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WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement enters into force

A major milestone for the global trading system was reached on 22 February 2017 when the first multilateral deal concluded in the 21 year history of the World Trade Organization entered into force. In receiving four more ratifications for the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the WTO has obtained the.....

US (MI): Holland officials say it’s too early to worry about the tulips

As area temperatures continue to be above average for this time of year, farmers across the region have been impacted. Whether it is the blueberry farmers or vegetable farmers, the impact is seen everywhere.As for Holland's signature, the tulip? It is still too early to tell if there will be issues.Susan.....

New disbud potted mum series of Dümmen Orange

Combining three colors year round with Cosmo

The disbud potted chrysanthemum used to be a seasonal product, but can now also be cultivated year round and can even be combined and grown in one container. Last year, this so called Cosmo potted mum series was introduced by Dümmen Orange and the first plants were put on the market by the Dutch growers.....

Romania: Flower demand up for Valentine’s Day, Dragobete

Magnolia flower shop, a major retailer on the Romanian market, posted an 180 percent increase in demand for Valentine’s Day and Dragobete. The flower shop offers its customers the option to order flowers both in its shops as well as online, both in Romania and abroad. On Valentine’s Day, the most popular.....

US (CA): Growers wrestle with wet, cloudy conditions

Intense rain in central and northern California is complicating logistics for some flower growers, but it’s the cloudy conditions that are affecting production, say some area growers.In Encinitas, Mike Mooney, sales manager at Dramm & Echter, said that cloudy weather — not rain — has decreased gerbera.....

US (CA): Carpinteria Valley flower industry shifting toward marijuana

Forty-five years ago, Dutch immigrants began arriving in the Carpinteria Valley to escape strict government regulations in the flower-growing business. But now, since dabbling in the morphing marijuana industry, they are begging to be regulated.Growers say the once successful flower trade in Carpinteria has.....

German minister calls for ag investments in Africa

Germany's Development Minister Gerd Müller has called for more German investment in Africa and argued that the investments could help reduce poverty.One such project he used as an example was Kevian. The filling plants were supplied by a German company and financed by a loan from development agencies in.....

"'No deal' Brexit would mean £6bn in extra costs for UK exporters"

Crashing out of the European Union without a trade deal would saddle British exporters with more than £6bn a year of extra costs, according to analysis that reveals the limited options facing UK negotiators just weeks before Brexit talks start.Theresa May has insisted “no deal is better than a bad.....

Export of 'useless' flowers halts in Gaza

The Gaza Strip once exported around 50 million flowers, but due to the area’s political situation, this figure has dropped to zero, according to Arab 24.Blockades and restrictions in the area have made it impossible to export flowers to Europe, which the Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip cites as the.....

April 6-7, Warsaw

Discover the sales opportunities Poland has to offer

Poland offers economic growth and market opportunities. If you would like to know what opportunities this market offers the floriculture sector, Royal FloraHolland invites you to join the study tour of Warsaw in Poland on 6 and 7 April 2017.In recent years, the Polish economy has experienced considerably.....

Ecuador opposition candidate vows to restore economy

Ecuador's lead opposition candidate is offering a sharp break with ten years of leftist rule in the Andean country, vowing to remove Wikileaks founder Julian Assange from the nation's London embassy, speak out against Venezuela's socialist government, and likely renegotiate debts with China. Conservative.....

US (OH): Warm weather keeps garden stores unusually busy

Spring is about one month away but Mother Nature is putting winter on hold, at least for now.Before the cold snap hits later this week, garden stores like Strader's Garden Center in west Columbus are unusually busy.Store clerks said while it's too early to plant, most people are buying house plants of all.....

Less Dutch flowers to UK due to Brexit

The Dutch flower trade is affected by the Brexit and the decreased value of the British pound against the Euro, as reported by the Dutch financial newspaper fd.nl. The Dutch Flower Group (DFG) signals a decrease in sales of Dutch tulips, roses and chrysanthemums to British supermarkets and therefore puts its.....

Royal FloraHolland getting involved in Flower Expo China

Royal FloraHolland is the world's largest flower auction company, which is headquartered in Aalsmeer, with locations in Naaldwijk, Rijnsburg and Eelde. Together, the auction houses are home to the largest flower auction in the world. Well over 20 million flowers and plants imported from Netherlands, Kenya,.....

Royal FloraHolland opens new facilities in China

This year, Royal FloraHolland, the leading Dutch floral cooperative formed in 1911, will open new facilities in Guangzhou and Beijing.Photo: FloraHolland, Lucas Vos traveling in China in 2015Its trade mission to Shanghai in 2015 spawned strong new links with the Chinese cut flower industry, and led to the.....

