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IFTEX 17 RECONFIRMS LEADING POSITION OF KENYA IN WORLD FLOWER INDUSTRY

Nairobi, Tuesday June 13. The 6th edition of the international flower trade expo IFTEX ended successfully last Friday in the Nairobi Based Oshwal Center, the venue of this annual organized flower event. The fair was opened by Kenya Flower Council’s chairman Mr. Richard Fox, who praised the important and still growing position of Kenya in the world trade of flowers.

The quality of the displayed flowers was just excellent, the numerous flower designs astonishing and the ambiance at the fair cozy and professional in a very crowded surrounding. Winners of the competitions in the category “non-perishables - hard good suppliers” were Amiran ending at a 4rd place receiving a bronze award, Agrichem at 3rd receiving silver, Panalpina at 2nd receiving gold and at 1st Elgon receiving the platinum award for this achievement. In the category “perishables - flowers” the prices went to Isinya ending at a 4rd place receiving a bronze award, Subati at 3rd receiving silver, Omang Amor at 2nd receiving gold and Black Tulip at 1st receiving the platinum award in this competition.

The event was as usual very well attended. Remarkable were the high number of buyers from Russia and the Middle East. Also a good number of buyers from various European and Asian countries came to visit this year’s fair.

It was however notable that not many Dutch flower traders trade were present this year. “To be able to see almost 100% of all existing Kenyan growers in just 3 days, should be reason enough for them to attend, I would say”. “But apparently not, although I just can’t understand at all why not to make use of this unique opportunity of having all flower growers together in one place at one point in time”, Dick van Raamsdonk of HPP said when being asked where “the Dutch” were.

Pre-registered and therefore expected US buyers didn’t show up in the end, most likely as a result of direct flights between Kenya and the USA not being operational until now, the expectation is that they will attend the moment the flights will actually commence, which is expected in the middle of next year. In the case of the Chinese buyers, they did attend, although in smaller numbers than the pre-registered numbers showed. However it is expected that their number will grow steadily for the coming editions of IFTEX. “For both the US and Chinese markets, promotion efforts to attend IFTEX 2018 will be intensified”, van Raamsdonk commented.

 

 


 

 

P.J. DAVE FLOWERS LTD. TO USE BERCOMEX ROSEMATIC TO PROCESS THEIR ROSES

The need for increased automation and professionalism in flower processing flows grows worldwide. We also see this trend in Kenya, where rose farm P.J. Dave Flowers Ltd. will be grading their Rhodos roses using a Bercomex RoseMatic. This rose grading machine meets the processing requirements of P.J. Dave Flowers Ltd. and has been used successfully for many years by farms around the world for the automatic grading of roses.

Better grading and uniform bunch quality
P.J. Dave Flowers Ltd. opted for a RoseMatic to help them achieve consistency of quality as well as more uniform bunches for their various rose gradings. This will make it possible to further expand the direct sales of the 60 hectare rose farm.

Service in cooperation with Bosman Van Zaal
From June 2017 Bercomex collaborates with Bosman Van Zaal for service provision in Kenya. They will organise local service and parts supply from their Bosman Van Zaal business in Naivasha, while Bercomex will provide remote service assistance via an internet connection.

Signing the order at the IFTEX flower trade fair
The collaboration between the parties concerned was ratified by the formal signing of the order for the RoseMatic during the IFTEX 2017 professional flower trade show in Kenya.

More information
If you have any questions about this press release, please contact Lianca Ruiter by e-mail: liancaruiter@bercomex.com or telephone +31 (0) 229 50 21 50.

 


 

 

KENYA READY FOR THE NEXT EDITION OF IFTEX!

Nairobi, May 31, 2017. In exactly one week the doors will open again for the 6th edition of the international flower trade expo IFTEX at the Oshwal Center in Nairobi Kenya. With a record number of 211 exhibiting companies from Kenya and various other African countries, the exhibition has grown to a regional trade fair with growers from over 6 different African countries.

The event is continues to attract more and more buyers every year. Amongst others also Chinese and US buyers have found their way to this trading platform and it implies a huge gain for the export of cut flowers from Kenya and other African grown flowers. The number of pre-registered visitors has increased with almost 25% in comparison to 2016 and for therefore a clear indicator of higher attendance numbers of foreign flower buyers.

