June 1-15, 2015:
Photo Reports IFTEX, GreenTech Summit and FlowerTrials 2015 and more
Indication of origin on French floriculture products
The French horticultural sector (vegetables and floriculture) is constantly losing ground to imported horticultural products. From a turnover of horticultural products of €3 billion, €1 billion are imported. In relation to cut flowers, 85% are imported, principally from the Netherlands and also from Israel, Colombia and Kenya. Competing on price with imported product is out of the question. The sector is therefore now strengthened by indicating origin. In France, this is a tried and tested method of promoting local products. France only has 5000 horticultural businesses. These provide 15% of the national demand for horticultural products.
Ethiopia to build biggest air cargo hub in Africa
Ethiopian Airlines’ drive to become a global carrier is to be supported by the construction of a world-class cargo terminal at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The $98m terminal, which will be the size of five football grounds, is to be designed by German engineer Unitechnik Group. According to Unitechnik, the new terminal will be able to handle 600,000 tonnes of freight a year: more than four times the capacity of the existing facility, which was built by the same firm in 2006. After that, planning will begin on a further expansion to 1.2 million tonnes a year, making the terminal one of the largest in the world.
Volmary makes horticultural history for 90 years
The German Volmary family are pleased to announce they have just achieved 90 years as an independent Horticultural Family Business. The company was founded on July 1, 1925 by Franz Volmary and has developed into a worldwide horticultural company with more than 500 employees and a global presence.
Buyer's number removed from the plant clocks at Naaldwijk
Since 11 June 2015, the plant clocks in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, do not display the buyer's number anymore. The aim of this change was to be less transparent about who is buying what at the clock. This was a wish expressed by both growers and customers.
Photo Report International Flower Trade Expo (IFTEX) 2015
From 3-5 June 2015, the 4th edition of the International Flower Trade Expo (IFTEX) took place at the Oshwal Center in Nairobi, Kenya. The show offered the exhibitors and visitors a good opportunity to network and to learn more about the possibilities of floriculture in East Africa. The FloralDaily.com team was also present at the show to make a Photo Report and to interview exhibitors and visitors. Click here to view the Photo Report of IFTEX 2015.
T.C. v.d. Dool lifts greenhouse of SK Quality Roses
In June 2015, the team of T.C. v.d. Dool was working hard at the Dutch rose grower SK Quality Roses. On May 11, they started with lifting the greenhouse, building a new facility and installing the lighting. On June 19, the new roses will arrive, so everything needs to be finished by then.
Photo report GreenTech Summit 2015
How will horticulture develop, technically speaking? Are there still humans in the greenhouse or will a operations manager harvest 40 ha from behind his or her laptop? Is the future for rooftop greenhouses really that bright? What will the customer ask tomorrow? And how can we answer that supply if we are looking at the forecasts of raw materials? These were the main topics of discussion during the first GreenTech Summit at the RAI Congress Centre in Amsterdam on June 9, 2015. Click here for the photo report of the GreenTech Summit 2015
Por La Mar Nursery: first potted plant grower to earn Certified American Grown branding
In June, Por La Mar Nursery became the first potted plant grower to earn the Certified American Grown branding, for the potted plant category. The passion for and commitment to potted flowering plants over the past 40 years is what drove the family and dedicated team to have this distinct brand behind them.
Royal title Jan Spek Rozen has been extended for another 25 years
"We are proud to announce that under auspices of our Mayor J.W.E. (Liesbeth Spies) and alderman and 1st deputy Mayor C.J. (Kees) van Velzen, our Royal title has been extended for another 25 years," says Erik Spek, director of the Dutch family business Jan Spek Rozen. In 1990, Jan Spek Rozen was already decorated with this Royal title. They are the only rose breeding company that was royally decorated by the Dutch Royal House.
Severe weather lifted a US greenhouse off the ground
On June 8, 2015, severe weather lifted a greenhouse off the ground. The Danville Gardens Flower Shop, on Prospect Avenue, US (IL) only sustained minimal damage. Some of the framing on the greenhouse was bent, but that's fixable.
Colorful novelties of Syngenta FloriPro Services at FlowerTrials 2015
The demand for plants with different colors increases, just like the demand for plants that stand up straight. This was explained by Robbin van den Berg of Syngenta FloriPro Services when he showed the new introductions of this year at the FlowerTrials 2015.
Netherlands: NightSky wins FleuroStar Award
In June, Fleuroselect, the international organisation for the ornamental plants industry, was proud to announce that the FleuroStar Award 2015/16 went to Petunia cultivars NightSky from Selecta Klemm. Andrea Dohm, Director Breeding and Research and Antonella Capo, Breeder of NightSky, accepted the prize from Fleuroselect President Herman Hamer, FleuroStar Committee Chairman Heike Gronemann and Sally van der Horst, Secretary General of Fleuroselect.
Photo Report FlowerTrials 2015
From 9 till 12 June, the Netherlands was the centre of the global floriculture sector, during the FlowerTrials. 49 companies, breeders in particular, showed their newest varieties, concepts and other innovations. Also FloralDaily was at this event to make a full photo report. Click here to view the extensive Photo Report.