Amazon India launches Fresh Flowers Store in 5 cities

Amazon India has launched a Fresh Flowers Store on its e-commerce website, expanding its product categories even further. The company has partnered with major floral giants like Ferns n Petals, Indian Gifts Portal, FloraIndia, Flaberry, and many more across the country to launch this online store for flower.....

Gladioli increasingly popular among Indian growers

While jasmine or gardenia flowers, among others, are said to help one sleep, the gladiolus is more renowned for its visual beauty. But in Savar's Birulia union, 32-year-old Nur-e-Alam has found in gladioli the secret to a good night's rest: solvency.“I couldn't sleep due to poverty,” says Alam, “but now that.....

Trump hands lifeline to Kenya’s US exports

Kenya can breathe a sigh of relief after the US dropped plans to endorse a trans-pacific trade pact that would have exposed the country’s exports to America to stiff competition.The Ministry of Trade has welcomed the move by President Donald Trump saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), would.....

India: Rainfall leads to higher prices for Valentine's roses

Roses are grown nearly in 250 hectares in and around Bengaluru, including Hosakote, Anekal, Mandur and other places.Every day, around 1,500,000 stems are sent to national and global markets, including Gulf countries, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia. On Valentine’s Day, more than 2,500,000 rose.....

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur allows flower traders to return

Little India’s flower traders in Kuala Lumpur can continue to trade along Jalan Tun Sambanthan, in Brickfields.Last June, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) ordered the 17 traders to move to the ground level carpark of the Tun Sambanthan Complex, formerly known as The Pines.But the traders who set up shop there.....

Alex Frost (FloraVina, QuickFlora Software)

"Competition is blooming in the flower business"

Many people called and emailed questioning if “a flower shop with no employees” was even possible after the article I published last week. It is great to see such a concept engage the industry so passionately!by Alex Frost, Founder and CEO at FloraVina, QuickFlora SoftwareThe reality is, the concept already.....

India: Bamboo greenhouses set up to promote floriculture

Although most commonly found in India, bamboo is put to very little use even though it is more durable than wood. The abundantly available grass in the country has been traditional used as durable housing material to build stilt houses and lasting low cost houses in various parts of the country, but for the.....

EFSA publishes lifestyle trends autumn / winter 2017-18

EFSA, the European Floral and Lifestyle Product Suppliers Association announces the publication of the colour and style trends for the season Autumn / Winter 2017-18. The four themes are presented as part of a 36-page lifestyle magazine, combining atmospheric images, colour references, product suggestions.....

Easier searching and filtering in FloraMondo supply

Good management of your online product supply critically depends on a good search function. That is why FloraMondo has an entirely new search and filter option from 19 January 2017. It allows you to offer your products faster and easier on the FloraHolland digital marketplace.How does the new search function.....

Interplant Roses heads to Asia

Interplant's rose varieties are being tested all over the world to judge their performance under the various climatic circumstances. Their worldwide agency network enables them to do so.These weeks, Interplant is visiting the Asian region. Assisted by Beijing Landsong AgriBusiness Technology Development Co......

India: Conclave on floriculture held in Medziphema

The Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema hosted a 3-day national conference on ‘Advances in Indian Floriculture with focus on North East and Hill region’. The inaugural session of the conference was held on Friday, with governor PB Acharya as chief guest.In his address, the governor said that it was.....

American Grown prepares for Fly-In to Washington, D.C.

This week, CCFC Chair Diana Roy of Resendiz Brothers Protea and American Grown Flowers CEO Kasey Cronquist traveled to Washington, D.C., together to meet with members of the new Congress and their staffs to discuss goals and objectives for 2017. With a new administration and a lot of new members in key.....

Vietnam: Flower growers short on workers near Tet holiday

The Highlands city of Da Lat – often referred to as “the city of thousand flowers” – is well into its busiest days of the year, harvesting flowers for the upcoming Tet holiday. However, flower growers are in a jam due to a lack of workers, despite the steep payment promised.According to Dan Tri newspaper, at.....

Vietnam: Flowers and plants popular as Tet approaches

A massive convergence of varieties of flower, ornamental plants and fruits congregate into Ho Chi Minh Ctiy’s streets such as Thanh Thai, Ba Thang Hai in District 10, the national highway No.13 in District Thu Duc to meet growing demand in the days near Tet (the Lunar New Year). This year, gardeners make.....

German flower and ornamental plant markets expect records in 2016

After the market for flowers and ornamental plants and also the green sector have had to contend with declining purchasing quantities or sinking prices time and time again in the past years, records now seem to be emerging. According to estimates made by the Agricultural Market Information Company (AMI) on.....

