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July 17, Miami

US (FL): Flower sales insights shared at Komet Fest

After going live in 2009, Komet Sales have been dedicated to making processes easier within the floral industry, with features like managing E-commerce, K2K and automated billing, among others. Now they’re going to be hosting their first-ever Komet Fest next July 17th in Miami, FL to be able to share the.....

Ecuador and Belarus to strengthen commercial relations

Ecuador and Belarus have committed to strengthen their economic, commercial and also in the area of ​​science, technology and education, in the framework of a visit that the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa made to that country.Both parties reiterated their commitment to.....

UK: Peonies pop up at New Covent Garden Flower Market

With the month of May heralding the start of the much-anticipated peony season, you'll find many varieties starting to appear at New Covent Garden Flower Market.Look out for 'Shirley Temple', Command Performance, Odile and Pecher to name but a few. And if that isn't enough excitement in the world of flowers,.....

French importer looks forward to high Mother's Day sales

"The industry is more optimistic about this year's Mother's Day, and our sales are already around 15 percent higher compared to last year", says Stephane Maurice, director of MFresh. This French company imports its roses from Kenyan rose farm Black Tulip and sells it to wholesalers all over France. In this.....

One in three American adults bought Mother’s Day flowers or plants

Young adults, households with kids and residents of the American West proved to be key flower-buying groups for Mother’s Day 2018, according to an Ipsos consumer poll conducted this month on behalf of the Society of American Florists.The poll, which surveyed roughly 1,048 adults age 18 and older from the.....
Cayambe rose grower on earthquake:

Ecuador: "We felt the shake, fortunately no other effect"

"We felt the shake. It was very short and not too strong", says an Ecuadorian rose grower, located at Cayambe when asked if he felt the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that was registered in the province of Imbabura on May 22, a province just above Cayambe.Fortunately, so far, no damage is reported, mentioned.....

Kenya: American buyers to grace IFTEX

The launch of direct flights from Nairobi to the United States has brought good news for the flower sector as 10 American flower buyers from Miami are expected at the 7th Edition of the International Flower Trade Exhibition (IFTEX) slated for June. The Kenya Flower Council says flower farmers are facing.....

US (HI): Volcano eruption may lead to local flower shortage

From tourism to farming, many industries are taking a big hit because of the eruption.What many don't know, President William Walter of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce says, is the impact it has on the floral industry. There are hundreds of floral farms and nurseries on the Big Island. "When you look.....

Kenya: Sustainable ventures catch eye of investors

Companies building businesses through supporting employee wellbeing initiatives as well as maintaining a zero-tolerance on pollution are the most sought-after by foreign companies seeking local trade linkages.Netherlands-based renewable energy firm, EcoZoom has done business with two companies operating in.....

Senator champions reinstatement of USDA’s Annual Floriculture Report

In February, a delegation of American flower and foliage farmers traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the reinstatement of the USDA’s Annual Floriculture Report.Sen. Dianne Feinstein took time to meet with American flower farmers to hear their concerns about the Floriculture Report during the 2018.....

Kenya: Turkana power line halt signals high bills

A Nyandarua farmer has obtained court orders stopping construction of the electricity transmission line linking Lake Turkana wind farm to the national grid in a move that could cost consumers billions of shillings in additional penalties payable to the power producer.The flower farm, Afriscan (Kenya.....

Trade mission and webinar Mexico and Guatemala

"Mexican horticulture thrives like never before"

More than a year ago, during the horticultural exhibition Expo Agrialimentaria in Irapuato, Mexico, people became nervous when Donald Trump unexpectedly won the US election. The future of Mexico was unclear due to possible import restrictions, the construction of the border wall and the 'America First'.....

NL: April, month of turn around?

The total flower and plant export had a setback in April, with 2.3% to €562 million. The cumulative export turnover, which was at 1% after the first quarter, was reduced and stabilized at €2.2 billion. A disappointingmonth, according to Wesley van den Berg, Floridata, does not necessarily mean a turn around......

Bangladesh: Despite global demand, flower industry yet to gain momentum

Despite being a favourable region for the flower industry, Bangladesh is yet to gain momentum in this sector, experts said on Wednesday.Speakers made the observation at a seminar on investment opportunities in the flower industry, organized at the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) auditorium by.....

