Dutch flower and plant exports close the first quarter of 2022 with a record export value of nearly 2.1 billion euros. This is announced by the Association of Wholesalers in Floricultural Products (VGB) based on export statistics from Floridata. The export value of flowers increased by 2% and that of plants by 4%.
"We hope that this terrible war in Ukraine will quickly be over and that is wishful thinking. From the sector, we have seen great initiatives, for example, #lovenotwar has received worldwide attention. The export issues are concerning, but the energy crisis is the largest problem right now," reports Matthijs Mesken, director of the VGB. As a result of high gas prices, there is less supply, but the trade is also struggling with consumer spending due to the sharp rise in inflation. "This worries us because the coming months are crucial for the sales of flowers and plants," Mesken said.
See the FloraFlash below for more information on the quarterly figures and export developments to the most important sales countries. Both Matthijs Mesken (director VGB) and Wesley van den Berg (manager Floridata) are asked to comment.