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Hot summer pushes Dutch flower exports down 6%

The hot summer period has put pressure on the export value of Dutch flowers with a contraction of 6% in July. Plants were less affected and the exporting wholesale even managed to realize an increase of 4%, according to the export statistics from Floridata up to and including July. Plants do structurally.....

"New York’s flower district is dying"

West 28th Street once boasted more than 65 wholesalers. Now it’s a handful of second- and third-generation shops. As nearby hotels and condos shoot up, skyrocketing rents have forced out wholesalers and florists who can’t keep up, a pattern seen all over the city as bank branches and drugstore chains appear.....

"Russian customers are always looking for new colors and varieties"

From the 11th till the 13th of September Schneider youngplants, jointly with its Russian partner company Rassada, will be present at the Flowers Expo taking place in the Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center in Moscow. The Flowers Expo is the largest international Trade Fair organized in Russia and it.....

All InSeason introduced preserved roses into New Zealand

After introducing preserved roses to Australia in 2015, Diana Carolina, Managing Director of All InSeason Pty Ltd, announces that the company has now expanded its preserved rose operations into New Zealand, with the very first shipment of All InSeason’s preserved roses landing in New Zealand in July of this.....

Frerik Kampman, Netherlands Embassy, on demanding Ethiopian youth:

"Mismatch between expectations and reality is causing unrest"

Since late March 2018 Ethiopia has a new Prime Minister: Abiy Ahmed. According to many, a promising new government was formed that is doing a lot right. However, this optimism has not trickled down to local level yet. In the Oromia region, for example, where many Dutch flower farmers are based, the youth is.....

Dutch auction offers live video of plant clocks

To get an even better image of the product being presented at the Royal FloraHolland plant clocks in Aalsmeer and Naaldwijk, you can watch the Live Stream Video. This service is provided free of charge.You can bid from your own workstation on the widest assortment of flowers and plants at all Royal.....

Danny van Uffelen of Zentoo:

"Russians follow Western trend toward smaller chrysanthemums”

While disbudded chrysanthemums were traditionally the best sellers in Russia, over the last few years the demand has shifted to spray chrysanthemums and santinis, Danny van Uffelen of Zentoo tells us. Russia is their major market and due to the change in demand, they changed the assortment of their.....

CAN (BC): Provincial state of emergency declared

The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation.Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency management.....

Indonesia: Agriculture ministry promotes jasmine exports

The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture is increasingly showing a commitment to increase exports of various food commodities. Now, it is focusing on increasing the export volume of jasmine flowers."In accordance with the direction of the Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman to increase production and.....

Europe: A Campanula season with ups and downs

The Campanula season is almost over. Time to look back. Bodil Clara Johansen of Thoruplund looks back to a season with ups and downs. “Overall it was a good season. But compared to last year it was much less stable. We have had a very good start. Due to the weather, March was bad for us, like for many other.....

FTD sees lower flower sales in U.S.

FTD announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018. Scott Levin, FTD’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our results for the second quarter were impacted by continued headwinds from lower than expected traffic and conversion in our U.S. consumer.....

"August brings progress on several FNGLA fronts"

"As with every job, holding the position of president for one’s industry association has its perks and detriments, great days and less pleasant ones, victories and losses. In my first month of service, I was tasked with two such dichotomous roles of president", writes Will Womack, President of the.....

Upcoming European prohibition on imported ficus?

The Netherlands food and consumer product safety authority (NVWA) notifies Dutch companies and other interested groups on the public internet consultation about a proposition of the European Commission proclaiming an import ban on 39 genera (species) of woody plants starting on the 14th of December.....

President Uhuru Kenyatta to envoys:

"Promote partnerships, trade and investment for Kenya"

President Uhuru Kenyatta urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to.He told the new Ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and.....

"British flowers use 95% less carbon than imported flowers"

Booths is a supporter of Flowers from the Farm and supplies its customers with British flowers, produced by 12 local suppliers across 16 stores throughout the summer season.Currently, British artisan flower growers cover just 10-15% of the UK’s flower market. One of Booths’ suppliers, Petal and Twig are an.....