There is a good buzz going around this year’s expo and exhibitors are optimistic on the results of the upcoming edition of IFTEX. The Permanent Secretary Dr. Chris Kiptoo, vice minister of Industrialization and International Trade, has confirmed to be willing to open the fair this year. His presence is of special importance as he has been closely involved in the development of the Kenyan flower industry in past years and is for this reason adding an extra value to the fair through his presence next week.

 

 


 

 

WEBER COOLING FOR THE THIRD TIME PRESENT AT IFTEX

Weber Cooling is the new leader in vacuum cooling. Also in the floriculture sector Weber is becoming an important partner for cold chain management, with vacuum pre-cooling solutions both at the farm and at the logistic hubs. Weber has developed dedicated solutions, ranging from a compact, high speed one pallet/trolley solution (WEBER ONE, as of USD 31.500), via standardized low cost solutions for up to 12 pallets (as of USD 15.000 per pallet place !) to Aircraft Pallet solutions, suiting one up to four Q7 pallets (WEBER AIR 1, AIR 2, AIR 1+1, AIR 2+2, starting at USD 125.000 / per pallet place!)

“Weber Cooling – now a global brand - has its head office in The Netherlands, and sales & service centres in Asia and (as of Q3/2017) in the United Stated. In 2017 we will start to build a completely new 20.000 m3 production facility in China, dedicated 100% to vacuum cooling. We offer a range of premium quality solutions, using state-of-the art refrigeration technology and the latest environmental friendly refrigerants. Together with a world-wide supplier network we support our customers worldwide and advise them on quality preservation in the best possible way.

Visit our new website www.webercooling.com and view our installations at our logistic customers: https://vimeo.com/207267699/3e0c401c06.

 

 


 

 

HIGH INTEREST FOR IFTEX KENYA

Nairobi, Monday May 22. The number of pre-registered visitors for the upcoming international flower trade exhibition IFTEX is increasing rapidly. Online pre registrations up to now show an increase of 53% compared to last year with especially many international flower buyers among them, having signed up to attend the coming trade fair in Kenya. But it is not only the number of visitors that has grown, also the number of flower trade companies that apparently plans to attend is 25% up compared to last year.

“There is a clear structural change going on in the international flower industry. The trade is changing as a result of a combination of reasons. Increased demand for flowers following a growing need for fresh cut flowers in existing and new markets, increased intercontinental air-way connections, new concepts of logistical distribution channels, and strong improved quality of African grown flowers causing more competition for products from traditional flower producing countries, have shaken up the supply routes and distribution channels worldwide”, says Dick van Raamsdonk of HPP who organizes the annual flower trade fair in Kenya. “And to give you one more other example, Iran, a country with 80,000.,000 inhabitants and currently developing its horticulture industry strongly, not only for their home market, but also for exports to neighboring countries. I predict that Iran will become an important future supplier of roses for the Russian market. Mark my words!”.

It looks like the coming edition of IFTEX will be an interesting one, where not only many buyers can be expected, but especially buyers from new markets.

 

 


 

 

WEBER COOLING FOR THE THIRD TIME PRESENT AT IFTEX NAIROBI

Weber Cooling is the new leader in vacuum cooling. Also in the floriculture sector Weber is becoming an important partner for cold chain management, with vacuum pre-cooling solutions both at the farm and at the logistic hubs. Weber has developed dedicated solutions, ranging from a compact, high speed one pallet/trolley solution (WEBER ONE, as of USD 31.500), via standardized low cost solutions for up to 12 pallets (as of USD 15.000 per pallet place !) to Aircraft Pallet solutions, suiting one up to four Q7 pallets (WEBER AIR 1, AIR 2, AIR 1+1, AIR 2+2, starting at USD 125.000 / per pallet place!).

Weber Cooling - now a global brand - has its head office in The Netherlands, and sales & service centres in Asia and (as of Q3/2017) in the United Stated. In 2017 we will start to build a completely new 20.000 m3 production facility in China, dedicated 100% to vacuum cooling. We offer a range of premium quality solutions, using state-of-the art refrigeration technology and the latest environmental friendly refrigerants. Together with a world-wide supplier network we support our customers worldwide and advise them on quality preservation in the best possible way.

Visit our new website www.webercooling.com and view our installations at our logistic customers: https://vimeo.com/207267699/3e0c401c06.

