More than 200 exhibiting companies, over 3.500 trade visitors from over 50 countries on a total floor space of 10.000 m2, reaffirmed the great importance of this yearly held international flower trade exhibition.
Exhibitors were more than satisfied with the results of their participation and immediately secured their stand spaces for next year, many asking for more space and/or better stand positions.
Several prices were awarded to exhibiting companies for the Best Stand Decoration Competition. Bronze was awarded to the Kenyan grower Redlands, Silver was there for Black Tulip, Gold for Subati and Platinum for Omang, all-in the category Perishables. In the category Non Perishables, Bronze went to the Kenyan company Greenlife, Silver to the Dutch based company Broekhof, Gold was there for the Israeli company Amiran and Platinum for Agrichem.
The 20th year anniversary of KFC (the Kenya Flower Council) was one of the highlights of this year’s show, and during a great dinner party held on Tuesday evening just before the opening of the fair, KFC presented its new association logo. The official exhibition party, also on the occasion of the 5th year’s anniversary of IFTEX, took place at Zen Garden on the second day of the fair, where participants had a wonderful evening in a beautiful garden setting with excellent food & drinks.
Another highlight was the Royal FloraHolland Awards Ceremony which were presented the reception for customers, growers and relationships in the ‘House of Opportunities’.
Together with the Dutch Embassy Royal FloraHolland hosted a cocktail reception and handed two Awards to growers. The Achievement Award 2016, which was new this year, went to rose grower Timaflor. This special Award is based on commitment and reliability. Simon van der Burg of Timaflor has been a loyal member of Royal FloraHolland and a very good ambassador.
The Grower of the year Award 2015 went to Kariki Farm. This is based on their performance regarding Innovation. Kariki Farm is working adapted the Kaizen way of working in all their working processes which aligns perfectly with the Lean methodology within Royal FloraHolland.
The Royal FloraHolland account manager local office gave a presentation on the consumer research Rose 2015 at the Holland Business Lounge. This was very well received and the auction got different customers requesting for more information. Furthermore many customers and growers have shown interest in the services that Royal FloraHolland can offer, for example Global Sourcing and Quality Management services.