Ethiopia: Africa’s ‘sleeping giant’ courts foreign investors with reforms

Ethiopia, Africa’s second-most-populous country and the continent’s fastest growing economy, is inviting big business to cash in.For so long a closed shop, the Horn of Africa nation on Tuesday invited foreign investors to buy stakes in state-owned telecoms, shipping, power generation and aviation companies,.....

Kenya to open two new consulates in China to boost ties

Kenya plans to open two new consulates in China as it gears up to enhance trade and bilateral relations.President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Kenya will open the consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai to facilitate interaction between the people of the two countries.The President said the two consulates will.....

Uzbekistan: Horticulture sector gets $198 million additional financing

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved $198 million in additional financing to scale up its support in enhancing horticulture value chain development in all 12 regions in Uzbekistan as well as in the autonomous region of the Republic of Karakalpakstan.“More horticulture farmers.....

Australia: Low women in agriculture figures ignite scholarship call

Following the release of figures that show men outnumber women more than two to one in Australia’s agriculture industry, Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) have put the call out for expressions of interest for dedicated course scholarship opportunities.Labour Force figures released by.....

India: HollandDoor launches new three-year horticultural programme

During the largest Dutch trade mission ever organised to India, from 22-25 May 2018, Mrs Carola Schouten (Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality) took the opportunity to visit the Center of Excellence (CoE) for vegetable production in Baramati.During this visit, HollandDoor and the Baramati.....

UAE to invest over 3 billion USD in Ethiopia

United Arab Emirates have agreed to invest more than 3 billion USD in Ethiopia. Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE’s Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, through the invitation of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, has paid a two-day official visit to Ethiopia.Government.....

Kenya, US sign deals worth $100 million

President Uhuru Kenyatta has witnessed the signing of deals worth Shs. 10 billion (approximately 100 million US dollars) at the ongoing US-Kenya Trade Conference in Nairobi.The 60-member American delegation to the bilateral conference which is organised by the US Chamber of Commerce is led by the US.....

Australia: Nurseries to capitalise as demand for living infrastructure grows

A Sydney production nursery is expecting to produce 100,000 plants next year, up from the current 50,000 this year, as awareness grows of the benefits of integrating green infrastructure into buildings.Junglefy is a vertically integrated business that specialises in innovative green walls, roofs and facades......

Japan: Imported flowers replace domestic production

Since 2000, the volume of domestic cut flowers in Japan has been in a downward trend. In 2017, 3.7 billion flowers were shipped, the lowest amount since statistics were first collected in 1990. The main causes are thought to be the aging of growers, typhoon damage, and a steep rise in fuel prices leading to.....

A visit to the world’s largest flower market

Less than five miles outside of Paris lies Rungis Market, the largest food and horticulture market in the world, where wholesalers spend their mornings pedaling multi-colored blooms and greenery to florists from the city.It’s an experience far from your typical Parisian tourist activity: Spanning a pavillion.....

US (HI): Eruptions decimate flower farms, push up prices

The Kilauea eruption has taken a toll on many Puna flower farms, leading to limited availability and higher prices for certain items statewide.The state Department of Agriculture estimates that up to half of the state's cut flower industry has been wiped out. There has been a slight increase in tropical.....

Sweden: Greenhouse growers cover 286 hectares

In total, 1,952 Swedish holdings practised professional horticultural production during 2017, employing just over 14,800 people. While 1,555 holdings engaged in open ground cultivation on 12,807 hectares, 744 holdings exercised greenhouse cultivation on a total surface area of just over 286 hectares.While 59.....

Mexico: Breeder rights protection is bottleneck to be solved

There is great interest from Dutch companies in Mexico, but they do not want to offer their latest varieties due to the lack of breeder rights protection. Mexico is a member of UPOV 78, nevertheless it is looking to upgrade to UPOV 91 due to its commitments acquired through the Free trade agreements with EU,.....