Spain: Murcia snow hits flower growers

As normal weather conditions return to the Region of Murcia following the heavy snow and rain of last week the damage to agriculture is now becoming apparent, with vegetables and flowers having been decimated in many areas.Unprepared for the weight of snow accumulating on them, many greenhouses and plastic.....

Germany: Veiling Rhein-Maas sales increase to €364 million

For the 2016 financial year, Veiling Rhein-Maas – Germany's only flowers and plants auction – achieved sales of approx. €364 million. This corresponds to a growth of 4% in comparison to the previous year and was primarily the result of the increased average prices of flowers and plants. Thanks to these.....

March 13-14, Washington DC

US flower business talks shop at Congressional Action Days

Retailers, wholesalers, suppliers and growers coming to the Society of American Florists’ 37th Annual Congressional Action Days, March 13-14 in Washington, D.C., have a lot of explaining to do. There are 59 new congressmen and senators on Capitol Hill, and this freshmen class needs a lesson about the floral.....

"Retailers require more hard data from suppliers"

Next week the IPM will take place in Essen, Germany. MPS expects a lot of international interest for the MPS products. Growers will not only be interested in the registration tool MPS-ABC, but also in the recently launched MPS-ProductProof.MPS-ProductProof is a transparency tool. It enables growers to show.....

UK: Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market opens soon

In just over ten weeks, the brand new Flower Market will open at New Covent Garden Market. The new market is a modern, bright and pleasant space for the buying and selling of flowers, plants, foliage and sundries.Located just along Nine Elms Lane from the current market, the new Flower Market remains in the.....

Vietnam: First permanent flower market in Ho Chi Minh City

Within this year, HCM City’s first permanent flower trading centre will be opened at Binh Dien wholesale market, District 8, Ho Chi Minh City.The Saigon Trading Group (Satra) will build the 14ha centre at a cost of around VND700 billion (US$31.8 million).It will offer flower sorting, packing, refrigerated.....

January 24-27, 2017 in Essen, Germany:

Dutch horticulture promotes digital trade and sustainability at IPM

The German Internationale Pflanzenmesse (IPM) is one of the most important international horticultural trade fair. Royal FloraHolland shall again be represented there as a Dutch collective of growers and buyers. Their theme is: digital trade and the possibilities for sustainability.The IPM trade fair in.....

US (CO): Grants offered to help specialty crops

Colorado produces a wide variety of specialty crops, from peaches and apples to chilis. To help promote growth in production of specialty crops, the Colorado Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried.....

South Italian growers suffer from snowfall

It has been snowing in the South of Italy for two weeks now and it is affecting the growers in that region and especially in Apulia. "Greenhouses collapsed and roads are blocked by the snow", says Luca Quilici of Flora Toscana, a cooperative in the Italian horticultural sector. "Growers decided or are.....

HTA Contact Conference

UK: Growers debate topical challenges and opportunities

With the theme of ‘Surviving and Thriving’, the HTA Contact Conference for growers took place at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire on 17 - 18 January 2017, alongside the APL Stone Seminar and BPOA Spring Conference.Brexit was high on the agenda, alongside plant health, water legislation, seasonal labour,.....

Zimbabwe: Higher demand from Asian market

Zimbabwe expects to double horticulture production this year, as the country anticipates increased demand from Asian markets, Agriculture Minister Dr Joseph Made has said.The country is set to commence exports of flowers to China after meeting the quality standards required by the world’s second largest.....

Pink Kisses

Selecta one campaign directly addresses consumer

Selecta one is going one decisive step further marketing its successful pot carnation Pink Kisses: Starting April 2017 the carnation breeding specialist is launching a communication campaign directly aimed at the end-consumer. Using the sales potential of the low-maintenance mini carnation with its.....

Kenya: Export to Australia "is a major game changer"

Flower farmers have received a major boost after Kenya Airways (KQ) agreed to have an estimated 30 tonnes of freshly cut flowers exported monthly to Australia.The national carrier’s Cargo Sales Manager Patricia Odida said the new KQ service, in partnership with Australia’s Qantas Airways, would help market.....

US: Nearly half of florists report increased holiday sales

The December holidays brought sweet returns to many florists. According to a Society of American Florists post-holiday survey, 46 percent of respondents said 2016 holiday sales increased. About 21 percent said they were the same and roughly 32 percent said they decreased.The average transaction was $67,.....

Dutch tulip production to surpass 2 billion this year

Recent data from the trade association KAVB shows that the production of tulips in the Netherlands will surpass the 2 billion mark this year. Last year production came to 1.9 billion cut tulips with an export value of 250 million euros. Next to that there are also the tulip bulbs sold for use in gardens and.....