 

 


 

 

CHRYSAL AFRICA ALREADY 12 YEARS STRONG IN EAST AFRICA

Chrysal has been present in East Africa for 12 years now. Since 2005 Chrysal has been represented through a distributor channel selling Flower food out of Kenya and working closely with surrounding East African Countries. In a period of 5 years, Chrysal grew, thanks to the interest and support from the regions growers. This support and interest led to the decision for Chrysal to firmly plant its roots in Kenya and in 2009 Chrysal decided to start their own production and manufacturing plant based in Nairobi located 3 km from the capitals airport. Since 2010, Chrysal has grown steadily, to become a leading supplier of Flower Food and Post-Harvest Treatment Suppliers in East Africa; gaining the confidence of the growers, with its innovative and world leading Post-Harvest Treatments and Flower foods products supported by its teams and resources.

Not only has Chrysal become a well-known supplier of grower products, its Technicians are well respected in the industry and called upon to advise the growers on a number of issues from pollution control to product and process management. Though Chrysal is still considered a small multinational company, however we are now also present in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania and have a continually growing list of clientele in all countries.

This small but committed company has had one goal, ‘to improve the quality of flowers exported out of East Africa’.

This year, Chrysal will be present at East Africa’s most prestigious Horticultural Fair - IFTEX in June 2017. Chrysal has been a part of IFTEX for the past 5 years in a row. What started off as a small Horticultural show, to demonstrate the quality of flowers grown within Kenya; has now become one of the largest flower shows in the world, with buyers from America, Europe, Asia and as far as Russia and Australia, showing their support for the great quality flowers available in Kenya.

This prestigious show, allows East African Growers, to demonstrate the world-leading quality of cut flowers grown from this region. To this end, it allows for companies such as Chrysal to promote new products and to communicate to a large audience in a single concentrated event. The show has helped Chrysal to grow its clientele, and also help improve the quality of Flowers exported out of Kenya.

It is no exaggeration to state that both Chrysal and IFTEX have grown significantly together over the past five years, demonstrating the benefits of a joint Dutch/East African approach to ‘Nurturing the Beauty of Cut Flowers’ from the region.

We look forward to see all of you during this year’s show.

 

 


 

 

AMIRAN KENYA: A TRUSTED PARTNER

From humble beginnings half a century ago, Kenya’s floricultural sector has grown to dominate Africa’s and, indeed Europe’s flower exports.

Kenya’s floriculture Industry is truly a force to recon with, this is clearly evident during the annual International Flower Trade Expo held in Nairobi. Attracting thousands of attendees from different parts of the world, the industry-wide event serves all segments of the floriculture chain: breeders, propagators, growers, cargo and trade suppliers.

As the saying goes “for every successful business there is a great story”, this particular story is grounded on business based friendships and profit making action plans between Kenya’s flower farms and East Africa’s leading agro-input supplier, Amiran Kenya.

With a partnership that began in the early 1970s,   Amiran’s commitment to the flower farms in Kenya has adapted with the time, embracing change and modernizing farming techniques for a beautiful and profitable final product.

Amiran provides a complete turn-key approach by offering growers an all-inclusive package; from commencement of the project through the installation of high-tech greenhouses and computerized irrigation systems. Priding itself with solution based strategies, Amiran has remained focused on making flower farms more profitable by reducing risks brought about by weeds, pests and diseases. With every emerging challenge in weed control or pest management, Amiran’s team of agronomists, research and provide solutions that contain a unique mode of action that is effective, improves yield while maintaining the European Union standards.

Amiran is humbled to be responsible for building and maintaining more than 85% of the greenhouses in Kenya and the installation of more than 80% of all irrigation equipment in the floriculture sector. Complimenting all of these is a team of professional agronomists offering the best technical advice as well as innovative products aimed at helping Kenya’s farming community achieve the best possible yields.

 

 


 

 

IFTEX, FOCUS IN THE WEEK OF THE KENYAN FLOWER INDUSTRY

Nairobi, Monday May 15, 2017. The yearly held flower trade exhibition IFTEX is again going to open its doors in about 3 weeks. The first week of June has in the meanwhile become the week of the Kenyan flower industry. Most Kenyan growers, but as well more and more growers from other African countries, are participating with a stand in this exhibition. And the few that have no stand will be visiting the show, looking for buyers.

This year both US and Chinese buyers of flowers are the focus point of the international visitor promotion efforts. Although you would expect that the American flower buyer would show more interest to attend IFTEX to source Kenyan flowers, with the recent news of starting direct flights between Kenya and the USA, it is the Chinese buyer who is showing more interest, when looking at the number of pre-registered visitors so far for this year’s IFTEX.

