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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.....

Pakistan: Opportunities in upcoming floriculture sector

The floriculture sector in Pakistan is growing. The demand for cut flowers, seasonal flowers and landscape plants is high in big cities like Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan and Peshawar, explains Mustafa Kamal. He is chairman of the Floriculture Research and Development Board at the government.....

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.....

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.....

Flower export: 'Kenya is losing out to Ethiopia'

Kenya could lose its competitive edge in coffee, tea and flower exports to the UK on account of high cost of production compared to other exporters.A report by Overseas Development Institute in partnership with Export Promotion Council (EPC) indicates Kenya is ceding its share of the market to rivals such as.....

Stokman pleased with modern new webshop

SDF developed a new webshop for trade and production companies in floriculture. This modern webshop is the first to be launched at Stokman Export BV in Naaldwijk and should offer customers even better access to the current product range.The site has been designed for both mobile devices and PCs and adapts.....

Kenya: Cause of the dam burst being investigated

Last week, a dam of Solai group has burst, resulting in a mud torrent reaching two villages in Nakuru County, Kenya, It killed at least 47 people and 40 are still missing. Currently, the cause of the dam burst is being investigated and according to Reuters.com, the tragedy is likely to put a spotlight on the.....

Kenya: Export Promotion Council recommends more investment in Ghana

The Export Promotion Council (EPC) of Kenya, the country’s premier institution in the development and promotion of export trade, has recommended the setting up of manufacturing companies in Ghana by Kenyan business owners.In a Market Survey & Product Research in Ghana report, validated recently, the EPC.....

NL: Kalanchoë Garden season gets underway

The ‘Kalanchoë Garden’ season has started in the Netherlands. The clock sales at the auctions Aalsmeer and Naaldwijk is from the 14th May till the 14th September. The joint breeders and growers deliver the most easy and colourful plant also for outdoor, recognizable by the label 'Kalanchoë Garden'. Every.....

India’s biggest flower market to get makeover

The shabby stalls and the grimy bylanes of the famous Ghazipur flower mandi in Delhi are set to make way for a sprawling trading-cum-tourist spot in a facelift for the country’s biggest flower market.After lying in abeyance for nearly eight years, work on the redevelopment of the Ghazipur flower market will.....

Kenya rejects China-EAC trade pact

Kenya will not sign a free trade agreement that China has been negotiating with the East African Community (EAC) partner States since 2016, Trade principal secretary Chris Kiptoo has said.Mr Kiptoo Monday said the decision, which could trigger diplomatic unease between Nairobi and Beijing, is intended to.....

Japanese gentians sprout in Rwanda

Between July 2017 and March 2018, flowers worth $2.8 million were exported from Rwanda, officials from the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) said on Monday.The officials said the volume of flower exports has increased from the previous exports worth $1.2 million in the 2016-2017 fiscal.....

Mark Hodson, Turcieflor:

French Mother's Day: 'Gardens in perfect order for strong sales'

While many European countries celebrated Mother's Day last week (May 13), preparations for French Mother's Day (May 27) are in full swing. At Turcieflor, a French alstroemeria breeder and grower of several pot and garden plants, they are working around the clock to meet the demand, and according to.....

Why B.C.’s floriculture industry is blooming in challenging times

850,000 - That’s how many locally grown tulips are sold at Burnaby’s United Flower Growers in May. During the company’s biggest month of the year, Mother’s Day and spring bedding season bring North America’s largest flower auction $4 million in sales—a 75-percent jump over the monthly average. United Flower.....
John Vatikiotis, Hort Innovation:

"It’s an exciting time for nursery levy funded projects"

John Vatikiotis joined Hort Innovation as the Relationship Manager Lead for the nursery, turf and mushroom industries just over two years ago. Prior to this, he was with IBM for more than a decade, where he held several management and business development roles."While I’m fairly new to the horticultural.....

Interest in Zimbabwe’s flowers reignites

Hortiflor Zimbabwe will be held from October 9-11 and is expected to attract buyers, suppliers and growers.“I am not new in Zimbabwe. I have held three flower shows at the HICC and I am here to finish what I started. I still have work to do here by promoting the industry by bringing suppliers, buyers and.....

