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Veiling Rhein-Maas

Growers more influence on pricing with clock presale

The digital sales channel for clock presale gives suppliers of Veiling Rhein-Maas the possibility to offer auction customers a part of their supplied products at a predetermined price prior to the auction.Some batches per layer and unitsUp till now, auction customers had the option at clock presale for.....

Royal FloraHolland

Netherlands: Cut flower turnover rising

In the past period from November to December 1, turnover increased by around 5% at Royal FloraHolland. This was primarily due to a lower supply of sweetheart roses from Africa. This led to a demand for other cut flowers, which stimulated the price-setting.In the past period, the difference in turnover.....

Japan: Cyclamen losing popularity as year-end gift

The cyclamen has been a popular end of the year gift for many years in Japan. However, over the last years, the demand for this plant is decreasing, which results in an oversupply and in turn to lower prices. Many cyclamen growers are not satisfied with the cyclamen market and are thinking of quitting.....

Zimbabwe: Growers urged to get organized

Zimtrade has urged farmers in the Midlands and Matabeleland regions to explore opportunities in export markets for horticulture produce to boost the country’s foreign currency reserves.In its monthly report, ZimTrade, the country’s exports promotion body, said in the past, Matabeleland region used to export.....

Kenya: UN action set to revive Lake Naivasha

The Naivasha wetlands, nestled amidst the volcanic mountains of Kenya's Great Rift Valley, are dying a slow death. Concerned at the impending ecological crisis, United Nations Environment stepped in to initiate a five-year Freshwater Strategy, part of its global action plan, to protect Lake Naivasha from.....

NL: Export flowers and plants towards new record of €6 billion

The export of flowers and plants from the Netherlands is climbing this year to a new record of € 6 billion. Floridata and the VGB (Association of Wholesale Traders of Ornamental Plant Products) base this on the results up to and including November. "The outlook for 2018 is good, although there are also.....

Frans Diedens, Yalkoneh Flowers

Ethiopian hypericum farm adapts to changing climate

"The changing climate is a challenge for us. It is becoming colder and colder", says Frans Diedens of Yalkoneh Flowers. He grows hypericums in Sebeta, Ethiopia, 2,100 meters above sea level and is currently equipping the last hectares of his 17ha farm with a sprinkling system to protect his crops against the.....
Leatherleaf supply at 30-year low

Florida greens growers predict Valentine’s Day shortage

Floral greens farmers in Florida are putting out a message to the floral industry: Two major hurricanes in the span of 11 months has been too much for farms to bear. As the growers hustle to mitigate damage, and protect current and future product, retail florists should expect a very tight supply of.....

Christmas means tulip fever in Norway

When you think of tulips, you probably think of Spring. In Norway, however, they think of Christmas too. Tulips are one of their most important flowers during this time of the year and the production at Norwegian greenhouses are in full swing. Matthe Schouten, father of Christel and Sebastian, who are.....

March 21-23, Guangzhou

Vendela flower from Kunming to gain global reach at Flower Expo China

Flower Expo China 2018 is less than 100 days away. The floor plan and exhibitor list are now available on the official website and visitor registration is also currently open. Let’s check out featured Yunnan exhibitor, Kunming Vendela flower Co., Ltd.Kunming Vendela flower Co., Ltd. - Booth M215, Hall.....

IPM market description of the flower and plant markets, Part 2

Challenges and opportunities for the green retail trade

From January 23 to 26, 2018, IPM ESSEN will gather the entire international green sector at Messe Essen. Digitalisation is confronting the green economic branch with new challenges. In times of individualisation and e-commerce, the retail trade must adjust to the altered purchasing behaviour of the.....

US (NJ): Celebrating Garden State poinsettias

Like roses for Valentine’s Day and the lily for Easter, the poinsettia has become symbolic of and forever tied to Christmas.As we celebrate National Poinsettia Day earlier this week, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher visited Hionis Greenhouses in Hunterdon County last week to highlight.....

