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US: House takes first steps on immigration reform

Key lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are working to advance solutions to some of the most significant challenges floral industry professionals face in building a steady, reliable workforce. The legislation, led by Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) and Dan Newhouse (R-Washington), “isn’t a perfect solution,…

Labor leaders predict postponement of USMCA

Hopes were high coming into November that the Trump Administration and House Democrats would strike a deal on the renegotiated NAFTA, or United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA), agreement, but it appears that more time is needed, at least that’s what AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and other labor leaders…

Chinese flowers spread sweet scent in Thailand

Li Hongyun, a flower grower from Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, has never been to Thailand, yet the roses he plants have gained popularity in Bangkok, the nation's capital. Weeks before each Valentine's Day, Li receives orders from florists in Bangkok. He then begins to pick fresh…

Kenya: Flower Business Park to double production

The largest flower business park in Naivasha has announced plans to expand and double its production starting from next year.  Currently, Flower Business Park (FBK) which is home to seven flower farms produces one million stems of roses every day, all destined for the international market. The move comes after…

How the Slow Flower movement is influencing the industry

In 2013, Debra Prinzing published a book called ‘Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets From the Garden, Meadow and Farm,” launching a movement that is quickly gaining momentum across the country. The idea behind Slow Flowers, is the same as the Slow Food movement: buying flowers that are…

Mayesh launches new eCommerce website

"Quick and easy access to blooms from our inventory and farms"

Mayesh Wholesale Florist is inviting florists to explore its newly redesigned website and ecommerce flower tools. The updated site has been created to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation designed to assist clients in finding quality flowers and educational resources. Walter St.…

New environmental rules provide hick-up for Dutch expansion plans

The Malieveld, nearby the Dutch government, was completely filled with heavy equipment this Tuesday. The building industry was protesting against the dutch Nitrogen Approach Program and especially the effect that many building projects can not continue because of this. Also the greenhouse industry is…

US (CA): The decline of the Half Moon Bay flower industry

The Half Moon Bay region was once one of the world’s top flower producers, said San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner Fred Crowder. But beginning in the 1990s, the once-thriving industry began to falter. In 1991, to discourage the cultivation of coca plants, used to make cocaine, the US government…

Kenya includes flower industry in bid to win UN Security Council seat

Kenya is citing a written backing from the African Union as it launches a global campaign for the UN Security Council seat in New York, United States. As part of the Kenya Festival Week in New York, the Kenyan government will be launching its final leg of campaigns seeking to win the non-permanent seat…

British growers concerned that labour proposals threaten future growth

Growers in the UK are concerned that proposals around future foreign labour requirements will hinder the future expansion of the ornamental horticulture sector. HTA has responded to the Migratory Advisory Committee (MAC) call for evidence on Salary Threshold and Points-Based System Commission. The MAC…

Royal FloraHolland makes environmental certification mandatory by the end of 2021

Royal FloraHolland will require phased environmental registration and certification for all growers (members and non-members) supplying flowers and plants to the marketplace. By 31 December 2021 at the latest, all suppliers must be in possession of a market-compliant environmental certificate. This is a…

Philippines: Growers assure abundant supply of fresh flowers

Spared by typhoons and calamities, Benguet farmers assured enough supply of cut flowers for this year's observance of All Saints' and All Souls' Days. With the good weather, Department of Agriculture Cordillera Director Cameron Odsey said there is no problem with the supply of cut flowers for Undas. Andy…

World Resources Institute

Worldwide water scarcity by 2040

The World Resources Institute forecasts that the world’s demand for water is likely to surge in the next few decades. Rapidly growing populations will drive increased consumption by people, farms and companies. It’s not clear where all that water will come from. Climate change is expected to make some areas drier and others…

Heavy rains dampen floral supply in parts of India

The production of flowers has taken a beating due to continuous rains for the past few days. In Dindigul district, a variety of flowers, including the fragrant jasmine, popularly known as ‘Madurai Malli’ are grown in pockets around Nilakottai, Vellode, Sirunayakkanpatti, Vakkampatti etc. However, for the…

Continued growth in third quarter at container handling port of Rotterdam

The port of Rotterdam handled 112.4 million tonnes of freight during the third quarter of 2019. This means a total of 353.5 million tonnes has been transhipped up to the end…

Kenyan business leaders optimistic about 2nd CIIE's role in boosting trade

Kenyan firms will participate in the upcoming second China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai to exhibit their products in a push to grow trade with China. Kenyan…

Southern California Flower Market development greenlit by planning committee

A plan proposed by the longtime owners of the Southern California Flower Market to redevelop the wholesale and retail floral marketplace in Downtown LA into a residential and mixed-use complex received the green light Tuesday from a city planning committee. The Los Angeles City Council’s planning and…