Schiphol Cargo marks growth in Chinese, Latam and African markets

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol has seen continued growth in both the China and Latin American markets after its results were revealed for the first quarter of 2018.China, the airport’s largest country market, showed an increase of 2.1 per cent at 30,735 tonnes from January to March 2018, compared with the same.....

Record sales in Mother's Day week at Veiling Rhein-Maas

Veiling Rhein-Maas saw the most successful Mother's Day week in 2018 since the company's inception in 2010. The auction, including clock presales and clock service, realized a 16.56 million euro revenue record during said week. Furthermore, the first two weeks of May were the most successful with a total.....

Infographic looking at the US Flower Industry

Did you know that we spend more than $26 billion annually on floral products? In the U.S., there are more than 23,000 establishments in floral industry, which includes florist establishments, wholesaler, and floriculture growers. This industry has employed more than 83K people in total.And did you know that.....

China: Peony exports of "city of peonies" hit 2.7 mln USD

Luoyang, China's "city of peonies" in Henan Province, exported more than 17 million yuan (about 2.7 million U.S. dollars) of peonies in 2017, data from Zhengzhou Customs showed Thursday.Last year, Luoyang exported 500,000 peony and Chinese herbaceous peony seedlings, as well as 1.5 million cut flowers. Its.....

Netherlands contributes to modernization of Chinese horticulture

As the world’s largest flower exporter, it is no surprise that the Netherlands was present at the largest international trade show in the industry of floriculture, horticulture and gardening in China: Hortiflorexpo.Taking place from 10 to 12 May, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands had a 630 m².....

Video: A visit to the Ontario Flower Growers Auction

In a feature recorded in the run-up to Mother's Day, Canadian news medium BT Toronto takes a look behind the scenes at the Ontario Flower Growers Auction. Watch the video to see the flowers get ready to be delivered to the buyers.

Kenya: Who's accountable for the dam burst?

Is the owner of Solai Group accountable for the dam burst of last week? This question is currently raised and Reuters dove into the subject. They asked the National Environment Management and Water and Sanitation Minister and according to them, the dam did not meet the regulations, lacked documents and was.....

US: Mother's Day is 'Super Bowl' for flower growers

“This is our Super Bowl for flower farmers,” said Kasey Cronquist, chief executive of the California Cut Flower Commission. “It’s the time of year where we anticipate that everybody has a mother, and therefore, what’s a better gift to give Mom than flowers for Mother’s Day?”At Kitayama Brothers in.....

PanAmerican Seed:

"Chinese market increasingly important"

Dianthus Sweet and Dianthus Amazon have been introduced in the Chinese market and PanAmerican is planning to introduce other winning varieties this year, increasing the number of choices the Chinese market will have.The 20th Horiflowerexpo IPM Beijing was held on May 10th-12th and PanAmerican Seed, which is.....

US: ABC features American Grown Flowers for America’s Moms

ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir featured the growing trend for American Grown Flowers for Mother’s Day. Click herefor the video.With Mother’s Day fast approaching and millions buying flowers this week, ABC World News Tonight Anchor David Muir spoke with some florists who are making sure their.....

Floriday through the eyes of Arcadia co-owner Rene Eikelenboom

"Hopefully, we can keep just one marketplace"

Rene Eikelenboom is co-owner of Arcadia. He is responsible for selling the 50 million stems of disbudded chrysanthemums that are produced each year. At Arcadia 100 people work on five cultivation locations. Arcadia is part of Decorum - a joint venture of 60 growers.Where do you experience growth?We sell 65%.....

US: Hawaii growers monitor erupting volcano

The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has so far led to the destruction of at least 35 buildings, with lava covering the equivalent of more than 75 football fields — and there’s still no end in sight.Floral industry members in the state saying they’re keeping close watch on the situation. “We are safe at.....

