Press Release
Kingston & Associates Marketing to expand 'Sugar Pine' golden pineapple program

Kingston & Associates Marketing LLC announced its plan to expand its Costa Rican MD2 golden variety pineapple program, the Kingston "Sugar Pine," with an estimated volume increase of 30 percent over last season.

The growth is driven by increased customer demand and expansion into new geographic areas of the United States in recent months.

"For over 12 years, Kingston has solidified its position as a premier marketer of high-quality Costa Rican pineapples in the United States," Kingston Marketing President Ken Nabal said in a press release. "Our strong focus on customer service, overall dependability and long-standing grower relationships have allowed these programs Kingston-pineapple-with-boxto flourish. Recognition of Kingston's 'Sugar Pine' brand as the standard for quality in the industry is the driving motivation behind this expansion."

"The pineapple programs have been a great success for our team and a great source of pride for me," Dave Kingston, owner and chief executive officer of Kingston & Associates, added in the press release. "Since my first trip to Costa Rica in 2000, we have grown into having an entire pineapple division. Whether it be our quality assurance and food safety 'boots on the ground' in Costa Rica or our talented sales professionals in four regional offices, this infrastructure network keeps us active in major regional ports and in close proximity to our customers."

While the pineapple programs remains the flagship import program for Kingston & Associates Marketing, the company has recently branched out into several other key globally sourced products, such as, mango, papaya, asparagus and sweet onions.

Mike Anderson, director of international procurement for Kingston, noted in the press release, "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 America 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."

"With this added expansion, we will be better positioned to service our customers domestically and grow our collective businesses," Mr. Kingston added. "The key, as usual, will be to continue our highest level of customer service and a relentless commitment to product quality, safety, and customer service. That is the Kingston brand promise behind everything we do."

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