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Results from new floral purchase tracking study coming soon

Dating back to 1992, AFE has periodically conducted survey research in the form of a diary study to understand in greater detail the floral purchases of the public.Formerly called the Consumer Tracking Study and last conducted in 2005, AFE has partnered with the Society of American Florists to revive the.....

India: Focus on floriculture to generate jobs

To access the implementation of schemes under the floriculture sector and to see the achievements of progressive farmers engaged in the floriculture sector and to hear their problems at grassroots level, J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans on Friday arranged a field visit to floriculture.....

UK : Garden centres see seed and bulb sales soar in Augusts

Garden centres saw seed and bulb sales soar by 23.44% in August compared to the same month last year according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report.Houseplant sales were also up at 15.03% and clothing was up 14.74%.It’s great to see that customers have been out in force at.....

India: Flower trade blooms ahead of festival season

With the Bathukamma festive season kicking off on Wednesday and Navaratri beginning on Thursday, flower vendors in the city are jubilant. Thanks to the rising demand for flowers and fruits, markets are teeming with customers, especially women, who are eager to purchase flowers for preparing the Bathukamma......

Royal FloraHolland boosts German market through collaboration with BGI

Royal FloraHolland will become a Fördermitglied - literally a supporting member - at the Verband des Deutschen Blumen Gross- und Importhandels (BGI). This membership will enable Royal FloraHolland and its partners to work towards developing and stimulating the German market. Royal FloraHolland announced.....

March 21-23, Guangzhou

AVIV to conquer the market in Guangzhou, China

With years of leadership in Israel’s cut flower exporting business, AVIV is now trying to extend their reach into the Chinese market via Flower Expo China 2018 (China International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair 2018).With an impeccable logistics system long-developed by the company, AVIV is able.....

International internship gives U.S. hort students a head start on job market

In order to gain more insight and experience, U.S. horticulture students should spend more time on individual internships abroad. After spending time in foreign countries and industries, experience is developed in a more efficient way, and those who are into building a professional network are offered a head.....

US (CA): Vacant flower greenhouses snapped up in cannabis land boom

To weaken one mind-altering leaf crop 4,000 miles away, the feds inadvertently crushed California’s cut-flower crop, setting the stage for another mind-altering leaf crop to flourish decades later.A preferential trade agreement with four South American countries signed in 1991 — part of the War on Drugs — is.....

Indian farmers strike gold with marigold

A farmer duo have struck gold cultivating marigold. The beautiful flower yellow in hue proved to be profitable for the duo of Pithapuram. The blossoming flower has enhanced their happiness as they began to earn a profit of Rs 1 lakh (1500 USD) from just half an acre land. Discouraged by failure of cotton and.....

Vlog #17 Lucas Vos:

“Do you benefit from our growth strategy?”

Growth strategy and Cooperation 2020 – these are the most important subjects in this new vlog by Lucas Vos.The growth of floriculture products is happening not so much in Europe as in plenty of other places. The Netherlands fulfils the role of 'hub' very well, but that growth has not yet trickled down to the.....

Hurricane Irma

Florida: Flower companies provide water relief

Following the destruction of Hurricane Irma, several businesses within the flower industry joined together to help those impacted by the storm. Together, the companies arranged for an entire trailer load full of bottled water to be picked up from the Wakerfern Food Corp. Wholesale Division in Elizabeth, NL.....

Kenya: Farmers to benefit following US-Kenya direct flights

Kenyan farmers stand to benefit following permission by the United States Department of Transportation allowing Kenya Airways to fly directly into America.The Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) CEO Hosea Machuki says Kenyan avocados, for instance, will have a wide market to explore, but.....

Take a peek inside the Riga Flower Market in Moscow

Russia: Rose still the number one flower?

PHOTO REPORT Russia is a flower loving country and around 90 percent of the flowers are imported. The largest share of these flowers are sold in Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg. Last week, during the FlowersExpo week in Moscow, we got the opportunity to visit a flower market that has one of the largest selections of.....

Japanese business delegation visits Westland

Japanese Business delegation Kyushu Economic Federation visited Westland Municipality in Naaldwijk. Delegation leader Mr. Koichi Koike from The Miyazaki Bank is looking for actions to increase added value in Agriculture/Horticulture development in Kyushu. The Japanese delegation visited the Municipality of.....

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.....

US (AK): Homer peony farms booming

Peonies have had a short and relatively variable history in Alaska. Homer resident Rita Jo Shoultz, opened the state’s very first peony farm, Alaska Perfect Peony, in 2006 after being approached by a professor from Fairbanks, who had been studying the potential growing season for peonies in Alaska.“She told.....

Europe: Direct trade sales increased during holiday period

The period from 17 July through 11 August 2017 closed with a turnover of €247 million, Royal FloraHolland reports. This is the lowest turnover of this year. In this period many people in Europe are on holiday, and therefore they buy fewer flowers and plants.In the summer period consumers buy fewer flowers......

