Bogotá, Thursday, April 7th, 2016. After 36 months of preliminary work, Siete Colinas flower company out of Pereira, together with the dual backing of the Ministries of Agriculture and Environment, along with the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, Asocolflores, sent off the first shipment of pot plants in the history of Colombia last April 6, 2016. 500 potted anthuriums were air lifted from Risaralda to Panama City.
Thomas and Aydee de Toulemonde, managers of Siete Colinas, said, “this opening of new markets is a great opportunity for our company and for the country too, considering the current context of the exchange rate. We hope to send between four and six shipments every month to Panama and get other markets open where we have detected an interest very soon”.
Augusto Solano, President of Asocolflores pointed out that this historical event shows how strong the nation’s exports have become since their conception within the floriculture industry, which today sends out its products to 90 countries. “This first shipment represents an extraordinary opportunity for Colombia to diversify its ornamental product portfolio and add value for international buyers, as well as make inroad into the world’s live-plant export and trade, which, according to figures from AIPH, boasts producer prices exceeding USD 4 billion annually”.
ABOUT SIETE COLINAS SAS
7 Colinas is a Risaralda company, which has risen to the top in Colombia’s potted-plant production and trade. Its portfolio includes anthuriums, bromeliads and orchids. It also trades in subsoil.
Founded in 1973, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, Asocolflores, is the nation’s most representative floriculture entity striving to represent the industry, as well as sustainable flower farming, social responsibility, innovation, logistics and the promotion and international positioning of Colombian flowers.
For more information: Siete Colinas SAS
Asociación Colombiana de Exportadores de Flores
Director of Communications and Promotions
Director de Promoción y Comunicaciones / Promotion and Communications Director
Asociación Colombiana de Exportadores de Flores /Association of Colombian Flower Exporters
Tel: (57 1) 257 9311