Ireland signs agricultural agreement with Kenya

Kenya and Ireland last week signed a five-year agreement to enable local farmers to export produce to the Irish market. Leopold Obi spoke to Dr Vincent O'Neill, the Irish Ambassador to Kenya on how the deal will benefit farmers and what lessons Kenya can learn from Ireland.How will the partnership improve.....

Paul Wekesa of Kenyan rose farm Panocal:

Auction prices yellow, orange roses hit critical low

"Usually, the volumes and prices of the orange and yellow colored roses go down in the run-up to Christmas, but the prices are so low at the moment that we decided to stop shipping them out", says Paul Wekesa of Panocal, a 38ha Kenyan rose farm that mainly supplies the auction. According to Wekesa the.....

"It's not just about ideas, you have to implement them as well"

Aviv Flowers challenges industry to increase cut flower consumption

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, handed out the first copies of the book '22 ideas to increase global cut flowers', published by Israeli cut flower cooperative Aviv Flowers. The company challenges the industry to take up the gauntlet and use the inspiration provided.Opening a pop-up flower shop, or.....

Rwanda: Flower firms eye new markets in Europe

The National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB) of Rwanda is counting on the ongoing International Floriculture and Horticulture Trade Fair (IFTF) in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands to gain new markets in Europe and elsewhere, Pie Ntwari, the NAEB head of communication and public relations, has said.Ntwari said.....

Video: See the magic behind New Covent Garden Market

This video, directed and filmed by Duncan McCabe of McQueens, filmed by Julian Langham and produced and introduced by Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona, features some of the UK’s most influential florists, sharing why they choose to handpick the most beautiful flowers, foliage, plants and sundries every day at the.....

First growers on Floriday

On Wednesday 7 November 2017 Royal FloraHolland and FloraXchange presented the first version of Floriday at the Royal FloraHolland Trade Fair. A group of pot plant growers are the first users of Floriday.Floriday is the global, digital platform for the horticultural sector. The platform enables growers to be.....

A study on the technology of protected cultivation in Egypt

The agricultural sector and greenhouse production of fresh fruits and vegetables in Egypt are important for, amongst others, food security, export position, and employment.The Egyptian Government recently announced the development of a large acreage, 40,000 ha, of protected horticulture and has requested.....

Vietnam: Lawmakers urge strong boost to flower export sector

Some lawmakers have underscored major benefits to be gained from fruit, vegetables and flower export and logistics services, asking for more attention to boost the development of these sectors.They continued to discuss the country’s socio-economic and State budget situation on November 1, part of the ongoing.....

China: First imported fresh flowers arrived in Hunan Airport

On November 1, 3939 fresh flowers from the Netherlands arrived at Changsha Huanghua International Airport. This is the first time for imported fresh flowers to arrive at Hunan airport.Upon arrival, the inspection and quarantine personnel at Changsha airport checked conformity of goods and documents, and.....

Hungary to help modernise Uganda's agriculture sector

The republic of Hungary has said they are waiting for a return visit by the Uganda foreign affairs to their country so as to open an embassy in Uganda to facilitate trade between the two countries.Speaking at their national day celebrations in Kampala last week, Dr Dancs Ferenc, the Secretary of State for.....

Chilean peony season begins

Chilean peony season has begun. This season will last from November to early January. As the weeks advance, different varieties will rotate in and out of production.Virgin Farms are starting November with four peonies in white, coral and pink shades. Depending on production, some varieties may or may not be.....
California Flower Mail petalers:

"Biz is blooming with Dia De Los Muertos Marigolds"

California Flower Mail (CFM) petalers’ business is blooming with brisk sales of Mexican marigolds the Dia De Los Muertos –Day of the Dead holiday flower favorite. A Hispanic Holiday report says 37 percent of West Coast Hispanics celebrate the Dia De Los Muertos-Day of the Dead holiday starring the mystical.....