Understanding the market through better insights

For demand for green life products and services to grow, it is imperative that nurseries have a strong understanding of what customer want.But how can we gain those important consumer and market insights in order to actively drive sales volumes?This is the key question being addressed in outcome two of the.....

Colombian flower exports up 8% in first semester

The Colombian Association of Flower Exporters (Asocolflores) announced that exports of this Colombian product grew by 8% in value and 3.5% in volume during the first half of the year.Of the 90 countries to which Colombia exports flowers, the country’s commercial activities improved the most in the United.....

Ecuador: Flower exports fall to worst level in 4 years

In 2016, Ecuador’s income from flower exports reached $ 802 million, the lowest amount the sector has reported in the last 4 years. In 2013, the turnover amounted to $ 830 million; in 2014, to $ 918 million and in 2015 to $ 820 million.The reality of the sector was outlined by the Ministry of Agriculture.....

Royal FloraHolland sounds out clients on image auctioning

Image auctioning of plants will be introduced to Aalsmeer and Naaldwijk on 4 October 2017. This prospect has raised concerns among some growers and customers.Royal FloraHolland discussed the situation among themselves during an extra consultation session with the Plant Clock Promotion sounding board group......

Dutch export of flowers and plants to Eastern Europe grows significantly

Dutch export of flowers and plants to Eastern European destinations is growing stronger than the average increase shows. This is apparent from the export statistics that Floridata generates for the sector. Until the end of July, the total increase is 6%. In turnover it is € 3.8 billion. The wide assortment,.....

CAN: Ontario flower growers fear minimum wage hike

Plans for minimum wage hike are the talk of town in Ontario, Canada. A 23 percent increase that will come into effect in January 2018 worries Ontario flower farmers. Labor represents their single largest cost, and this $2.60 increase, to $14 per hour in 2018, and eventually $15 per hour in 2019, might even.....

Ethiopia pockets 271 mln USD from flower, horticulture export

Ethiopia has generated close to 271 million U.S. dollars from the exports of flower and other horticulture products during the just concluded Ethiopian fiscal year, the Ethiopian horticulture and Agriculture Investment Authority revealed on Tuesday.Export of flower holds the lion's share of the total 271.....

US (OH): Business is blooming at local flower farms

You can find them heaped on caskets, clutched in the hands of wedding attendants and clustered in room-brightening bunches in tabletop vases. But where do those brightly colored bouquets come from?It’s a question that more and more customers at Swesey Florist are asking, according to Lin Geiman, who manages.....

Frank de Hek, Oaklins:

"Consolidation in horticulture to continue"

Frank de Hek, Oaklins' horticulture specialist, shares some high level industry intelligence in a new edition of the company's newsletter, Spot On."Oaklins has advised on numerous mergers and acquisitions in the horticultural sector in the last 15 years. At first, small consolidation plays and family.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

“Growth is an important condition for survival”

Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, brings you up to date with the latest developments in his new vlog. Where are we now with ‘Cooperative 2020’? And what is Royal FloraHolland doing to get all its members and buyers into the digital world? And there’s an answer to the question of why growth is so.....

Kenya's post-election unrest leads to worker shortage

"Even though there might be some shortage of workers, all Kenyan flower farms are still in business and exporting", says a Kenyan rose grower in Nakuru. After Uhuru Kenyatta was elected as president last Friday, angry protests erupted as opposition leader Raila Odinga rejected the results, indicating that.....

Uganda: Flower exporters set to invest $17.8m in value

Three flower firms, Wagagai Ltd, Ugarose Flowers Ltd and Jambo Rose have pledged to invest $17.8m in Uganda’s flower sector in the next 4 years aimed at increasing flower export volume on the global market.In the next 4 years, Wagagai Ltd will invest an additional $14.1m between 2017 and 2021. Jambo Roses.....

Richard McGonnell, Naivasha Horticultural Fair:

"Cost of land has become a prohibitive factor in Kenya"

In about a month’s time, Kenya will hold the Naivasha Horticultural Fair. Leopold Obi of the Daily Nation spoke to Richard McGonnell, the chairman of the event on what farmers should expect and how small producers can make money from the industry.What is your assessment of the horticulture industry in.....

Kenya Flower Council certification scheme undergoes re-assessment

One of the most effective lobby tools for the flower industry has been the compliance status of the industry in Kenya through the Kenya Flower Council Certification Scheme Quality System Accreditation to ISO / IEC 17065. In order to maintain its integrity, the Kenya Flower Council hosted Lead assessors from.....

Romania: Hoghilag is called the Land of Tuberoses

Tourists poured into the Romanian village of Hoghilag this past weekend for the annual Tuberose Festival.“Just as France has the lavender fields, Romania has the fields of tuberoses,” explains festival director Claudia-Romana Rista. “With a tradition of over 100 years in growing tuberoses, Hoghilag is called.....

