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    • Ball Horticultural, Syngenta Flowers Forge Separate International Distribution P
      Two leading plant breeders have recently announced international partnerships that will expand the companies’ offerings and provide more product assortment. Ball Horticultural Company is partnering with AGA Agro, a breeder, producer, and distributor of garland marigolds across South and Southeast Asia, as well as a distributor of ornamental and cut flower seeds and plugs across the region. The partnership will provide AGA access to the vast floriculture offering of Ball, and will lead to the expansion of its product assortment, including entry into new product categories such as indoor flowering plants and vegetative flower varieties. Read from the source: Greenhouse Grower
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    • CalFlowers elects new board
      At the December quarterly board meeting, the board installed the new officers for the coming year:
      • Frank Biddle, President
      • Steve Dionne, Vice President
      • Marc Robinson, Treasurer
      • Ben Dobbe, Immediate Past President
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    • Flowers for weddings in New York
      It is the flower, which makes the wedding since they are used as the main source of decoration for the ceremony. Flowers can easily be found at the entrance, on the centerpieces, one the reception hall, etc. They tend to have an important presence in every single wedding. You can buy Flowers for weddings in New York from any floral store. At these stores, you can select from an assortment of flower types. On the other side, you can even consult a florist for assistance on which flower to pick for your wedding.
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    • Fun N Sun 2019
      CamFlor will be at Fun N Sun 2019! Stop by and see us at booth 5 & 6! Stella, Dunia and Carlos will be manning the booth!..We will be handing out goodies including a poster with some of our tried and true varieties!      
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    • Wheels of Misfortune 2019
      Mueller Brothers Inc. & Mueller's Supply Inc, Newark NJ filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy on 3/26/19 SME
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    • Wheels of Misfortune 2020
      New Bankruptcy Filing Boonstle Inc. Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case Date Case filed 12/31/2019 Other Names used in the last years aka Kabloom, aka Booninfra LLC aka Boonstle LLC aka Farm2Door aka Blooms2Door, aka Boonteller LLC Look for a Challenge STAY TUNED   SME  
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    • Will Brexit make Valentine’s Day flowers less expensive?

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      Will Brexit make Valentine’s Day flowers less expensive?

      Global free trade can be quite romantic

      15 February 2020

      9:00 AM

      Any florist will recognise the look of furtive shame, the shifty hangdog look which announces that an Englishman is about to buy flowers. Some of them try to make it easier for you. I used to go to a splendid florist in Ealing who talked to me about rugby for no less than five minutes each visit. But most florists are more interested in flowers than people, and let it show. For some reason, you’re never allowed to write the card yourself. You have to dictate it, endearments and private jokes and all, while a couple of women who remind you of your mother lurk in the background. My colleague Rory Sutherland believes that this is the point, that buying flowers is something men don’t like doing, so it is a mild human sacrifice which signals intent, a commitment device. This would also explain why flowers are expensive — signalling is ineffective unless it is costly — especially around St Valentine’s Day. But much as I dislike florists, I am not going to criticise them for profiteering this week. It is true that roses are cheaper on 15 February than the day before — asking your wife to wait 24 hours for her bouquet sends a very powerful signal indeed — but that is largely accounted for by florists trying to offload excess stock rather than price gouging the day before. In fact, it is not unusual for flower shops to lose money on Valentine’s Day. This may sound as improbable as bookies losing money on Grand National weekend, but as the editor of The Florist magazine, Caroline Marshall-Foster, explains: ‘The price of roses depends on global supply and demand. But in reality, a lot of people who are selling red roses are absorbing the uplift themselves. Your average florist hates Valentine’s Day. We have to deliver every single bouquet at the same time. Physically it’s an incredibly demanding day. Roses are a bitch.’
       