Mother's Day rush hour at Dutch nurseries

Employees at hortensia nursery Dijk van Dijk in the Lier are working long hours to keep up with demand. This Sunday is Mother's Day in almost all of Europe and that means a lot of work and a lot of overtime. This week, a record number of 125,000 hortensias will leave the nursery for garden centers and.....
Floridata: broader export increases demand for international market information

Top 30 Dutch export countries of floral produce

Floridata participants received access to the top 30 export countries for cut flowers and pot and garden plants after the month end of March. Benchmarking within the sector is possible, because in addition to the industry numbers, individual figures are also displayed in the portal.In recent times Floridata.....

"The 'mums are taking over the garden"

It's a marketer's dream: chrysanthemums is a mouthful usually shortened to 'mums, and they bloom around Mother's Day! And so florists are full of bunches of 'mums and garden centres feature displays of them as potted colour. New to the potted colour front is a range of 'mums called Jacqueline, developed by.....

Nepal: Floriculture counseling center in Dharan

To promote production of flower in Nepal, Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) has established province-level floriculture counseling center in Aman Bajar of Dharan. The counseling center was inaugurated by Manju Bhandari Subedi, deputy mayor of Dharan Municipality, amid a special event organized on.....

Mother's Day sales are looking good

NL: Orchid prices up by 1 euro

"It's been incredibly busy the last few days. Last week we shipped a few big orders that came in at the last minute, and we've been getting up to 1 euro more per plant. For us and our colleagues it's finally some positive news again," says Jan Termeer from Hoog Bos orchid nursery. On Sunday it's Mother's Day.....

Ethiopia: Authority avails 7,000ha of land for floriculture

The Ethiopian Horticulture & Agriculture Investment Authority (EHAIA) has announced that it has prepared 7,000ha of land for floricultural investment across four regions.The feasibility studies and business plans, as well as previous experiences in the sector, will be used as criteria for selecting.....

Flynth presents an overview in the Yield registration tulip harvest 2017

NL: What do they actually fetch, those tulips?

Every year, Flynth advisers and accountants register the yields of tulips for participating flower bulb companies. Both the type cultivar as well as the technical cultivation results are determined. The yields are recorded in value (€) and in numbers per RR (Real Reality) and compared with each other. Also.....

Signs of economic recovery

South America back on track

Signs of economic recovery in South America has once again enthused energy in the air cargo sector in the region, as industry players hope to look at the extension of the positive environment. They, however, will have to take strategic decisions from time to time to ensure sustainability.“When it comes to.....

Statistics not as rosy as they seem: exports dropping in value

"Colombian hydrangea growers should look for new markets"

The Colombian hydrangea sector has had a good 2017, with exports reaching a value of 74,748,113 USD, increase of 2.8 percent compared to the year before. It looks quite promising for 2018, but when taking a closer look at the export figures published by Asocolflores, a less positive development can be.....

"Kenya's economy strong, no more Dutch aid"

The Netherlands relationship with Kenya will now shift to purely trade partnership, and engagements will be more with the private sector, the country’s ambassador has said.Speaking during the occasion of King’s day at his residence on Friday, Ambassador Frans Makken said for sustainability interests, they.....

NL: Commotion over closed auction day in run-up to Mother's Day

No auction will take place at Royal FloraHolland (except from the location in Eelde) on May 10 (Ascension Day). As Mother's Day is around the corner, Dutch growers and traders are furious and do not understand the decision of the auction.The arguing parties meet each other in reactions on Social Media. A.....

Belgium: Floriculture turnover finally positive again

Last year, the turnover in the flower and plant sector rose for the first time since 2012. That good news was reported by the AVBS, the Belgian Nurserymen and Growers Federation.Ornamental cultivation spending increased by 2% and this is thanks to an increase in consumer purchasing power and a sunny spring,.....

Plant consumption in Colombia to increase for Mother's Day

The Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers, Colviveros, reported that the ornamental plants sector expects significant sales increases of their products around Mother’s Day. An important holiday for Colombian plant growers who see the largest spike in sales, accounting for as much as 20.....

