The 15th edition of the Proflora came to an end last Friday, October 4. For three days, 315 companies from 17 countries presented their products and services at the Corferias exhibition center in Bogota, Colombia. Together with the international visitors, a positive atmosphere was noticeable on the floor throughout the week. The FloralDaily team was also present at the show to make a full photo report.
Clockwise: Continental Breeding, Plantador, Gadot, The Elite Flower Group
Colombia is the top exporter of carnations and the second flower exporter worldwide. In 2018, Colombian exports were about 1.5 billion USD and 260,000 tons (4.2% growth in value and 4.6% growth in tons).
In 2018, Colombian flowers reached 100 countries across the world and is the main supplier of flowers to the US, Japan and Canada. Nearly three-quarters of the total stems that arrived in Miami in 2018 are from Colombia. Also, the main market for Colombian flowers are the USA, with a 78% share in value, followed by Japan (4% share in value), and the UK (3% share in value).
Almost 80 percent of the air cargo from Colombia is made up of flowers. In total, in 2018, 94% of the Colombian cut flowers were exported by air cargo and 6% by sea freight.
The main species exported in 2018 are roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, alstroemerias and hydrangeas.
Asocolflores celebrates its 45th anniversary and received a present from the president during the opening ceremony.
45 years Asocolflores
Proflora is organized by Asocolflores and this year, they celebrate their 45th anniversary. They represent the Colombian floriculture and in less than 5 decades, they have led Colombia to become the second-largest flower supplier in the world and a key economic sector in the country - providing 140,000 jobs (two thirds of the workers are women heads of households). On top of that, the association also has a strong sense of social responsibility and is committed to a sustainable environment. They, therefore, set up a certification scheme, Florverde Sustainable Flowers (FSF), that guarantees buyers around the world that the product they purchase has met the highest environmental, social and labor standards, explain Augusto Solano, Asocolflores President, and Christina Uricoechea, Proflora Director.
The show hours were 10am-7pm and every day after lunch, it got busier and busier.
Proflora is held every two years, so the next edition will be held in 2021.
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