed
The results of the senate inquiry into the import of Malaysian pineapples have been delayed until March 20.
23 Nov 2012 - What's the risk? (Rural Weekly - Central Queensland News)
Interview with Tropical Pineapples managing director Derek Lightfoot regarding the risk assessment matrix used to measure the risks associated with imported pineapples from Malaysia.
17-18 Nov 2012 - Fit for Kings (Courier Mail - Ask a Farmer)
This article puts a spotlight on the Sandy Creek Pineapple Company run by Tropical Pines grower Murray Pike, along with some interesting pineapple facts.
16 Nov 2012 - Malaysian pineapple imports into Australia (ABC News QLD)
Video: Pineapple growers say Bio Security officials should conduct more research before allowing Malaysian imports into Australia.
16 Nov 2012 - Malaysian pineapple imports on ABC's 7.30 Report QLD
Video: Pineapple growers say that a dangerous disease could be brought in with Malaysian produce. They believe the national Bio Security authority is underestimating the threat.
16 Nov 2012 - Fears foreign disease will cripple Australia's pineapple industry
The industry has spent more than two years fighting a request from the Malaysian Government to import fresh decrowned pineapples. A Senate committee is preparing to hand down its final report later this month into the risk of the imports.
9 Nov 2012 - Risky Business: Industry questions imported fruit analysis
Hear what Tropical Pine's managing director in Yeppoon Derek Lightfoot has to say about the risk matrix used by Biosecurity Australia
1 Nov 2012 - Tropical Pines new facility
Read about Tropical Pineapple's new $1.75 million packing facility at Yeppoon, starting the next chapter in the successful 20 year history.
26 Oct 2012 - Tropical Pineapples celebrates new chapter in 20-year success story
Tropical Pineapples will start the next chapter in its 20-year success story when the company celebrates its new $1.75 million facility in Yeppoon today.
11 Oct 2012 - Senate Inquiry Report into Pineapple Imports Delayed
The report has been delayed to allow the Committee to obtain independant analysis of the risk estimation formula used by Biosecurity Australia.
15 Aug 2012 - Imported pines could cripple us
A senate enquiry was held to assess the viability of saving the pineapple industry from imported pineapples.
27 Jun 2012 - LNP fighting to protect Qld pineapple and ginger farms from disease
More about the Malaysian import saga with comments from the honorable John McVeigh and Environment & Heritage Minister Andrew Powell after visiting the South Queensland shed.
21 Jun 2012 - LNP fights to keep Qld pineapple & ginger farms disease free
Read the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry John McVeigh's statement on Malaysian pineapple imports.
13 Jun 2012 - Queensland Country Hour Podcast
Hear what pineapple growers have to say about the decision to allow Malaysian imports.
13 Jun 2012 - Call for Senate inquiry into pineapple imports from Malaysia
The Federal Government has allowed the importing of pineapples from Malaysia, and Senator Ron Boswell is requesting an inquiry due to concerns of biosecurity.
16 Apr 2012 - Dirt Dynasties: Queensland's pineapple pioneers
How many pineapples could you grow in 95 years? Chris Doyle's family has produced tonnes and tonnes of them in that time in a valley behind Queenland's Sunshine Coast. Chris is also the major force behind the pineapple display at the annual Brisbane EKKA.
07 Mar 2012 - Imported pineapples spike debate
Article about the potential danger of disease if Australia were to import pineapples from Malaysia, where fruit collapse is found in 40% of Malaysian pineapples.
24 Jan 2012 - The rough end of the pineapple
Read how growers Ben Clifton and John Cranny have moved their pineapple-growing operation from Yeppoon to a new block at Bungundarra.
13 Jan 2012 - Pineapple supplier resists Malaysian imports
THE largest supplier of fresh pineapples to the domestic market has urged Biosecurity Australia to not allow de-crowned Malaysian pineapples to be imported.
01 Jun 2011 - Vitamin P Packs a Punch
Vitamin P is an alternative name for powerful antioxidants known as bioflavonoids. Found in pineapple, it increases vitamin C absorption vital for a healthy immune system and in preventing recurring infections, flus, and colds.
24 Jan 2011 - The Hav-O Cocktail
When the Queen of the small screen hit Queensland's iconic Whitehaven Beach shores to begin her Ultimate Australian Adventure, she was greeted with the perfect cocktail of tropical flavours, her first real taste of Australia.
05 Oct 2009 - Launch of the King of Fruit Brand
Tropical Pineapples, Australia’s largest supplier of fresh pineapples, is gearing up for a major assault on Australian households. The objective: to make a juicy King of Fruit a regular feature on every kitchen table in the country.