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New attendance record set at PMA’s Fresh Summit in Orlando
The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit & Expo Oct. 14-16 in Orlando, FL, drew 20,889 attendees from 65 countries, setting a new East Coast attendance record, according to a news release. The three-day event showcased new products, trends and technologies with more than 80 exhibiting floral companies —13 percent more than last year — in a sold-out Floral Pavilion. “The show was bigger than last year, with some new flower farms... Read more
The Shinoda Foundation once again recognized horticulture’s top students with six scholarships, plus grants, to colleges and universities totaling nearly $19,000, according to a news release. “These students represent horticulture’s best and brightest,” said Bob Otsuka, president at the foundation. “It’s our industry’s duty to grow our future, and we’re proud to play a small role.” Students from horticulture... Read more
The American Floral Endowment’s annual fundraising dinner was attended by nearly 300 industry members and was held on Sept. 22, in conjunction with the Society of American Florists Annual Convention in Maui, according to a news release. The event included the screening of AFE’s new video that highlights floriculture success stories; honored industry champions; raised money for floriculture; recognized donors reaching new giving levels; and featured live... Read more
TPIE 2017 to offer the opportunity for ‘Elevating Expectations’ at show
The 2017 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition is the place to learn about the newest trends, not only for plants, but as they relate to consumers, lifestyle and wellbeing. Scheduled for Jan. 18-20 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and offering a diverse collection of tropical plants, foliage and related products from over 400 leading companies, TPIE brings together thousands of buyers and producers to connect ideas, people and products. Exhibitors will highlight the items... Read more
The Floral Marketing Research Fund announced the appointment of Gabriel Becerra, president of Golden Flowers in Miami, as the new president of the organizarion. Becerra succeeds Paul Bachman, retired president of Bachman’s Inc. in Minneapolis, who completed his two-year Floral Marketing Research Fund presidency. “I am very happy to lead the efforts of the FMRF to provide the industry with much-needed support in consumer marketing research, which will... Read more
Ahold USA announces launch of exclusive Queen Latifah floral collection
Pennsylvania-based Ahold USA announced in a news release an exclusive partnership with award-winning actress, singer, songwriter and producer Queen Latifah on a new floral line. The Queen Collection is a first-of-its-kind line of floral bouquets and plants designed by Queen Latifah. As of Oct. 7, the new line is available at the Ahold USA retail divisions of Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle and Martin’s, and online at... Read more
Agriflor 2016 took place Oct. 5-7 at its new venue, the Centro de Exposiciones, in downtown Quito, Ecuador, and it drew 20 percent more visitors than the last show edition. “It was good. It was a smaller space,” Frank Biddle, managing partner at Tradewinds International in Boulder, CO, told The Produce News. “It was closer to town, which was very nice because I could walk from my hotel, whereas before it was an hour car ride and it was horrible.... Read more
Walter Lane Preston of Manatee Floral dies
Walter Lane Preston, patriarch at Manatee Floral in Bradenton, FL, died Oct. 9 at the age of 87 surrounded by his family. He was born and raised in Tampa, FL, and attended Babson Business Institute but he left to serve as a radio traffic operator on the flight deck of the USS Bennington during the Korean conflict from 1950-54, according to a news release. After serving in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Preston and his wife, Flavia, joined the family business, Manatee Fruit... Read more
Hurricane Matthew wreaks havoc on Florida’s cut foliage industry
Although Hurricane Matthew didn’t hit Florida’s coastline in October as hard as initially predicted, it nevertheless wreaked havoc on the state’s cut foliage farms. “The wind damage across the cut foliage industry of our area is severe, with some estimates placing total loss at more than 50 percent and some growers seeing 100 percent losses,” Jana Register, director of sales and marketing at FernTrust — a co-op of 13 family farms... Read more
Members of the Society of American Florists have elected nine members to positions on its Retailers, Wholesalers and Growers Councils, according to a news release. New council members began their terms at the close of the SAF Maui Convention Sept. 24 and their first meetings will be in March 2017. One thrust of the twice-yearly segment council meetings is to discuss trends and challenges and make recommendations for how SAF can develop programs and services to meet... Read more
