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What current trend or challenge do you think will have the biggest impact on our industry for the coming season?
We recently wrapped up a series on how companies in our industry can improve their competitive advantage by simplyfing your business model, utilizing the right tools, and selecting the varieties that will succeed for your programs. We picked the brains of experts across North America to get their suggestions on each of these topics and wanted to bring them all together in one place for your reference.
For the first in the series, we have input from Gary Falkenstein, President/CEO of ePlantSource and industry vet sharing his top three best practices for running a streamlined, profitable and flexible business in the ever-changing landscape of the floriculture industry.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has set forth a stringent set of measures in order for a vegetable producer to become certified organic. The process can be worth it, though, as there is a better understanding than ever before at the consumer level of what the USDA certified organic seal actually means.
Peace Tree Farm, Kintnersville, Pa., has been through the USDA organic certification process. Here’s an inside look from the perspectives of Owner Lloyd Traven and Sales And Marketing Manager Stephanie Whitehouse-Barlow of Peace Tree Farm.
Locally grown is catching on across the country and nothing tastes better than fresh, local produce especially if you grow and produce your edibles in your own back yard. Breeders are creating new varieties every year that add color, unique flavors and spice to your evening meals. The headlines and surveys agree vegetable gardening is trending up.
"Among the 78 million gardening households that have a lawn, garden or grow plants in containers, more than half (54%) grew vegetables this year according to this the 2013 Garden Trend Survey by the Garden Writers Association."
~2013 October Gardening Trends Research Report
So I surveyed our suppliers of Edibles to find out what they had for 2015 that is new, hot or unique. I hope you find this interesting and valuable information.
Do you remember when our industry was growing at double-digit rates in the 80’s and 5% per year in the 90’s? How about when we all felt the flower business was recession proof? People might not buy a major appliance, a new car, or go on a vacation, but they did buy flowers, we always used to say. In the 50’s flowers were classified as a necessity right along with cigars and chocolate.
In the New Millennium things seemed to have changed. Average growth over the last 10 years is less than one percent (.66%) per year. Our industry is now in a more mature market and we can expect growth to be steady but slower providing we do not experience economic or environmental constraints. In the economic downturn of 2008 we had negative growth for two straight years totaling -8%. No longer do flowers seem to be immune to economic slowdowns and recessions.