Flower exports earned Kenya $420 million in four months

Flower exports earned Kenya Sh42.59 billion (420 million USD) in the first four months of this year on account of good rains and quality standards.Market data from Kenya National Bureau of Standards shows a 40.41 per cent increase in sales from Sh30.33 billion (300 million USD) over the same period of last.....

NL: Growers sell first flowers via Floranti

On June 8, at 8:38 the first orders were made via the Floranti platform. Tom de Ridder, who is in charge of purchasing at J. van Vliet Bloemenexport, was the first to buy a cart of Sweet Avalanche from Meijer Roses who is located in Pijnacker. After months of preparations, Floranti has now officially gone.....

NL: Source for brown rot in roses not yet found

The source for brown rot infections in Dutch roses still hasn't been determined. A kinship analysis has been done which showed that the infections probably originate from a single source. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has examined a number of possible sources, but without.....

China: Horticulture in Dounan nets $17 million in exports

The cultivation and export of fresh flowers of almost every variety imaginable and value added related decorative products has brought in approximately $17 million to Dounan, in Southern China.Dounan, a town located in Yunnan province, is one of the four main production bases in China for flowers. It boasts.....

CAN (ON): Jan VanderHout addresses new Premier Designate

In a letter to Premier-Designate Doug Ford of Ontario, Jan VanderHout of the Ontario Greenhouse Alliance expresses his interest in working together:Premier-Designate Doug FordQueen’s ParkToronto, Ontario Dear Mr. Ford,Congratulations on the mandate that you received from the voters in Ontario to lead this.....

EFTA signs economic partnership agreement with Ecuador

Ministers of the Member States of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) – Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland – and of Ecuador signed a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) in Sauðárkrókur, Iceland two years after the launch of negotiations. This Agreement is EFTA’s sixth.....

Interest in horticultural products on the rise in China

Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing 2018 significantly increased not only the occupied exhibition area but also the numbers of exhibitors and visitors. The joint event organised by Messe Essen, the China Flower Association and China Great Wall International was thus able to emphasise its position as the most important.....
Holland Marsh growers switch to MJ

CAN: "Our industry has been going broke"

A trip down into the Holland Marsh usually brings you the scent of onions or earthy soil. But are the area's signature crops about to change? King Township is dealing with the proliferation of marijuana growing operations that may or may not be legal in the area around the marsh.The township is in the.....

"Greater demand for white flowers as brides have caught royal fever"

When you start planning a royal wedding, you must assume the sky is the limit for budget and bling. "This is why I find it so charming that Prince Henry and Meghan Markle chose to use local and sustainably grown flowers for their (and everyone else’s!) big day", says Bill Prescott, Marketing Communications.....

US (HI): At least a dozen nurseries seriously impacted

The ongoing eruption on Kilauea’s lower East Rift Zone has displaced a few thousand people and altered the landscape.For farmers and ranchers in the area, it’s also taken away their livelihood.Jan Anderson said lava buried her palm nursery and her husband’s orchid nursery in Kapoho, along with their vacation.....

October 9-11, Harare

Zimbabwe: Horticulture getting ready for a strong comeback

The horticulture industry of Zimbabwe is making serious preparations to put itself on the map again as a major exporter of horticulture products. The recent taken initiative to revive EFGAZ, the Exporters Flower Growers Association of Zimbabwe is only one example that shows the commitment that Zimbabwe is.....

Philippine imports from Netherlands no longer just flowers

Philippine trade with The Netherlands has continued to grow, something that its ambassador to Manila enjoyed as she feasted on lunch inspired by local cuisine from her home country, prepared with pork imported from there.Asides from the usual flowers, The Netherlands has exported agricultural products to the.....

Mexican horticulture: tomatoes, no flowers

Why do so few flowers come from Mexico? Not an obvious question, but once asked, it makes everyone wonder. Because, on closer inspection, it seems this country has everything at its disposable to make things difficult for South American growers. This is, however, not the case. Last week, at the Dutch bank,.....

Administrative Professionals Week: Potential for florists?

Administrative Professionals Week continues to divide — and in some cases disappoint — florists. The weeklong holiday, observed this year from April 22 to April 28, was once a robust floral-giving event (and known as Professional Secretaries Week), but the name change in 2000, shifting workplace cultures and.....

