On the initiative of Flower Business Support, a handful of breeders and unpackers gathered yesterday in the Plantekas in Rijnsburg. Too little product-specific promotion is made by the auction, the Flower Council (BBH) or any other party, the initiators believe, and that is why the four unpackers - Fresco Flowers, Kneppers Rozen, Flower Business Support and Rose Handling Services - joined forces to give 'their' growers and breeders some extra promotion.
Guido Zwart, Bob Andersen and Peter Noort from Elgon Collection; Micheal de Geus from Select Breeding; Göran Basjes and Ad Volkering from Kordes Roses; Arnoud Bolten by George Delbard.
Click here for the photo report (in Dutch)
After the flowers were auctioned, traders, exporters and floral suppliers found their way to the show and the exhibitors were pleased with the number of visitors.
The Meet & Greet arose from a reaction to the lack of promotion for the African rose. The (mainly) gentlemen unpackers would like to argue for more initiative from the auction and the BBH. "We pay for promotion, but we have to pay rent for this space (which is otherwise vacant). There is no cooperation, but if we would like to stay here for an hour longer, we have to pay extra rent," says one of the initiators.
But, someone added immediately, there is always something to complain about. The atmosphere was good, the coffee was tasty and the food and snacks taken care of - a small-scale but well-cared-for trade fair in short, click here for a photo impression.
Participating unpackers and breeders were Interplant Roses, Creative Roses, Mount ELgon, Fresco Flowers, Dümmen Orange, Continental Breeding, Flower Business Support, Knepp Roses, Jan Spek Roses, Rosen Tantau, Georges Delbard, United Selections, and Royal De Ruiter.
NB. If you are in the area, you can stop by now, the presentation is open until 12:30 PM.