Production

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 scrumptious yellow pineapple.

Cultivar

Queen Pineapple

Queen (Ananas Cosmosus)

This pineapple has a bumpy diamond-patterned skin with thorny leaves and a sweet yellow flesh.

Because of its high sugar content it is popular eaten fresh, but is also an excellent all-rounder and great for cooking with.

Gwanzi Pineapples

Pineapple Nutritional Information

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
  • Ribofalvin (Vit B2) 0.031mg 2%
  • Thiamin (Vit. B1) 0.079mg 6%
  • Niacin (Vit B3) 0.489mg 3%
  • Pantothenic acid (B5) ..205mg 4%
  • Vitamin B6 0.110mg 8%
  • Folate (Vit B9) 4%
  • Magnesium 12mg 3%
  • Phosphorus 8 mg 1%
  • Potassium 115mg 2%
  • Zinc 0.10mg 1%

Harvest Colour Specifications

How to tell when the fruit is ready.

Quality Control

Qwanzi Queens prides itself in producing pineapples of the highest 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 in the local and export markets to ensure consumer safety.

Certification for exporting pineapples carried out 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)

Training

At Gwanzi Queens we acknowledge that good business results from, in part, a happy workforce.

We appreciate that most employees have some weaknesses in their workplace skills.
Our training program allows our staff to strengthen those skills which helps them improve at their respective job and adds to their sense of empowerment and job satisfaction.

Our development program brings all employees to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge.

Here is a group of our staff during a staff training session carried out by Musa Mbatha (seated front left) from Hluhluwe Pineapple Research Station.

Gwanzi is committed to staff training and upliftment.