Kenya: Cut flower exports up 16 percent

Kenya’s economy is estimated to have expanded by 4.9 per cent in 2017 compared to a revised growth of 5.9 per cent in 2016. The slowdown in the performance of the economy was partly attributable to uncertainty associated with a prolonged electioneering period coupled with adverse effects of weather.....

CAN: Growing Asian flowers for Ontario markets

Flowers are important in cultural and daily activities for many Asian immigrants, including South Asians, who by 2050 will make up one-third of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) population. Alexandra Grygorczyk, a researcher at Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Vineland, Ont., and a U of G adjunct.....

Ethiopia: Geothermal sector seeks domestic and international investors

Ethiopian Energy Authority said that it has been tirelessly working to utilize the country's energy potentials whilst maximizing the involvement of potential local and foreign investors in the sector.Geothermal Resource Development Director with the Authority Tesfaye Kassa told The Ethiopian Herald that.....

Royal FloraHolland annual report

NL: New sales records and higher prices over 2017

Royal FloraHolland realised a €4.7 billion turnover last year, a 1.2% increase compared to 2016. Average prices went up 3.9% as compared to the year before, the units (flower stems and potted plants) traded by regular auction sales decreased by 1.8% to €11.7 billion. Products were supplied by 5,700 growers.....

Americans to spend $2.6 billion on flowers for Mother's Day

Mother’s Day spending in the US is expected to total a near-record $23.1 billion this year, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. A total 86 percent of Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day and spend an average of $180 per person.“This.....

Photos: Iran Green Trade Fair

Iranian horticulture picking up the high-tech pace

PHOTO REPORT The third edition of the International Iran Green Trade Fair IGTF, held last week in the Tehran Exhibition Center in Iran, grew in 1 year with 200% to a total of 6,000 m2 of exhibit space. A total of 119 companies and about 7,500 visitors participated in what is considered to have become Iran’s leading,.....

Flower industry in Vietnam: an overview

Although there are many advantages to develop flower production for both domestic and export markets, the constraints on development policies, especially the inherent difficulties in seed sources have not pushed the industry to be as "big" as expected.Flower garden in DalatVietnam is considered a country.....

NL: Rise in number of solar panels per installation

"We noticed that there is a growing demand for solar panels, especially for larger installations of 200 to 1000+ panels. Growers are becoming increasingly aware that they can’t afford to stay behind and need to be more forward thinking," according to the Voshol Warmte en Elektrotechniek team. "It is becoming.....

Kenya's fresh produce export earnings up 11%

Kenya earned 115.25 billion shillings ($1.15 billion) from exports of cut flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables last year, 11 percent more than in the previous year.Okesegere Ojepat, the chief executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPC Kenya), said cut flowers accounted for 70 percent of the.....

Spain: Over 7 million roses expected to be sold this Sant Jordi

Last Friday, Mercabarna-flor presented the prospects for the marketing of roses this Sant Jordi in an event chaired by the Councillor for Business, Tourism, Trade and Markets of the City of Barcelona and the President of Mercabarna, Agustí Colom. They were accompanied by the President of the Association of.....

US: Most popular flowers in every state

Sales at U.S. nursery and garden stores were estimated at $40 billion in 2017. Meanwhile, Americans spent almost $27 billion on floral products (80% of the flowers sold by florists were imported).It’s clear that Americans like to grow and give and get flowers. But which flowers do they like the best? Now.....

UK: Championing horticulture at the APPGHG inquiry

The first of three evidence sessions for the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG) inquiry into the future of gardening and horticulture industry took place on 17 April at Portcullis House in London.The session, chaired by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, examined what is needed from.....

American Grown puts spotlight on Southeast Asia and China in 2018

Over the past year, Certified American Grown (CAG) has secured federal grant funds through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to develop export markets for American Grown Flowers.In 2017, Certified American Grown conducted a comprehensive assessment in China, determining the Chinese market potential.....

UK: Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide

The UK's garden centres are suffering after the country's spate of bad weather, with sales at their worst levels in at least five years.So far this year, average underlying sales are down 15% to 20%, with the early Easter proving a washout, says the Garden Centre Association.Now the horticulture industry is.....

Atmosphere at event unaffected

CAST: Spring storms in Northeast and Midwest talk of town

While the California Spring Trials visitors are enjoying the colourful displays under the Californian sun, spring hasn't sprung in a large part of the country.So far, spring 2018 hasn't been typical. The Northeast and Midwest - and even some parts in the Northwest and South - are dealing with cold.....