Another SAF 1-Day Profit Blast slated for Nov. 6
The Bill Doran Co. is sponsoring a Society of American Florists 1-Day Profit Blast on Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin in Columbus, OH. “We feature some of the best speakers on the topics florists tell us are most important to them: the ones that ultimately impact their bottom line,” said Kate Penn, SAF’s chief content and publishing officer, in a news release. Tim Farrell Floral designer Tim Farrell, owner at Farrell’s... Read more
Creativity erupts in Maui at SAF’s 132nd annual convention
kapalua, hI — The greatest artists in the floral industry assembled here for the 2016 Society of American Florists Convention Sept. 21-24. It’s a difficult feat to make Maui even more beautiful than it already is, but it happened as the island was painted with growers, retailers, wholesalers, designers and educators who put their creative mark on the future of our industry in design, marketing trends, human resources, technology and leadership. Upon... Read more
IFD releases Flower Trends Forecast 2017
International Floral Distributors has released its annual report on emerging flower and floral décor trends for weddings and events in its Flower Trends Forecast 2017. Designer Michael Skaff, owner at Skaff Floral Creations in Hinsdale, IL, led this year’s forecast, after spending about two years researching and examining consumer preferences in regards to flowers, home décor and fashion design. “It is so important to be aware of how consumer... Read more
An untapped December holiday offers floral sales potential
Right between Thanksgiving and Christmas falls the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe — a religious and cultural holiday that happens every year on Dec. 12 and has been celebrated by millions of people for almost 500 years. Our Lady of Guadalupe is considered the patroness of Mexico and the continental Americas and her shrine at the Basilica of Guadalupe on Tepeyac Hill near Mexico City is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world, and... Read more
In just a little more than a week, the citizens of the United States will elect their next head of state and head of government. This has certainly been one of the most contentious and polarizing presidential campaigns in history, and it will require great resilience on the part of the people to unite behind the new president. In some ways it reminds me of the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew and the damage caused to the ferneries of central Florida. After talking... Read more
A new chairman and three new trustees have been appointed to the American Floral Endowment’s board of trustees, according to a news release. Dwight Larimer, president at DESIGN MASTER color tool inc. in Denver, assumed leadership at the Annual Fundraising Dinner on Sept. 22, replacing outgoing Chairman Gabriel Becerra. Larimer was appointed AFE chairman-elect in Sept. 2015 after serving as a trustee for six years. Chair of AFE’s ball and education committees,... Read more
The United States Postal Service will feature flowers from the garden, along with the 100th birthday of President John F. Kennedy, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Work Projects Administration posters, Sharks, Seashells and more in its 2017 Forever stamp program lineup, according to a news release. “The Postal Service is thrilled to provide this sneak preview of our 2017 program as we continue offering exciting new topics on stamps... Read more
Delaware Valley Floral Group has reached an agreement to acquire certain assets of Empire Floral Supply, a 35-year old company located in Syracuse, NY. The business will be consolidated into DVFlora, a division of DVFG, according to a news release. The customers of Empire will be served from the current DVFlora Sales & Distribution Center in Syracuse. Sean Young, president, and Jason Young, chief operating officer at Empire, will be joining DVFlora. “We... Read more
Civil unrest in Ethiopia  destroys Esmeralda Farms operation there, results in Netherlands shutdown
Esmeralda Farms BV closed its doors in the Netherlands permanently after its farm in Ethiopia was attacked and burned to the ground by militants on Aug. 29. According to the Dutch newspaper NRC, rebels walked about the farm for hours, destroying and stealing anything they found. The irrigation system, packing sheds, cold storage rooms, and many vehicles were all set ablaze. The farm is a total loss, with damages estimated at over 11 million dollars. “There... Read more
Zelenka Farms, which has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, says LM Farms, which owns Gardens Alive!, has purchased the company and all of its assets, according to a news release. BFN Operations and its affiliated entities, dba Zelenka Farms, operated one of the larger wholesale nurseries in the U.S. Its products include shrubs, trees, perennials, roses and groundcovers. The owners of Gardens Alive! have successfully purchased several other companies from bankruptcy... Read more