The halls of the exhibition are full as usual with many Kenyan growers and again with new big and important flower producing farms, who will be exhibiting for the first time this year. “And that is important for the success of the trade fair, as it is always our prime goal to bring flower growers and flower buyers together”, says Jasper van Dijk, Marketing Manager of HPP.

Except for the trade fair itself, many sector related side activities, such as conferences, meetings and seminars will also take place before, during and even after the show. This all together has made IFTEX having become a structural part of Kenya’s flower industry.

The fair is running from Wednesday June 7 to Friday June 9 and open daily from 10:00 hrs. to 18:00 hrs. at the Oshwal Center in Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 


 

 

OVER 150 FLOWER GROWERS PARTICIPATING AT IFTEX 2017

Nairobi, Friday April 28, 2017. IFTEX is counting down for its 6th edition already, since its initial start back in 2012. The list of exhibiting flower growers has again grown and the total number of exhibitors is almost touching the 200. With still one month to go, it is expected that 225 exhibiting companies will in the end participate in the most important floral trade exhibition of Africa and one of the 5 most important cut flower trade fairs in the world. From Wednesday June 7 to Friday June 9, buyers will be in Nairobi for the trade fair to source their flower needs for 2017 and 2018.

On Wednesday June 7 the trade fair will open its doors at 11:00 hrs., after the traditional welcome ceremony has been completed. The great majority of the Kenyan flower growers (an estimated 95% of all existing growers) will be exhibiting, but also Ethiopia and Uganda are this year present through country pavilions with flower growers collectively presenting themselves and their fresh products in this joint presentation.

Furthermore, various meetings and social gatherings are being organized by different umbrella organizations, such as the Kenya Flower Council KFC, the International Rose Breeders Organization IRBA and several other organizations and associations. Also commercial companies have scheduled events for their international visiting customers, making IFTEX in that week the center point of the Kenyan Flower Industry around which many commercial and social events are planned.

As already mentioned in earlier issued news bulletins, the organizers are focusing with special dedication on attracting Chinese and US flower buyers to attend this year’s show. Since China and the USA are on the main list of newcomers in regards to countries importing fresh flowers, respectively importing flowers from Africa, it has become key to make sure that these flowers will be Kenya Grown. Also with the recent changes in the world floral distribution channels, it is becoming more and more evident that flowers are finding new ways to their final destination. For this reason it is crucial that Kenyan flowers will be part of these new routings.

 

 


 

 

DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM KENYA TO THE USA!

Kenyan airlines have been granted security clearance by U.S. authorities for direct flights to the United States, Kenya’s minister of transport said on Thursday, having improved infrastructure at Nairobi’s main airport.

Kenya now has Category 1 security and safety status and hopes that will allow it to boost trade with the U.S. and increase its share of American tourists, James Macharia said.

“Kenya Airways will immediately apply for approval to codeshare with U.S. airlines while concurrently pursuing approval for direct flights,” he told a news conference.

The government has a stake in flag carrier Kenya Airways and has recently finished building a new terminal and plans to spend more on Jomo Kenyatta International airport..

Source Reuters/ Floribusiness.

 

 


 

 

Beware of Possible Hotel Fraud

There are 'unofficial' companies aggressively pursuing attendees/exhibitors to book discounted hotel rooms through their company. Unfortunately, some past attendees/exhibitors have fallen prey to these companies and have either:

  • Been relocated with little or no warning
  • Lost their significant deposits
  • Not had the guest rooms they thought they had booked
  • Not had the hotel they thought they had booked
  • etc.

This has caused great hardship to these companies and individuals. Reservations made through an agency will be at your own risk. We advise you to book directly with hotels and not through a third party.

Such companies should be avoided, as there are no agencies affiliated to HPP Exhibitions, other than those mentioned on our website!

 

 


 

 

IFTEX KENYA REAFFIRMS ITS LEADING POSITION!

Nairobi June 17, 2106. The fifth edition of IFTEX that was held last week in Nairobi Kenya, concluded as one of the best editions in its five years existence. More than 200 exhibiting companies, over 3.500 trade visitors from over 50 countries on a total floor space of 10.000 m2’s, 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.

IFTEX 2017 dates are set for June 7-9, Oshwal Center, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 


 

 



 Wednesday June 7, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
 Official opening ceremony in the  auditorium.
 11:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours.

 Thursday June 8, 2017
 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours..
 07:00 p.m. - midnight.
 Exhibition Party at Safari Park Hotel.

 Friday June 9, 2017
 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours.



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 Nairobi (Parklands)
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