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September 1-15, 2015:

Consequences severe hailstorms in the Netherlands: Repair crews overloaded, not enough glass available

September 2015 started off with a lot of work for greenhouse repair crews as many Dutch greenhouses were affected by the severe hailstorms in Holland at the end of August 2015. The repair crews were overloaded with work and not enough glass was available to help the growers out. More happened this month, below a short overview:

Benary releases fifth color in BIG Begonias series

This year color number five will be released by Benary: BIG Rose Green Leaf. The BIG series now offers five attractive colors above glossy deep green or bronze foliage. Since BIG was introduced in 2008, the series has captured more and more of the global market, from China and Russia to Europe and the US. All around the globe it is the most popular begonia of its kind. Its multi-purpose use and extremely easy maintenance make it so popular around the world. Even in front of the White House in Washington, at Hampton Court Palace, or in Austria, BIG produces fantastic blooms.

Van Belle Nursery adds a 5 acre greenhouse
In September 2015, Van Belle Nursery was expanding their greenhouse and shipping space to accommodate their larger production goals. At that time, the skeleton of the 5 acre sized greenhouse was just been installed and they are planning to plant their first perennials and annuals in February 2016. When the greenhouse is finished, the total acreage under cover of Van Belle Nursery will be 14 acres. This was explained by Dave Van Belle, owner of the company.

FloraHolland starts experiment with auctioning roses in a box
From the 27th of Augusta number of suppliers introduced roses in boxes at the auction. This provides the needs for the customers who buy roses, and the needs for an efficient supply chain. Research conducted among 300 customers from FloraHolland showed that there is a need to buy roses in boxes. From the suppliers' side, this has been evident for a while.

Novelties presented at FloraHolland Autumn Fair in the Netherlands
On September 1 and 2, the FloraHolland Autumn Fair 2015 was held. It was a small trade fair, where Dutch growers and producers showed their product range, novelties and other value-adding accessories for the autumn season. Typically buyers paid a visit and prepared for the season. This year, a few dozens growers were present. Our colleagues of were at the show to make a full photo report. For the entire photo report, click here

Ethiopia showcases quality at FloraHolland
"It is a good start for a tradition," said Martijn Bouwman of BSI at their meeting between Ethiopian rose growers and buyers from FloraHolland. This meeting was held at the location of BSI at the flower auction in Aalsmeer, on September 3. Click here for the photo report

IAA-Fresh celebrates 1st birthday
IAA-Fresh is experiencing a good operational year in the logistics of airfreight and sea freight, with a continuous growth towards the perishable industry locally in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. "With our comprehensive service we are achieving the trust and confidence from our local industry and have put ourselves in the driver seat being a leading provider towards this demanding sector. We have noticed with our experience and transparent approach, we have won the confidence of our customers and more. Though the flower bulb season is in full swing, we did take some time off to celebrate our 1st birthday with some champagne at the beginning of September 2015."

Russia: An uncertain, but very interesting market
On September 8, the Flowers Expo officially took off with an inauguration ceremony at the Crocus Expo in Moscow, Russia. During the exhibition, it became clear that the unstable exchange rate of the ruble influences the market a lot.

Netherlands: Video shows the effects of hail damage
This video of Dutch chrysanthemum grower Peter van de Werken, shows the extent of the severe hail and storm damage in the Netherlands, at the end of August 2015. The glass roof was destroyed, as well as his screening and blackout installation.

Horti Asia trade show cancelled for 2016
At the beginning of September 2015 it was announced that the Horti Asia trade show 2016 is cancelled. It was decided not to proceed with the launch of the Vietnam edition of the Horti Asia, as the organization felt uncomfortable about the launch of an event that would not meet with the desired quality. "The financial investment of exhibitors would not have resulted in a high-enough ROI for them," stated VNU Exhibitions.

British garden centre Trelawney extends business
In September 2015, Thermoflor announced that they were asked to build a new 6500-m2 garden centre for Trelawney at their new site in Probus, Cornwall, UK. Trelawney have been successfully running their garden centre at Wadebride since 1970, and have been chosen as the top garden centre in the Wales & West region in the past few years, along with the extra qualification of ‘Garden Centre of Excellence’, which is granted only to the top ten garden centres in the UK.

Belgium: New beer tastes like... chrysanthemums
Gediflora is a European market leader in breeding and growing pot chrysanthemums. Together with brewery ’t Gaverhopke they launched the first beer that tastes like chrysanthemums in September 2015.

Extremely damaging Japanese beetle settles in Southern Europe
For the first time, the dreaded Japanese beetle has been detected in continental Europe, in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Piedmont in September 2015. This invasive species has become one of the worst insect pests in the United States, after its introduction at the beginning of the last century. There it has been discovered on about 300 plant species, with particular preference for species such as birch, linden, apple, grape, rose, cherry, tomato, maize and grass. Because of the large number of plants that are traded from these Italian regions to the Netherlands without any checks, it is quite likely that the Japanese beetle will settle in the Netherlands. Nature lovers, fruit growers, landscape contractors and tree growers need to be extra alert.

From 3 September, minimum price in all product groups
Since 3 September 2015, growers have been able to set their own minimum price on the auction clock in all product groups. Grower Minimum Price was rolled out some time ago - in pilot form - for the large-flowered and mini gerbera, pot gerbera, anthurium and rose product groups. Following positive feedback from the relevant participants and the increasing demand from other suppliers to set their own minimum prices, it was decided to introduce the Grower Minimum Price for all product groups from 3 September 2015.

Photo Report: FlowersExpo Moscow

From 8 till 10 September, growers, breeders and suppliers showcased their new and existing assortment at the Crocus Expo in Moscow, Russia. was present to make a full photo report of the show, called FlowersExpo. Click here for the photo report

Certis Europe sells business for beneficials in UK, France and Italy to Koppert

Following the decision by Certis Europe to divest itself of its commercial sales business of beneficials in certain European countries, Koppert recently acquired the business for the UK, France and Italy. Certis says it will continue to sell its beneficial organism products elsewhere and develop integrated crop protection programs for its customers in its other markets.

UK: Glee 2015 opened its doors
On September 14, Glee 2015 opened its doors and after several hectic days of build up, more than 530 exhibitors were showing their new products and services on offer. In total, 20,000 new products were launched at this UK’s garden trade fair. The three day event was held in NEC Birmingham UK.

Syngenta to sell entire Enkhuizen operations
In September, Syngenta announced that they are selling their flower and vegetable seed divisions. The Swiss biotechnology giant has put its operations in Enkhuizen for sale. According to a spokesperson of Syngenta, this means that the 600 employees in Enkhuizen do not have to fear for their jobs. "The seed division is for sale, and the possible buyer has to take over the entire operation, including the employees on research and development. We expect that the sale might lead to an increase of activities at the division so it could provide chances for the personnel as well."

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