FCC: Stronger Canadian dollar not all bad news for farmers

The Canadian dollar’s flirtations with the 80 cents U.S. mark is not likely to undermine agriculture’s potential for the rest of the year, said the principal agricultural economist at Farm Credit Canada (FCC).When FCC issued economic outlooks for agriculture back in January, it said the low dollar relative.....

2017 compared to 2016:

Kenya's flower exports: Increase in volume and value

Kenya's flower exports and earnings are higher in the first five months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016, reports the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).According to the data of the KNBS, from January to May, the total export volume increased by 16.5 percent, to 71.951,41 MT in 2017,.....

Royal FloraHolland closes Florists Clock sooner than expected

Sooner than expected, Royal FloraHolland are noticing that the buyers from the Florists Clock Naaldwijk are purchasing almost entirely online. This is often creating an imbalance between supply and demand, which is irresponsible. That is why the Florists Clock will be closing sooner than was planned. The.....

China’s e-commerce floral market in 2017: an analysis

Floral e-commerce market has seen a striking development in recent five years. Pot plants, small green plants, seeding and creative plant products are in succession to take a share of e-commerce market with high annual growth.With the basis of business data released by China’s largest e-commerce pioneer.....

US (ME): More wedding parties say ‘I do’ to local flowers

In recent decades, nearly 80 percent of the cut flowers sold in America have been grown overseas. Walk into any grocery store, and chances are better than good that the brightly colored, perfect bouquets of flowers wrapped in cellophane for sale there started their lives thousands of miles away. A large.....

India: Floods in Bengal’s flower growing hub trigger shortage concerns

Floods in Bengal’s flower growing hub of East and West Midnapore have triggered concerns about scarcity of flowers during the state’s biggest festival of Durga puja that is just about 50 days away.Vast areas of Panskura and Kolaghat in East Midnapore district as well as Ghatal, Daspur, Debra and Pingla in.....

UK: Florismart wants to end Dutch monopoly using tech

Steve France is chief executive of Florismart, a platform that is challenging, and successfully diminishing, the Dutch monopoly on the cut flower trade by culling layers of bureaucracy and middlemen.While visions of vast fields of Dutch tulips hold true, the days of the Netherlands being the world’s dominant.....

UK: Still pretty in pink? Or is orange the new ‘in’

The team at Wyevale Nurseries spends time following colour trends to try to ensure its new range matches that of current fashions.Within the Hereford-based nurseries’ 2018 promotional catalogue, the most popular flower colour is pink with more than 40 of its promotions flowering with a rose hue.Adam Dunnett,.....

US (CA): Marijuana to replace flowers?

It’s the Gold Rush all over again in California, except this time the prize is cannabis. With the passage of Proposition 64, passed by the California state legislature in November 2016, speculators have invaded California at a speed similar to whiteflies on gerberas. Prop. 64 legalizes adult recreational use.....

NL: Clock Presale exceeds last year’s final figures

Online purchasing of flowers and plants via FloraMondo continues to increase in popularity. Last week the cumulative turnover of Clock Presale in 2017 surpassed the final figures for 2016. More and more buyers and growers are using Clock Presale via the digital transaction platform FloraMondo.Last week Clock.....

Flower farms affected by Kenyan elections?

Kenya is under the spell of the elections. After months of pursuing campaigns the general elections were held yesterday, on August 8. Many still have the unrest that arose after the elections of 10 years ago in their minds and the fear of history to repeat itself is still high. Historically speaking, the.....

SOSV wants to discourage flower imports

Suriname: 'There is a potential to grow sufficient flowers here'

The Surinam Orchids and Ornamental Association (SOSV) wants to discourage the import of flowers. President Ireen Struiken-Zeeuw claims that there is a potential for cultivating sufficient flowers domestically. Many flowers are still imported while in fact it should not be necessary, according to.....

US: Bringing top talent to the floral industry

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is once again aiming to attract young business professionals to the world of flowers through its Business Internship Program, now in its third year.An Employer Resource Guide that was created to help companies build a successful internship program is also available, with.....

Ethiopia seeks new markets to boost horticulture exports

Ethiopia is looking to promote its horticulture products in China and other markets to increase export volumes and revenue, the Horticulture Producers and Exporters Association (EHPEA) has said. The association said various endeavours are already going on to help achieve this goal.Tewodros Zewdie, the EHPEA.....

India: Bangalore flower prices double in days

Flower prices in the Bangalore skyrocketed ahead of the Varamahalakshmi festival on Friday. The prices soared so much that almost all the flowers were selling for double the price. Jasmine and crossandra breached the 1,000 mark for the first time. A kilogram of crossandra was being sold anywhere between Rs.....

Kenya: New agency to drive export standard compliance

The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has been launched to support the industry’s growth by championing compliance with domestic and international quality standards and other market access requirements.Specifically, KHC will be responsible for enforcing compliance with horticulture standards for flowers and.....