October 16-31, 2019:

Unrest Ethiopia, Colombian farm visit reports and more...

When Ecuador has calmed down, unrest started in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, the second half of October 2019. Also here, many industries, including the flower industry was affected.

Also this month several articles on the farms we visited in Colombia during the Proflora week.

And more happened in the world. Dutch freesia grower opens country's largest solar thermal system, Dümmen Orange signs technical service contract with NCKU Orchid Alliance, Big Begonia shines in Berlin, Svensson celebrated its 30th anniversary in the Americas, Micky Byland of N.G. Heimos Greenhouses was awarded PMA 2019 Floral Marketer of the year.

And of course, not to forget exhibitions. We visited the PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim and the Fruit Attraction in Spain.

Below the overview with all highlights of the second half of October 2019.


Jose Enrique Gutierrez, Inverpalmas:

Colombia: "Making bouquets has become one of our strengths now"

At 40 ha farm Inverpalmas, roses, carnations and spray carnations are being grown on two locations (30 ha and 10 ha), both in the Savanna Savannah of Bogota, near Colombia's…


Even larger project in the pipeline

Dutch freesia grower opens country's largest solar thermal system

That Pip Tesselaar, freesia grower, had the premiere, was already known. On a piece of land just over one hectare, Tesselaar Freesia installed sufficient solar panels to make…


Icon Selections debuts at Proflora

Colombian chrysanthemums: "100% of breeding process done in Rionegro"

Patience is a virtue, that applies to much in life, especially for setting up new businesses. At Proflora 2019, a few weeks ago, debuting Icon Selections could finally present…


A peek inside BallSB Colombia

This is what goes into breeding a flower

"There is a lot of research done behind a flower, but not everyone knows it. Therefore, we are eager to show the world", says Carmen Lucia Marquez of BallSB. They recently…


Nuclear DNA testing and multiplex analysis of orchid plants

Dümmen Orange signs technical service contract with NCKU Orchid Alliance

Dümmen Orange signed a technical service contract with the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Orchid Biotechnology and Creative Industry-University Alliance (Orchid…


BIG Begonia – The Star of Berlin

After attracting admiring glances in many major cities worldwide, BIG has finally conquered Germany's capital this summer, supplying flower power in Berlin. On a perfect…


Photo Report: Floral exhibitors at PMA Fresh Summit in Anaheim, CA

Flowers and plants are becoming an increasingly more important department for supermarkets - it is even said that this is the fastest-growing department in stores. So, no…


Floral Beach Bash photo report

US: Micky Byland named PMA Floral Marketer of the Year

Micky Byland, senior VP of sales at N.G. Heimos Greenhouses and cofounder of Micky’s Minis Flora Express, was awarded Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) 2019 Floral…


grand opening of newly completed warehouse expansion

Svensson celebrates 30th anniversary in the Americas

Svensson’s American subsidiary celebrated 30 years in operation with the official ribbon cutting ceremony of its newly completed warehouse expansion on Thursday, October 3rd,…


Andres Olier, Don Eusebio:

Tinted carnations: 'the market is asking for more'

44 million stems are processed every year at the post-harvest area of Don Eusebio. This Colombian farm has been growing carnations for 30 years and three years ago, they…


Spectacular number of cyclamen at Syngenta-Varinova flower trials

Last summer, Varinova and Syngenta Flowers agreed on a joint cyclamen future. A recipe for a spectacular flowering trial, which the breeders traditionally organize around this…


Dreams come true for Suntory

Rising to the challenge of breeding blue flowers

It all started nearly 30 years ago with the desire to introduce a blue-colored rose. It seemed like a mission impossible. Or not? After years of research and overcoming…


Photo report: Horticulture at Fruit Attraction

This week the Fruit Attraction took place again in Madrid. Although the general focus of the exhibition is on the fresh produce industry, horticultural suppliers find their…


Unrest Ethiopia affects flower exports

Demonstrations and protests are creating unrest in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, affecting several sectors, including the flower industry in the country.…


Marco Amador Frieri, MiamiPort:

"Significant increase in sea shipments out of Colombia to the US"

Flower shipments by sea out of Colombia have significantly increased over the last few years. Therefore, the fourteenth edition of Proflora was the first edition to have a…


Kees Waqué, Desch Plantpak:

"There is a rapidly rising demand for detectable products"

In the world of flower pots and containers many changes are taking place. Where black and terracotta pots based on up to 100% recycling material are now the standard, there…


Ricardo Samper, Flores de Serrezuele:

Colombia: Growing flowers and durable working conditions

Flores de Serrezuela was founded in 1985. Ricardo Samper is the current owner & director, taking over from his father a few years back. Starting with two hectares of…


After packaging robot, BOLD has more automation solutions in the pipeline

'Newbies' in horticulture industry take big steps in automation

With no background in the horticulture industry but being surrounded by many greenhouses in the Niagara region, Canada (ON), automation experts Willem Bijlsma and Bill…


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