Por Ximena Diaz
A friend of mine who worked in the Flower Industry for years kindly wrote this for my blog, shedding light on the source of the wonderful roses (and other flowers) available in the US. She has her hands full with the arrival of the new addition to the family this August: Camila. Congratulations and thanks for the article!
The export process of flowers began in the 80s. A new production model generated an important change in the country's economy. At the begining of the development of the flower industry, 80 % of the exports went to the US and other countries such as Canada, Germany, Holand and Italy. Rusia was also a new market and it grew exponentially due to it's quality demand.
Miami and New York are the main destinations of the flowers and Miami is the distribuitor to the the rest of the US market.
The biggest season for flowers is still St Valentines's, which is celebrated not only in th US but also in some European countries to a lesser extent. Thanks to the growth of the Russian market, Women's Day has become the second most important celebration of all countries that used to belong to the Soviet Union. Other important celebrations for the flower industry are Mother's Day and Christmas. Even though the flower grower's market has been affected by the global economic crisis, Ecuatorian flowers are still among the best in the world.