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Year Overview May 1-15

Online sales skyrocketing and home gardening picking up

May 2020 is the month where things started to seem to go towards a positive direction. The flower industry seems to pick up quite quickly and online sales are skyrocketing. Royal FloraHolland's turnover still shows the impact of the pandemic as turnover illustrates the crisis and Rabobank predicts that it will take 4 to 5 years before the industry is back at the 2019 level. In the UK, things are still not running smoothly as lockdown restrictions were still in place and therefore many garden centers remained closed. 

Lambert van Horen shares Rabobank's predictions and the effects on the floriculture industry

"It will take 4 to 5 years before the industry is back at the 2019-level"

The floriculture is hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis, but when looking at the past, present and future, how is the industry expected to develop and recover? Rabobank tried to…

Online B2B flower platform thrives in the midst of COVID-19

“Since the pandemic, our turnover has increased and is now up by 600%," says Willfred de Wit, CEO at, a New York based online B2B fresh flowers platform. At…

Fabelicious - 'With love from Africa to Amsterdam'

New brand of dried roses on the market

After being out of fashion for over 20 years, apparently they have made their comeback. We're talking about dried flowers. Rudi Tuinman and Pascal Koeleman with 2Dezign once…

Turkish Flower Associations:

"70% of Turkey’s floriculture industry will go out of business if coronavirus situation continues any further"

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the sales of cut flowers and ornamental plants in the domestic market dropped off dramatically and the exports are on hold due to border…

Marco van Zijverden, Dutch Flower Group, gives global outlook

"Flower industry is picking up quite quickly, with peak in online sales"

"We're back at 90% of our normal volume," says Marco van Zijverden, CEO of Dutch Flower Group (DFG). With 33 individual companies, they supply flowers and plants to all…

BIC Innovation

Wales’ ornamental growers facing significant challenges as 74% report decreased demand

Throwback to April/May 2019, where many of us were heading to the local garden centres to stock up on garden supplies, making spring the busiest times for garden centres. Fast…

Celebrating Mother's Day during the pandemic: What will the effects be on sales?

It will be a Mother's Day like no other. In many countries, it will be celebrated on May 10 this year, and in every country, the run-up to this Mother's Day has been or still…


Airflo joins Dutch Flower Group

DSV Panalpina, currently owning the majority share of Panalpina Airflo logistics companies, intends to sell their activities on perishables in both Kenya and the Netherlands…

Cargolite enables growers, clients to save more on airfreight during the pandemic

Innovative packaging saves up to 2 kg per carton

High freight costs have become a serious issue for Kenyan flower growers. With the corona pandemic crisis, the price per kilo in some cases has doubled, and today a packaging…

Greenhouse manufacturer Greenspan on this large project:

Kenya: Greenhouse expansion marches on at Fontana Group

Over the last 1.5 years, 36 ha of greenhouses have sprouted at one of Fontana Group's newest locations at the foothills of Mt. Kenya, in Kenya. And at least 10 to 15 ha more…

Inroses SA rescues dogs for 16 years but now needs external help

Ecuador: Rescued stray dogs affected by low flower sales

"Roses are our specialty, rescuing dogs is our passion." This is perhaps how we can most reflect the inspiring story that Inroses SA, a rose farm based in Cayambe, has been…

10 out of the 70 ha under water

Kenya: Van Den Berg Roses' dealing with floods due to heavy rainfall

It is rainy season in Kenya and this year, the rainfall has been heavier than usual, resulting in Lake Naivasha overflowing and affecting the nearby farm Van…

Kordes Roses bringing the new varieties to the grower:

"If the growers can't come to the show house, bring the show house to them"

This week, Kordes Roses is visiting rose growers in Germany and the Netherlands to show their new varieties in a special way. Due to the COVID-19 situation, this German…

Andrew Kartende

Olav Boenders, Wagagai, on the lockdown and the importance of Fairtrade

Uganda: "We tried to see it all as a big sleepover party"

After a five-week complete lockdown, Uganda is gradually opening up, enabling several companies to pick up business again. For cutting farm Wagagai, the timing of lifting the…

Eyal Inbar, Histil, on how they are dealing with COVID-19

"Herbs and ornamentals hit hard, grafted vegetable demand spiked"

The re-opening of the garden centers in the UK, as well as in several countries, is a big relief for many. Also for Israeli young plant grower Hishtil. As for most in the…


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