Citing SAF Research, UK Publication Touts Flowers as Winter Blues Cure

British consumers proactively looking for a cure to this year’s bout of winter blues received a hot tip from the Metro publication: Buy flowers. Citing Society of American Florists’ research from Rutgers University on the emotional impact of flowers, the news outlet shared that “the 10-month study show…

GrowIt! partners with TPIE to release 2020 Houseplant Report

The consumer demand for houseplants has rapidly increased in recent years and is still growing. As retailers find more consumers coming through their doors looking for foliage plants and succulents, it’s important for them to be knowledgeable on what consumers are struggling with and asking about. The…

UK: Ornamental horticulture survey shows greater skills development needed

The Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group, which the NFU sits on, has published a survey to determine the sector’s current skills requirements, the future needs of the ornamental horticulture industry and what is likely to drive future changes. The survey found that most ornamental businesses expect environmental…

Ethiopia secures $723 million in revenue from export

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry disclosed that the nation has earned $ 723 million in export revenue in the first quarter of the 2012/13 fiscal year. According to a report released by the Ministry, the amount of revenue earned during this reported period of time exceeds that of the same period…

Labor, water & climate

US (CA): Challenges for California horticulture

At its monthly meeting today, the California State Board of Food and Agriculture heard a cautiously optimistic appraisal of agriculture’s future through 2050 from economist Dr. Daniel Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center at UC Davis. Dr. Sumner believes that net farm income will continue to…

Highest export earnings in the Netherlands due to machines, metal and ornamentals

In terms of domestic value added due to exports, the Netherlands earns the most from the export of machinery and machine parts. In 2018, the value added generated due to exports of machinery such as chip manufacturing equipment and machinery for the food processing industry amounted to almost 16 billion…

Australia: Greener Spaces Better Places has launched

The 202020 Vision has evolved, as the next phase of this urban greening initiative takes root under a new title – Greener Spaces Better Places. Working to build on the momentum, networks, and ambassador program grown through 202020 Vision, the mission of this next phase is to make Australia’s urban areas…

HTA supports Defra Minister to plant trees sooner rather than later

Defra Minister Zac Goldsmith has issued reassurances to land owners and managers that it's OK to go ahead with planting trees. He said “I understand there is concern among private landowners, land managers and their advisers in England, about committing to woodland creation until the future of grant…

Nieuwkoop enter exclusive distribution agreement

Nature’s Green B.V. has decided to shift its strategy and focus entirely on vertical products for the interior landscaping market. The company has therefore revised its distribution strategy and opted to have all planters exclusively distributed by one pan-European partner. From January 1, 2020, BALI…

US (HI): Provision requires USDA to study impacts of importing orchids

The U.S. Senate approved a package of four fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations bills on an 84-9 vote. In addition to supporting many needed investments for Hawaii, the legislation included a bipartisan amendment added on the Senate floor by Senator Mazie K. Hirono and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), which…

Turkish online flower business is blooming

The size of the online flower market in Turkey reached 100 million USD (90 million Euro). While online flower orders have increased, Turkish consumers stick to classic choices. Most preferred flowers were roses, orchids and daisies. Ceyhun Turan, Trade Operations Director of CicekSepeti.com, an online…

The new roots of the flower trade

On 12 & 13 October, BBC World aired the “Made On Earth” documentary episode featuring Flowers. In an effort to tell the story of the world’s trading networks through eight everyday products, the BBC chose to portray flowers as one of the leading industries for their global trade logistics and…

Malaysia-Vietnam trade gets boost

Malaysia is targeting to push its trade volume with Vietnam to US$15 billion (about RM60.6 billion) by next year. Vietnam-Malaysia Business Association spokesperson Dinh Hai Yen said that for last year, Vietnam’s total export of various goods to Malaysia was US$3.81 billion, while its import from…

Rwandan flowers to get more markets through The Netherlands’ flora hub

Rwanda will again participate in The Netherlands’ International Floriculture Trade fair (IFTF) scheduled for 6th – 8th November 2019.  This 10th edition of this flower expo will be of additional value to other efforts that inform the Rwandan floriculture sector at the platform of international flower trades.…

Are edible flowers a solution for the struggling floriculture sector?