Schneider Young Plants at the Indagra

"Eastern Europe is a really fast growing market"

Last week, the biggest international agricultural trade fair of South East Europe, the Indagra, was held in Bucharest, Romania. This year was the 22nd edition of the event, with more than 540 companies participating from 24 countries, from all around the world. This year 17 new exhibitors from two new.....

AIPH co-ordinates first international meeting of Flower Auction markets

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) held its first meeting of the new AIPH Flower Auction Markets Group on 30 September 2017 in Taichung, Chinese Taipei. Hosted by the Taichung City Government and TFDA Chinese Taipei, the group included representatives from the Netherlands (Royal.....

US: As flower imports increase, Miami remains main entry point

Flower imports to the U.S. have increased by 36 percent in the past 10 years.Miami is the Ellis Island of flowers; over 80 percent of all flowers imported to the U.S. come through its port district. By the time the flowers arrive at their final destination, they have been traveling for days from countries.....

Rabobank illustrates prediction report

Who is going to make it in online flower sales?

Everyone agrees that the online sales of flowers and plants will increase greatly over the coming years. In a prediction report by the Rabobank, it could even be up to 30% in 2027 (compared to 7% now). "We just don't know who will win this 'game'. Bloomon, someone from our own ranks, or maybe even an outside.....

"California cut flower production not affected by legal cannabis"

A new study to understand the potential impact of cut-flower agribusiness land usage with the January 2018 legalization of cannabis production in California concludes there is no evidence it will affect the state’s ability to produce nearly 80 percent of the nation’s cut flower production. The study by Dr......

US: Sun Valley releases Holiday Greens Market Report

Sun Valley Floral Farms have released their Holiday Greens Market Report, detailing what they will have available for 2017.Incense CedarIncense Cedar is in the red cedar family and it has beautiful small golden buds. This green has a heavier look than some other greens. It is ideal for bouquets and the.....

Myanmar's northern city to be transformed into ASEAN flower city

Myanmar is planning to transform Pyin Oo Lwin, the city of flowers in the northern part of the country, into a flower city of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Monday.The transformation will be made by using flower growing techniques from.....

Philippines: Prices of flowers soar as demand picks up

Prices of flowers sold at the Bacolod City public plaza increased as demand started to pick up a few days before the observance of “Undas” or All Saints’ Day on November 1. Flower vendors noted an increase in the number of buyers starting Saturday, October 28. Prices over the weekend also went up, some have.....

Interflora blooms in India

India has long had a tradition of using flowers in day-to-day life — think garlands, flower petals strewn around places of worship, and even marigolds floating in a bowl. But the concept of flower arrangements is newer, and inspired by the West. Entering this relatively nascent luxury market is the global.....

NL: Growers respond to All Saints' Day

Many growers are currently working hard on the production for All Saints' Day, the Catholic holiday for honouring the dearly departed. Like Fiore Anthuriums, cut-anthurium nursery.Jeroen Ammerlaan runs the location in Berkel en Rodenrijs, the Netherlands. He has noticed a strong increase in orders in the run.....

NL: Floridata warns of Mafia & scam companies surrounding All Saints’ Day

In the past the Mafia has caused a lot of unrest in the ornamentals sector. Different variants of fraud and scams were part of a complex whole. Various activities within the flower trade were found to be a cover for criminal practices. A flower export company might have been the cover for the distribution of.....

Iran’s flower industry ready to bloom globally

For years, barriers to international trade have held Iranian businesses from blossoming.Mehdi Kebriaie, who runs greenhouses in this town a few hours outside Tehran, says when international sanctions were lifted after the 2015 nuclear deal, things got better."One of the biggest challenges we face in Iran is.....

Flower trade blossoms between China and Thailand

At the Dounan wholesale flower market in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, workers are busy loading fresh flowers, including roses and lilies, into a refrigerated truck.The truck will travel the 1,800-km-long Kunming-Bangkok expressway via Laos, and the flowers will be available for sale.....