      The supply of roses for Valentine’s Day is truly global, not least because they are out of season in England. Most roses come from Holland, with the rest mainly from Kenya (31 per cent) and Colombia (5 per cent). Flying roses such distances may not seem environmentally sustainable, but air miles are not everything: roses from the Netherlands produce up to six times as much carbon dioxide as those from Kenya, because the power needed to heat greenhouses in a temperate climate causes far more carbon emissions than flying. In any event, outside of peak periods, flowers are usually flown as belly filler on commercial passenger airlines. Although the Dutch market share has been falling for the past decade, the majority of British imports still come through their flower auctions. Royal FloraHolland’s vast Aalsmeer auction house, which is the fourth largest building in the world, sells more than 20 million flowers a day, from 60 different countries. Long lines of carts, packed with buckets of flowers, are pulled by electric tractor units through a huge warehouse. It’s more like a hangar on the Death Star than a scene from My Fair Lady. Royal FloraHolland is owned by the growers, and acts on their behalf. Its Rose Excess Policy, which was tightened just in time for Valentine’s Day, ensures that growers who supply too much (‘dumping’) have the excess removed from auction. I suggest to Michel van Schie, from Royal Flora-Holland, that this sounds very much like restricting supply to keep prices high, but he demurs: ‘I don’t think that’s the case. We sell 3.2 billion roses a year. It is important for us — for the growers — that the market is not affected by mass production, which will cause lower prices. It makes no sense to produce as many roses as possible if quality is not that high. That will disturb the market, and is not in the interest of the growers, or the buyers. Or the consumer.’ Like most people in the industry, Michel is still worried about the possibility of a no-deal Brexit: there is no margin for delay when flowers lose 15 per cent of their value for every extra day spent travelling. But rose exporters like Kenya are now talking about exporting directly to the UK. Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta Airport has a dedicated flower terminal and Kenya already supplies many of our supermarkets. While the infrastructure is not as developed as for the Nairobi–Amsterdam route, it is improving; Kenya now exports more flowers directly than via auction. Other countries are hoping that Britain will cut EU tariffs on their roses. India, which is the world’s largest producer of cut roses, is currently subject to EU tariffs of 8.5 per cent, and consequently supplies less than 2 per cent of the UK’s roses. Free trade in the global flower industry will not just benefit British men on Valentine’s Day through lower prices. Take Colombia, for years blighted by the cocaine cartels. The Colombian government tried eradicating the coca crop by aerial spraying with the herbicide glyphosate; this was banned by the Colombian courts, but not before Colombian farmers had bred glyphosate–tolerant coca. So even if President Duque succeeds in overturning the ban, he may just be giving the cartels a free weedkilling service. A far more effective measure was that the US Congress dropped all tariffs on cut flowers from Colombia. The high altitudes and equatorial climate which made Colombia perfect for coca were also ideal conditions for growing roses, and trade blossomed. Last year, Colombia shipped four billion flowers to the USA, a dozen for every US resident. I rather like the swords-into-ploughshares idea of narcos switching to roses. I’d shop at Escobar Blooms and Floral Tributes. A spokeswoman for Florverde, a trade organisation for the Colombian flower industry, snippily insists though that they are signed up to the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative, which requires recognition of labour rights as well as meeting environmental standards. (She also points out that Dutch growers only agreed to adopt the FSI at the end of last year, and still haven’t set a date for its full implementation.) If there are dodgy cartels in the flower industry, they’re not in Colombia. My wife is still expecting a bunch of flowers, so I’m readying myself to face the florist. I have already written a card, to place inside a bunch of Colombian roses. Like many Spectator readers, I can be quite romantic — about global free trade.
      source: https://www.spectator.co.uk/2020/02/will-brexit-make-valentines-day-flowers-less-expensive/
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    • WORLD FLORAL EXPO IN DALLAS ENDS WITH GOOD RESULTS
      WORLD FLORAL EXPO IN DALLAS ENDS WITH GOOD RESULTS Dallas Friday March 22. The 20th edition of World Floral Expo started off with a very busy first day with lots of business talks between exhibitors and buyers that lasted from the first to the last minute that the show was open that day. Buyers came to visit from all parts of Texas as well as from other US states. Besides Texas, buyers attended from Florida, Ohio, Oklahoma, Vermont, New York, California, Louisiana, Oregon and several other states. Exhibitors were all very happy with the first day results. On the second day it was less crowded but the quality of visitors remained high, resulting as well in a very satisfactory second day of the show. Remarkably some exhibitors said that they had a better first day, others concluded the second day was better for them. The third day was quiet and although it seemed to become a slow last day, still some important buyers were walking the aisles, leading to a good last day for at least some of the exhibiting companies. Overall, exhibitors were satisfied with the results of the 3 day trade show and they expressed to look forward to the next edition of World Floral Expo in 2020 somewhere in the USA. The next city where WFE will be setting up, will be announced shortly. End press release (#1) WORLD FLORAL EXPO OPENS IN DALLAS FOR ITS 20TH EDITION Dallas, Thursday March 21, 2019. The first day of the international cut flower trade show World Floral Expo ended yesterday with a surprising good number of attending floral buyers. Visitors from more than 6 US states entered the yearly held trade event that was held in the Dallas Market Center. The majority came from Texas on this opening day, but buyers were also registered from Florida, California, Oklahoma, Utah, Louisiana, Oregon and even Vermont. It is for the first time that the yearly held trade fair is being held in Texas. A big and rich US state that consumes a lot of flowers. Especially event planners, retailers, supermarkets, wholesalers, but also florists were walking the show during the first day. HPP who organizes the event, has been trying for years to bring US flower buyers together in its show. “The US flower market is a very complicated one and actually nobody has the right answer on how to get the US flower buyer together in one place, as we normally manage to do with our other shows around the world”. “You have flower trade shows and then you have flowers trade shows in the USA”. “I am organizing trade shows in the USA for almost 20 years and still it is an enormous challenge every year, the spokesman of HPP said in a comment”. Today, on the 2nd day of the show, high attendance is expected again from Texas and outer state. ”If the second day will be as good as it was yesterday, the fair can be considered a success and will the third day be a bonus”, Dick van Raamsdonk concluded. End press release (#2)
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