In a greenhouse near Nice, in the south of France, edible flowers are the star of the show. Scientists are ranking various varieties according to certain characteristics such as taste. The ANTEA project is a cross-border initiative between France and Italy supported by the EU Cohesion Policy. The policy…

New EU rules require expanded inspections for US plant product exports

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is alerting businesses that export plant products to the European Union (EU) of new regulations taking effect December 14 that will require a phytosanitary certificate for most plants and plant products. Before plants and other raw and minimally…

Afrex adds new edible flowers to their range:

"Edible flowers increasingly popular with floral designers"

Edible flowers have become more popular among top class chefs and high-end restaurants over the years. However, nowadays more and more floral designers are starting to use them as well in their floral designs. At table arrangements and in glass vases, they are used more and more - all to make the dining…

Nepal sees sharp increase in flower imports for Tihar

Flower imports went up this Tihar festival against the expectations of flower traders in Nepal. The Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) had earlier said that only 250,000 garlands of flowers would be imported from India for Tihar. However, during the Tihar week, a total of 500,000 garlands of flowers…

Australian growers urged to participate in 2019 Statistics survey

Collection for the 2019 Nursery Industry Statistics survey is underway. During the month of November, production nurseries are urged to make an appointment to participate in the voluntary survey, if called upon. The independent research agency leading the survey, Down To Earth Research (DTER), are aiming…

France: Traditional Toussaint flowers continue to sell well

More than 25 million pots of chrysanthemums are sold in France every year, many of them around Toussaint - with florists estimating that the variety makes up 15-20% of business at this time of year as families attend the graves of loved ones, though figures are falling. Toussaint (All Saints' Day) on…

Spanish flower and live plant imports and exports until August increased by 3% and 5%, respectively

Spanish imports of flower and live plants up until August increased by 5% while its exports grew by 3%. According to the latest data updated by the General Directorate of…

Photo report symposium Inholland Hi-Tech Horticulture 2030

Autonomous cultivation, scouting with drones and ordering products with your voice

Every year the fourth-year students Horticultural & Agribusiness at Inholland Delft University of Applied Sciences are again faced with the challenge of selecting a subject for the annual symposium that they are allowed to organize. They have knowledge of greenhouse horticulture, both from the lecture…

Scamming in the Amsterdam flower market exposed once again

'Only 1% of the flower bulbs will blossom'

In recent years the news reported on multiple occasions that the tulip bulb sellers on the Amsterdam flower market were structurally scamming tourists. There would be fewer bulbs in the packages then advertised, the bulbs would be bad quality and not even blossom, and the colors wouldn’t match the ones…

EU hits Kenya’s produce with high chemical use label again

The European Union (EU) returned Kenya to the list of countries, which use high levels of pesticide in the horticultural produce, posing a threat to exports, the country's major source of foreign exchange. The negative labelling comes just five months after Kenya was delisted in January, having partially…

Mark Weitjens, Agrocheck

"In just one week, we prevented 5 growers from being scammed"

“The collaboration is starting to take shape and is being picked up incredibly well in South America. Many growers see the strength of our collaboration and are interested in working together with both parties.” This says Mark Weitjens of AgroCheck, a company that offers an extensive and worldwide…

Nepal: Floriculture attracts youths in Tanahun

When he tried his hands at horticulture a few years ago, Madan Poudel of Shuklagandaki Municipality was not very sure about its success. Although he knew there was a huge demand for flowers in the market, finding buyers while the flowers were fresh seemed to be a challenge. But with time, his business…

Aleia Roses is in financial difficulties

Aleia Roses is in financial difficulties, according to reports in the Spanish media. Early last week it was reported that the grower has applied for a moratorium on payments at the court in Soria, Spain. Supposedly this is about a debt worth millions. In recent days, even the supply of gas and…

growers show destiny of plastic residues in Almería, Spain

"Dramatic images result of flood, not bad plastic management"

Last week, France 24 broadcasted a reportage concerning the ecological horticulture in Almería, Spain. The final conclusion was that this greenhouse horticulture is far from sustainable, since the generated plastic residues end up in the environment. The organisation of produce companies APROA has…

UK: Houseplant sales hold up for second month

Houseplants were the best sellers for a second month in a row (September, 2019) at garden centres across the country according to the Garden Centre Association's Barometer of Trade report. Sales were up 12.34% compared to the same month last year (2018). The trend for houseplants doesn’t look like it’s…

3.5% export growth of Dutch flower and plant exports on the eve of Brexit

After the third quarter, the Dutch flower and plant export stands at 4.8 billion euros, according to statistics from Floridata. The growth of the plant value (4.4%) is unchanged ahead of the growth of the flower value (2.9%). The cumulative export growth thus comes to 3.5%. "On the eve of a possible…

US: HRI sets new strategic research focus

Horticulture is a key player in specialty crops and agriculture as a whole. In fact, the industry generates one-third of both all specialty crop revenue (over $19 billion each year) and its workforce. Yet, the industry receives only 12% of federal funds earmarked for specialty crops from USDA…

UK: Nursery expands, reporting "exceptional demand for British-grown stock"

Wyevales Nurseries says it is investing in the future and has seen exceptional demand for British-grown stock. The company says it’s able to supply British-grown plants from its extensive production facilities in Herefordshire into a market struggling to secure its supply-base for the next season and…

And an app with real-time price- and market information will be launched

By the end of 2020, all orders will be digitalized at Floriday

With “100% Floriday,” the cooperation will make it so that by the end of 2020, all supplies, for both the clock and the once going directly to retail, will go through Floriday and digital platforms. Besides digitalizing the direct transactions, a lot of work is being put in to connect the clock to…

Trends 2021: local products, deep colors, '90's influences

“The floricultural sector has to explain how they work more than ever before”

A little sneak peek into the future. Just to find out what consumers will like to buy in, let’s say 2021. It is something we all want from time to time, to make sure in the future we can offer the products our clients want. However, no one really knows what the future holds, a look at the trend reports…

Kenya: How US envoy Kyle McCarter boosts rural economies

It is only when you sit down with US ambassador Kyle McCarter that you get to know his attachment to the country and Kenyans in rural areas. He speaks glowingly about Mukothima — a lone village in the heart of Tharaka-Nithi County — where his father, the Senior McCarter, hobnobbed with locals between…

UK looks beyond EU to Kenya flower farms

The United Kingdom imports $3bn worth of flowers every year, historically from the Netherlands. But with a possible Brexit looming, it is looking to Kenya, a trading partner with whom it has had a special relationship with. That has given new hope to Kenyan flower growers that their English roses will…

President Kenyatta arrives In Sochi for first Russia-Africa Summit

President Kenyatta who is accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta arrived from Japan where he was a special guest of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the historic enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. On the sidelines of the Summit, which is being attended by over 40 Heads of State and…

Imports of flowers to Croatia on the rise

In 2018, Croatia imported 1,797 tonnes of cut flowers, and the value of this import stood at 9.9 million euro, thus rising by 19.5% in comparison to 2017, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) has reported. The lion's share of the imports came from the Netherlands, 1,687 tonnes worth 9.1 million euro.…

"Only sustainable floriculture is future-proof"

Sustainability is one of the spearheads of Royal FloraHolland. As it should be with an internationally operating company, the ambitions also extend across national borders. GROW discussed this with Steven van Schilfgaarde. Sustainability is a very broad concept. The United Nations has formulated no less…

Kenya and Russia agree to form business council

Kenyan and Russian delegations resolved to establish a Russia-Kenya business council to oversee the implementation of joint trade and investment programmes. The delegations led by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and his Russian host Vladimir Putin met on the sidelines of the first Russia-Africa Summit in…

France shows multifaceted product range as IPM Essen partner country

IPM Essen will take place at Messe Essen from 28 to 31 January 2020. A partner country traditionally accompanies the horticultural trade fair. The happenings at the 2020 edition of the trade fair will focus on France. Under the motto "Quality & Innovation. The French Touch!", the trade visitors will be…

U.S. Flower Consumer Report highlights market trends

PMA’s original research, “Floral Market Demand Space”, supports PMA’s commitment to help floral members grow their business by providing access to critical insight into when, why and how U.S. consumers choose floral products. This first chapter of the report provides every member of the floral industry,…

UK: Wet September dampens garden centre sales

In September, the wetter weather dampened garden centre sales of hardy plants and outdoor living ranges, meaning that sales in September 2019 remained flat compared with the same month in 2018. Houseplants and garden care products performed well in September, with houseplants seeing an increase of 13%…

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. Yesterday, it was…

How will the next generation buy flowers?

Smartphones are replacing old swipe readers. Tablets are replacing old point-of-sale (POS) systems, and on-demand delivery services are replacing the old “You will get it when we can get to it” service model. This new era of shopping technology creates new opportunities for future customer engagement…

Malaysia: Can Cameron Highlands flower industry maintain its position in the Asian flower market?

Although the chrysanthemum plantation in Cameron Highlands has always been a major flower-producing area in Asia, in recent years it has faced the pressure of Vietnam and Thailand growers hot on its heels. But the flower farmers will not be discouraged, and many of them have tried to reform and improve,…

Kuehne+Nagel results for first 9 months of 2019

"Tense market environment led to a decline in airfreight volumes"

In the first nine months of 2019, Kuehne + Nagel significantly improved its results. Seafreight and Overland continued their momentum in the third quarter. The tense market…

Typhoon hits Japanese farms, forests & fisheries hard

Typhoon Hagibis has hit Japanese farms, forests and fisheries very hard. Government officials say the damage tops 70 billion yen, or 650 million dollars, as of Monday afternoon. 36 prefectures are reporting financial losses. Damage to agricultural facilities runs to about 255 million dollars. The figure…

Exporter Euro Fruits working on integrating new varieties

'EU exports to India grew by 306% in value between 2014 and 2017'

Fruit Attraction 2019, the Spain-based trade exhibition for the global fresh produce sector is expected to feature more than 200 importers, retailers and buyers from India at this year’s edition, reflecting the stated aspirations of the Indian and Spanish governments to increase bilateral trade between…

Australia wants trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia & Peru

Australia is searching out bilateral free trade deals with Hong Kong, Indonesia and Peru to take effect early next year, Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said Wednesday, adding…

Brexit - the new deal and what to do now?

As the uncertainty surrounding Brexit continues, we attempt to clarify what the Prime Minister’s new deal is and what businesses should do now. What is in the new deal? by Sarah Baker, AHDB Strategic Insight Manager Many aspects of the original deal are unchanged, including the treatment of citizens’…

Kenyan flower farms push for special zones

Flower producers want the enterprises granted Special Economic Zones (SEZ) status to cushion them against runaway costs that are fast eroding competitiveness in the export…

Importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s a no-deal Brexit

How to trade in plants and plant products, including trees, inside and outside the EU if there’s a no-deal Brexit? A Brexit deal has been agreed but needs to be ratified. The…

Russian Export Center & African partners to create Commercial Payments Platform

The Russian Export Center (REC), Russian banks and African partners will sign an agreement on creating a Russia-Africa commercial payments platform, with its volume estimated…

October 25, Peterborough & October 28, London

Brexit Briefings for the fresh produce industry

FPC are organising two one-day Brexit Briefings for the fresh produce industry These are free to attend and will cover all you need to know to be Brexit ready. Customs clearance…

Drew Gruenberg, SAF:

"Despite the challenges, this is a good time to be selling flowers"

The state of the floral industry was the topic of the Ellison International Floriculture Chair Distinguished Lecture Series held recently in College Station, featuring guest speaker Drew Gruenberg, chief operating officer for the Society of American Florists, SAF.  Charlie Hall, Ph.D., professor and Ellison…

China: 176 Beijing merchants settled in the flower trading center

Wu Yazhou, the person in charge of the Jingnan Yongqing Flower Trading Center, says that this is a flower exhibition and sales center consisting of 28,000 m2 of multi-span greenhouses, and a logistics storage area of ​​2,000 m2, which engages more than 1,700 varieties of flowers. Since its opening in…

Arno Eussen (ProfitableServices) invites entrepreneurs to create new business model:

'Sharing knowledge and service are a different ball game than just producing"

Arno Eussen, Freshprojects: "Knowledge is conjecture neutral." He recently launched the platform ProfitableServices, with which he wants to help entrepreneurs to look differently at knowledge sharing and service. How? Well, as a new business model. "In a recession, the orders for products are declining,…

Turkish carnation grower finds export market in Europe

Deregumu village in Isparta, a city located in southwestern Turkey, grows carnations and other cut flowers in greenhouses. Producers export them to Spain, Bulgaria, the UK, the Netherlands, Russia and Ukraine. They grow 120 million branches of carnation per year and most of them are exported to Europe.…

How can environmental solutions & sustainable applications advance commercial horticulture?

If you’re a student with a passion for ‘green’ horticulture you may be the right candidate to apply for the £1,500 John Gibson Environmental Scholarship. Part of the David Colegrave Foundation Scholarship Season, this award wants to know your interest in environmental solutions and sustainable…

American flower farmers participate in trade mission to South Korea, Vietnam

A delegation of Certified American Grown flower farmers, accompanied by interim Certified American Grown Administrator Dave Pruitt, recently participated in a trade mission to South Korea and Vietnam.  During the trip, the delegation hosted an industry seminar in Seoul to introduce U.S. cut flower and foliage…

Nepal: 13th Godavari Flower Expo kicks off

The 13th Godavari Flower Expo kicked off Friday at Jawalakhel Football Ground in Lalitpur. The four-day exhibition is organized by Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) targeting Tihar, the second biggest festival of Nepal. The slogan for this year's expo is “Ropera Phool Godavari, Sajau Ghar Aagan…

Boerenbond takes a look at the figures and makes an estimate for 2019:

Mixed bag for Flemish growers

The Flemish floriculture overall is growing according to the Boerenbond in an interim evaluation for the first seven months of 2019, but the different divisions of the sector showed varying results. FloricultureIn floriculture, in which the tree nursery sector realizes 60% of the Flemish annual turnover and the ornamental plant…

Be ready for Brexit – What every fresh produce business needs to know

FPC is hosting two Brexit briefings tailored for the UK fresh produce industry to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU on 31 October 2019. These one-day events are free to attend for any business involved supplying UK fresh produce, including fresh fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and also…

Turkey set to launch "land bank"

Turkey's New Economy Program aims to update the infrastructure on land planning by launching a land bank to determine inactive agricultural lands and putting them to productive use. The initiative was announced by the Turkish Minister of Finance and Treasury Berat Albayrak, within the measures to lower food inflation. With the…

DUP said to refuse support

Brexit: EU and UK reach deal

A Brexit deal has been agreed between UK and EU negotiating teams before a meeting of European leaders in Brussels. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: "We've got a great new deal that takes back control." The two sides have been working on the legal text of a deal, but it will still need the approval of both the UK and…

Greenlife Industry Australia presents overview of 100 day operations plan

The first 100 days of operation culminates with the delivery of the draft strategic plan for Greenlife Industry Australia. The aim is to have the draft plan by 13 November,…

Jos van Doren talks about trade mission India:

"The growing Indian middle class also just buys local tomatoes in the supermarket"

The Netherlands is on a trade mission and horticulture was invited. On tour through the growing market when it comes to horticulture, but one with two major challenges: the professional cultivation of vegetables and thereafter the route from greenhouse to supermarket, without highways. The official part…

"Mexico is an attractive marketplace in the horticultural sector"

From 18 to 20 September 2019, "Ornamental, Plants & Flowers México powered by IPM Essen" (OPF) - celebrated its premiere in Mexico City. Around 120 exhibitors from 12 nations presented their products and services in the fields of plants, innovative horticultural technology, floristry, landscaping and…

Trade with more insight by using Insights

Meet Insights, the successor of FloraneXt. Insights provides real-time insight into price and market developments, making it easier to set a good price for clock presales and direct trade. The clear, graphic presentation of information also makes it easy to spot trends. Insights gives you all the…

Turkey: Yalova grower voices concerns over increasing production costs

Garden A.S. located in Turkish northwestern city Yalova is one of the biggest grower groups in the city which is one of the main production regions for cut flowers, ornamental and outdoor plants in Turkey. Garden A.S growers group is made up of more than 30 growers and speaking to the press on behalf of…

Ecuadorian roses bloom in Chinese market

Ecuadorian roses, famed for their size, vibrant colors and longevity, are increasingly popular in China, an ever-growing market where rose growers see as a crucial niche for exports. Ecuadorian flower growers generated nearly 11 million U.S. dollars in sales to China in 2018, according to Ecuador's…

Venezuelan refugees find shelter among Colombian flowers

Since 2017, Sunshine Bouquet has been collaborating with the local government in the Cundinamarca region to process and hire Venezuelan refugees and Colombian returnees. To date, Sunshine has hired over 1,600 part-time workers and provided them with wages, temporary housing, transportation, access to…

Nepal becoming self-reliant in flowers

Nepal is gradually becoming self-reliant on flowers, thanks to the rise in domestic production of flowers.  The import of flowers from India during the festivals has been witnessing a steady slump as a result of increasing production of flowers in the country. Around 300,000 garlands of marigolds were brought…

African exporters eye upcoming Chinese import expo to expand business

As the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) is less than a month away in Shanghai, expectations are high that the event will continue to stimulate Africa's exports…

Amsterdam tourists duped as only 1% of bulbs bloom

Tourists are being ripped off at Amsterdam’s famous flower market, with just 1% of bulbs sold at the floating bazaar ever producing a blossom, investigators have said. An inquiry commissioned by the Dutch capital’s municipality and tulip growers also found often only one flower resembled the pictures on…

Venezuelan refugees to be employed by Colombian flower industry

In the last four and a half years, more than four million Venezuelans have left their country. Most of them have emigrated to Colombia (1.3 million) and Peru (786,000). It is…

Royal FloraHolland:

All orders digitally via Floriday by the end of 2020

All transactions at the Royal FloraHolland marketplace will be fully digital by the end of 2020 at the latest. Supply 100% via FloridayWith "100% Floriday" Royal FloraHolland are going to ensure that, by the end of 2020, all the supply for both the clock and direct trade will take place via Floriday and…

India: Commercial floriculture holds huge potential in J&K

Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today urged the Floriculture Department to work for removal of barriers in upscaling commercial floriculture in the State. He described as pivotal the role of agricultural universities in ‘lab to farm linkage’ to navigate technical know-how for enhancing the…

US: SNA announces student research travel grant program

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced a new program designed to offer financial aid through travel reimbursements to students presenting in the Bryson L. James…

But who will refund the damage?

Ecuadorian government restores fuel subsidy to stop protests

After 12 days of unrest in Ecuador's capital Quito, protests have stopped as Ecuador's government has agreed to restore fuel subsidies in a deal with indigenous leaders, yesterday evening. "With this agreement, the mobilisations ... across Ecuador are terminated and we commit ourselves to restoring peace…

Benary, Schneider youngplants

NL: 50 pansy growers enthused for new market introductions

On Thursday, 10th October 2019 Benary, in co-operation with Schneider youngplants has organized an open day for Viola and pansy growers at the nursery of Gerrit Aarninkhof in Denekamp, The Netherlands. More than 50 top Dutch Viola growers were present from all over the country, as well as growers from…

Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council meeting

"Achievable steps and a helping hand in environmental registration and certification"

On Thursday 10 October, another meeting of the Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council was held. Among other things, the Member’s Council advised the management on the approach to introduce an environmental registration and certification policy. An informal meeting of the Members' Council took place on…

November 5, Vijfhuizen

Join the conversation on ‘Customer dynamics’

Do you know how buyers and consumers make their decision? How can the unconscious mind influence commercial relations and purchasing behaviours? And why getting a better grasp on customer dynamics is highly relevant to the floriculture supply-chain? To find out about this and more, register to Floriforum…

"China’s floral market is sprouting and flourishing"

Before 2008, if you came to China, you could sell only a few species of roses in the market. Phalaenopsis, Peonies, Gypsophila, Gloriosa, were then considered novelties, but now more and more exotic varieties are becoming common household flowers. The past decade has witnessed dramatic changes in the…

Damage reaching $ 30 million- 300 million families affected

Update unrest Ecuador: Expoflores declares state of emergency

The situation in Ecuador hasn't calmed down. Over 5,000 ha of flower plantations have been attacked by the protesters, representing damages to the sector of nearly $30 million, affecting over 300 million families working in floriculture. This was announced yesterday when Expoflores declared a state of…

Brexit: Will the flower industry wilt or bloom?

The chance of a no-deal Brexit has ramped up. If the EU rejects the latest Brexit plans, what would that mean for products like flowers grown in mainland Europe and sent to the UK? Radio 1 Newsbeat has followed a bunch of flowers on its journey from Europe’s largest auction in Aalsmeer, in the…

Turkish ornamental exports set to increase to 125 million USD

The Turkish ornamental plants sector, which increased its exports by 17 percent last year and reached its target of 100 million dollars, focused on increasing its international sales to 125 million dollars by the end of 2019. “As the sector is moving towards our goals, all actors need to be together. The…

Horticulture expo reflects blooming floral industry in China

Drawing more than nine million visitors in 162 days, the just concluded International Horticultural Exhibition 2019 Beijing was a vivid reflection of China's blooming floral industry in recent years. Ye Dahua, deputy head of the expo's coordination bureau, said the horticulture expo will be remembered…

"£1.3billion industry is always an 'after thought' in Brexit negotiations"

"Difficult times – I think the phrase is. Weather, Labour requirements and Brexit", writes grower Sue Lamb in a column for Spalding Today. "Labour is a huge problem and one that I believe the powers that be just pay lip service to in relation to the Ornamental sector." She further writes: "In 2018 the…

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Flowers: a new booming superfood

"The consumption of flowers is not a new trend; the Romans already ate lavender flowers and roses in omelettes. The peak of their use in gastronomy was reached in Victorian England, mainly in the form of sauces. Soon they will become a common ingredient in cuisine around the world. If they have not become popular until now, it…

"Pacific floriculture needs official recognition"

A representative from the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (P.I.F.O.N.), Lavinia Kaumaitotoya said floriculture was not being treated with equal standing as other agricultural exports. “I raised a concern about floriculture in one of the side events held during [last week's] Pacific Week of…

Update

Unrest in Ecuador: Expoflores threatened, Cargo personnel and more farms attacked

In an article yesterday, we shared how the unrest in Ecuador is affecting flower farms in Ecuador; they are being attacked and it is challenging to let the flowers leave the country. And the situation hasn't calmed down yet. Yesterday, Expoflores announced on their Twitter page that more farms in the…

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US: Imports provide unexpected boost to domestic production

When production moves to other countries on a large scale, that will be the end of domestic production, you would think. However, the figures show differently. CalFlowers, the California Association of Flower Growers & Shippers, published figures showing that the production of cut flowers in California…

US: Greenhouse growers asked to complete water survey

A U.S. Department of Agriculture funded project seeks to understand how greenhouse growers use water, including recycled water, in their greenhouse operations. If you are involved in a greenhouse growing operation, complete this brief (5 to 10 minute) water use survey: http://tinyurl.com/UConnWaterSurvey…

