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Ball Seed in West Chicago, IL, and Tagawa Greenhouses in Brighton, CO, are bringing customers a new cutting edge assortment of succulents specially chosen to cover a range of colors, forms and textures, according to a news release. With these new selections, Ball Seed customers can easily build a comprehensive succulent program and stay on trend in the marketplace. “The new program includes in-demand retail products that are super popular with younger shoppers,”... Read more
Certified American Grown Flowers has selected Where Food Comes From, Inc. as its official exclusive third-party certifier, according to a news release. The new partnership was launched via videoconference on Sept. 14, introducing the WFCF team and highlighting program improvements, as well as the new benefits of the certified program going forward. WFCF is an agriculture-focused certification company that specializes in origin claims for food and products. Based... Read more
At press time, florists in 147 cities in 44 states and Canada had told the Society of American Florists of plans to hold Petal It Forward events in their communities on Oct. 11, according to a news release. That leaves six states to go —Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, North Dakota, and West Virginia — for industry participation in all 50 states. Participation in every state and in as many cities as possible within each state is vital to the... Read more
Costa Farms launches new lookbook with plant ideas for home and office
In order to help its customers make decisions about caring for and decorating with plants, Miami-based Costa Farms launched its new lookbook, “Bring Your Home to Life,” according to a news release. Containing more than 300 unique plant varieties, and featuring the company’s Exotic Angel Plants collection, the free e-book suggests the ideal plants to grow and display in homes and workspaces. “Our free ‘Bring Your Home to Life’... Read more
Floralife, a leader in postharvest flower care and handling, announced in a news release a global promotion for its newly expanded Express product line. The “Flowers Love Food Too!” campaign stresses the importance of proper hydration and nutrition for cut flowers, as well as promotes the efficacy of Floralife’s Express product line. Express Technology from Floralife is a revolutionary postharvest product platform that allows fresh cut flowers... Read more
Eleven horticulture students from across the nation have been honored with annual Shinoda Foundation Scholarships totaling $21,000, according to a news release. “The Shinoda Foundation thoughtfully selects our scholarship winners, based on their superior academics, career goals, extracurricular activities, work experience and need,” said foundation president Bob Otsuka in the release. “We’re very aware that these elite students can play... Read more
The 2017 Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association’s Floral Distribution Conference meets Oct. 17-20 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. The conference’s theme is “Connect, Grow, Learn.” Tuesday, Oct. 17   12-2 p.m. Executive Committee Lunch & Meeting 2-6 p.m. Education Committee & Marketing Committee Meetings 6-7 p.m. Board & Committee Dinner 7-9 p.m. Education Committee Meeting 9 p.m. Board & Committee... Read more
Management of the World Floral Expo — which held this year’s edition in Pavilion 2 of the World Market Center in Las Vegas — have decided to host the 2018 World Floral Expo in Chicago, according to a news release. The international floral trade event will return to the Rosemont Convention Center March 20-22, the same venue where it was located in 2014. Although it was decided earlier to remain another year in Las Vegas, a survey concluded it... Read more
The Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association is adding a new educational session to its Floral Distribution Conference to help wholesalers turn their supply departments into profit centers, according to a news release. On Oct. 19 from 3:30-5 p.m., there will be a panel discussion about wholesale supply departments as profit centers rather than just accommodations for customers. Six industry experts will provide an insider look into how novelty supply... Read more
Recovery and stability are key words heard at FlowersExpo Moscow
The FlowersExpo 2017 international exhibition of floriculture and the green industry convened in Moscow, Sept. 12-14, and two of the key words heard among the exhibitors at the show were “recovery” and “stability,” according to a news release. The ruble, that fluctuated heavily after the country was hit by an economic crisis three years ago, now seems to be more stable. For many growers this has resulted in increased demand and, for some,... Read more
The Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit Convention & Expo meets Oct. 19-21 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Thursday, Oct. 19 7-8:30 a.m. Women’s Fresh Perspectives Leadership Breakfast 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Innovation@work> Fresh Ideas Showcase Just 4 Kids Showcase On-The-Go Showcase Certified Organic Showcase Floral Showcase 9-10:15 a.m. Workshop Series 1 Global Connections Community — “The Innovation... Read more
Evan Kerkhoven joins PMA Floral Council
Evan Kerkhoven, sales manager at Bloomia USA in Fredericksburg, VA, has been selected by the chairs of the Produce Marketing Association Floral Council to join them as a volunteer leader, according to a news release. As a Floral Council member, Kerkhoven will provide input and guidance to help deliver year-round floral member value and will work to retain existing members and recruit new members. Evan Kerkhoven“It’s pretty exciting and really an honor... Read more
Floral priorities will be on display at PMA Fresh Summit
When the global mass-market floral retail supply chain gathers at Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit Convention & Expo Oct. 19-21 in New Orleans, Fresh Summit’s floral programming will address three priority industry needs identified by PMA’s Floral Council: research on trends and their business implications; professional and leadership development; and networking, according to a news release. The Floral Council’s mission is... Read more
FernTrust foliage garlands offer customization, versatility and beauty
With the hot trends in foliage, everyone seems to be looking for greenery to adorn their special event settings and foliage garlands may be the perfect solution. Foliage garlands are some of the earliest forms of adornment for special occasions, dating back to ancient Greece when garlands were used to decorate columns, arches, tables and even honored guests’ heads with laurel wreaths. And foliage garlands were also part of the original Olympics — they... Read more
Solar SmartFlower blooms at Connecticut lavender farm
Lavender Pond Farm, one of New England’s larger lavender farms, has announced the installation of a solar SmartFlower, the first all-in-one, plug-and-play photovoltaic solar system, according to a news release. Inspired by sunflowers and other phototropic plants that follow the sun across the horizon, the SmartFlower wakes up at sunrise, fans out its 12 solar “petals” to 194 square feet and automatically cleans itself in preparation for capturing... Read more
Ethylene is Mother Nature’s ripening hormone for fruits, veggies, flowers and potted plants. It is used in distribution centers across the country to ripen bananas as part of their journey into supermarkets. Maybe you’ve created a mini-ethylene chamber at home by placing an avocado into a paper bag with two apples. The ethylene produced by the apples speeds up the rate at which the avocado ripens so the guacamole is ready in time for the party. This... Read more
American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour wins 2017 Marketer of the Year Award
The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour received the Society of American Florists’ Floral Management magazine’s 2017 Marketer of the Year Award. The award recognizes original, highly successful marketing campaigns that increase awareness and the overall sales of cut flowers, according to a news release. The award also includes a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Design Master color tool Inc., headquartered in Boulder, CO. “The Field to Vase... Read more
Rosa Flora kicks off Flowers Canada’s 2017 Petals & Plates Dinner Tour
The inaugural Petals & Plates Dinner took place Sept. 16 at Rosa Flora Ltd. in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada, kicking off the Flowers Canada (Ontario) Inc. 2017 tour. Petals & Plates is a series of flower-focused farm dinners that highlights Canadian flower growers. Dinner guests at the Rosa Flora event were seated at a 100-foot harvest table in the middle of the company’s blooming snapdragon greenhouse.Flowers Canada is the provincial trade association... Read more
I recently reached out to Joshua Bulk, co-owner at Rosa Flora Ltd. in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada, to discuss the impact Canadian flowers have on the U.S. floral industry from a grower’s perspective. The following are the highlights of that conversation. The Produce News: What is the business relationship like between Canadian flower growers and the U.S. floral industry? Joshua Bulk:Our relationship with the U.S. [floral industry] is a positive one and we... Read more
Sun Valley Niagara enjoys unique geography for successful flower farming
Sun Valley Niagara is located in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, about 30 miles north of Niagara Falls, NY, and it has some very unique geography and a microclimate that makes growing everything from peaches to grapes to flowers very successful. The microclimate is created by the moderating influence of Lake Ontario/Lake Erie and the sheltering effect of the Niagara Escarpment, below which our farm sits, near the shores of Lake Ontario. Tanya Chew, key accounts... Read more