Production of pineapples

We have an above average crop during a very dry season for local and international fresh and processed queen pineapples from Gwanzi ready to be picked.Thank you to my brilliant team of workers without them it wont be possible. I, Fred Visser focusses on the marketing side myself.

Planting season in full swing and up to date. Planters and leaders committed to there task.

To safe on fuel costs we are making use of a double trailer

Production of pineapples

Gwanzi Queens produces pineapples throughout the whole year. Pineapple farming is a labour intensive process that takes up to 18 months, from planting a sucker to harvesting a scrumptions yellow pineapple, to be used as:
     • Fresh produce
     • Dried fruit
     • Processing (fruit salad, juice, etc.)


Gwanzi Queens produces the following cultivars:
     • Queen (Ananas Cosmosus)
       A bumpy diamond-patterned skin with thorny leaves and a sweet yellow flesh.
       Because of its high sugar content it is popular for eaten fresh, but is all-round
       excellent for cooking with as well.

     • MD 2 (“Yellow Cayenne”)
       MD 2 is a hybrid developed by Del Monte as a new strain that is sweeter than regular
       varieties, always grows to an uniform size and ripens evenly.
       MD 2 is also less acidity and have a more distinct coconut flavour.

Quality control

Qwanzi Queens prides in producing pineapples of a high standard and quality. Strict quality control measures are followed internally and the company voluntary commits to annual audits by independent Quality Controllers. The pineapples are inspected and tested continuously on the local and export markets to ensure consumer safety. Certification for exporting pineapples are done to comply with the following standards:     
• Globalgap (South-African export standards certification)     
• Field to Fork (Marks and Spencer accreditation)     
• Farming for the future (Woolworths accredited)



  Staff Training

Staff training done by Musa Mbatha (seated front left) from Hluhluwe
Pineapple Research Station with Joe Diederichs (seated front right),
Gwanzi Farm Manager. Gwanzi is committed to staff training and upliftment.

Pineapple nutritional Facts:
Value per 100g (3.5 oz) 200kJ Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 36.2 mg 60%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron .28mg 2%
Energy 50kcal
Protein 0.54g
Total lipid (fat) 0.12g
Carbohydrate, by difference 12.63g
Fiber, total dietary 1.4g
Sugars, total 9.26g
Iron, Fe 0.28g 2%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 36.2 mg 60%
Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.079mg 6%
Ribofalvin (Vit B2) 0.031mg 2%
Niacin (Vit B3) 0.489mg 3%
Pantothenic acid (B5) ..205mg 4%
Vitamin B6 0.110mg 8%
Folate (Vit B9) 4%
Calsium 13mg 1%
Iron 0.28mg 2%
Magnesium 12mg 3%
Phosphorus 8 mg 1%
Potassium 115mg 2%
Zinc 0.10mg 1%

Harvest Colour Specifications: