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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.....

Rabobank:

"Plenty of opportunities to flourish in Dutch floriculture"

How does the Dutch floriculture sector look like in 2027? In this publication you will read what the expectations for entrepreneurs are in terms of consumer behavior, changes in the world market and developments in the supply chain. This will help you to recognize the opportunities for a flourishing future.....

UK: Value of flowers and plants increased while overall value of crops fell

In a report that was published by the UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, the first estimate of total income from farming in England and each of the English regions for 2016 were presented. These statistics show the trends in total income from farming and the contribution that the.....

Kenyan union denies flower firms relocating to Ethiopia

Kenya's plantation union on Monday denied reports that flower farmers are relocating to Ethiopia due to frequent labor unrest in the east African nation.Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) Assistant General Secretary Meshack Khisa rejected reports made by county officials as alarmist and.....

figures from VGB, Royal FloraHolland, Veiling Rhein-Maas

Growth in Dutch, German flower and plant exports

Until the end of September, the export value of flowers and plants from the Netherlands has climbed 6% to almost € 4.7 billion. Trends like a stronger spread over more countries, faster growth in flowers and the sharp increase to Germany, are continuing. This is determined by VGB and Floridata based on.....

Myanmar flower growers squeezed by imports from China

Commercial flower growers are being squeezed by imports from China and there are allegations that Chinese nationals are selling blooms wholesale at a Yangon market.The rainy season has almost ended and winter will arrive in the coming weeks. Over the last weeks, most of Myanmar were preparing to celebrate.....

EFTA and Ecuador make progress towards FTA

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states and Ecuador held their fourth round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on October 9-13 in Geneva, Switzerland.According to EFTA, expert working groups discussed a long list of draft texts in the areas of trade in goods,.....

Video: John Hardcastle talks about successful stories

In this video, John Hardcastle talks about what it takes to run one of the most successful wholesale flower businesses in London. He's worked at Bloomfield for more than a decade, and on the Flower Market since he was a young boy. This is a man who knows more than a thing or two about flowers.Source: New.....

Kenya: Concern as flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia

Prolonged labour disputes and high cost of production are driving flower farmers out of the country, players have said.According to Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, unending strikes by workers agitating for higher pay against the backdrop of a shrinking market had seen flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia.The.....

Dutch police raids greenhouses in heroin investigation

A large heroin production facility has been discovered by Dutch police during a raid in the Westland and Oostland area. The heroin was produced at an automobile repair shop and several greenhouse companies were involved in the criminal activities. The greenhouses were used for the cultivation of bell peppers.....

Suntory Flowers introduces blue rose Applause

Blue roses do not come out of the blue

After over 20 years of breeding, testing and propagating, Japanese breeder Suntory Flowers succeeded in putting a new color rose on the market. It was launched mid-September and the first flowers have been shipped out from Maxiflores, a farm in Colombia, to Fresca Farms, which will exclusively supply the.....

US: Researchers recognized for water quality and conservation work

A USDA Multi-state Working Group with research focused on water conservation and improved water quality within the ornamental crops industry is the national recipient of the 2017 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research. The collaboration includes 31 researchers and 22.....

Jaksa back on track to serve growth of Polish industry

Last weekend the Polish horticulture industry once again gathered in Goluchow for the 19th edition of the Dni Ogrodnika Gardener Days. Also the Jaksa group was once again present to represent an impressive selection of horticulture technology suppliers.Jaksa representscompanies like Empas, Agrolux, Certhon,.....

Stability: One of the key words at FlowersExpo Moscow

The FlowersExpo in Moscow ended yesterday and one of the key words among the exhibitors at the show was stability. The ruble that used to fluctuate heavily after the country was hit by the crisis three years ago, now seems to be more stable. In turn, for many growers it resulted in an increasing demand and.....

Philippines: Cut flowers can be export earner

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) sees cut flower cultivation as a profitable venture that entrepreneurs and farmers can undertake.Also, cut flower production can be a stress-relieving activity."It [flower arrangement] is truly a form of stress reliever. We can do it both as leisure and business,".....

FlowersExpo Moscow

Russia: Demand for flowers is changing

Large heads and long stems have been the standard for the Russian market for decades. However, when the crisis kicked in about 3.5 years ago, the demand from this flower loving country started to change. The ruble almost halved in value and fluctuated heavily which made importing flowers expensive and.....

Mexico: Sewage floods nurseries in Xochimilco

An overflow of wastewater caused by recent heavy rains in Mexico City has wreaked havoc on nurseries in the southern borough of Xochimilco, causing the loss of thousands of flowers in the lead-up to one of the industry’s busiest seasons, Mexico News Daily reports.Around 200 nurseries spread over 120 hectares.....

Floral Industry rebounds from Hurricanes

High weather drama continued this week, as Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, cutting a wide path of destruction but also sparing some areas that had been bracing for harder hits.Floral industry members from South Florida to South Carolina have checked in with the Society of American Florists and.....

"You have to put it into perspective with somebody that has lost their home"

Canada: Flowers in short supply after Hurricane Irma

New Brunswick florists will have fewer flowers in coming weeks due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma.While the hurricane has started to calm, the ripple effect of the aftermath is already stretching all the way to the province's flower shops."Nothing is being shipped in and shipped out, it'll be a.....

US: Importation of Korean Orchids into US APHIS approved

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending its regulations to allow the importation of orchid plants of the genera Phalaenopsis and Cymbidium in growing media from the Republic of Korea into the United States. After analyzing the potential plant pest.....

CAN (ON): Encouraging investment and growth in the greenhouse sector

The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is accepting applications from Ontario commercial greenhouses for the $19 million Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII).The objective of GCII is to help maintain the competitiveness of Ontario’s commercial scale greenhouses in North American.....

Dutch companies weigh in

Russian market kicks into gear

A look around the FlowersExpo, which is currently taking place in Moscow, shows that the Russian market is recovering. At least that's the impression one gets when talking to Dutch exhibitors, who are in high spirits on the first day of the show.The past few years things haven't been easy, and this is.....

Union Fleurs 2017 General Assembly in Poland:

"Blooming opportunities and a stimulating outlook for the future"

The General Assembly of Union Fleurs, the International Flower Trade Association, was organised this year in partnership with Flower Expo Poland in Warsaw, Poland from 31 August to 3 September 2017. Members travelled from 11 countries as far as Turkey and Kenya to share perspectives and insights on the.....

UK ornamentals market up 4.7%

UK ornamentals were worth £1.2 billion in 2016, an increase of 4.7% compared to 2015, according to the latest horticulture statistics from the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs.The value of ornamental imports was just below £1.2 billion an 11% rise on 2015. The Netherlands accounted for 74%.....

US: Emergency disaster aid, continuation of government funding approved

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a final bill to provide additional emergency assistance to respond to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, to raise the debt ceiling to allow the United States to meet its financial obligations, and to allow for the continuation of vital government programs and services. The.....

How flower bulbs are measured

When it comes to flower bulbs, size matters. The bigger the bulb, the better the bloom quality. How does this actually work, and how will you know if you are getting good quality flower bulbs? Flower bulbs are measured in centimeters around the broadest circumference of the bulb. Although inches are.....

Irma: Industry braces for impact

Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall in South Florida this weekend, and it's already heavily disrupting the flower industry as the bulk of flowers enters the US via Miami airport. Over the last few days, some Florida-based importers have cancelled their orders at their South American growers as a.....

Hurricane Katia & tsunamis threatens farms in Mexico

Mexico is being assaulted on all sides, with Hurricane Katia currently headed to the east coast and an 8.4 magnitude earthquake striking on the southern coast of Mexico, leading to mass evacuations and tsunami warnings.The states of Chiapas, where many flower growers are situated, was closest to the.....

Flower horticulture redefines recreational travel

Recreational travel has been one of the most indispensable entertainment events in China. Enchanted by a series of flower shows such as the rose flower show of Shanghai Chenshan Botanical Garden or the cuckoo flower show by Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park, Shanghai has turned into a flower city this spring. As.....

Vietnam: Lam Dong farmers go high tech

The Central Highlands Province of Lam Dong is leading the country in high-tech agriculture. It grows crops on nearly 50,000ha under hi-tech agricultural methods. This amounts to 18 per cent of the province’s land under production.According to the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development,.....

India: Devotees wilt as flower rates bloom with soaring demand

During the Mahalaxmi puja at homemaker Asha Made's place, for years now garlands of tuberoses are offered to both the goddesses. "This year, one garland is selling for Rs1,500 (23 USD) which is way beyond the prices that prevailed last year," she says."I also buy marigold flowers and some shewanti too, but.....

Anat Moshes, Danziger:

"Russians looking for a broader flower assortment"

"Russian buyers are looking for a wider selection of flowers and are more often sourcing these varieties directly from the farms", explains Anat Moshes, VP cut flowers sales of Israeli breeding company Danziger. Their African and South American summer flower growers used to supply mainly gypsophilas to the.....

March 21-23, Guangzhou

China: What Belt and Road Initiative has meant for the flower industry

The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has become a buzzword and exerted worldwide influence on varying industries. To a great extent, the Belt and Road Initiative propels China’s floral industry going out and foreign capital coming in. Nevertheless, what benefits have world floral industries reaped.....

US (OH): Labor Day kicks off mum season

These days, mum’s the word as thousands of chrysanthemums in shades of red, yellow, purple and orange appear at stores and nurseries.The colorful flowers give northeast Ohio residents an opportunity to enjoy an array of autumn colors in their gardens and landscaping, said Bob Mramor, owner of Kelly’s Gardens.....
Schweizer Hagel's interim report:

Switzerland: Over 30 million in weather damages

So far, 2017 has been a bad year for many Swiss agri- and horticultural companies regarding damages due to extreme weather. This has been reported by the Swiss farmer's insurance company Schweizer Hagel. Their 2017 interim balance shows 8,000 reported claims and around 35 million francs (30.7 million euros).....

Belgium shows off products at Glee

This year, Belgium is taking part in Glee for the first time, with a group stand under the flag of VLAM, Flanders' Agricultural Marketing Board. Seven companies will be presenting their products in Hall 20, at stand number 20H30. Together they offer a wide range of products for the British market. Two of.....

Sergio Illescas Jijón of BellaRosa, Rose Connection on first school day Russia

"Less flowers to Russia due to Chinese Valentine's Day"

The first school day in Russia, September 1st, is one of the most important holidays for Ecuadorian rose growers. The demand for roses was high this year, but as Chinese Valentine's day (August 28) was celebrated in the same week, some farms were limited in supply. "Our offer was not as high as the Russian.....

UAE: Onam mood sets in with flowers in big demand

Bananas are being shipped in and flowers flown into the UAE as expatriates from the south Indian state of Kerala celebrate Onam, their harvest festival.There are an estimated one million Malayalis, the Malayalam-speaking community from Kerala, who have made the UAE their second home.Onam heralds the.....

India: Goa has potential to become floriculture state

Stating that contract farming and community farming are essential to give a boost to agriculture in the state as it would help double the agricultural production and in turn the income of the farmers, the Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, on Thursday, said that the state has potential to become a.....

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo:

"Diversify Ghana's economy through floriculture"

The First Lady of the Republic of Ghana, Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has called on Ghanaians to diversify the economy by venturing into floriculture.She made this call to action during the fifth edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show held at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park on Friday.“The floriculture.....

First day of school in Russia means flowers!

Today it is the first day of school in Russia and this is being celebrated with lots and lots of flowers. Traditionally, every child in Russia gives a flower or a bunch of flowers to their teacher on September 1st and this results in a peak in demand for flower growers and traders. "Chrysanthemums and.....

Kenya's Supreme Court orders rerun of presidential election

Kenya is still under the spell of the elections. Today, Kenya's Supreme Court nullified President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election win last month and called for new elections within 60 days. "For the first time in the history of African democratization, a ruling has been made by a court nullifying the election of a.....

India: Pricey flowers for Onam

The annual Hindu festival Onam is in full swing and flowers play a key role. Oman is considered one of the biggest and most awaited festivals in Kerala, India and is being celebrated for 10 days. The festivities are in full swing at the moment and over the last weeks loads of flowers headed to the Kerela.....
September 11 - 13, Washington, D.C.

US: Impact Washington Event to focus on green industry issues

AmericanHort is hosting its first, sold-out advocacy summit called Impact Washington in Washington, D.C., September 11 - 13.With over 100 attendees representing 24 states across the United States as well as Canada, this is the horticulture industry’s opportunity to engage directly with lawmakers and thought.....

EFSA publishes Lifestyle Trends Spring / Summer 2018

EFSA, the European Floral and Lifestyle Product Suppliers Association announces the publication of the colour and style trends for the season Spring / Summer 2018. The four themes are presented as part of a 44-page lifestyle magazine, combining atmospheric images, colour references, product suggestions and.....

Pakistan: Floriculturists stagger to hybrid transformation on sinking yields

Elderly floriculturists in Sindh can vividly recall blissful days they have spent while producing a variety of flowers for local markets and used to enjoy earning throughout a year.At that time, they said they had local seeds for developing nurseries. They never imagined and they would spend so much on.....

Simon Earley anticipates more business after Brexit

Since Brexit and the general election result, UK growers have been faced with increasing uncertainty and consolidation in the UK market."Despite this uncertainty, it’s never been more important to retain a strong supply chain", says Simon Earley of Earley Ornamentals. "We believe the benefits of working with.....

China and Ukraine to increase agricultural cooperation

Vice Minister Yu Xinrong of China and Ms. Olga Trofimtseva, Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine, co-chaired the 6th Meeting of Agriculture Subcommittee of China-Ukraine Intergovernmental Commission on Cooperation (ICC) in Kiev, Ukraine on the morning of 15 August 2017.Vice Minister Yu.....

Eugenia Babicheva, Green House:

"Russian flower market depends on import"

Eugenia Babicheva, Director, OOO “Green House”, Republic of Adygea, Russia, participant in the FlowersExpo, talks about her vision of the event, about the sector presented at the exhibition and her own plans in the Russian flower market.“Green House” has included the International exhibition “FlowersExpo”.....

Kenya: Hort export up thanks to cut flowers

Data collated by the Agriculture and Food Authority shows that during the first half of the year, Kenya’s horticulture export earnings increased by 11.42 per cent driven by higher gains from cut flowers and fruits.During the period under review, the value of cut flowers grew by 18.26 per cent to Sh48.64.....

Romiti Vivai makes debut at Four Oaks

Pistoia based Romiti Pietro Vivai will be making their debut at Four Oaks next week (September 5/6).Their Northern Europe Consultant Domenico Guizzo reports on a positive six months of trading in the UK on behalf of Romiti Vivai. The acquisition of Tesi Ubaldo Nursery last year provided the ideal opportunity.....

New Zealand: Tough winter sees flower prices 'skyrocket'

A large number of Auckland florists say they've experienced the worst winter in recent memory when it comes to sales.Some say they've had to increase their prices because what they're paying for flowers at auctions has "skyrocketed".West Auckland florist Raywin Kelly believes she's paying about 15-20 percent.....

Valuations show a consistent upward trend

There are several listed companies that are active in flower and plant breeding. Although these activities are often a minor part of their total activities, statistics on their valuations do contain important information for dedicated horticultural breeding companies.As shown in the above chart, valuations.....

Royal FloraHolland delays image auctioning of plants

Yesterday a fruitful discussion was held between a delegation from Royal FloraHolland and the 'Keep the plant clock' action group. The attendees acknowledged the usefulness and the necessity of digitalisation. Royal FloraHolland understands that the deadline of October 4 2017 is too soon to stop the physical.....

Photos: India's forgotten city of perfume flowers

For more than 400 years, since the time of the Mughal emperor Jahangir, the Indian city of Kannauj has been distilling flowers to make perfume. But the industry is in decline. Synthetic perfumes are pushing the distilleries towards closure - and these exquisite scents may soon be lost forever. A visitor to.....

Indian state to get hi-tech flower villages

Wayanad, known for its lush green landscapes and forestry, is all set to become the floriculture hub of Kerala.The government had decided to set up a dedicated flower-growing zone in the district. The cultivation will be launched on 1,000 acres of land in the initial phase, reports Times of India. The.....

US (AK): Global warming threatens peony growers

Alaska is home to 200 commercial peony farmers, clustered in the three hot spots around its center and south-central coast. The state isn’t known for its agricultural exports, but peonies have quickly become a cash crop for its entrepreneurial farmers. Last year, these growers shipped more than 200,000 stems.....

"Every tenth rose sold in Russia is grown in Mordovia"

Acting Head of Mordovia Vladimir Volkov has visited the Mir Tsvetov company in the Kadoshkinsky district. He examined the greenhouses and spoke with employees.The area of the complex totals 6 ha. It is occupied by Dutch roses of 13 varieties. 99 people are engaged in planting. The roses from Mordovia are.....

Ecuador and El Salvador to consolidate bilateral trade

Ecuador and El Salvador are getting close to the consolidation of their bilateral cooperation and commercial flow, through the Partial Scope Agreement for Economic Complementation, already approved by the Ecuadorian Government.The new step was taken after the signing of the Executive Decree 115, by the.....

webinar, August 29

Dr. Charlie Hall presents mid-year economic outlook for the green industry

In an upcoming webinar, Dr. Charlie Hall will present his mid-year economic outlook for the green industry. Special emphasis will be placed on the sectors in the economy that have a direct impact on grower, landscape service provider, and retail sales. Dr. Hall will also hone in on some key dates that will.....

Roger Gerritzen, Dümmen Orange:

"The acceptance of private equity is increasing market-wide"

Dümmen Orange’s growth path started in 2010 when H2 Equity Partners acquired the predecessor company Agribio from the Japanese firm Kirin. Five add-on acquisitions were made followed by the merger with Dümmen in 2013. The company was subsequently rebranded Dümmen Orange. Since then, there have been six more.....

Rwanda: Government to scale up greenhouse production

The Government is seeking to promote the use of greenhouses to harvest more from high value crops, in the forthcoming fourth Strategic Plan for Agriculture Transformation (PSTA4).Dr. Octave Semwaga, Director General for Strategic Planning and Programmes Coordination at the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal.....

September 12-14, Moscow

FlowersExpo’2017 and the Russian flower market

The most substantial information about the state and needs of the Russian market of flowers and plants - this is the upcoming International exhibition “FlowersExpo” held in the International Exhibition Center “Crocus Expo”, Moscow, 12-14 September, 2017.Characteristics and needsThe whole range of floral and.....

Vietnam: Bac Giang to pour $66 million in hi-tech agriculture

The northern province of Bac Giang plans to spend VND1.5 trillion (US$66 million) to develop high-tech agriculture areas growing or rearing the locality’s key products such as vegetables, flower, mushrooms, tea, lychees, citrus, chickens and pigs.Vegetables grown with hydroponic technology at the Bac Giang.....