UK: How flat-packed bouquets are transforming the flower trade

“Flowers are such an emotive and powerful gift that we’ve found recipients feel even more connected to the sender once they’ve created their bouquet and shared [photos of] it with them,” says Aron Gelbard, CEO and co-founder of Bloom & Wild, a startup that sends flowers in the post.Founded in 2013,.....

Philippines: Flower prices up ahead of ‘Undas’

The prices of flowers being sold here have doubled one week before the observance of All Saints’ Day.“Manang Azon”, a flower stall owner at Harrison Road, said the increase in prices of flowers is triggered by the demand, brought about by the upcoming observance of “Undas”, when Filipinos visit the tomb of.....

Nepal: Marigold sales likely to hit 1.1m garlands

Marigold sales are likely to swell 37.5 percent this Tihar, as festive demand for the flower has surged in major urban centres, primarily the Kathmandu Valley, traders said.Flower dealers expect to sell 1.1 million marigold garlands during the Tihar festival when Nepalis decorate their homes with long.....

India: Prices push jasmine off grace this Deepavali

Come festival and it is time for flower vendors to rejoice as sales hit an all-time high. However, jasmine vendors at the Mattuthavani Flower Market said that it was not the usual brisk festive business as usual this year. The sale of jasmine (malli) is witnessing a dip as the cost has soared three times as.....

Nepal: Marigold sale booms in Kathmandu

As the five-day Tihar festival entered its third day on Thursday, the sale of Marigold flowers, which is widely used for decorations to mark the Laxmi Puja, boomed in the markets across the country.Marigold flowers have a significant role during Tihar, known as the festival of flowers and lights.It is.....

ClockOnline rates are known

The first tests with ClockOnline have exceeded expectations, while registrations have also been satisfying. It is therefore time to clarify the rates for the independent platform.Marco Stolze, owner of the online flowers and plants auction ClockOnline: “Thanks to the arrival of this digital platform, a great.....

Azerbaijan approves procedure for import, export of trees, flowers, plants

Trees, shrubs, flowers, herbaceous plants and their genetic materials will be imported into Azerbaijan on the basis of a quarantine import permit, an export phytosanitary certificate and phytosanitary certificates issued by the State Phytosanitary Control Service under the Ministry of Agriculture.This issue.....

Unrest in Kenya, flower trade continues

Kenya's Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election on September 1, and the re-run is today. The anticipated unrest arose this morning, but seems to be limited to certain areas. "There are some issues where protesters are boycotting the poll and clashing with the police, but around 70 percent.....

US: Green industry contributes more than $20B to Florida economy

Florida’s environmental horticulture industry is recovering from the recession of 2007 to 2009, and it is growing in many sectors, with $21.8 billion in annual economic contributions. This is an increase of 19.2 percent from 2000, a new University of Florida report shows.The environmental horticulture.....

US (CA): Local farms hurt by lack of workers

Across San Diego County and California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified and willing people to work in agriculture, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation.The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of.....

US: APHIS announces schedule for certifying offshore geranium growers

APHIS will conduct annual certification visits in November and December to offshore facilities that wish to ship geranium (Pelargonium spp.) cuttings to the United States during the 2017-2018 season. During these visits, APHIS will confirm that the offshore facility meets or exceeds the “Minimum Sanitation.....

Plantec Ecuador on changes in demand for South American roses

How an economic crisis changed the rose market

Long or short stems? Large or small buds? Many countries have their own special requirements, but economic crisis often throws a spanner in the works. Aviram Krell of Plantec Ecuador explains how the Russian crisis did not only change the demands in rose types for Russian buyers, but how it changed it for.....

China: Balcony gardening boom triggers demand for liquid fertilizer and growing media

For a city as densely populated as Guangzhou, China, it is too extravagant for its citizens to have a private garden. However, space limit can hardly dampen their enthusiasm for gardening, and consequently balcony gardening is now swiftly catching on in not only Guangzhou but almost every fashionable.....