Damage so far: 20 million USD

Ecuadorian farms under attack

In a radio-interview, president of Expoflores, Alejandro Martinez announces that no less than 32 farms have been attacked. Yesterday morning, 'protesters' vandalized the farms and threatened workers - who in several cases were forced to quit working and join the protests. Also, (high)ways were blocked and protesters clashed…

"Traceability is understandable, but this is pure madness and impossible too"

Amigo Plant sounds the alarm due to plant passports

The whole point of having a plant passport is the traceability of the product. According to Gerard van Langen, director, and owner of Amigo Plant, who are now sounding the proverbial alarm, this is also achieved by making all the growers mark their pots with a growers number. “This way, we make the pot producers…

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NL: "Just like in 2018 low summer prices for cut flowers, potted plant exports 'higher than ever'"

The export of cut flowers reached the same level in the summer months of 2019 as in 2018. Up to and including August, exports are 2% ahead of 2018; that is thanks to the first…

Greenhouse water savings survey

If you are involved in greenhouse production, then the University of Sydney would like to hear from you! A Horticulture honours student is completing her thesis on water use efficiency in the Australian greenhouse industry. You can show your support by taking 10 - 15 minutes, to anonymously share your insights on water use…

Survey to examine UK flower market

Flowerona collaborating with New Covent Garden Flower Market to promote a survey. They would love to hear from anyone who buys flowers, plants, foliage or sundries in the UK – not just Flower Market customers. By completing the survey, you’ll be in with a chance of winning one of three £250 vouchers to…

Farmers who voted for Brexit may face labour shortages because of this

In the three years since the Brexit vote, there has been a decline in immigration from some areas in Europe. And this is impacting agri businesses across the country. The…

Poland: New flower hall in Radom

A new flower hall was opened at the wholesale market in Radom. The cost of this investment was 1.8 mln pln. It is not a big surprise considering the growing market for flowers and plants in Poland. The market has a surface of 58,000m2 with 15,000m2 covered with buildings where 86 trade companies can operate. Daily ca. 1,500…

"Floriculture can provide additional income for farmers"

The Hislop College flower show - the culmination of year-long floriculture undertaken by its department of botany - is a keenly awaited event not only by plantsmen but also citizens. Started as an extension activity by the department in the year 2003, the past and present keepers of its floriculture unit…

US: Senate Committee backs funding for FNRI, Floriculture Crops Report

The powerful Senate Appropriations Committee has signaled its support for two core issues backed by the Society of American Florists: increased funding — and an expanded reach — for the Floriculture Crops Report and stable funding levels for the Floriculture and Nursery Research Initiative (FNRI). The…

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“Many growers miss a lot of opportunities to sell more"

Well-planned production can boost your sales and profits. Dennis Crum shares his methods for gathering information, doing research and staying creative to ensure each year’s crops are fresh and interesting to buyers. “Information is one of the best assets in crop planning, and good recordkeeping is…

Webinar: the name of a plant variety in the Community Plant Variety Right system (CPVR)

In this webinar, recorded at the EUIPO Academy in May 2018, Bénédicte Legrand, Denomination Expert at the CPVO, explains the process in which names are given to newly protected plant varieties in the European Union. This webinar also outlines how this CPVR "naming" process fits with the rules and…

Ecuadoran flower transport hamstrung by protests

Ecuadoreans found their nation at a standstill on Thursday, with major roads closed, taxis unavailable and public transportation shut down as the country’s transit unions declared a strike to protest President Lenín Moreno’s decision to strip away a $1.3 billion fuel subsidy, The New York Times reports.…

How natural and political unpredictability impacts demand for global produce

Vanguard International Group recently published a piece commenting on global trade and how political uncertainty and natural events have an impact on the produce industry. Below is the article that Vanguard published, along with a link: In the fresh produce industry, unpredictability is a given. Early…

"More students will enter the horticulture industry"

After a first preview of the Garden Trends 2020, Organizzazione Orlandelli proposes a second extract from the report, revealing other trends of garden sector or 2020. In this report you will find: Why Green collar jobs will revolutionize the four-year college degree and more students will enter the horticulture…

Swedish show provides green meeting place full of inspiration

Elmia Garden counted in many satisfied exhibitors and visitors when the fair closed last week. The show in Jönköping wants to inspire to better businesses and provide opportunities to make new contacts, providing a meeting place to present trends and to take part in knowledge through seminars. "I think…

Proflora reflects optimistic atmosphere in Colombia

Proflora 2019 is coming to an end today. Over the last 2 days, more than 300 exhibitors displayed their products and services to visitors coming from all over the world. So far, the atmosphere at the show has been positive with growers, breeders and suppliers continuously looking for new opportunities to…


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