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TPIE — planting dreams for the future
fort lauderdale, fl — With 400 vendors from 45 states and 37 countries exhibiting in the Broward County Convention Center, the building was brimming with the latest eye candy in foliage, flowers, tropicals and accessories. During the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition Jan. 18-20, thousands of retailers, landscapers and interiorscapers from all corners of the world super-charged their business planning by attending a record-breaking three-day show here. New... Read more
This year’s TPIE impresses exhibitors and attendees alike
 fort lauderdale, fl —As I entered Broward County Convention Center, here, I was struck by the sheer number of colorful displays of everything from beneficial insects to botanicals, and from beautiful blooms to Bobcat loaders. The Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association’s 2017 Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition Jan. 18-20 was huge, with over 800 booth spaces and thousands of buyers and visitors. Brandon Eldridge, buyer at Kroger in... Read more
DVFG announces opening of new sales and distribution center
The Delaware Valley Floral Group announced in a news release the opening of a new sales and distribution center in Sandston, VA, just east of Richmond. The new facility is strategically located near access to I-295, I-95 and I-64, as well as the Richmond International Airport. Some of the DVFlora team at its new sales and distribution center in the Richmond, VA, area.“We are thrilled to be part of this geographic region and marketplace,” said Jack Chidester,... Read more
Jacobson Floral Supply creates new hub for Boston’s flower district
Jacobson Floral Supply, a hard goods importer and distributor in New England, welcomed Quinlan-Wasserman Wholesale, a wholesale flower and plant supply business, to Jacobson’s location in Boston, according to a news release. The addition of Quinlan-Wasserman Wholesale, along with Berry’s Greenhouses Inc., to Jacobson’s south end location provides a one-stop shopping experience for flowers, plants and floral supplies. The new 7,500-square-foot showroom... Read more
Boston Flower Exchange — new location, new name in the new year
After 45 years in the same location on the south end of town, the Boston Flower Exchange property has been sold to a real estate development company that plans to build a tech-office campus on the five-acre Albany Street site. The century-old floral wholesale cooperative, which was founded in 1909 at a nearby location in the South End, closed Feb. 28 and will re-open March 1 about five miles away in Chelsea, MA, under a new name — the New England Flower Exchange. “All... Read more
The Great Lakes Floral Expo March 3-5 at the DeVos Place/Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids, MI, will offer a weekend of shopping, networking, learning and fun under the banner “A World of Flowers,” according to a news release. There will be a full-day business seminar presented by Tim Huckabee, president at Floral Strategies in New York, on “How to Deal with the Ten Deadly Sins,” where he will also share the most common business mistakes... Read more
The Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association’s University of Innovative Distribution will offer a four-day educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry March 5-8 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis. UID 2017 features 43 courses and three new sessions for new and seasoned WF&FSA members, according to a news release. Students will select their own half or full-day courses, with classes... Read more
“Let’s Make Democracy Personal Again” is the floral industry’s call to action for the Society of American Florists 37th annual Congressional Action Days March 13-14 in Washington, DC, according to a news release. “After a chaotic election year, we have to bring our issues back into focus,” said SAF president Martin Meskers, from Oregon Flowers Inc. in Aurora, OR, in the release. “We need to renew and reinforce our personal... Read more
J Schwanke to present on flower trends at WFE
Do you want to learn more about the current floral trends that are driving sales and appealing to customers? That’s the topic that flower expert J Schwanke will present March 23 at the World Floral Expo, according to a news release. J Schwanke“I’m so excited to give my presentation about new trends in the flower world,” Schwanke told The Produce News. “I’m also excited to visit with the vendors and attendees to see how we can... Read more
Beneficial insects — Bachman’s uses good bugs to control bad bugs on plants
n minneapolis — Bachman’s, a century-old floral and garden center here, is testing a new pest-control technique — using bugs to control other bugs. In an effort to eliminate its reliance on chemical pesticides, Bachman’s began using beneficial insects on two of its floral crops at its growing range in Lakeville, MN. “We expanded the use of beneficials in our crop of poinsettias and our mum crop as well,” company chief executive... Read more
