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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.






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.





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!





 Wednesday June 6, 2018
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 7, 2018
 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours..
 07:00 p.m. - midnight.
 Exhibition Party at Safari Park Hotel.

 Friday June 8, 2018
 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours.

 Oshwal Center
 Nairobi (Parklands)

 HPP Exhibitions
 Saxen Weimarlaan 54hs
 P.O. Box 625
 1000 AP Amsterdam
 The Netherlands

 Phone: +31-20-6622482
 Contact: Mrs. Patricia Peláez
 Email: patricia@hpp.nl