12 Sep 2008

Hawaii sugar plantation to close down

10:17 am on 12 September 2008

One of Hawaii's last remaining sugar plantations is ending production after

119 years in business.

Gay & Robinson Incorporated said it has incurred significant losses due to the rising costs of sugar operations, including fuel and fertilizer prices.

The family owned business founded in 1889, is the second major agriculture company in two months to exit or reduce its exposure to a crop that has been a long-standing staple in the islands.