India and Israel to collaborate in floriculture

An Israeli delegation led by its Ambassador to India, Daniel Carmon, met chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and showcased its core strengths in various key sectors like agriculture, water management, irrigation and floriculture.Chouhan expressed his desire for Israel's cooperation in production of fruits.....

Australia: New approach to collecting nursery statistics

Collecting data about nursery production and its value is challenging, due largely to the diversity of the industry and the number of times plants can be sold before reaching the end user.A new project is being funded by the nursery levy to collect statistics accurately and in enough detail to help with.....

A closer look at how rose prices develop

The Christian Science Monitor decided to do an experiment: They found a bouquet of a dozen red roses at five different online florists and tracked the price every week for a year.Over the years, they noticed a pattern of flower prices going up for Valentine's Day and Mother's Day, and wondered what exactly.....

US will be primary destination for Ecuador roses

It is expected that the US will be the main export market for flowers for Valentine’s Day 2017, as it has historically happened. Cuttings will start on Sunday, January 22, according to Expoflores, especially of flowers, which will be sent to different destinations in the world and marketed until February 14......

US: New Bushel and Berry Collection launches

Look for a new collection of edible berry plants from the folks who introduced The Knock Out Family of Roses and Drift Roses. Star Roses and Plants is launching their new Bushel and Berry Collection, formerly BrazelBerries, this spring at garden center retailers nationwide.The Bushel and Berry Collection.....

New name in the transport world: VDH The Freight Managers

As of January 1st, 2017 the companies A. van Dongen & Heerschap, Heestermans Logistiek, Fruit Forwarders and VDC Logistics have merged under one name: VDH The Freight Managers.The four companies had already been working together for some time. Together they cover the entire supply chain from shipping to.....

Prepping for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is officially less than a month away, so you know what that means, every level of the floral industry has (hopefully) started preparing for one of the biggest holidays for fresh cut flowers. It's the season of love for some, and stress for others. For seasoned Valentine's Day warriors, the.....

Bereket Adane, Dugda Flora:

Ethiopia: "If cold weather continues, we might miss Valentine's Day"

Over the last four weeks, it has been exceptionally cold in Ethiopia. It is impacting the rose production and, in turn, worries growers for Valentine's Day. "The crop stays on hold and if the weather does not improve, we might miss this important day in the rose industry", says Bereket Adane of Dugda Flora,.....

India: Flower demands spike during polls

Farmers growing flowers and decorative plants (floriculture) are happy a lot these days as the demand for their produce has shot up despite demonetisation with the canvassing for the upcoming assembly elections on February 11 going full throttle.Normally, too, the demand of flowers and decorative plants.....

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol sees record flower volumes

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ended 2016 with a record total flown cargo throughput of 1.66 million tonnes, up 2.5% on 2015.Europe’s third largest air cargo hub had a strong end to the year, with December figures up 10.4% on the same month in 2015 at 149,000 tonnes. Cargo throughput until November was up 1.8%.....

India: Budget promises not kept, growers say

Flower growers have alleged neglect of the floriculture sector in the third Budget of the PDP-BJP coalition government and demanded an imposition of ban on the sale of artificial flowers in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming that it has destroyed the market for local cultivators.The J&K Flower Growers’.....

Indian forest department pushes orchid cultivation as income alternative

Tripura Forest Department has started an orchid cultivation-cum-training centre at Gandhigram in the outskirts of capital Agartala under the Sadar forest range.The prime idea behind the centre is to promote orchid cultivation throughout the state especially in the rural areas and to create employment.....

US growers predict shortages of key foliage for Valentine’s Day

Some growers in Central Florida are still reeling from a devastating hit last fall from Hurricane Matthew. The aftermath of the storm could lead to shortages of leatherleaf on Valentine’s Day.“We are making progress everyday but there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Jana Register, director of sales.....

Cyclamen market forecast to 2021

Cyclamen report discusses development policies and plans as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures. It also states import/export consumption, supply and demand figures, cost, price, revenue and gross margins. Various definitions, classification, applications of industry and chain structure are.....

FloraHolland revenue grew 3.8% in 2016 due to higher prices

Royal FloraHolland rounds off 2016 with a revenue of € 4.6 billion, an increase of 3.8% compared with last year. This growth in revenue was primarily due to higher prices – 4.2% on average – for flowers and plants.The largest international flower and plant marketplace in the world sold 12.5 billion products.....