Astra bonita, double and potted sunflowers

Looking for that special flower

Muller Seeds continually analyzes the market: what do consumers want today, but especially what will they be interested in tomorrow? We spoke to director Wim Zandwijk about trends and popular new varieties.AsterA flower that is currently gaining in popularity is the aster. Muller sells a wide range of aster.....

Ethiopia: Government looking to cash in on horticulture potential

According to Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA), Ethiopia has gained 300 million USD from flower and other horticulture products in 2017. From this, flower export takes the highest share. The Authority has been working to upgrade the export earnings in 2018 fiscal year and the.....

US: Sun Valley releases 2018 Sunflower Trend Report

April is the beginning of Sunflower season in the United States. Traditionally consumers think of Sunflowers as a summer and fall crop however, with the ideal growing conditions on the Baja peninsula, Sunflowers are available earlier in the season. This trend report of Sun Valley highlights what the 2018.....
Ed Bravo, FNGLA President:

"It's good to be a grower again"

It’s good to be a grower again! Spring is upon us with a vengeance. Throughout most of our state, homeowners are cleaning up winter’s damage to their landscapes. Folks are replanting or enhancing their properties with a variety of flowering plants, trees, shrubs and palms. They are replacing damaged turf.....

India: Local flower growers see price increases

The price of flowers has shot up in the daily flower auction market in the rural Paramathivelur town on Friday.The hike in the price is due to the heavy demand in connection with the Tamil New Year Day and Amavasai.The price of jasmine which stood at Rs. 150 [2.29 USD] per kg last week shot up to Rs. 250.....

Germany: Varied first quarter Veiling Rhein-Maas

The auction Veiling Rhein-Maas started an excellent month of January with all sales channels this year. Compared to January of last year, in 2018 cut flower prices at the auction clock and in presales increased by 27.9%, and in clock service 28.6% was achieved.Unfavorable weather conditions in February and.....

India: Ramesh Flowers to export potted plants

An Indian nursery and dried flowers exporter will finally break into a niche market dominated so far by China and Europe – export of live potted plants.Ramesh Flowers, based in the southern port city of Tuticorin, will soon start the supply of live potted plants to a multi-national retailer which is also.....

Vietnam: City district eyes urban farming

The outlying district of Hóc Môn in HCM City plans to focus on urban farming as part of the national “new-style rural area” programme in which it takes part.Lê Thanh Liêm, deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said that urban farming could increase the income of local residents, which is an.....

Aviram Krell, Plantec Ecuador:

"What a premium red can mean year long"

Despite general low prices for red roses in Europe and the USA (which is normal for the time period between Valentines and Mother Day), the market still seems to be responding to special varieties. "These varieties that have not saturated the market's demand, and are iconic due to their form, quality, and.....

US (ME): Nursery commodity crop insurance deadline nears

The sales closing deadline for nursery crop insurance is May 1, 2018.To be eligible, a nursery must receive at least 40% of its gross income from the wholesale marketing of nursery plants, and meet other eligibility requirements outlined in the Risk Management Agency policy fact sheet at.....

Kenya: Exporters prefer flowers over chilli

Goldensilver Exporters, a green chilli exporting company has reported in the last three months a decrease in its volumes from 10 to four tonnes a week due to the drought that affected the harvest season in December.This has in turn led to air freight companies to prioritise other produce such as flowers,.....

China and Turkey to extend cooperation with Ethiopia

Ambassadors of China and Turkey vowed to strengthen and continue the multifaceted cooperation with newly elected leadership of Ethiopia. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of China to Ethiopia, Tian Jian said his country, as a strategic partner was watching the.....

A pre-competitive vision for the UK’s plant and crop sector

KTN’s Plant Sector Advisory Board has prepared a new paper to define clear priorities for the UK’s Plant and Crop sector and areas of research and implementation necessary to achieve the full potential of its excellent research, production and industrial capability.The announcement of support for.....

30 years of SARE's investment in the future of American agriculture

A group of eight Minnesota farmers interested in using cover crops to improve the health of their soil and profitability of their farms had a problem—there was scant information on how to manage cover crops in their area, where the growing season is short. But they were willing to lead the way, so in 2014 they.....