ABZ Seeds, Benary, PanAmerican, Prudac, Hem Genetics and Syngenta

NL: New assortment pitched at Pre-FlowerTrials

Last week, several breeders in the Dutch province North Holland opened their doors to showcase their assortment. It isn't an officially organized event like the FlowerTrials, in which these companies are also participating, but early spring is traditionally considered an opportunity to present novelties,.....

Qatar: Ecuador business delegation visits Lulu Hypermarket at Al Messila

A high-level delegation of 20 businessmen from the private sector of Ecuador under the leadership of Her Excellency Mrs. Ivonne A Baki, the Ambassador of Ecuador to the State of Qatar has made a visit to Lulu Hypermarket, Al Messila on April 25.The visit was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of.....

The auctioneer speaks:

Video: The growing demand for the rose product group around Mother's Day

In this vlog, Menno Nan, auctioneer of the rose product group, talks about the rose product group in the days preceding Mother's Day, the growing demand in the market, and what digitalisation means for your product photos.Especially around Mother's Day, there is a growing demand for the rose product group......

Contracts raise concern as job losses rise in flower farms

Over 5,000 flower farm workers have lost their jobs in Naivasha alone in the last year according to the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union.The union said farmers were now turning to seasonal workers a move they termed as illegal.This comes barely a month after Oserian flower farm sent home over.....

Email Marketing for Professional Greenhouse Growers

Last year online sales represented 13% of all retail transactionsin America. While Amazon may be responsible for a large part of this growth, innovative farmers are recognizing the opportunity this presents to reach consumers directly with their produce. By Camile MooreFor example, a good starting point is.....

Tender for feasibility study Jordanian flower auction

The City of Amman, Jordan, published an international tender for performing a feasibility study and design for a flower auction in Amman. The tender was published on April 10 and will close on May 28. For more information about the tender, please visit the websites of DG Marketand theAmman Tenders.....

Texas A&M AgriLife:

Novel winter-hardy hibiscus hybrids hitting US market

The 2018 Summer Spice Hardy Hibiscus collection by Texas A&M AgriLife Research debuts this weekend with 11 cultivars commercialized by J. Berry Nursery in Grand Saline.“For the first time ever, in collaboration with J. Berry Nursery, we have developed a number of compact cultivars with novel flower.....

Zimbabwe: Govt targets $143m horticulture exports

He said challenges faced by farmers included lack of funds, specialised transport and other equipment.At its peak, Zimbabwe produced 18,400 tonnes of cut flowers, 14,200 tonnes of vegetables and 45,000 metric tonnes of fruits. Last year, Germany expressed interest to import 15 horticultural crops from.....

In 2017: 35 million dollars from export of hibiscus flower produced in Jigawa alone

"Nigeria now exports more than it imports"

The Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, says Nigeria has transformed from import-based to highly export-driven nation due to the strides made in agriculture.Ogbeh stated this while briefing state House correspondents on the outcome of the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice.....

Kenya: Employers warn against labour day minimum wage increase

Kenyan employers have warned against another Labour Day minimum wage increase, arguing that such a move will hurt an economy that is just beginning to recover from last year's battering.The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) said the industry is yet to pick pace following last year's setbacks,.....

Low supply due to heavy rains:

Kenya: High rose prices in run-up to Mother's Day

Several parts of Kenya are suffering from heavy rains. In turn, it is affecting the production of flowers at many farms. This, combined with upcoming Mother's Day (celebrated in many countries on May 13) results in high prices at the Dutch auction. The rose prices, for example, are already 20-30 percent.....
NGIA CEO Peter Vaughan Update:

AU: "We need to do more to influence the investment of the nursery industry levy"

"On 20 April 2018, I completed three years as CEO of NGIA. One meeting I attended in April, was like being back to the beginning of my time at NGIA. During my first week at NGIA on 22 and 23 April 2015, I attended a Hort Innovation workshop to determine how the nursery industry levy should be invested for.....

Colombian minister of agriculture meets with Dutch industry reps

The Colombian Minister of Agriculture, Juan Guillermo Zuluaga, met with a number of Dutch companies on April 25. He was in the Netherlands for a two-day visit as part of an international trade mission on sustainable agricultural development.Dutch company Waterdrinker organized the meeting at the invitation.....