Rabobank:

Dutch greenhouse growers dare to expand again

Greenhouse cultivation is on the rise again and Westland entrepreneurs are daring to expand again. "Remarkably most expansion plans are with respect to greenhouse vegetables, where the market balance is less stable," according to Ruud van der Vliet, director Companies at Rabobank Westland in Rabobank’s.....

Poor weather spoils Vietnam’s pre-Tet flower market

Farmers in ‘flower hubs’ across Vietnam are anticipating a low business season for the upcoming Tet, or the Lunar New Year period that is two weeks away, with crops failing to bloom as planned due to unpredictable weather.Vietnamese traditionally decorate their houses with flowers to celebrate the holidays,.....

Felipe Saldarriaga, Green Bouquet: "We are sold out"

Not only rose growers profit from Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is not only an important day for rose growers, it is too for the ones who cultivate foliage. For Israeli Ruscus grower Felipe Saldarriaga of Green Bouquet, it is one of the most important days, together with Mother's Day. "We are already completely sold out and the demand seems to be high.....

Uganda's export volumes increased in 2016

The flower industry, once Uganda’s promising export revenue earner ranked among the top five market leaders, is gradually showing signs of recovery to its glory.Latest information from the industry shows that, against all odds, the country’s export volumes increased in the year ending 2016.ImprovementIn an.....

Industry scrutinized in Floriculture Market Research Report

Research Corridor recently added new report titled "Floriculture Market - Global Trends, Market Share, Industry Size, Growth, Opportunities, and Market Forecast - 2015 – 2022" to its repertoire. This latest industry research study scrutinizes the Floriculture market by different segments, companies, regions.....

Damas tree:

Qatar: Popular plant banned for wreaking havoc on infrastructure

The Damas tree, a common plant whose complex roots damage underground water pipes, can no longer be imported, sold or planted in Qatar, officials have said.According to local media reports, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has asked nurseries to stop bringing the Conocarpus lancifolius trees.....

US: Prince & Prince forecast $3.3B US consumer floral market for Valentine's Day

Prince & Prince, Inc. (P&P), has released a projection for the retail value of U.S. consumer floral purchasing for the upcoming 2017 Valentine’s Day holiday (Valentine’s Day is Tuesday, February 14th). The P&P U.S. consumer floral aggregate spending projection for Valentine’s Day 2017 is $3.3.....
Case study: tropical flower SMEs from Colombia

Exporting to Europe through e-commerce

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), is part of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and is funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and is currently implementing its country programme for Colombia. This programme runs from 2014 to 2018 and aims to position 6.....

Roses bloom all over Bangladesh

Not very far away from Dhaka, six of the villages of Birulia Union, Savar, are in full bloom with millions of roses. Acres of land dedicated to ravishing red roses, exuding style and grace, bathed in winter mist, are surely a spectacular bonanza for the city dwellers who want to flee to the natural.....

Malaysia: Chrysanthemum and kalanchoe popular for Chinese New Year

Malaysian nursery owners have their hands full as they prepare their stock of lime or kumquat trees for Chinese New Year.While sales for the trees are slowly picking up at this time, nurseries are expecting it to increase significantly after this week.Hock Loke Siew Nursery & Landscaping owner Low Yoon.....

Vietnam: Da Lat to open flower trading centre

Da Lat City in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong is working with Japanese OTA Floriculture Auction Limited Company and relevant local agencies to establish a flower trading centre in the city.The centre will be set up at the bottom of Mimosa Pass, a gateway to Da Lat, on an area of 16.6 ha with a.....

Orchids are making a comeback in South Florida

The 30,000 orchids now growing in some Miami-Dade cities began their lives as tiny dust-like seedlings in glass bottles, specks of hope that have grown into a promising start to bringing back rare and endangered species of orchids that were once abundant in South Florida.Since the beginning of the Million.....

Higher prices increase revenue for FloraHolland

In cumulative terms, the revenue for 2016 at Royal FloraHolland underwent an increase of 3%. This is a great result considering that the revenue developments of the past few years have hovered around 1%. The revenue increase is due to higher prices. The total supply decreased by 0.7%, while the prices rose.....

Sale of Dutch chestnut trees to the UK banned

The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) is reminding tree dealers that trade in chestnut trees (Castanea) from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom (UK) is not permitted. The ban applies to plants of the genus Castanea, with the exception of seeds.The United Kingdom implemented.....

Rose grower Peter Viljoen, Sunland Roses:

Kenya: "Valentine's Day changed over time"

"Valentine's Day is not as it used to be like 5-10 years ago. Instead of two weeks of high demand and prices, we now only have a couple of days", says Kenyan rose grower Peter Viljoen. He is not flushing its crop for Valentine's Day anymore and decided to have a regular feed of production throughout the.....