The National Floriculture Forum announced in a news release that its 2017 annual meeting would be held March 17-19 in Philadelphia during the Philadelphia International Flower Show. Participants will attend the show, tour Longwood Gardens and gather to discuss increasing the younger generation’s involvement in production and academic floriculture and horticulture. Members of the Young Professionals Council will also attend and discuss their work on this topic. “I... Read more
Women’s Day growth as a floral holiday: Engage, execute to see rewards
James Cash Penney, founder of J.C. Penney, said, “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” On Wednesday, March 8, we celebrate Women’s Day and building this day as a floral holiday has been an ongoing effort by a diverse group of flower growers, flower retailers and flower advocacy organizations. The foundation has been laid over the last several years, and the stage has been set. Looking across the industry,... Read more
Women’s Day merchandising ideas for supermarket floral departments
Although International Women’s Day has been around since 1908, it’s only recently generated mass-market traction within floral. To really capitalize on the holiday, supermarket floral departments need to go the extra mile to promote the holiday and generate awareness. Timing is incredibly important, so two weeks leading up to March 8 and throughout the week of, make sure to have an advertising strategy that utilizes in-store point-of-purchase, social... Read more
Fresh Produce & Floral Council NorCal Expo continues annual tradition, meets March 29
The Fresh Produce & Floral Council will host its annual Northern California Expo March 29 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA. The show is one of the few industry events that invite store-level floral managers and staff to connect with growers and suppliers. The team from Rocket Farms, whose booth won the floral category Best in Show award at the 2016 FPFC NorCal Expo. “This year the show will be a little earlier — in March instead... Read more
In California, the rivers are roaring thanks to two major storms in recent weeks. The snowpack is much improved — the best it’s been in years — and more rain is coming to the Golden State. A chorus of urban water districts is urging the State Water Resources Control Board, California’s chief drought regulator, to let emergency conservation rules expire. Residents are happy, farmers are optimistic and water agencies are seeing some wiggle... Read more
Farm-based dinners go to the heart of flower farmers’ work
We recently launched the 2017 American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour, a series of flower farm-based dinners that give attendees an exclusive opportunity to experience life on an American flower farm and to learn why Certified American Grown Flowers matter. Now in its third year, the dinner tour is annually presented by Certified American Grown Flowers, a unified and diverse coalition of U.S. flower farmers, including small and large farms located in multiple... Read more
A small business owner posted this sign in his store: “The 57 Rules of Success: Rule One: Deliver the goods. Rule Two: The other 56 don’t matter.” With all your last-minute preparations being made for Valentine’s Day, this is a great reminder that success ultimately depends on delivering what your customers want. And that is true not just on holidays but every day of the year — customer satisfaction needs to be the top priority in supermarket... Read more
After successful shows in New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles, HPP Exhibitions recently decided to move the next edition of the World Floral Expo to Las Vegas. The three-day show will meet March 22-24 near downtown Las Vegas at the World Market Center in Pavilion 2, according to a news release. “The USA is big and this requires the industry to move around the country,” said HPP’s president Dick van Raamsdonk in the release. “Only then... Read more
MINNEAPOLIS — In July 2015, Spanish florist Antonio Vicent decided to follow his lifelong dream of traveling the world and to also film a global documentary on the blending of cultures and floral customs. So — much to the surprise of his friends and family — after 25 years in the flower business, he closed his flower shop in Alicante, Spain, sold his car, collected his life savings, packed his four cameras, audiovisual equipment, and his backpack... Read more
The 35th edition of the international floriculture/horticulture trade fair IPM Essen will take place Jan. 24-27 in Messe Essen, Germany, with around 1,600 exhibitors from 50 countries displaying their flowers, plants, technology and garden products. Show organizers project that over 68,000 different plant breeds will be exhibited, many of them being world premieres, according to a news release. National participation booths from all over the world will jointly... Read more