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Peter Ullrich Passes away

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Peter Ullrich was indeed a pioneer in the floral business. He started by buying South American Flowers and picking them up in his MG at JFK airport and delivering them to wholesalers in NY.  He ended up owning huge farms and an impressive import business in Miami. Condor Farms. Along the way he bought and sold Challenge Airlines and I can  only imagine how many other project he was involved in.

A very honorable gentleman and I would even say a friend.

It is always a sad moment when a man who worked so hard and long to become a legend in Floral and then retires and dies before he can really enjoy the fruits of his labor.  But knowing Peter, he enjoyed work more than anything and I suppose therefore lived and died doing what he loved best.

Funeral arrangements details to follow


Williee Armellini

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    We are deeply saddened to announce that our friend and floral industry icon Peter Ullrich passed away on June 29th surrounded by loved ones after a difficult battle with cancer.
    Peter was born in Bad Wildungen, Germany in 1942 where his parents operated a small flower shop. He moved to the United States in 1962 with just $200 and a dream. In the late 60’s, along with many other part time jobs, he began to make extra money wholesaling flowers. Twice a week Peter would drive his tiny MGB to the airport and load up the little car with two or three boxes of flowers and sell them from store to store.
    In 1972, Peter was one of the first growers to establish a presence in Latin America opening Flores Esmeralda in Medellin Colombia. Over the next 4 decades he expanded his growing empire to include additional Esmeralda farms and breeding operations in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Africa. Marketing arms for these farms were opened in Miami and Holland. His farms and companies have supported tens of thousands of families throughout these countries over the past 44 years. Outside of flowers, he has been involved in other Entrepreneurial endeavors including serving as the CEO of EAU technologies, a groundbreaking company that is the world’s leading provider of empowered water.
    Honors Peter received include the 2006 Society of American Florists Gold Medal Achievement award and the 2008 WFFSA’s LTK distinguished service award. His unparalleled passion and vision were an inspiration to all of those who had the opportunity to know him.

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