US (OH): Nurseries open as spring begins

As the spring weather breaks, local flower shops and nurseries are opening their doors and are eager to share their gardening tips and information about most popular plants and flowers with the community.Kayla Dahlinghaus, owner of Kayla’s Greenhouse on 1745 Cole St., said her greenhouse is known for the.....

Kenyan agri-entrepreneurs to visit Netherlands

Agribusiness stakeholders in the country are set for a trade mission to the Netherlands to study innovative food production systems and agricultural export models. The three-day mission will largely focus on horticulture, but integrate general agribusiness, seeking to expose Kenya to the Dutch developed and.....

Roses are even being thrown away

Europe: Market overflooded with red roses

April is a challenging month for rose growers. Many are having a high return flush as result from cutting back their crop for Valentine's Day. As a result, the market is flooded with roses, and particularly red. This, combined with a low demand results in a drop in prices. This week, they probably have.....

Canada: Cost-share funding for greenhouse growers now available

Starting on April 3, 2018, producers, processors, and other businesses can apply for cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.Similar to previous programs (such as Growing Forward 2), this is a new five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments that.....

"Exotic flower cultivation could blossom in Bangladesh"

Bangladesh currently spends a lot of money importing in-demand flowers that do not grow in the wild naturally, such as Dianthus, Aster, and Matthiola.But now Metal Agro Limited has come forward with a plan to encourage local farmers to grow such exotic flowers alongside native types.“Bangladesh is a very.....

Kenya: Union leader threatens with general flower farm strike

Central Organisation of Trade Union Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has asked the government to protect Oserian flower farm workers from exploitation and loss of jobs.The Cotu boss warned of a strike of all flower company workers in the country to protest “bad labour practices” at the Naivasha firm.Mr.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries reports growth in demand for specimen shrubs

Wyevale Nurseries has seen a growth in sales of its range of specimen shrubs and has increased its own production by 300% in the past three years.Wyevale Nurseries in Hereford has created additional bed space on its nursery for specimen shrubs and has extended the range recently to include several native.....

US: Mother's Day a major marketing opportunity

A floral industry market research group is predicting a strong Mother’s Day this year — and they’re warning against under-selling to a demographic that’s ready to spend significantly on the holiday.According to Prince & Prince’s Mother’s Day 2018 Floral Market Projection report, total U.S. market value.....

UK: Plant Heritage unveils new brand to widen appeal of plant conservation

Plant Heritage has launched a fresh new brand, including new visual identity and strapline, to widen the appeal of plant conservation to all.Plant Heritage is building a community of people to work together to grow, share and save the diversity of the nation’s cultivated plants - the plants that as a nation,.....

Australia: Horticulture Statistics Handbook out now

Hort Innovation has released the latest Horticulture Statistics Handbook – offering the most comprehensive and contemporary data available on all sectors of the Australian horticulture industry in one easy-to-read guide.Featuring more than 470 pages of information drawn from a number of supply chain sources,.....

UK: Spring has sprung at New Covent Garden Market

There's a plethora of British daffodils in virtually every variety imaginable at Pratley, including 'Buxton' with its lemon-yellow petals surrounding an orange cup. Also look out for double-flowered 'Dick Wilden'. And if you missed it first time around, do take a read of the special report all about Narcissi.....

Europe: Plant passport requirement expanded

From 14 December 2019 the requirement to have a plant passport will be expanded as a consequence of the new Plant Health Regulation. The new Plant Health Regulation replaces the current European Phytosanitary Directive 2000/29/EC. It is advisable to start preparing for this change.The requirement to have a.....
Rabobank Brexit Monitor

"Agreement EU and UK means good news for the economy for now"

The signed agreement between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) concerning a Brexit transition period means good news for the continuity of economical activities. It reduced the insecurity about conducting business between the UK and the EU in 2019 and 2020. It also gives companies more time.....

Kenya, Mozambique revive cooperation after Kenyatta visit

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma and her Mozambique counterpart Jose Condungua Pacheco held bilateral talks on the sidelines of President Uhuru Kenyatta state visit to Mozambique.The two Ministers held bilateral talks on a wide range of issues of cooperation. The meeting was a follow up to.....

Kenya: Floriculture turns around residents’ lives in Nyandarua

Nyandarua County farmers are banking on floriculture to improve their economic standing.At Njambini township in Kinangop constituency, tens of acres previously occupied by cabbages, carrots and potatoes are now blooming in blue, white, red and green colours.Farmers interviewed said floriculture has reduced.....

