TPIE 2019 review

Recently attended the 2019 edition of the TPIE tropical plant show in Fort Lauderdale. With the super cold Arctic air blasting the US, I thought this would be a good time to watch someplace warm. I have attached my video review for your enjoyment.

This is always a fun show and well attended due to its time slot in January when most of the country is freezing. (this year was no exception)

I found out that Temkin International has been sold to PPC

“We are very pleased to inform you that PPC Flexible Packaging, LLC has completed the acquisition of Temkin International and will be the new owners of the Company, effective November 23. Headquartered in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, PPC is a leader in flexographic printing and converting of flexible films, bags and pouches serving the retail food and healthcare markets. This is a great outcome for Temkin, as the combination of our respective companies allows us to provide a broader product offering and deeper capabilities to our customer base and the industry”

I found the event to be larger than previous years with more booths and more attendees. Here is their press release.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL – January 16-18, 2019 — The Tropical Plant International Expo (TPIE) welcomed 6,488 attendees to this year’s three-day industry trade show, which took place at the Broward County Convention Center.

Affirming TPIE’s credentials as an international show, attendees hailed from 46 different nations on six continents! Stateside, attendees came from 47 states.

Nearly 400 companies exhibited in over 800 booth spaces at the show representing a mix of wholesale nurseries, brokers and related suppliers, offering a full array of products and services such as decorative containers, soils, care supplies and transportation

  • TPIE Awarded New indoor plant varieties – Anthura, based in the Netherlands, was awarded Most Unusual Single Plant Specimen for its anthurium Livium. Also awarded at the show was the Favorite New Foliage Plant, dracaena White Aspen, from Costa Farms.
  • Emerging Trends on Display – Industry design experts from the American Institute of Floral Designers were given the challenge to take four of the emerging trends Christine Boland spoke of in the TPIE Opening Session and create displays which express these trends: Fantasea – fluid shapes, flowing patterns, irregular surfaces; Modern/Art Deco – clean, simple lines providing a sense of tranquility; Poptimistic Play – fun forms which project innocence, optimism and unconcern; Global Arts & Craft – handcrafted detail, tribal graphics, tribal two-toned, folksy crafts. Displays were stationed in the lobby of the the Convention Center.
  • Economist Charlie Hall, Ph.D, presented TPIE’s Elevating Expectations session, ‘The Forecast for 2019 – Bright Skies or Storm Clouds?’ In his presentation, Hall, who serves as Ellison Chair in Int’l Floriculture for the Dept. of Horticultural Sciences at Texas A&M University, highlighted an overall favorable market in 2019, but also cautioned about increased costs due to trade and inflationary effects. Hall also implored green industry firms to monitor contingencies closely (e.g. the government shutdown, trade war effects, interest rate changes, etc.) and begin contingency planning for a downturn when it does occur.

TPIE, the Tropical Plant International Expo, is produced by FNGLA, the nation’s largest state nursery and landscape association. FNGLA represents Florida’s environmental horticulture industry which generated $21 billion total output sales in 2015 and directly employed 232,000 people.

Williee Armellini


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