Fieldworkers at Hawaii's last major pineapple plantation have picked their last crop.
Maui Land and Pineapple Co. shut down its century-old agricultural operation Wednesday to focus on real estate development.
The company says its pineapple business has lost $115 million since 2002 and is no longer financially sustainable.
The company is laying off about 285 employees. Some 133 workers are being offered positions in the company’s other businesses.
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Hawaii’s major pineapple producers have shifted growing operations to countries such as the Philippines, where labor is cheaper.
Former and current Maui Land employees hope to form a new company that would continue growing, packing and selling Maui Gold fresh pineapple.
The Associated Press