Pakistan: "Promoting floriculture can alleviate poverty"

Pakistan can earn significant foreign exchange by promoting floriculture, experts stated. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of an international seminar on floriculture, they said this will not only help the farming community increase their income, but also alleviate poverty from the county.The seminar,.....

US: Flower market looking rosy this year

Optimism is the key word of 2018 when it comes to consumers, retailers and growers. The floral market is looking rosy, as the US economic outlook is healthy. Take advantage of these opportunities to get a big boost in sales and profits this year.Survey results: OptimisticThe Society of American Florists’.....

Ethiopian government looking to create more jobs

The Government of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with the leadership of the Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC), is working along the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework to expand its industrialization agenda with the primary aim of creating jobs for Ethiopians and refugees alike. This.....

Attracting and retaining good employees: A Millennial dilemma?

An employee’s age is often referred to as critical to understanding their motivations when it comes to attracting and retaining employees. But is this always the case?At the Metrolina Greenhouses in North Carolina, workers receive fully paid healthcare, and have access to an onsite “Wellness Center” and a.....

US: FNRI receives historic $1 million in funding

The Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI) has received $1 million in funding through the omnibus spending bill approved by Congress and signed into law in late March by President Trump.Brian Wheat, AAF, PFCI, of Lafayette Florist, Gift Shop & Garden Center and fellow members of SAF's Colorado.....

Bakker.com to restart business

Bakker.com will restart its business, according to the final report on bankruptcy which was published on March 27. The curator, Mr E.A.H. ten Berge, reports that several parties have been spoken to and negotiated with, and that an 'extensive bidding process' has been carried out. These talks and negotiations.....

Beekenkamp Plants showcases 2018 spring varieties

NL: Annual Spring Trials bring together growers and retailers

On March 28 and 29 it was time again for the annual Spring Trials at Beekenkamp Plants in Maasdijk. Attendees were able to admire current and new varieties presented in all their spring splendor.The emphasis was of course on colorful spring flowers. The event is also a great opportunity for growers to meet.....

CAN (BC): Flower growers benefit from cannabis boom

Erin Nathanielsen had heard about a number of fellow flower growers across Canada selling or switching their businesses over to marijuana production, hoping to cash in when the drug is fully legalized.However, it wasn’t until a few months ago that she started noticing that the reduced number of competitors.....

over 1000 flower growers

India: Floriculture in Nagaland blooms

There are over 1000 flower growers in Nagaland under the horticulture department who have conglomerated under the aegis of Flower Growers Society and have strived forward to blossom into successful entrepreneurs.The flower growers, especially the women in the state, are able to support their families through.....

Chinese flower market fast-forwarding towards rapid growth

The 2018 China International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair in Guangzhou, China unveiled two market trends: growth potential and demand for high-quality products. “The Chinese market is really embracing high quality flowers", says Micha Danziger, Danziger chairman of the board. The Danziger booth.....

Could this be Ethiopia's new dawn?

Following the statement that Dr Abiye Ahmed Ali has been announced as the presumptive new Ethiopian Prime Minister, Professor Ann Fitz-Gerald from Cranfield University and one of the UK’s leading experts in Ethiopian affairs, said:“Following an intense period of unrest in Ethiopia which has been marked by.....

Kenya: Horticulture sways 2017 jitters to hit new record

Kenya’s earnings from horticulture exports rose 12.8 per cent for the second year to register a Sh13 billion [129 million USD] more earnings value to Sh115.32 billion [1.1 billion USD] from fruits, cut flowers and vegetables.The sector earned a record Sh101.51 billion [1 billion USD] in 2016, another 12 per.....

Australia: Feedback sought for horticulture skills forecast

The Industry Reference Committee (IRC) is seeking feedback on the draft 2018–2021 Agriculture, Horticulture, Conservation and Land Management IRC Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work.IRC Skills Forecasts and Proposed Schedules of Work identify skills gaps, emerging skills needs and associated.....

Mexico keen to strengthen trade, investment ties with Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael conferred with Mexico’s Director General for Africa and Middle East, Ambassador Jorge Alvarez Feuntes.Ambassador Jorge Alvarez Feuntes said his government is keen to enhance bilateral relations and further collaborate with Ethiopia in.....