Exclusive to Costa Rica, the unique pink pineapple is a luxury fruit cultivated by Fresh Del Monte on a single 200-hectare farm. This one-of-a-kind fruit, which retails internationally starting at $29, is the result of 17 years of dedicated development following strict guidelines.
The Alleged Theft of the Patented Pink Pineapple
Recently, allegations surfaced of this specially registered fruit plant being stolen. A formal complaint stating the illegal reproduction of the pink pineapple was lodged with the State Phytosanitary Service. This plant, being the intellectual property of one company, was specifically developed for exclusive use.
Exploiting the Exclusive Fruit for Profit
As described by the legal director of Fresh Del Monte, “unscrupulous individuals” managed to seize the patented and registered product for their own gain. Each pink pineapple is sold internationally for between $29 and $39, as per the company’s website, and is presented in a custom box with a certificate of authenticity.
Investigating the Legal Implications of the Theft
The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock granted Fresh Del Monte exclusive rights for the cultivation and development of this fruit for a span of 20 years. Therefore, anyone involved in the theft of this patented plant is violating both national and international legislation. Production of this unique fruit demands a specific permit from the State Phytosanitary Service, which is currently conducting an investigation into the case.