November 20-24

Royal FloraHolland takes a trip to Turkey

When it comes to the horticultural sector, Turkey has everything needed to become successful. At most 4 hours flying distance away, it has a good cultivation climate for practically every product, enough space for new production acreage, a retail channel that's being developed, and an export market covering.....

International Statistics Flowers and Plants 2017 yearbook now available

The International Statistics Flowers and Plants 2017 yearbook shares the available data on the global production and trade of flowers and plants. Produced by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Union Fleurs it has become invaluable to trade organisations, policy makers,.....

AU: Paper Series presented on a future-proof Australian horticulture

Attracting the right human capital to help Australian nurseries continue to grow and make a greater contribution to the entire community about the value of green life is behind the final outcome of the industry’s recently released Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) 2017-21.The fifth, and final outcome of the.....

"Horticulture in Iran can be an alternative to petroleum"

The art and science of horticulture and horticultural crops are integral parts of Iranian’s rich and ancient culture and modern economy. Many deciduous fruit, flowers, and vegetables are native to Iran (Persia), and from there, they were distributed to the rest of the world through the Silk Road established.....

UK: Embracing change for the future of garden retail

The garden industry came together on 4 October for HTA Garden Futures Conference, sponsored by Hozelock, which took place at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. This year’s strategic event, with the theme of ‘Garden Retail – the great escape’, was hosted by Cathy Newman, journalist and presenter of Channel 4 News......

GroFin secures $10m USAID grant to back East African agribusinesses

Pan-African development financier GroFin has received a grant of US$10 million from the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub to make investments in the agribusiness sector in East Africa over a two-year period.GroFin specialises in financing and supporting small and growing businesses across Africa and.....

NL: Reduction of import levies Turkey within reach

On Tuesday, October 3 2017, in the presence of the Turkish Minister of Economic Affairs, Lucas Vos signed a collaboration agreement with the chairs of the Turkish interest groups representing growers and exporters.The signing of the letter of intent was also the start of negotiations about removing the.....

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora

Kenya: Nakuru high altitude farms hit by heavy rains

Low supply and an upcoming holiday. This combination often results in higher prices and this is exactly what Kenyan rose grower Sachin Appachu of Bliss Flora is hoping for. Currently, heavy rains in Nakuru are decreasing the production volumes at many high altitude farms in the region and with All Saints.....

Mass relocation of Kenyan farms to Ethiopia? Nonsense

Reason for concern or storm in a teacup? According to the governor of Nakuru Lee Kinyanjui, several growers are considering to relocate to Ethiopia due to persistent strikes. Workers are said to be complaining about low salaries and are therefore rejecting doing their job for some time. Several newspapers.....

US: New study tracks purchases of flower-buying consumers

The new Floral Purchase Tracking Study has been released, and is packed full of substantial data regarding the purchases of flower-buying consumers.Formally called the Consumer Tracking Study, the last annual study of this kind was conducted in 2005, and started back in 1992. AFE and SAF partnered together.....

UK: Repotting the New Covent Garden Market

Filmed over three weeks, Repotting the Flower Market tells the story of the move of an icon to its new home. Follow the journey of the incredible traders, florists and customers as they share their feelings, memories and hopes for the future of this very special market.Source: New Covent Garden Market

Kenya’s approach to sustainability

Sustainable plant and flower production is vital as consumers want to purchase with a clear conscience. They want as little damage to the environment as possible and fair wages and labour conditions for the workers. How do you do that?Kenya Flower Council CEO Jane Ngige spoke to Royal FloraHolland about the.....

1-800-Flower.com now available via the Google Assistant

1-800-Flowers.com announced that customers can soon enjoy the ease and convenience of ordering floral gifts, and select gourmet food offerings, directly via the Google Assistant. A quick menu of gifting categories allows on-the-go customers to select gifts and place orders, for delivery nationwide, using the.....