UK: NFU launches new Plants and Flowers Pledge

During British Flowers Week, the NFU has launched its new NFU Plants and Flowers Pledge and is challenging retailers to back British plants and flowers growers by committing to delivering fairness in the supply chain.Officially launched at an event at Lovania Nurseries in Preston, the new pledge builds on.....

NL: Export value of flowers and plants remains stable in a more erratic market

Flower and plant exports from the Netherlands remain at a level similar to the record year 2017, despite erratic market conditions, but the tension is greater. This is evident from the export statistics of Floridata up to and including May: just like last year, the € 3 billion level was reached after five.....

Ariana Sudhario, HSI:

"Brazil is the right place for us"

On 20, 21 and the 22nd of June Hortus Supplies International host stand 33B at the Hortitec 2018 in Brazil. We spoke with Ariana Sudario who will represent the Dutch horticultural supplier:So, Ariana. You are attending the Hortitec in Holambra. This is the first time Hortus Supplies International is present......

US (CA): San Diego county crop value reaches $1.77 billion

San Diego County agriculture values rose 1.6 percent to more than $1.77 billion last year, according to the county’s recently released 2017 Crop Report.That’s the second consecutive increase, following crops values that rose 2.63 percent in 2016. Prior to that, there were two consecutive years of declining.....

Zimbabwe: Making flower exports blossom again

Flower exports used to be, at the height of production, one of Zimbabwe’s biggest forex earners. By 2001, Zimbabwean flower exports ranked as the second largest in Africa, only behind Kenya. Zimbabwe was also the fifth biggest exporter to the European Union.The flower growers and exporters in Zimbabwe were.....

US: California Grown Nursery Marketplace launches

The California Association of Nursery and Garden Centers announced the launch of the California Grown Nursery Marketplace, a free resource that allows growers and buyers to connect, share inventories, search for plants and learn about California grown nursery stock. The Nursery Marketplace is an on-line.....

Is Bangladesh missing out on orchid exports?

Orchids have a long and varied history as the symbol of luxury. It also happens to be the national flower so popular that it is the national flower of Singapore, Brazil, Columbia, Hong Kong, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Seychelles and Venezuela. Bangladesh was initially dependent on.....

Sweden: Midsummer celebrations increase flower sales

It's almost time for one of the most typical Swedish traditions: Midsummer. Friends and family gather to celebrate summertime and the season of fertility by eating, drinking, dancing and singing. Apart from food and drinks, flowers also take a piece of the pie, as they are used to decorate the festivities.....

US: As immigration debate intensifies, SAF continues call for reform

The Trump administration’s decision to enforce federal policies that result in the separation of children and parents who enter the U.S. illegally — and the ensuing outcry from the public, Democrats and members of the Republican party — has intensified an already heated debate over immigration.....

US (CA): From cut flowers to cannabis, Lompoc grapples with past

Dan Vordale is a vice president for Ocean View Flowers, a locally owned growing operation just a few miles outside of Lompoc. Founded in the 1990s, Ocean View has around 50 full-time employees with about the same number of part-time workers during peak harvest season. According to Vordale, his main customers.....

Chinese delegation visits UK garden centres

Eighteen leaders in the Chinese horticultural sector recently visited UK garden centres on a study tour. Facilitated by the China Horticultural Society and led by UK horticultural business consultant Neville Stein, the tour involved visiting 13 horticultural sites of excellence in the South East including.....

Guatemalan government abandons search for survivors volcano Fuego

"The Guatemalan government does not expect to find any survivors after the eruption of volcano Fuego. This, combined with the danger in the area (small eruptions every day), made them decide to abandon the search", says Nicolette Straver of Dümmen Orange. Their Guatemalan farm is located near the volcano.....

Canadian cannabis industry in high spirits

The die is cast, the cat is out of the bag. Starting from September 1st, recreational marijuana can be bought legit in Canada. After regulating medicinal marijuana in 2001 already, another law was approved yesterday legalizing recreational marijuana as well. "It’s been too easy for our kids to get.....