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Economics & Politics

Ethiopian Flower Export -

Colombian Flor Verde Program receives prestigious SAF Paul Ecke Jr. Award
Embassy of Columbia

Spotlight on South America
September 2006 Issue

Buy Flowers for Mom and Support Mothers in Colombia
Reuters, Mon Apr 21, 2008 5:20am

Colombia Asks Americans To Buy More Flowers
Lawn & Garden Retailer, October 25, 2006

Ecuador - Bittersweet Harvest
UF's Florida FlyIns program

Colombia to Export 300 Million Stems of Certified Florverde(R) Flowers This Valentine's...
Reuters, Wed Jan 30, 2008

A fair trade agreement?
- Greenhouse Canada, Written by Dr. Irwin Smith

UGANDA: Good Labour Practices Bloom in Flower Industry
By Erin Cunningham, IPS

Florverde(R) Certified Flower Growers Recognized as Global Leaders in Floriculture
Reuters, Thu Sep 25, 2008 12:10pm

Heidi C. Wernett,

Floriculture: Global Business is Blooming
July 10, 2008, Knowledge@Emory

Innovation Could Help Floral Industry
Reuters, Fri May 9, 2008 8:20am

The Cold Chain

The cold chain refers to the temperature controlled supply chain. It is an uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activities which maintain the optimum temperature range for the flowers while in transit

Any change in temperature during the time from the farm, to the wholesaler, and on to the retail store, deteriorates and ages the flowers. For example: A flower held at 85 degrees is likely to age 45 times faster than a flower maintained at 35 degrees.

The picture below shows the effects of storage temperatures on the quality of flowers.


All of the flowers were stored for 5 days at the temperatures noted, then brought out to room temperature (68° F) and held for 1 day (gerberas), 2 days (lillies), or 4 days (snapdragons) in flower food solution before the photographs were taken.

Note the seemingly small temperature differences can bring about very noticeable flower quality changes.


Read the April 2nd L.A. Times article below for the latest news in the Los Angeles Floral Industry.


LA Times article 4/02/09
Mercury Air Cargo opens cold-storage unit at LAX
The company spent $1.1 million to build the 12,700-square-foot facility to handle South America flower shipments that require temperatures of 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
By Nathan Olivarez-giles
April 02, 2009
Flowers from South America, once shipped to Southern California florists by truck from Miami, now are getting a quick trip to Los Angeles International Airport and a chilly welcome.
Since early March, tulips, carnations, astromelias and roses have been flown to LAX where a 12,700-square-foot cold-storage unit has been built to handle the airborne flowers and get them to consumers faster.
"We've seen six 767s a week full of flowers, two platforms inside the plane with no room for passengers, over the last three weeks that we've had the unit open," said David Herbst, a spokesman for Mercury Air Cargo, who owns the unit. "That's something that wasn't here just a month ago and it's a glimmer of good news in an otherwise dreary economy."
This morning, the facility will be officially opened at a colorful ceremony with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, city officials and representatives of Mercury. The Los Angeles-based international cargo company spent $1.1 million to build the facility inside a 200,000-square-foot warehouse at LAX to make way for the flower shipments that require temperatures of 35 degrees Fahrenheit. The unit is the West Coast's largest on-airport cold-storage unit, with previous facilities at about 4,000 square feet, Herbst said.
The six planeloads a week the unit has seen so far have come from Mercury's partnership with Lan Cargo, a subsidiary of Lan Airlines based in Santiago, Chile, said Ivo Skorin, Lan's West Coast cargo director. He said Lan previously flew flowers only to Miami and trucked them out to the Southern California.